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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.
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! 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.
by Kristine Matusalem
July 6, 2009
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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.
by Kristine Matusalem
September 13, 2009
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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.
by Kristine Matusalem
June 29, 2009
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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. :)
by Blaise Gomez
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.
by Kristine Matusalem
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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