Memorial: RIP Steve Jobs – A Year in Passing

RIP Steve Jobs.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA]

His speech inspired my own Valedictorian Application Speech in high school. Steve Jobs inspired me.

“Do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do! …don’t settle.”

– Steve Jobs

He is probably the only CEO who has ever (and possibly will ever) make me cry. I’ll never forget the Keynote speech where he announced the Macbook Air. I was in the height of my Apple fangirl phase and I hung on his every word. I was moved to tears by the beauty of that piece of technological advancement (The Macbook Air), not so much for it’s own merits, but for what it represented. Progress, advancement… the fact that something so powerful could be so small blew my mind in terms of design possibilities

“Follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, for that will make all the difference.”

– Steve Jobs

I leave you with this quote, that now appears to me in a somewhat ironic fashion given the circumstances.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs

Think different.

Cool Immersive Apps and Experiences

Lately I have been introduced to a bunch of really immersive media experiences! I wanted to share some of them with you.

I recommend closing your eyes, finding a comfy, immersive chair, and experiencing the following…

The virtual haircut is an interesting experience. Didn’t work for me at first so try to find some good headphones for this one.

GO DOWNLOAD THE INCEPTION APP. I almost bought an iPhone just to use this. I honestly have had so many crazy experiences with this thing. One of my friends cried while using it and at first it really scared me but it was definitely worth trying and experimenting with.

RJDJ is another cool sound based app! You can make your own songs and have some really cool experiences!

Walking in Brugge
If you want to have a low-tech immersive experience you can take a “sound walk”. According to this website

A form of active participation in the SOUNDSCAPE. Though the variations are many, the essential purpose of the soundwalk is to encourage the participant to listen discriminatively, and moreover, to make critical judgments about the sounds heard and their contribution to the balance or imbalance of the sonic environment.

In order to expand the listening experience, soundmaking may also become an important part of a soundwalk. Its purpose is to explore sounds that are related to the environment, and, on the other hand, to become aware of one’s own sounds (voice, footsteps, etc.) in the environmental context. A soundwalk may be scored in the form of a map which the participant uses both to guide the route and draw attention to features of acoustic interest. The map may also act as a score, directing the performer’s listening and soundmaking activities in a way that is not limited to a specific locale.

Basically, don’t talk to anyone, don’t get lost inside your mind, walk, and listen. It’s sort of like a very active form of meditation.

STAGE STAR: an interactive video installation

This is what I do at school…

STAGE STAR is an interactive video projection installation designed specifically for the musical concert setting. By translating audio input and control from crowd
movement into video and light projection, STAGE STAR creates a concert experience that is both immersive and unique. It was my final project for IAT 443: Interactive Video.

I am so proud of my team for pulling this all together!

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Wintercoast (facebook.com/Wintercoast)
and The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC

Present Technology: A Philosophical Conversation

i had an interesting thought that I thought you’d appreciate
consider that technology progresses with the intention of giving us more for less effort
for example a train that arrives faster, then a train that is faster still and doesn’t have to stop to pick up or drop off people (its in the works)…
then a transport system that carries masses without a train…
then people having no need to move to be elsewhere to get there…
so ultimately the pinnacle of technology is to just be
to be
– Mehdi Manavi
I am so glad this lovely thought was shared with me that I wanted to share it with the world. Perhaps, by extension, since we all have the power to choose how we perceive life, human are the ultimate technology. Or maybe it isn’t about technology, maybe it is about tools in general. Maybe, the mind is the greatest tool.
Yes, yes I think so.

Summer Camp

This past week was my first week working at SFU Summer Camps! It was so much fun and I learned so much from it! It was a little crazy (okay REALLY crazy) but definitely worth it. We did so much in such a a short time. The kids made computer games, 3D characters, commercials, a green screen music video (okay so my co-worker Lanz did most of the work on that one haha), and super hero identities (with costumes!). We had four guest speakers, three of which I had a hand in setting up. It was so nice to have so many interesting people I know come to be a part of camp, but more on that later.

I had to deal with a bunch of behaviour issues that I wasn’t really prepared for. It really enforced my view of rule #1: treat other as you want to be treated. In our leader guidebook it lists “withholding kindness” as a form of abuse which I found a bit funny but also true. I learned that conflict resolution has tree parts: saying sorry, actually feeling sorry and then acceptance and forgiveness from the offended party. All three are really important.

On Friday the AMAZING SuperForest Jackson of superforest.org came in to give a talk for the kids via Skype. From Hawaii to British Columbia, how amazing! I was SO EXCITED and I think it went very well. I had a ton of technical issues so Jackson was never able to see us in BC but he could hear us and answered a bunch of the kids questions. It was a big learning experience (on the technical and logistical side) but I think the kids liked it and the other leaders were very impressed. At the beginning he introduced himself and what he is doing at Zero One in Hawaii.

This is the last 17 minutes of SuperForest Jackson’s talk.

I’m so grateful for this wonderful job. My co-workers, the volunteer and all the kids were awesome and I’m so lucky to have such an interesting opportunity.

Love,

Jenni

Tech Support?

I have a dilemma!

So as I recently blogged, I just got a new Macbook Pro for school. This is my first laptop and now I have two computers availible for my personal use. The laptop and the desktop that I am typing this on. First some specs:

Mac OX X Leopard Version 10.5.8

2 GHz PowerPC G5

20″ matte display, 1680 x 1050

iLife ’08

iWork ’09

Legit copy of Adobe CS3 Design Premium

250GB Built in Hard-drive

Last model before iSight camera became standard

I’m at a bit of a loss here. I really don’t know what to use two computers for. I’m already running into confusion with files being on one computer and not on the other.

Someone recently suggested that I sell the desktop computer since I am not using it. This sounds like a logical idea, but I am a bit hesitant. I feel that the desktop is a bit more reliable because it isn’t at a great risk of being lost of stolen. That said, if it was stolen I would still need to invest in a replacement laptop so having the desktop wouldn’t really benefit me. From looking at similar models on craigslist I reckon I could get about $500 MAX for it.

I suppose one pro on the desktop side is working with video. My laptop has one firewire 800 port but I don’t even have a cable that supports that. My video projects as of late have been filmed with my digital picture camera that connects via USB. I’ve stopped using my old video camera because it shoots really grainy footage (and is quite outdated). To be honest it hasn’t been the same since I took it on the Empire State Building (New York, New York : P). So I guess since I only need a USB port video isn’t much of an issue.

I have also considered using the desktop purely as a backup for the laptop but to be honest that feels like a waste of desk space.

So what should I do? Sell? Trade? Use as a backup? Do you know of another use that I am overlooking? Let me know in the comments.

LAPTOP!!! : D

On Friday I finally got a laptop for school! I waited all year for Apple to catch up with the quad-core technology and then when they started their student promotion (free iPod Touch) I knew the time had finally come. As much as I hate consumerism (and I must admit, I wasn’t completely happy with the idea of getting a new product) I really love Apple and what they have done for technology. As i’m getting older my fangirl rose-coloured glasses have come off but Macs are still my machine of choice.

I went to the Apple store in Pacific Centre to ask some questions and get some information. I didn’t intend to make a purchase there but then I realized that ordering online would just mean more waiting and extra, unnecessary shipping fuel/packaging. The fact that it was iPad release day had also slipped my mind. My conversation with the “bouncer” went something like “Dude, I don’t want an iPad, I just want to buy a computer…” haha. We had to wait in line (only for a few minutes) and then this chick with cool hair helped me.

My friend and I did a special unboxing : D

15″ Macbook Pro (Which I have named “Finn Hudson”)

  • 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor
  • Precision aluminum unibody enclosure
  • 4GB RAM (may upgrade this to 8GB)
  • 5.4-inch (diagonal) matte widescreen display
  • iWork
  • Apple Care Protection Plan

32GB iPod Touch (which I have named “Rachel Berry”)

(My last gen of electronics was named after Wicked characters so I figured I should continue the musical tradition hehe)

Adbusters Digital Detox Week

I’ve just learned that Adbusters Digital Detox Week runs from April 19th to 25th, 2010. I’m not sure if I will participate yet (or what form that participation may take) but i’ve noticed these technological rebellions are trending. It’s a little ironic that they have all spread via the internet but a few recent examples that I recall include:

I really admire Adbusters for their clever campaigns and novel way of thinking but this campaign (like others) is quite vague and I am not sure exactly what they are encouraging people to do. Maybe they want folks to get creative ; )