YLEM blog A listing of events and news of YLEM and its members

November 21, 2007

Give One Get One $100 Laptop

Filed under: Member News,Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:16 pm


Between November 12 and November 26, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. OLPC, better known for their $100 Laptop, was founded by ex Chairman of MIT Media Lab Nicholas Negroponte to get laptops in the hands of the children of developing countries. If you don’t know what the $100 Laptop is or why you should care, watch this video.

Repeat, you can now get the $100 Laptop! I just bought one!

The catch is that it costs $399 ($423.95 with shipping) – but that is quite a deal when you consider the following:

• The laptop is actually more like $200 (the more they produce, the closer it gets to $100).

• You are giving one to a child in a developing country and you “receive one for the child in your life” (In my case, the child in my life is me).

• Half of it is a tax deductible donation (you only get to write off the laptop you donate).

• T-Mobile gives you one-year complimentary HotSpot service (I found this out after I bought it).
The $100 Laptop
The XO from OLPC

November 14, 2007

Call for Articles: Nanoscale Science and Art

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 7:31 pm

Leonardo Logo

Leonardo, in collaboration with the Exploratorium under the auspices of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, has begun publishing work exploring the intersections of nanotech/science and art.

Manuscripts or artist’s statements can be submitted for publication in Leonardo at this link or in Transactions at this link, a section of the printed Leonardo journal that publishes camera-ready manuscripts for rapid publication. For information on submitting a book length manuscript see this link. They are especially seeking:

  • Visual Artist’s statements explaining the relationship of their work to nanotech/science
  • Manuscripts or artist’s statements involving sound and tactile art works
  • Manuscripts from scientists, engineers and scholars exploring the connection between nanotech/science and art
  • Manuscripts and visuals aimed towards nanotech/science education that uses the arts as a pedagogical tool

Interested artists and authors are invited to send proposals, queries and/or manuscripts to the Leonardo editorial office:

Mail: Leonardo, 211 Sutter St, suite #501, San Francisco, CA 94108 U.S.A.

E-mail: <leonardomanuscripts@gmail.com>

November 10, 2007

Member Events: Massive 546 Million Pixel Painting Exhibited Globally With Deep Zoom & Pan

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 11:52 am

Cosmic Tree Of Life
Roger Ferragallo’s Cosmic Tree of Life

Four years in the making, “Cosmic Tree Of Life” is Roger Ferragallo’s digital mural combining subject matter and medium with audience participation. Ferragallo renders hundreds of details, from a butterfly’s wing to majestic galaxies.

“I wish to convey the vastness of space from the micro and terrestrial to the wonder and grandeur of the universe beyond.”

-Roger Ferragallo

The mural sized mega-pixel painting spans 25 ft x 15 ft (32,400 x 16,872 x 300 dpi). Now seen on Gigapan, “Cosmic Tree Of Life” takes full advantage of powerful Google Earth gigapixel-scale zoom and pan tools that are interactive and very easy to use.

Click here to view this impressive work online

Ferragallo’s goal was to create an interactive painting viewable in the same photonic light in which it was created. To accomplish this he set out to find and, if necessary, develop tools to deliver this experience. The first opportunity came in 2005 when the University of California at Irvine announced they had created the largest scalable high resolution computer display in the world, measuring 23 ft. x 9 ft (HIPerWall). It was here that Cosmic Tree Of Life was first exhibited in December 2005.

Cosmic Tree of Life
The Cosmic Tree of Life exhibited at University Of California, Irvine on their huge scalable computerized Display measuring 23 ft x 9 ft, December 2005

In September, 2007, Ferragallo’s wider vision of interactive audience participation for “Cosmic Tree Of Life” came when he discovered Gigapan. A monumental visual display system, Gigapan comes from The Global Connection Project, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Ames, Google Earth and National Geographic. These organizations invite professional and non professional photographers from around the world to upload and exhibit panoramic photographs to their site, creating a global repository accessible by anyone, anywhere, 24 hours a day. By exhibiting Ferragallo’s masterwork, the Global Connection project successfully expanded its scope and is now seriously studying the inclusion of the fine arts in their mission.

Call for Submissions: Locate \ Navigate: Exercises in mapping

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 12:36 am


Urban Culture Project (UCP) invites proposals for participation in an upcoming exhibition project, locate | navigate, revolving around the notion of mapping. Curated by Charlotte Street Foundation Associate Director Kate Hackman, the exhibition component of the project will be presented across two UCP venues in downtown Kansas City —la Esquina and Project Space — January 18-March 8, 2008. Public programs will be planned in conjunction, and a selection of works will be presented as an exhibition in print in the pages of Review magazine, March 2008. In addition, it is expected that this project will extend to other manifestations and elaborations in the future.

locate | navigate will present a series of (broadly defined) maps, privileging highly specific and personal sets of information. It seeks to include “maps” by a diverse cross-section of individuals, from visual artists, musicians, dancers, performance artists, filmmakers, and writers, to architects, landscapers, designers, developers, planners, historians, scientists, librarians, astronomers, teachers, transit specialists, athletes, politicians, collectors, businesspeople, cooks, parents, students, etc., etc.

Individuals interested in participating by submitting maps of their own making should submit a brief statement of interest to Kate Hackman at kate@charlottestreet.org by DECEMBER 1, at which point further details will be provided. Proposals for public programs – talks, discussions, readings, tours, and other events, outings, and projects relating to this exhibition project are also welcome. Also visit www.urbancultureproject.org for more information.

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