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Recap, 2010 01SJ Day 1:

Today was the first day of the biennial!  Everything that I had spent months promoting and working for and it was finally here.  The first day was mainly hectic and exciting.  Hectic because I did not know what to expect, and exciting because I was able to meet a bunch of new artists from the Out of The Garage workshops.

I saw workshops which studied people’s shopping/clothing trends, a solar sculpture from Solar Circus, precision cut cardboard and materials from the tech shop, and other exciting things I would like to take part in throughout the weekend.

 
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Dio and Pilar talk about the process of designing and fabricating the traditional Mexican sandal – el huarache.

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Monica talks about how she developed the idea for this workshop and her experience working with the veterans.

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Jon Cohrs and Morgan Levy are selling bottles of Alviso's Medicinal All-Salt: hand-harvested medicinal cure-all salt for $52.50 each.

Are you feeling depressed? Sick of paying exorbitant rates for birth control?
Traditionally, medical conditions are treated through expensive appointments and prescription drugs. Alviso's Medicinal All-Salt is a unique low-dosage cocktail of all our most commonly used drugs, brought together in one simple salty remedy, naturally.

The All-Salt process harvests two popular commodities, sea salt and recycled pharmaceuticals from water treatment plants, to produce one fine medicinal product: a cure-all salt for every condition, hand harvested and sun dried for purity.

Inhabitants of San Jose have long harvested sea salt from the San Francisco Bay's ocean waters.

 
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Start: 09/16/2010 - 7:30pm
End: 09/16/2010 - 9:30pm

Thursday, September 16, 7:30pm

Please join us this Thursday, September 16 as we continue our programming series Open-Sourcing the City: Invited and Uninvited Participation. In the last event, professor/author Miriam Greenberg established the relationship between city branding and urban development agendas like Bloomberg's "Luxury City". Against this backdrop, how can cultural creatives and spatial practitioners participate productively? What are constructive forms of critical engagement?

 
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Anil Dash just published an interesting post looking at the social implications of the code fork, and how it has changed from a huge contested point to a feature of the collaborated process:

“While Linus Torvalds is best known as the creator of Linux, it’s one of his more geeky creations, and the social implications of its design, that may well end up being his greatest legacy. Because Linus has, in just a few short years, changed the social dynamic around forking, turning the idea of multiple versions of a work from a cultural weakness into a cultural strength. Perhaps the technologies that let us easily collaborate together online have finally matured enough to let our work reflect the reality that some problems are better solved with lots of different efforts instead of one committee-built compromise.”

 
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Today was a busy day with Gift Horse where we spent much of the day talking and working with the public and at the end of it, I was both happy and exhausted.

Out first helpers were Maria and Cecilia, two art students from San Jose State. They stayed and each built four viruses and even conquered the most difficult one to construct: Koobface.

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Here Joanna and Jennifer are demonstrating the proper technique for placing their viruses in the belly of the horse.

 
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Taeyoon says: Unlogo now http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/816924031/unlogo-the-corporate-identity-media-filter?pos=1&ref=search

Unlogo is a web service that eliminates logos and other corporate signage from videos. On a practical level, it takes back your personal media from the corporations and advertisers. On a technical level, it is a really cool combination of some brand new OpenCV and FFMPEG functionality. On a poetic level, it is a tool for focusing on what is important in the record of your life rather than the ubiquitous messages that advertisers want you to focus on.