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July 25, 2004

Keeping Up With The Technology.

I first heard of Maya several years ago from my friend Olga. She was fascinated by it's animation capabilities and at one point wished she could spend the rest of her career working on animations of this caliber. I started using Maya a few years later for Architecture at UF, studying mostly under a professor doing a few experiments with particle physics and motion as a generator of form. That was about a year and a half ago, when Maya was at version 4.5, now maya is version 6, and I just got my desktop back in working order. Time to pull out some of those tutorials and give myself a refresher course. In my search I found a tutorial on animating a yoyo on a string that was actually done in Maya 1.5, but I am sure you will be impressed.

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July 24, 2004

Sex IS A Sport!

There are Betting Lines on Britney Spears' sex life, when will she be married, get pregnant and the sex of the child.

*blank stare*

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July 16, 2004

Multiple Uses For Found Objects Make for A Great Read.

When I was in school at UF for Architecture we -- my fellow students and I -- were encouraged many times by professors to use found objects as inspirational pieces in architectural projects ranging from a cube to a police precinct. It became a pretty familiar idea for me, a found object as a catalyst for an art piece, design or writing project. After all, stoking the furnace of imagination is always best left to ambiguity...right?

I recently came across a magazine dedicated to the idea of found objects, it is ominously called "FOUND Magazine." The magazine seems to have a more voyeuristic approach to it's intent, and most of the objects are focused on collecting a piece of someone else's life. Many of objects are actual photographs or notes and letters by anonymous persons. After reading through many of the online samples I started noticing that I wasn't nearly as intrigued by the actual notes and photos as much as I was by the "finder." I found myself wondering about the person that found each object, what they are like, what made them think that this item was interesting enough to pick it up and mail it in to a magazine. Were they just that curious, that they felt they needed to keep someone else's moment, or did it inspire in them a great story, something myths are made of, and hope that someone else might appreciate the object in the same way? They say "A picture is worth a thousand words." but if it isn't your picture, is it worth more?

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July 06, 2004

When Bikes Meet Technology.

OYBike is a new service in London that allows you to borrow a bike using your cell phone as authentication. You pay a small yearly fee ~$17 and you can borrow any bike by reading a code to the service center which will then text you a pin to unlock the bike. The locks are built onto the bikes and automatically change after you have used the bike. Okay, I am ready to move to London.

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