Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monetary National Income Analogue Computer

"MONIAC" by Kaihsu Tai - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I discovered the MONIAC computer this morning in Chapter 1 of Take Back The Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities by J. K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy. With the first one built in 1949, perhaps only fourteen copies of this water powered computers were made. Using water tanks, levers, opening/closing valves and pipes models of economic change could be "predicted." I recommend you check out this DIY book.

Here's a demonstration of a working MONIAC:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

House of Literature, Paros, Greece

This is the afternoon view from House of Literature, Paros Greece. For two weeks I am a guest with Terese who got a residency here. I'm writing code for Preminder.co, Cellphonia and other projects.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Henry Nelson Bull looking at four brothers

Henry Nelson Bull was father of Steve and Jeff and graciously treated Jay and Ware as family too. Henry aka Hank was pleased to see us whenever we were around. This is a composite of two photos: the four brothers in Kaneohe, Hawaii, each preparing their own scrap book of youth photos, and Henry in Boulder, Colorado apparently looking at their activity.
L-to-R: Stephen Medaris Bull, Jay Craig Hartwell, Jefferson Lochridge Bull, Ware Blocker Hartwell, Henry Nelson Bull.

Frank W. Bull tells a whopper

In the mid-1950s, Frank W. Bull tells his grandsons Steve and Jeff about a big trout he caught in a Rocky Mountain stream. Frank was from Boulder, Colorado and the photo was taken in Shelter Island Heights, New York.
L-to-R: Frank W. Bull, Stephen Medaris Bull, Jefferson Lochridge Bull.
(1). www.archives.com/1940-census/frank-bull-co-923544

Dickson Jay Hartwell remembered on Father's Day

Dickson Jay Hartwell with all his sons in the late 1950's
L-to-R: Stephen Medaris Bull, Ware Blocker Hartwell, Jefferson Lochridge Bull, Kent Hartwell, Dickson Jay Hartwell holding Jay Craig Hartwell
The location was the front door steps at 120 Greenway South, Forest Hills NY
Thank you Jay in Vietnam for asking for the photo and thank you Jeff in Massachusetts for providing.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cellphonia: Wave Farm

Three wok-mushroom transduced sonic objects inspired by David Tudor's Rain Forest
constructed for the Cellphonia: Wave Farm concert

Cellphonia: Wave Farm is about "Big Ag versus Bees" and you can listen at cellphonia.org/wavefarm/cellphonia_wavefarm.mp3 to hear the current ephemeral server version of this sound compost.

This is the end of my artist residency at Wave Farm Transmission Arts culminating in a live radio concert of Cellphonia: Wave Farm performed with five colleague musicians joining me and broadcasting on station WGXC Saturday, June 14, 2014 4-6pm, streaming available.

Before the concert, starting NOW, it would be ideal if esteemed and not-so-esteemed, vocal and guttural individuals were to telephone 518-512-0518 and when prompted "buzzzz" like a bee (3 seconds) and then name/chant a vegetable or fruit (3 seconds).

And if the spirits move you in the same call "press 2" and you can leave a longer message about your thoughts on any of the following: global warming, organic farming, list all your favorite vegetables, list all the veggies you hate, gardening tips, GMOs-yes-or-no or any reflections on the state of the world at the moment.

The radio concert version of Cellphonia: Wave Farm has three movements: 1. The relentless march onward of Big Ag including GMOs with angry bees, 2. The failure of technology to solve all problems by simply increasing productivity ending in super storms and chaos. 3. The annual return of spring, pleased bees, gardening tips shared and more sustainable agricultural practice.

Thank you Galen Joseph-Hunter and Tom Roe.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


This June 2014 flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was delayed because of unfavorable weather conditions at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii. The complete story HERE. I am personally in favor of extra planetary exploration as it satisfies a human need to explore both in person and by remote contraption. Unwrapping the unknown is exciting as well as rewarding. The international space programs continue to deliver benefit to the general population and our collective future.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Alien invasion in Bogliasco

There was an outer space invasion in Bogliasco ITALY that got no news in the international press. The few that I saw assembled with their ray guns and swords ready to battle the local extras held back by a director's assistant.

I just discovered this curious draft (Saturday, March 31, 2012) and thought it was worthy enough to be included now.
- Steve, 2014-03-31, hmmmm 2 years later to the day.

NASA space photo of my farmland

Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt
and my dryland farm is much smaller than a pixel.

"Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere's growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists.

Healthy plants convert light to energy via photosynthesis, but chlorophyll also emits a fraction of absorbed light as a fluorescent glow that is invisible to the naked eye. The magnitude of the glow is an excellent indicator of the amount of photosynthesis, or gross productivity, of plants in a given region." more . . . I subscribe to NASA.

NEWS: I spoke to Brandon earlier today and he says the wheat survived the winter and he is planting the field peas now. My next call is to Scott to ask about my small grass-fed herd.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

It's my birthday

It's my birthday

and family, so many friends, new acquaintances and Google send well wishes.

. . . more . . .greetings from Occidental College

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014