Wednesday, June 28, 2006
On Wednesday. June 21, Fishbon Event Lab operatives evaluated Segway Human Transporters under the watchful eye of Santa Barbara Segway partner Jerry. After brief learning curve manuevers, all agents were able to operate the excellent two wheeled vehicles and vowed to incorporate them in future forays. Later in the evening, a hitherto Secret Microwave Oven was put through its paces with marshmallows, CDs, bars of soap, lightbulbs, eggs and other items not approved for street use. In an exciting finale, Nathan and Erin led a Diet Coke and Mentos Fiesta that began with moderate six foot fountains and then, when modified, resulted in a 20' blast to the amazement of all assembled.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
On Wednesday, June 14th, Fishbon Event Lab commandos were treated to "first look" presentations of Fabulous Structures ideas for this year's Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Silas showed his beautifully executed Emboss-O Wheel that leaves a continuous trail of text that says "Playa Love Playa Live..." when mounted on a bicycle. Pope showed his Pram design and Michael brought models of his Magical Pavillion. A brief review of Gerard Minikawa's Starry Bamboo Mandala slated to be prototyped at the Pescadrome followed. Later in the evening, operatives learned about the Fishbon Event Lab Fashion Cell Avatar Show at UCSB Museum of Art's opening for Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator. The obligatory "hands on" segment featured structure design with excellent oversized legos and plastic dinosaurs.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
On Wednesday, June 7, Fishbon Event Lab opeatives picked up where they left off last week-- taking parts liberated from a failed office copier and using them to create indisputably Bad Machinery. While some looked impressive, a panel of technical experts confirmed that none of the devices could be expected to serve any practical use whatsoever. In fact, the suggestion was made that none of the teams return to the drawing board. Later in the evening the crew caravanned to the Pescadrome, Fishbon's new studio and performance space in Santa Barbara. There they were greeted by an impressive montage of Interactive Video Projections developed by Wes, Lance, Graham and Mad Dog as part of UCSBs Media Arts and Technnology graduate program. The custom software processed video feeds and the result was a stream of audio and video that changed with user input.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
On Wednesday, May 31 undercover operatives of the Fishbon Event Lab gathered to perform Emergency Radical Copier Repair on the donated Kyocera copier. After removing most moving parts and driving a 3 inch nail trought the LCD display, the now hopelessly inoperative device was declared no worse off than it was when the work began. It still didn't work, but as it had been stripped of superfluous parts, was much lighter. Service victory! Later in the evening agents experimented with AI (artificial intelligence) Chatterbots. These talking head marvels responded provocatively to a wide range of questionable statements to the amusement of the assembled.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
On Wednesday, May 24 agents of the Fishbon Event Lab gathered to investigate Clandestine Musical Instruments and tools for creating Virtual World Avatars in Second Life. The evening began with a demo of a wind instrument invented by Dominique and Alan Streubing for the Summer Solstice Celebration. Using a weather balloon as a membrane, the PVC pipe device was able to produce a range of strange didgeridoo-like sounds that mesmerized the operatives in attendance. Later in the evening, Alex demoed Second Life tools and templates for avatar creation. A pattern was photographed, imported into a template and uploaded into Second Life where it was mapped onto an avatar. The result was surreal. The Fishbon Fashion Cell Avatar show will be featured at the opening of the University of California at Santa Barbara Museum of Art show Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator.