From API to LED: First Connection

The simple joy of making one single LED light turn on returns this week with the first step towards linking the IRL, moving, ever-changing internet to an Arduino.

Using serial communication and an API call, the green and red lights indicate if the price of Ethereum – a popular cryptocurrency – has gone up or down in the past hour, as per Coin Markets Cap.

What is more, this light shines with different intensity depending on the degree to which the price has changed (i.e. bigger increase = brighter green light).

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Two D-10 vs One D-20

The dice theme continues this week with a p5 program that lets you roll a variety of dice and observe the historical distribution of your rolls.

Play with it here (best done on a computer, not mobile).

Inspired by D&D and my general fascination with stats – this is designed as an interactive and informational tool to observe what distributions can be expected. Compare, for example…

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The inherent contractions embedded in efforts to combat sexism

Tonight I attended a panel hosted at the Clive Davis School titled  ‘A Celebration of International Day of the Girl’ – a discussion on music and culture in relation to gender equality. 

Led by a group of females who have diverse roles across the music industry, the panel discussed the current state of the industry and what should change to drive equality.

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A/V Video Project: Editing for Rough Cuts

This week, the A/V squad took our raw footage and transformed them into rough cuts of our final video. This was my first experience with Adobe products including Premiere and Photoshop.

We are recording voice-over material and the final video is on the way; check in next week for it.

A combination of edited video, screen overlays, and voiceover audio to make a finished rough cut

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A/V Video Project: Capturing Video with a DSLR

Utilizing our storyboarding from last week, our A/V team collected the raw footage we will use to make our informational video on how to make an Acrylic box.

This was a two-pronged learning experience, doing fabrication for the first time and also using this fancy camera.

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Dice Catapult 5000

Do you ever get tired of throwing your own dice during a particularly long game of Monopoly?

Me neither because no one plays monopoly anymore, but for your dice throwing pleasure, here is the Dice Catapult 5000!

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A/V Video Project: Storyboarding

Meet my partners in crime: Jim & Yeon Hee; we will be working together on a video project for the next few weeks.

Our goal is to create a video on how to make an Acrylic Box – one of these:

We performed the storyboarding process this week and this and agreed upon the structure. The current storyboarding is as follows:

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Push to cross: power and access [Part 1 of 2]

You likely have seen the push-to-cross buttons scattered across various crosswalks in NYC.

The functionality and effectiveness of these buttons is often challenged, and with good reason. The primary reason is because most of them are not even connected to the system that governs the traffic lights! As originally reported by the New York Times in 2004:

 “…the city deactivated most of the pedestrian buttons long ago with the emergence of computer-controlled traffic signals. More than 2,500 of the 3,250 walk buttons that were in place at the time existed as mechanical placebos.”

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