Note: According to William Gibson, the "eversion" turns cyberspace (or the internet) inside out. Comparable to digital objects and software, the physical or analog world becomes subject to programmability. For more on the eversion, see Chapter 1, "Eversion," in Steven E. Jones's, The Emergence of the Digital Humanities.
Note: Throughout this semester, you will be expected to author all of your content in HTML5, styled using CSS3 and pushed to your UVic webspace using an FTP client of your choice. I recommend FileZilla, and I also recommend using a simple text editor for authoring content in HTML. Wherever possible, avoid using Microsoft Word for HTML, and you'll likely find that Dreamweaver is too involved or intricate for the demands of this particular course.
Note: Physical computing is central to the transduction process of 3D printing, which relies on microcontrollers to convert code into a physical object. Physical computing also helps us understand the practical applications of "spime," or objects that can be tracked in SPace and tIME. Throughout the semester, you'll likely observe how physical computing overlaps with a long history of arts and crafts, with its emphasis on play, hands-on engagement, trial-and-error experimentation (or prototyping), and embodied learning (as opposed to more abstract/conceptual learning models).
Note: The practice of photogrammetry relies heavily on knowing the computer vision algorithm with which you are working, including how that algorithm reads images. In short, learn to work with the algorithm and anticipate how it will stitch your 2D images together. Doing so will save you time in the post-production (or editing) process. In my opinion, it's much easier to start with a top shelf model (stitched together by an algorithm) than to make one by hand via 3D modelling software.
Note: Before you start editing your 3D model, consider downloading and archiving (on your local machine) a "mesh package" containing all of your 2D images as well as your model in OBJ and STL formats. Applications such as 123D Catch render mesh packages via a single click, as a downloading option. One of the benefits of using photogrammetry is that you'll ultimately have your model in a variety of formats and forms, which you can reference later.
No meetings this week. It’s reading break. But get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about the course. I'm happy to meet with you to help you along.
Note: When considering the history of your object, consider the following: where did it come from? Under what conditions, and by whom, was it made? What is it made of? To whom was it advertised? Using what rhetoric and techniques? Who used it? Who disposed of it? When it is rendered obsolete, where does (or will) it go? Under what assumptions about need and waste? And to what effects on, say, environmental conditions and labour?
Note: between the 26th and the 4th, feel free to revise or polish your presentation materials (i.e., Log 5), especially if you want to clarify or elaborate on anything after your talk. The talks were fantastic, by the way!
Note: While metadata has deep implications for how we describe digital materials and discover them online, also consider how web-based discovery mechanisms affect our relationships with the everyday, physical, offline world. For example, how does serendipity happen online? How do we stumble upon 3D models and other such media that we weren't looking for in the first place?
Note: 3D printers are frequently represented as fail-safe and alluring devices, which simply translate code into physical objects held in hand. These representations tend to bypass how 3D printers often fail, break down, or require maintenance. Learning more about how 3D printers work should also allow us to deconstruct these popular mystifications.
Note: As we build the 3D printer, keep in mind how the assembly process intersects with the cultural and social questions we've been asking all semester: what assumptions do we have about "building things"? About where technologies come from? About who "makes" and who "uses" or "consumes"? Why, and to what effects?
Notes coming soon. We are not quite here.
Notes coming soon. We are not quite here.