Archive for March, 2011


Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Here’s one more plea for LIGHTBAR help … but you don’t even have to step away from the screen this time.

I’m going to be delivering a slideshow on the history, theory and technology of LIGHTBAR at Portland’s next Pecha Kucha night, as part of a great bit light-arts symposium at PSU called Illuminated City How cool is that?

A Pecha Kucha is a kind of slideshow-on-crack public event first invented in Japan in 2003. Presenters get to show only twenty slides and you get ONLY TWENTY SECONDS PER SLIDE! Picture it as 50% arts-n-culture, 50% used car sales. A group called Project Cityscope has been putting them on in Portland for a while now. This particular episode of it, Volume 9, has a theme of “spectrum,” so of course I had to apply … and today they gave me the green light! Color me excited.
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Paul Stoffregen, the inventor/genius who built these RGB smart-lights for this year’s LIGHTBAR, has posted in detail about the design and how you can build your own. How rad is that?

That, of course, is what DorkbotPDX is all about.

Thanks for the LIGHTBAR!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Congratulations, Portland! You have successfully summoned spring. There’s a big pink explosion of plum blossoms out my window, the same gorgeous color as the last evening of LIGHTBAR. For those of you who missed Pink Night, here are some highlights:

Just to make it official: LIGHTBAR season is over for this year. It was grand, epic, successful in so many ways. Now I just need to get on with the rest of life. Boat Night holds fantastic promise, and we will do it, definitely, next year.

If there’s any way I can possibly thank or repay all the excellent volunteers who came out to play LIGHTBAR-games with me, please suggest it here! Ross, Maitland, Dan, Gabe, Tom, Jean-Margaret, Chris, Brian, Jake, Zed, Buffalo, Gordon, Paul, Katie, Nick, and everyone I’m forgetting because it’s been a long month — you are rad! LIGHTBAR is your creation, as much as it is mine! Congratulations on a job well done!