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Lab note 01

Filed under: Conferences, Methods — Lisa @ 20:08
Drawing Movement

Drawing Movement

Since starting to read the book Experimental Methods: An introduction to the analysis and presentation of data by scientist Les Kirup (1994), I am inspired to begin a Research Lab notebook .

As I start using the scientific format to report on an experiment I am doing with Daniela Giorgi, I suspect there will be room for jokes!

Date: 2011-06-02

Title: How methods used by a theatre producer and an animator can be combined to present an academic paper.

Aims of the experiment:
1. Describe methods used by a theatre producer and an animator
2. Identify their similarities and differences
3. Identify any new methods that result from their collaboration

Description of the apparatus:

Sketch of apparatus:

Experimental method:






Acidification demonstration

Filed under: Climate-Change-Communication, Presentations, Science — Lisa @ 07:57

In today’s Scuttlebutt newsletter I read:

Event Description

Guest lecturer Dr. Richard Feely will discuss the present and future implications of increased temperature and CO2 levels as they relate to the health of our West Coast ocean ecosystems. He will also conduct a live demonstration of ocean acidification.

Dr. Feely is a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle.
He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the
University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. His major research
areas are carbon cycling in the ocean and ocean acidification processes.
He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of St.
Thomas, in St Paul, Minnesota in 1969. He then went on to Texas A&M
University where he received both a master’s of science degree in 1971
and a Ph.D. in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical

He is the co-chair of the U.S. CLIVAR (Climate Variability and
Prediction)/CO2 Repeat Hydrography Program. He is also a member of the
steering committee for the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biochemistry Program. He
is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Feely has authored more than 200 refereed research publications. He
was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for his
pioneering research on ocean acidification. In 2007 he was elected to be a
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
For more information, please visit our website or call (562) 590-3100,
ext. 0.


$5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors (age 62+), teachers, and
students with valid ID and advanced reservations


Wednesday, May. 25 (7pm—8:30pm)


Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

(562) 951-1663

LIMELIGHT Long Beach Events Calendar, more information.

Method of performing in situ calibrated potentiometric pH measurements

Posted: 23 May 2011 12:37 AM PDT

A device for the precise and accurate potentiometric pH measurements in
situ. Embodiments of a potentiometric device according to the invention
consist of one or more glass pH-sensitive electrodes connected to a
potentiometer. A key feature of the device is that, rather than being
calibrated conventionally with buffers, it can be calibrated with an in
situ device that measures pH spectrophotometrically. Spectrophotometric pH
measurements obtained via sulfonephthalein absorbance measurements are
inherently calibrated (do not require buffers). Thus, devices according to
the invention allow for continuous potentiometric pH measurements with
occasional spectrophotometric calibrations. The spectrophotometric
calibration device consists of a spectrophotometer with associated pumps
for combining a sulfonephthalein pH indicator with the aqueous medium whose
pH is to be measured. The device will record potentiometric pH measurements
for an extended period of time until the spectrophotometric device is
autonomously activated for another calibration. In this manner precise and
accurate pH measurements can be obtained continuously in the environment,
and the low energy expenditure of the potentiometric device provides
excellent endurance. Also provided is a method and associated devices for
spectrophotometrically determining the salinity of an aqueous medium.

Inventors: Byrne, Robert H. (St. Petersburg, FL, US)

Application Number: 12/180021

Publication Date: 05/17/2011, 17 May 2011. More information.


Celestial dance NOW

Filed under: Science, dance — Lisa @ 07:46


More dance!

Filed under: dance — Lisa @ 08:42

Spike Jonze, Yo-Yo Ma, Lil’Buck + Jabbawockeez Tribute + Quest Crew:

Children dance a story

Filed under: dance — Lisa @ 08:27

This morning at breakfast a house mate tells me the story of The King, The Mice and The Cheese. When I Google to find it I find this home video of children starting to dance it:

Here’s a REVIEW of the story by Josef W. (age 8).


Google Doodle, animated dance

Filed under: DrawingMovement, animation, dance, drawing — Lisa @ 20:05

Yesterday’s Google Doodle was a beautiful animation. I was pretty busy and didn’t get a chance to find out anything about it. After asking friends I found out (THANK YOU ALL) that:

It was made by Ryan WoodWard to reflect the dance style of Martha Graham.

The Martha Graham Center site has lots of information.

The site Animated Google Doodle Honors 117th Birthday of Dancer Martha Graham is where you can download animation key frames.

Someone has put music to it.

Someone explains (in German) technical information about it.


Impressed by Nature

Filed under: Antarctic Garden — Lisa @ 15:18

I receive notice of the exhibition Impressed by Nature.

Images from the exhibition inspire thoughts of impressions that leaves in my garden are making in the pouring rain. Leaves on trees are heavy with water and those that have fallen drift lightly over puddles.

I find ‘10 things I have learned about the sea’:

ten things i have learned about the sea from lorenzo fonda on Vimeo.



Filed under: Climate-Change-Communication — Lisa @ 01:11

Matthew C.Nisbet writes about the need to carefully frame how we communicate climate change science, and suggests using a specific medium and audience (I read ‘on-line animations’ and ’students’.):

To break through the communication barriers of human nature, partisan identity, and media fragmentation, messages need to be tailored to a specific medium and audience, using carefully researched metaphors, allusions, and examples that trigger a new way of thinking about the personal relevance of climate change.

Nisbet also posts on EPOCA about the need to frame communication about acidification: Restarting the Conversation about Ocean Acidification


Visualising our ecosystem

Filed under: Datavisualization, Literature, animation, dance — Lisa @ 15:54

KRILL feature in the Hyperion Project, a beautiful animated interactive interface of the marine ecosystem:

Hyperion Project from Oisin Prendiville on Vimeo.

Hyperion is an animated generative installation; a triptych of mutually supporting digital environments that also rely on, and react to, sensor-based information received from the real-world environment. In addition to exploring new methods of data visualisation and generative programming techniques, Hyperion is also representative of new global digital biological systems and technologies.

Modelled as individual links in a food chain using a real-world biological marine ecosystem as a behavioural blueprint, the environments of Eos, Selene and Helios form a circuit reflecting the interdependency of such biological systems. Created with Macromedia Flash and utilising sensor and networking technology, each environment relies on the others for sustenance, in addition to reacting to stimuli received from the installation’s real-world physical environment.

The members of the group behind the project are Briana Hegarty, John Ryan, Deirdre Williams, and myself. Hyperion Project blog, accessed 8 April 2011

Another beautiful animation is The Garden of Ecos:

In this animated short, animals and plants are living peacefully together in a large garden until predators attack and ravage their habitat, stealing food and destroying plants. This creates an imbalance that leads to war. A fable that poetically describes how conflicts between 2 different groups in the same community can upset the natural balance of an ecosystem.

The film Atonement describes human impacts on an ecosystem.

Mountain Movement – Vue Redux from Jerry A. Smith, Ph.D. on Vimeo.

“>Mountain Movement is a is a 3D visualisation of a changing ecosystem:

This is a combination 3D and 2.5D Vue virtual composition. The original model, including animated ecosystem, was composed of over 2 million polygons, far too many to render in any reasonable time. I kept the near field objects as 3D, but renders the farther elements in multiple layers. The next is a hybrid Vue composition. Final color correction was done in After Effects. Jerry A. Smith 2010



Filed under: Datavisualization, Science — Lisa @ 15:39

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