Ode to San Francisco

One of my favorite places in the world is San Francisco. Even though I know the city and have visited it countless of times growing up, I felt like I re-discovered it recently. And because I felt like I discovered San Francisco all over again, it made me love the flexibility, evolving, and versatility of the city. This is my ode to San Francisco. 

 June 2013

June 2013

Tink's World

This is one of the projects I created at MFA Visual Narrative at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. 


Re-linking forgotten websites.

Been digital-cleaning all my files on this computer and came upon an unimaginatively named folder called 'Links' where I lazy (and hurriedly) drag off interesting sites to save. Now I use Feedly to keep up on great sites, as I try not to bookmark too much websites, since some of them I probably won't visit again. Anyhow in the spirit of digitally de-cluttering I'm visiting those sites... re-link, re-visit, re-member.

 Theater-Lost-Species from Future Cities Lab

Theater-Lost-Species from Future Cities Lab

  1. 10 Top Newspaper Myths DeConstructed real good read on myths, even though written in 2007, it has a good pulse on the evolution of newspaper, from print to digital.
  2. Applied Kinetic Arts the website has "moved" and the new URL isn't working, o'well. Still this is interesting stuff. This link takes you to the old wordpress site.
  3. Bookbindings Timeline Outline dabbled into bookbindery research to best understand Pierre Desloges from the 18th century. 
  4. Cartoon Effect After Effects Tutorial enough said. 
  5. Form + Code a fascinating guidebook i bought about using code for art
  6. Future Cities Lab a lab that does imagination, a bit of engineering, and the unknown
  7. Goop, Children Books a list of recommended favorite books from Gwyneth Paltrow, and of course we should expect artsy (maybe expensive) books from her.
  8. Gustav Johansson. The most talented filmmaker/digital artist. My work is immensely influenced by him.
  9. MK Twelve a TACTICAL DESIGN & RESEARCH studio who knows what they are doing - from color, images, editing, to press releases - they get all the details right. Every time. 
  10. DANM - New Media and Digital Arts at UC Santa Cruz, a rather interesting looking program. Their products might be worth following. 
  11. Kinect Projection - Mapping with 2d Physics. Just watch it.
  12. Kinetica Museum a whole museum in London dedicated to the kinetics, technological and electronic art. Mostly do curated shows. 
  13. Archie McPhee the very website for all the odd things you might need but can't find.
  14. Open Frameworks open source C++ toolkit for creative coding
  15. Particle Fever just some documentary film invitation to the largest science experiment ever...
  16. Processing another open source, free coding platform for linking code to art (electronic art, kinetics, etc)
  17. Digital Object Identifier the social security number of your lost clutter from alternate identities
  18. The Submission Guidelines for Every Comic and Manga Publisher in the Universe
  19. Theory of Multiple Intelligences
  20. Wiigee a java-based gesture recognition library for the Wii remote
  21. Extra Room

    We will require an Extra Room in a possible future where mind-reading is commonplace. As our thoughts may become public through more ever more sophisticated neuroimaging technology, self-discipline will take the center stage.

    Shared by the tenants of a large apartment building, an Extra Room is an isolated space dedicated to training and perfecting the technique of controlling one’s thoughts

    Inspired by the way sensory deprivation is commonly used to break the will of individuals, the Room turns this logic upside-down. Instead, it becomes an empowering device in the face of authoritarian control.

Olafur Eliasson, The Weather Project

It was Eliasson who taught me what art meant. That art is an experience, and that my individual experience along with many other individual experiences contribute to the ongoing evolution of meaning. It also taught me that "meaning" is not necessarily defined in a single experience. Progress and process, although look like twins, are in no way identical. But the key lies in the experience of progressing, and then, the experience of processing. 


Before Eliasson, before the Tate Modern, and before The Weather Project, I've tried to understand art. I pretended to enjoy old historic paintings shown while on class field trips. I was probably too young to understand, or I wasn't ready, or I haven't stumbled into art yet (or willed it to stumble my mind). Then I visited the Tate Modern and saw an orange sun. Almost as if entranced, I walked around and around the room, at first to explore the sun and see how it was rigged up, then after a while I forgot the mechanics of the sun and started to explore the whole colors it gave off. After a while I actually forgot the colors when I started to explore the mirrors on the ceiling (mind you I was looking, craning my neck up), then I got tired, and like everyone else I somehow found myself on the floor. I felt comfortable, and I didn't want to move. Not after a long time, and for the longest time, I watched shapes move into new shapes. All of us, people, the "audience" became art, and art became us. I was part of Eliasson's canvas, but it wasn't a fixed canvas, but it was the experience of his masterpiece that defined art or what his work tried to define. Simply put, I forgot everything, and laid on the bare floor for the longest time, looking, watching, and seeing. It was much later, much much later, when I realized I understood art for the first time. 

installation view olafur eliasson the weather project.jpg
What the artist began, the audience completes.
— Richard Dorment, UK Telegraph, 2003

For the full article on this Weather Project, check out here

Waco, Texas

So, well, I was reading Graydon Carter's editorial in Vanity Fair (the one with Brad Pitt on cover - yum!) , and he mentioned Waco, Texas, how the town had more than its share of sheer bad luck. Some of it wasn't - though - especially when not weather related. But, so as I was reading that editorial, I was also downloading some fonts, and I was somehow doing some fact-checking on Waco, to see whether Mr. Carter was embellishing some of his facts. (But, nope, Mr. Editor wasn't.)

And, I somehow turned this into a typographic expedition. Enjoyable. And so, enjoy "Waco, Texas, an All American town."

Fonts used in this collection:

Rex Bold, Orator Std, RBNo2 Light, Pontus, Airbag, Haymaker, Langdon, Cassannet Regular, Kankin, Outlier, Oil Can, Airplane, MezclaTitan, Abraham Lincoln, Governor, Josefin Sans.

those who don’t believe in magic will never find it
— roald dahl

How to cite an app?

Am working on an annual report and this came up for the first time: how do I cite an app in APA format? The geeky/academia in me is secretly thrilled that I'm "ahead" of the game. Browsed a bit online and came upon this helpful thread:

Rightsholder, A. A. (year). Title of Software or Program (Version number) [Description of form]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx

“Rightsholder, A. A.” stands for either an individual author or a corporate author of the software.  Here’s an example for you:

Skyscape. (2010). Skyscape Medical Resources (Version 1.9.11) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/

the voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes - marcel proust

My Top Ten Apps, So Far.

So, now it's been over six months since I got iPhone5 and downloaded a billion apps - which ones do I really use the most? As in on a daily basis? As in brushing my teeth, which apps do I swipe through?  (Games, Storybooks, and Utilities are separate.)

Always, and of course, not in a particular order, I deem those apps in my top ten:

1. Flipboard.

I first got it for my iPad but left it to collect pixel dust, before I finally logged and set my favorites up - and it's one of my very favorite app. I flip through everything and it's the best way to read New York Times. (Dual, but mostly on iPhone)

2. Instagram.

No explanations necessary. Find me @mojokitchen. (Always iPhone and it's a tiny rule for myself - all Instagram photos will be iPhone based. A little bit of honesty. #nofilters)

3. The Magazine.

Surprising - this one. Not quite the typical app, this brings every other week, a variety of news that I find myself combing through. I've been subscribing to this since it first launched, out of curiosity, and that very kernel of curiosity has kept me on board. One of the reasons I like this app is the interface. Very easy, sleek, and pleasant to use. This gives a second thought to whether you want to "tap" or "swipe." My vote is on swiping. Tapping is straightforward and speedy but to backtrack, it's very tiresome. Swiping back and forth feels more intuitive. And Marco Arment has a good pulse on current geekery. (It works on both but I never use it on iPad)

4. Apps Gone Free.

It's the damn addictive feed that has me downloading a bit too much apps than I need, but free is free. (Dual)

5. Dropbox.

No explanations necessary. (Do I really count this one or is it an utility thing?) (iPad)

6 & 7. iLapse and Miniatures.

iLapse wins as the best "realistic" timelapse app on my iPhone. I've tried a few photography apps but you don't need anything other than the Camera app to be honest. Miniatures is very fun, quite addictive really, timelapse-ish app. (Both, iPhone)

8. Yelp.

Again, no explanations necessary. (iPhone)

9. Instapaper.

Useful tool for reading stuff offline, especially from Flipboard. Found myself using this a lot when traveling. (iPhone, mostly.) 

10. The Baobab.

Biased, me. I made this one.