Temple of Grace – Flickr group

I’ve made an attempt to gather photos of all the Burning Man temples over the years – with better success that some. This past years is doing better than most.

Temple of Grace – Burning Man 2014 – Flickr Group

These are photos submitted by the public. The rights and resolution on each photo are whatever the user submitted.

The attempt here and has been to archive photos in high-resolution.  If you have some photos of the temple or of its production, please, do a little photo editing, and  submit the best ones.

Dreary Coast

Rehearsing for The Dreary Coast

Rehearsing for The Dreary Coast

Back in Brooklyn for the month of Oct. to perform in a play called The Dreary Coast.  Written and produced by my old friend Jeff Stark.

The play is set on the Gowanus Canal.  To be clear, the audience and actors will be in boats and on the shores of the Gowanus.  Lop off the G-O-W on the name and you pretty much have an onomatopoeia.  The challenges of this production are many.  I’ve been on a lot of crazy complicated art projects.  This is cracky-crazy.

The Gowanus canal  is a special wild part of Brooklyn that is transforming before our eyes.  A super-fund clean up site with a Whole Foods on the embankment… and under construction, a beer garden and federal prison transfer station.  NY changes in the blink of an eye for better and worse.

The story and setting of the play are epic.  You can read about it in the Gothomist.

What am I doing?   I’ll be driving a boat…and singing with a band behind me in one scene. Guess who?  You’ll have to come see.

See you at the show. Don’t fall in the water.

Temple of Grace Campaign by Black Rock Arts Foundation.

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This year David Best and the Temple Crew return to the playa to build the Temple of Grace.  If you have a few extra bucks, please show some love by sending them some.

I’ve worked on Petaluma aka David Best crew on four different temples. They’ve set the standard for pulling off big art. The process is as important, if not more, than the results. We aren’t making blinky tall things to burn.  We are giving birth to a healing being from another dimension.  In the end, we throw our tools in the truck and get out the way.  The community comes in and breathes life into it.

Circumstances being what they are, I may or not, be able to join this years crew.  If you make it to the desert, bring something to the temple that you can share and let go of.  A photo, toy, poem. There’s no better place to let that happen.

 

requireJS – got it

Continuing efforts to get more better at modular javascript.  Used requireJS to my Oscillating Dom elements animation.

This set up pulls in jQuery, TweenMax off of a CDN.

The dependency injection appears to work a lot like AngularJS.  I found the docs a little confusing in regards to configuration and just had to play around with it but trying different setups and checking what loaded in Chrome Tools confirmed my set up.

Happy to have this awesome tool in my kit.

Osciallating Divs – Looking back at old code

I went back and looked at some old code in an experiment with the GSAP (aka Greensock) animation library.
I and i thought – oh, wow, that’s how I coded javascript a few months ago. With a bunch of globals.
So I cleaned up the code hiding that nastiness away. And the code is now on github.

View the animation here on you desktop, tablet or phone.

Note that the animation plays  choppy on older mobile devices when the alpha is tweened.

Ipad Web App

Built out an Ipad esales webb app following a Lynd.com tutorial by Chris Converse.  See it in web browser here. Drop the hash #browser, to be prompted to add the app to an ipad. When the app loads on an Ipad, the user is prompted to add it to the home screen so that it looks and feels like a native IOS app. This is all javascript, but I applied revealing modular javascript pattern.  I’m applying this pattern to all my javascirpt  work.  It take more set up, but it really tames javascript. This app:

  • repsonds to Landscape/Portrait
  • has google map
  • animated home screen

Single Page Web Applications Book Review

Single Page Web Applications
JavaScript end-to-end
Michael S. Mikowski and Josh C. Powell

Set those frameworks aside – for the moment – and roll up your sleeves, Single Page Web Applications, by Michael Mikowksi and Josh Powell is the equivalent of eating your spinach. With nothing but javascript, jQuery and a couple plug-ins, and a database, they take you step by step through the process of building a out a javascript end-to-end single page chat application.

Coming from a class based coding language, I had this down in spades. But how to build complex apps in a proto-type functional coding language like Javascript without diving into a world a of pain?

The authors employ a repeating MVC pattern for architecting their code. If you’ve ever built anything of complexity – nothing new there. But if not, this is a good place to grok that concept.

But it’s the particulars of Javascript that of interest of course. Before they dive in the deep end – there are some javascript uniqueness to to tackle. I think I can say, that after reading this book, I finally, truly get closure.

In this book you learn to build feature modules – with well defined APIs and strong isolation. They start simple and add complexity and are careful to explain their reasoning all they way through.

Only once in this book did a hit a wall and that was setting up the MongoDb database on a mac.  I posted my issue on the discussion forum and got a quick response from the author.

I’m re-reading this book so that I can truly grok the concepts and techniques – and thereby sketch out and build well defined and scoped feature modules of any sort – a day planner, a slide show, a video player – that can be popped into the larger application with minimum fuss.

Buy this book. Read it – read it again – and jump on the discussion forum.