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  • HOW THE INSTALLATION WORKS By the time the team was ready to exhibit the Biomodd [LBA2] installation, the components of the installation related to each other in various ways to form a complex network of relationships. It's a challenge to explain all these relationships, but here are two ways we did so. Version 1 (Linear narrative) This was the version that accompanied the installation when it was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. The photos used in the diagram are of the version of the installation exhibited at UP Los Banos. Click the image to download a larger version of the (2.7 Mb): Version 2 (Diagrammatic) Here's a version that we drafted internally for the team (ca ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 4:43 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Biomodd [LBA2] in "WE CAN CHANGE THE WEATHER - 100 cases of changeability" The chapter that on Biomodd [LBA2] has just come out in the fourth CROSSTALKS publication, published by the Belgian press ASP (Academic & Scientific Publishers). The book is a collection of case studies on initiatives from across the globe that attempt to address climate change. Our section touched very briefly on e-waste, making art from recycled materials, using computer games to engage people in thinking about sustainability, working with communities in a collaborative way, and how we encourage more "versions" of Biomodd in order to keep the dialogue moving forward.A preview of the chapter is available on Google Books. You can also order the book from the ASP website.
    Posted Oct 15, 2010, 10:08 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Angelo is a TED Fellow! I'm realizing that there is no mention on this site of Angelo being awarded a 2010 TED Fellowship. How did this happen? Well, at any rate, he has. Since then he has given talks all over the place, including the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Pecha Kucha Maastricht.
    Posted Oct 13, 2010, 9:05 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Biomodd [LBA2] continues Ten months after the exhibition of the Biomodd [LBA2] installation closed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design, King is giving a talk at the 3rd annual Philippine International Flora & Fauna Green Living Expo where a new "version" of Biomodd [LBA2] is on exhibit. So far, at least three new versions have been produced since the first one. Angelo provided a short video for the Green Living Expo event, which King will show. (View it on YouTube.) Diego has also created a two-part video for the event. Part 1: View on Screencast.com | Download from Mediafire (.MP4) (63Mb)
    Posted Sep 8, 2010, 11:21 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • THE GAME TWEETS Got this update from Julius Cebreros:THE GAME TWEETS! She's at http://twitter.com/maria_makiling . She will tweet about the people who logged in to play the game and also their game progress. It can also check the latest @ mentions and see if she has been tagged with !HATE! or !ANGRY! or !APRUB! or even the words "Thanks" and "Salamat". The game world will react accordingly. It might cause it to send more enemies or even darken the background. So in a way, she senses people's reactions to her and then reacts through the game. Sweet!
    Posted Sep 21, 2009, 10:45 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • SEEING NEW (AND OLD) FACES by Kristine MatusalemJuly 6, 2009[See the original entry on Multiply.com]I went to the Biomodd lab again last Saturday. Unlike my (quiet) first visit, there were a lot more people working at the lab. It was nice to see new (and old) faces.Everyone was busy when I arrived. A team, led by Angelo, was painting/cleaning a monitor and a keyboard. It was painted gold. I asked Angelo if all computers were to be painted gold, he said, maybe not because the spray paint was not eco-friendly.The sculpture was undergoing a slight make-over. First, the metal base needed a hinge: this would allow the "dismantling and reassembly" of the sculpture, thus making the ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2009, 10:16 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • 12th DAY OF BIOMODD @ MCAD by Kristine MatusalemSeptember 13, 2009[See the original post on Multiply.com]The fact that Biomodd is not just a simple installation is becoming much clearer as days go by. My involvement with the mini-biomodd is a testament to this. All components need painstaking care and routine check-up. A klutzy move could result to killing an Ashitaba plant. :) And because of this project's "needy-ness" for time, care and attention, one's involvement becomes more personal. I was at MCAD yesterday with Melanie. It was a rare occasion to see and work with Mel so we decided to have some lab time together at Biomodd's current abode. Plus, I wanted to "feel" the Biomodd setup ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2009, 10:11 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Biomodd Encounter by Kristine MatusalemJune 29, 2009[See the original entry on Multiply.com]I left home early last Thursday to have my first hands-on experience with Biomodd. The night before, I viewed the website and to-do list. During my (rather long) trip to Los Banos, I was thinking of how I could contribute to this project that has long started. I did not take the MMS 198 class during the summer since I know I would not have enough time to complete the requirements for the course. I visited the lab a couple of months ago and was (and still am) amazed with how the project is unravelling. Another source of my apprehension is the fact that I ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2009, 10:12 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • DAY 3 @ Y4IT by Blaise GomezSeptember 11, 2009 I arrived at the Bahay ng Alumni at around 8AM. Roy, Ms. Melanie and her husband was already there. We had to wait a couple of minutes for the electric outlets in the booth to have electricity, after the power went up we were able to set up the Mini-Biomodd and the Laptops where we are supposed to play the AVP until Habs arrives in the afternoon to fix the computer part of the Mini-Biomodd. While waiting for the delegates and the students to arrive. Roy briefed us regarding how to the Mini-Biomodd works and how we could explain how everything falls into place. It was great timing because we adsorbed ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2009, 2:05 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • TIME FLIES AT THE Y4IT CONGRESS BIOMODD BOOTH by Kristine MatusalemSept 10, 2009 I volunteered to man booth for the second half of the day. I went straight to the venue after work with my laptop and camera. Shortly after I arrived, Anne hang the controversial tarps from MCAD, while I posted the Mini-biomodd write-up and played the AVP. We moved the table near the next booth (no one was manning the neighboring booth anyway) since it was blocking the structure. Julius came later to fix the leaks. Iyen did a lot of signing before she left for her class. Throngs of students come in the UP Bahay ng Alumni every hour, all armed with sig-sheets. Apparently, ITTC will give out prizes for those ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2010, 9:11 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • BIOMODD EXHIBIT AT THE Y4IT IN U.P. DILIMAN by Margarita PantaleonSeptember 8, 2009What an interesting, productive day at the congress! I got there at 7:30am with Brandy (my favorite Yorkshire Terrier) and Mighty (my son). Mighty had school today, but asked if he could skip just for a day since he was curious about what all the fuss was about the IT Congress (or it was his brilliant excuse of not wanting to go to school today). Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I let him tag along since he helped out in the installation yesterday (he's the one wearing the red jacket in Julius' photos). :) I carefully placed the 20 pieces of fish I brought with me inside the aquarium. I plugged ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2009, 4:53 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • MINI-BIOMODD FOR THE 7th PHILIPPINE YOUTH CONGRESS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY by Victor SisonSep 7, 2009The mini biomodd is the creative effort of MMS 198 students in building their own Biomodd.  Recycled materials and open source technologies are incorporated in the project build. We have  gathered scrap materials as we went along the build, we also used materials and resources freely downloaded from the net, gathering inspiration and ideas from people who have also done work on aquaponics, case modding. water cooling, heat dissipation, living walls and many others. We have created a functional art installation demonstrating principles of nature and at the same time making use of waste energy emitted by computers. Our Biomodd tries to capture and make use of waste heat by creating a mini ecosystem ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2010, 9:12 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • I WAS THERE!!! by Dennise Allan CastroSeptember 1, 2009Invitations were all over the place, text messages, email, Facebook’s inboxes, Friendster’s bulletins and shout-outs!  It’s time, I said… I wasn’t able to witness the success of first exhibit held in Los Baños due to heavy rain. But, despite of the drizzling weather earlier today, I didn’t allow my self to miss, The Opening Ceremony of the Final Phase of Biomodd Exhibit in the Philippines held in MCAD, La Salle CSB. I arrived 5pm in MCAD and all were still busy making sure that things were in proper forms. I felt useless inside and so I went out to have early dinner. And when I went back ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2009, 10:36 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • LOS BAÑOS EXHIBIT OPENING! We're finally opening in LB! (For the team: All the invitation files are archived here.)
    Posted Sep 7, 2009, 10:23 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • BIOMODD LAB: OPEN SHOWING FOR THE UPOU COMMUNITY Dear UPOU staff, faculty, students, alumni, supporters, and community members, please join the Biomodd [LBA2] Team before the installation opens at the UP Los Baños Student Union Building on August 6, 2009. Learn more about the crazy things that have been going on in this space that our Team members fondly call "The Lab". See lumot and motherboards like you've never seen them before. Be amazed at how we haven't blown up anything. June 21, 4-5 pmOblation HallUPOU HeadquartersCollege, Los Baños
    Posted Sep 7, 2009, 10:25 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • FIRST DATA FEED posted Tina MantaringJuly 4, 2009Top and bottom: Our first sensing prototypes measuring and streaming temperature, humidity, and light dataDiego came home with Arduino boards and all kinds of sensors for us to play with. Using these (and some other electronic components), we were able to wire up a prototype of the following system: An LM35 temperature sensor that can measure values from -55 C to 150 CAn HS15P humidity sensor that detects relative humidityA light-dependent resistor that measures the amount of ambient light An Arduino Duemilanove board that reads the analog sensor data, converts these to their digital equivalents, and send them to the computer via a virtual serial connection through the USB ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2009, 12:09 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • WORKING IN THE MOST SILENT LABORATORY posted by Dennise CastroJuly 7, 2009I had my first day in Biomodd Lab. I had to drag myself to the lab. Sobrang tinatamad kasi ako. Feeling ko ang layo-layo!   I travelled 2 hours from Las Piñas to NCC-Diliman. I together with Angelo ( "Mr. Biomodd", as he introduced himself to me ) took the shuttle service. Manong Naldo, started driving exactly 15:08 from NCC-Diliman, and the smooth traffic-less drizzling afternoon trip took us 2 hrs to arrive at Biomodd.   Upon arrival, I was shocked by the complete silence of the place, I felt like I was on an island, and the only noise that you can hear are the frogs on the street (katumbas ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2009, 12:08 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Minutes from meeting at the lab on July 3, 2009 (Please contribute your own notes and comment to this document.)The meeting started at 5 pm. Lai, Julius A., Vic, Jervis, Anne, Angelo, Diego, Vanni, Aleta, and members of Dakila (could someone write down all the names?) Trish, Nicky, Jayco were there. Angelo first gave an overview of the features of the installation. Individuals contributed to giving updates on sections they've been working on. Case updates The case needs to be aligned. It's crooked. (Update: now aligned.) Vine experiments: there have been experiments with growing vines using mud stuck to the case, hanging the vines on  Aquaponic update The fish are still alive; good news! PET bottles have come in and are now being used to culture bacteria ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2009, 11:32 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Lab updates: 28-06-09 Jeryl and I are alone in the lab. Vanni and Cathy and Iyen were here the other day; Iyen left yesterday.  Yesterday, we moved things around in the sculpture and tried to bring everything together: six monitors, tropical plants, fish aquarium, algae aquarium, PET bottles. It's cramped, but we ended up with something that might workable. Pictures here.Notes:Following Kent, we clustered monitors into two groups of three monitors (i.e., there's are two sides of the octagon directly across each other that don't have a monitor).Following Angelo, we vertically divided the interior of the case into a forest-y section and aquarium-y/aquaponic-y section. The division isn't exact and almost nothing ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2009, 9:12 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Updates today Today was a quiet but good day. This is what we accomplished:Kristine replaced the waterlogged soil of the two large vines. The soil looks much better now!Kristine & Tina have seeded the stones with urea to culture the nitrate-fixing (?) bacteria.Kristine, Tina, and I talked about issues with automatically refilling the tank. There are issues about where the water would come from, and what form the refilling mechanism would take. Tina suggested a floater in the aquarium tank attached to a ball that would stop the water coming from a reflling receptacle. This receptacle would probably have to be fairly small as it needs to fit inside the sculpture (presumably) and easy to refill. I divided the plants ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2009, 3:31 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Coming Home by Vanessa LiwanagJune 20, 2009There is always something about being in the mountains, or in the open field, or being near the water...it evokes a feeling of nostalgia, and for the first time in a long time, I felt I was home.I have recently been reposting Victor Velasco’s painting exhibit on Facebook, of his collection of Amorsolo-inspired paintings… those picturesque view of the farm, of the rice fields, of farmers happily harvesting their crops, the golden sun…when suddenly, I saw the very same view outside our window. Just behind the UPOU building was a rice field, and farmers were tending the field. But the sun, that same golden sun, casted its glow on ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2009, 6:37 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Aquaponics?   My first day back at the Biomodd Lab with Margarita Pantaleon and Roy San Buenaventura. Vanni and Jeryl were in the lab. The prototype is larger than I imagined, and surprising. The potential (and problems) of the installation are clearer to me now. Vanni and Kent have done fantastic work keeping the ball rolling. Jeryl looks super committed to doing the game. Margarita and Roy are two very bright students, so they're quick to pick up on things. Victor Sison came into the lab later, and his ideas were invigorating. He manages a small farm which he's converting into a sustainable outfit, so he's done lots of research and practical work into sustainable technologies. He has completely ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2009, 12:45 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Warning: Kids at Work     Kent, I'll be coming in with a cavalry of kids. Warning!!!" That was the text message I sent Kent, and not long before that, I barged into the lab with a bunch of kids eager for a "field trip."  I just had finished having tea at Arla with a colleague of mine, Gjeff Lamigo, talking about life and whatnot, when I invited him over to drop by the lab. He asked me if the kids could come. I said, "Sure!" He had four kids, two boys and two lovely girls, so I thought we could pretty much manage that.  But as soon as we were going to board the van, when I looked behind me, there were a whole ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2009, 7:12 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • MULTINATIONALS IN THE PHILIPPINES posted by Catherine Young on May 20, 2009 An interesting discussion from the Biomodd Team: Angelo: "Aren't multinational industries providing Filipinos with much needed jobs? So, aren't multinational corporations helping the economy? Multinational subsidiaries, by being located in the Philippines do not become national industries. For like the bananas and pineapples, the profits derived from their operations do not directly accrue to the country (particularly since, to attract multinationals, taxes have been waived and full repatriation of profits allowed).” An interesting text from a different era in Philippine history. Still relevant today? Wilson: I would say still very much relevant today. In fact it has some added complications. This analysis was very real during the time when globalization ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2009, 1:51 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPUTERS! posted by Lai del Rosario on May 30, 2009  Biomodd [LBA2] would like to thank everyone who attended and donated computers during the computer drive last May 23 at Green Papaya Art Projects! WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF COMPUTERS AND COMPUTER PARTS. Just e-mail lai[dot]delro[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know where and when we can pick up your computers. Special thanks to: University of the Philippines Open University, Informatics, UP Circuit, Green Papaya, Haliya Light Fruit Wine, VuQo Vodka, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs.Biomodd [LBA2] thanks everyone for the computer donations!Here is what we have so far: Part      Quantity Donated by monitor         2          Greenpeacekeyboard       3          GreenpeaceCD-ROM         1         Greenpeace ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2009, 10:24 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • BIOMODD: HOW TO PAY IT FORWARD? posted by J. Aleta Villanueva on May 27, 2009     This I ask in moments when I feel truly awed and blessed as a human being. For the summer, I have been busy with all sorts of stuff at UP Open University, the other half of me. This includes sitting in a New Media Arts  class of  Diego Maranan, a colleague of mine at UPOU.  These classes are part of a bigger project which I accidentally became part of:  http://www.biomodd.net/ . It's one of those neatest accidents which can happen to a teacher such as I.   But why so? How are all these helping me as Teacher Aleta of Builders' School. I,  Aleta, am  first and foremost a ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2011, 8:30 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • ENERGY=[GREATER] CAPACITY TO DO WORK posted May 16, 2009 by J. Aleta Villanueva  I was trying to adjust my brain a bit as last night, our teacher, this Librero was some kind of wishgiver as he played my faves with the UPOU band. But since I know this guy a bit and I heart him as a reliable colleague/ community site bud,  it wasn't hard for me to just be there as a student. Libby is a just as gifted and blended brained like Jeggs. Earlier into the Biomodd project we were exchanging about  how he will fit in with the team.  I was confident his brains would fit but I wondered about his unassuming ways.  He himself admittedly labels himself as a 'Syano ...
    Posted May 31, 2009, 5:57 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • COMMUNITY ARTS + ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE posted by Catherine Young on May 24, 2009   Lotsa heat during Biomodd discussions: LANI: Everyone can understand images. Images cut across all levels of comprehension. This is what makes it so eloquent, that the murals are part of the environment, free and accessible providing something for people to reflect on. Murals are platforms for images. As my reflection on art in social change, I have chosen this particular visual medium which is commonly seen in the Philippine  and its communities.Due to the size, cost, and work involved in creating a mural, muralists must often be commissioned by sponsors. Often it is the local government, a business or grants from patronage. For artists, their work gets a wide audience that ...
    Posted May 25, 2009, 3:54 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • DESIGN DRAFTED! posted by Angelo VermeulenApril 27, 2009OVERALL DESIGNLast week we came up with a first design of the whole Biomodd installation:the central structure or ‘brain’ will contain 9 computers, three gaming stations and a elaborate plant ecosystemit is made out of sculpted wood and glass panes, height about 2.2m, diameter about 1.6mit is placed on a hexagonal platform with three ramps, aquariums integrated in its sides, about 4m wide (excl. the ramps)around this platform three smaller ‘satellites’ complement the ‘brain’they’re also made out of sculpted wood and glass panesbut they’re smaller, and each one of them contains two game stations and plant lifeon top of the brain ...
    Posted May 18, 2009, 2:52 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • WHO OWNS BIOMODD? posted by J.Aleta Rivera-VillanuevaApril 25, 2009Diego brought us back to essential questions:What is art? Who owns it? Who owns Biomodd?He touches on digital media and knowledge...when we create what knowledge is lost? In the process of representing, whose story are we telling?He drives us to think more. He jumps a bit to ask about immigration. Then leads us back again with these pressing questions: Why preserve? Why mainstream? What's our stake at biomodd? How can we own it?Towards the end of our session, my brain lits up with some kind of AHA moment: Art becomes ours when we come together to imagine it together, some kind of convergence ofall ...
    Posted May 18, 2009, 2:22 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Things Finally Start Off in Los Banos by Al-Francis LibreroMarch 12, 2009 I had been wondering when I was really gonna get into the picture. For the past months, it's been about attempting to establish sponsorships and partnerships. But the building part. A rig was set up to propagate the algae we'll be using, but I wasn't part of that.Anyway, an HMR donation of PC parts didn't seem like it was going to pan out after visiting their Sta. Rosa processing plant. After seeing the noticeably disappointed looks of my teammates, I had to find out if I could at least mitigate this minor setback as much as I could. I always thought abot how I could provide even a ...
    Posted May 18, 2009, 2:08 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Diego + Verm = Biomodd in my Brain by J. Aleta VillanuevaMay 22, 2009 My Session 1: Artificial Life Forms The first time I worked closely with Diego was in last year's Cultural Committee for the Sunduan 2008 of UP Open Universtiy. He really is a wonder boy. I honestly told him that I hope my children will grow up to be just like him: brilliant, tech savvy, caring and healthy. I find him to be a global Pinoy in the real sense of the word. I also admire the fact that he is gay: people who have a great capacity to be themselves despite the odds. They plunge themselves into the Arts and have the benefit of getting into all kinds of pants! Getting to ...
    Posted May 24, 2009, 12:56 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • BIOMODD IMPRESSIONS posted by Melanie Trani on May 6, 2009 “Ecology + Game Culture + Installation Art + Community. We are looking for participants! No previous experience or training needed. Check out www.biomodd.net for more information.” Woo…what a come on! In true college style as I hurriedly packed and arranged stuff en route to Manila and Los Baños for MMS 198 & Biomodd, I contemplated on what to expect when just few days ago our professor, Diego briefly summarized to me what this summer program was all about. Surely, I had my readings on our class Google sites, Biomodd sites and links. But to feel, see and touch the Biomodd creations opened my sensorial being to fully grasp the concept behind Biomodd ...
    Posted May 31, 2009, 6:03 AM by Diego S. Maranan
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HOW THE INSTALLATION WORKS

posted Nov 6, 2010, 7:30 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 4:43 PM ]

By the time the team was ready to exhibit the Biomodd [LBA2] installation, the components of the installation related to each other in various ways to form a complex network of relationships. It's a challenge to explain all these relationships, but here are two ways we did so.

Version 1 (Linear narrative)

This was the version that accompanied the installation when it was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. The photos used in the diagram are of the version of the installation exhibited at UP Los Banos. Click the image to download a larger version of the (2.7 Mb):

Version 2 (Diagrammatic)

Here's a version that we drafted internally for the team (ca. July 8, 2009). It mentions a few things that never made it to the final version of the installation, notably the robotic arm. Click on the image below to enlarge it. 

Biomodd [LBA2] in "WE CAN CHANGE THE WEATHER - 100 cases of changeability"

posted Oct 15, 2010, 10:03 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Oct 15, 2010, 10:08 AM ]


WE CAN CHANGE THE WEATHER cover
The chapter that on Biomodd [LBA2] has just come out in the fourth CROSSTALKS publication, published by the Belgian press ASP (Academic & Scientific Publishers). The book is a collection of case studies on initiatives from across the globe that attempt to address climate change. Our section touched very briefly on e-waste, making art from recycled materials, using computer games to engage people in thinking about sustainability, working with communities in a collaborative way, and how we encourage more "versions" of Biomodd in order to keep the dialogue moving forward.

A preview of the chapter is available on Google Books. You can also order the book from the ASP website.


Angelo is a TED Fellow!

posted Oct 13, 2010, 8:54 PM by Diego Maranan   [ updated Oct 13, 2010, 9:05 PM by Diego S. Maranan ]

I'm realizing that there is no mention on this site of Angelo being awarded a 2010 TED Fellowship. How did this happen? Well, at any rate, he has. Since then he has given talks all over the place, including the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Pecha Kucha Maastricht.




Biomodd [LBA2] continues

posted Jul 24, 2010, 7:34 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Sep 8, 2010, 11:21 PM ]

Ten months after the exhibition of the Biomodd [LBA2] installation closed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design, King is giving a talk at the 3rd annual Philippine International Flora & Fauna Green Living Expo where a new "version" of Biomodd [LBA2] is on exhibit. So far, at least three new versions have been produced since the first one.

Angelo provided a short video for the Green Living Expo event, which King will show. (View it on YouTube.)

Diego has also created a two-part video for the event.

THE GAME TWEETS

posted Sep 21, 2009, 10:42 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Sep 21, 2009, 10:45 AM ]

Got this update from Julius Cebreros:

THE GAME TWEETS! She's at http://twitter.com/maria_makiling . She will tweet about the people who logged in to play the game and also their game progress. It can also check the latest @ mentions and see if she has been tagged with !HATE! or !ANGRY! or !APRUB! or even the words "Thanks" and "Salamat". The game world will react accordingly. It might cause it to send more enemies or even darken the background. So in a way, she senses people's reactions to her and then reacts through the game.

Sweet!

SEEING NEW (AND OLD) FACES

posted Sep 17, 2009, 10:14 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Sep 17, 2009, 10:16 AM ]

by Kristine Matusalem
July 6, 2009

[See the original entry on Multiply.com]

I went to the Biomodd lab again last Saturday. Unlike my (quiet) first visit, there were a lot more people working at the lab. It was nice to see new (and old) faces.

Everyone was busy when I arrived. A team, led by Angelo, was painting/cleaning a monitor and a keyboard. It was painted gold. I asked Angelo if all computers were to be painted gold, he said, maybe not because the spray paint was not eco-friendly.

The sculpture was undergoing a slight make-over. First, the metal base needed a hinge: this would allow the "dismantling and reassembly" of the sculpture, thus making the sculpture transportable. Biomodd would be exhibited at the UP Student Union building on August 5 then on the National Museum a month after.

Second, the posts needed straightening. The coco lumber structure was supposed to be just a prototype so, of course, there were imperfections. 

I asked Vanni if they figured out a way to make the posts furrier. I was imagining/thinking that the entire post should be furry and mossy. When the bark is stripped form the coco lumber, the fibery strips come out. This would make the posts better "hosts" for the climbing plants. Vanni said, we can just strip the remaining bark and plant vines there. Another suggestion (Vic's) was to use special, moss-like artificial sponge on the gaps. I asked the "manongs" working on the hinges for suggestions, they said we can "glue" coconut husk strips on the posts and look for more vines. 

By the way, the plants I re-potted and the vine I "planted" on the post are alive, although a little dry. Watering the plants is an important task!

Some of my BAMS classmates visited the lab. It was great and fun meeting them! We cleaned the aquarium using a special soap (Cif) from Belgium. We prepared the PET bottles for the aquaponic system. Kent tried to assemble a computer/some computers from the collection of parts available. (He said that we need more working hard drives, by the way.)

We tried to look for plants we can use for the structure. Initially, we were supposed to buy pots and soils from South Supermarket then just reproduce plants form the ones we already have through cuttings, etc. Someone (forgot who) said that a month would not be enough to grow the replanted ferns and stuff, we should just buy plants instead. Angelo said it's too early to buy plants, especially since the structure is not yet finished. He said that we'd know what else we'd need once the structure is up. He said that, for the mean time, we can look for plants around the lab. Kent said, usually getting plants from around the lab does not work. This makes sense because, I think, the plants around the lab are meant for outdoors. Vic and Ging suggested that we go to the Botanical Garden. I hope they pushed through with that plan. I had to leave early due to prior arrangements.

I would be back this week. Not on a weekend, though. I would not want to be subjected to another tiresome traffic jam. I spent more time travelling to the lab than staying there. (I should still be thankful since I need not travel a 12-hour boat ride, plus a few more hours by land just to get to the lab, like Ann! :)) 

The exhibit is just a few weeks away! Yikes!

Photos are available here.

12th DAY OF BIOMODD @ MCAD

posted Sep 17, 2009, 10:08 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Sep 17, 2009, 10:11 AM ]

by Kristine Matusalem
September 13, 2009
[See the original post on Multiply.com]

The fact that Biomodd is not just a simple installation is becoming much clearer as days go by. My involvement with the mini-biomodd is a testament to this. All components need painstaking care and routine check-up. A klutzy move could result to killing an Ashitaba plant. :) And because of this project's "needy-ness" for time, care and attention, one's involvement becomes more personal. 

I was at MCAD yesterday with Melanie. It was a rare occasion to see and work with Mel so we decided to have some lab time together at Biomodd's current abode. Plus, I wanted to "feel" the Biomodd setup again since I missed the opening. A lot of plants needed replacement. In fact, the few hours we were there, that was what we did. We replaced Maria Makiling's withered plants. It looks better now! Some ABM members were there to replace plants inside the main structure. Lai arrived with the panel boards. Russel, the guy who frequently visits the mini-biomodd was there to get to know the bigger version. There were a couple of visitors I got to talk to. They asked how Biomodd works, how components fit into the whole concept and they ultimately registered their amazement with the project. 

I plan to go back next week after I finish my other course requirements. After all, the exhibit would run for just two more weeks. Angelo said, help is needed on Wednesday because the Matanglawin shoot would be on Thursday.

Some photos here.

Biomodd Encounter

posted Sep 17, 2009, 10:04 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Sep 17, 2009, 10:12 AM ]

by Kristine Matusalem
June 29, 2009
[See the original entry on Multiply.com]

I left home early last Thursday to have my first hands-on experience with Biomodd. The night before, I viewed the website and to-do list. During my (rather long) trip to Los Banos, I was thinking of how I could contribute to this project that has long started. I did not take the MMS 198 class during the summer since I know I would not have enough time to complete the requirements for the course. I visited the lab a couple of months ago and was (and still am) amazed with how the project is unravelling. Another source of my apprehension is the fact that I am not familiar with gaming, programming and all that techie stuff, plus, I am not knowledgeable about plants, fishes or ecosystems. But I wanted to get involved, I wanted to learn. So there I was that drizzly Thursday morning, headed to Los Banos.

When I arrived at the lab, Diego immediately showed me around. I realized that the structure is huge. (I learned later on how much stuff is going inside the structure; so, technically, the size is just about right.) As I go about familiarizing myself with the structure, it dawned to me that there are still lots of work to be done. During my brief stay at the lab, I re-potted two plants: the big one on the center and the "droopy" plant. I tried to "plant" the vine unto one of the posts while hoping that I was doing it right and that the plant would live. While watering the plants, I was thinking about how the sculpture would look like when it's done, how it would be transported from Los Banos to Manila, how to make the posts "furrier", etc.

It was quite an experience for me to work at the Biomodd lab. I did not expect that I could actually do something tangible for the project (due to reasons mentioned above). I hope that as I spend more time getting to know the structure and the relationship of each of its components, I would be able to be more productive. I believe that it was not bad for a first encounter. I got my hands dirty and I enjoyed it. :)

DAY 3 @ Y4IT

posted Sep 10, 2009, 2:03 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Sep 10, 2009, 2:05 PM ]

by Blaise Gomez
September 11, 2009

I arrived at the Bahay ng Alumni at around 8AM. Roy, Ms. Melanie and her husband was already there. We had to wait a couple of minutes for the electric outlets in the booth to have electricity, after the power went up we were able to set up the Mini-Biomodd and the Laptops where we are supposed to play the AVP until Habs arrives in the afternoon to fix the computer part of the Mini-Biomodd. While waiting for the delegates and the students to arrive. Roy briefed us regarding how to the Mini-Biomodd works and how we could explain how everything falls into place. It was great timing because we adsorbed Roy's explanation, the first swarm of students found their way into the booth and started asking about it. Personally, I think the Biomodd Booth really stands out mainly because we have a computer, a set of plants and an aquarium in the booth. Things that don't normally go with each other. Iyen arrived early in the booth, although i couldn't remember the exact time. She was also very kind to provide ensaymada. She stayed for a while and had to leave because she has a fun PE class (futsal) to attend. : )

I was basically in charge of explaining the main ideas behind the main Biomodd and the Mini Biomodd to the students. Roy handled the swarm of students whom I could not handle, believe me, when i use the word swarm, it is really like, literally swarms of students. They're like armies attacking a fort, and you wouldn't want to turn your back for a second since they are really just keep on coming. Thank God there's three of us there. Ms. Melanie was the one responsible for signing the "Pass-By-Me" sheets of students.

I was able to talk to dozens of college students and professors who were really interested in creating their own version of the Biomodd. I suggested that they visit the Biomodd Site and check out the DIY manual. Dennise and Mon arrive at the booth I think around noon. I was also able to speak to Mr. Limjoco, who gave me his business card, since he was willing to fund another Biomodd project for his company who's interested in eco-friendly projects (to whom do i need to give his contact information? Angelo? Diego? Sir Al? Ms.Lai?). I think Mr. Limjoco wants the current Biomodd core group to create one for his firm.

I was also able to talk to a couple of students from University of Bicol who really like to create their own Biomodd. Another visitor of the booth suggested that the Biomodd be patented.

I really didn't feel any hunger while I was at the booth, maybe it's because I enjoyed explaining the idea behind the Biomodd and i liked the look at the Visitor's faces when they Finally realize or understand how the peculiar installation works.

Later in the afternoon, Habs and Julius arrived at the Biomodd booth and Habs was able to fix the problem concerning the playing of the AVP in the Mini-Biomodd, although he had no choice but to use the Mac Os X to play it. But it works very well now. Ms. Melanie also left the Booth in the afternoon.

we only had time to really relax and have time for fellowship late in the afternoon, since there were lesser students who were asking about the installation. I even heard some students whom I was able to explain the idea of Biomodd retelling, in their own words, how the Mini-Biomodd works to their fellow students who had the same questions and curiosity when they saw the Mini-Biomodd.

I'm sure i missed a couple of important events that happen today in the booth, but I think Iyen would be able to fill up the gaps. : )

PS: Ms. Melanie was asking if there's anyone who'd like to assist her in manning the booth in the morning tomorrow, since I think it would be very hard for only one person to man the booth, explain the ideas behind the Mini-Biomodd and sign the "Pass-By-Me" sheets of students. She'd really need reinforcement.

TIME FLIES AT THE Y4IT CONGRESS BIOMODD BOOTH

posted Sep 9, 2009, 11:18 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 5, 2010, 9:11 PM ]

by Kristine Matusalem
Sept 10, 2009

I volunteered to man booth for the second half of the day. I went straight to the venue after work with my laptop and camera. Shortly after I arrived, Anne hang the controversial tarps from MCAD, while I posted the Mini-biomodd write-up and played the AVP. We moved the table near the next booth (no one was manning the neighboring booth anyway) since it was blocking the structure. Julius came later to fix the leaks. Iyen did a lot of signing before she left for her class.

Throngs of students come in the UP Bahay ng Alumni every hour, all armed with sig-sheets. Apparently, ITTC will give out prizes for those who who can pass-by a certain number of booths and fill-out all the blank spaces with 'autographs' from booth representatives.

We met students from different parts of the country, some came all the way from Appari! Aside from signing sheets, we entertained questions and comments from interested visitors. The usual questions I got were: how does the mini-biomodd/biomodd work, who came up with this idea, what is it for. Through the biomodd-immersion I got from visiting and helping with the Biomodd [LBA2] construction, I was able to satisfy them with my replies. I hope that we have fascinated them enough to check-out the Biomodd exhibit in MCAD.

One student asked me if biomodd is already being used (or offered) commercially. Another participant shared that he is designing a computer based, plant watering system and he is interested in incorporating his project to a biomodd-like concept. This same person asked if he needs someone's permission if he chooses to make a similar structure. Some are content with just walking around the mini-biomodd. A couple of students asked if we can speak at their school's IT event. One even asked for a calling card. We advise them to check out the biomodd website for contact information. At the very least, Y4ITC delegates take a second look when they pass by our strategically- placed booth. There are, of course, those who just want our signatures. :D

We left the venue around 6pm, after Julius finished the repairs. It was a tiring but fun-filled booth-manning day for me. I like the idea of sharing the biomodd experience to more people through this event. Good job to everyone!

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