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What I did in September 2014

September was busy! I attended the Making the City Playable conference, BarCamp London X, Open House London, saw Douglas Coupland, visited Brighton, and did various other things.



I went to the Making the City Playable conference in Bristol, listened to talks about bridges that light up when you walk over them, playful spotlights, mob football, parlour games, channelling your inner 3 year old, strapping on wings and using a zipline, computational humour, building on top of the world out of driftwood, lamp posts that you can exchange messages with, the sky orchestra - music for sleeping people, slides, trampoline roads, Bristol as a laboratory for change, and many other interesting topics.

Here are some of the talks to watch: Talks: Making the City Playable.

I participated in a performance of A Folded Path and walked around around Bristol, holding a wooden box that made sounds, helping to create a symphony, a soundtrack for the city.

I was trained on how to use a laser cutter at the London Hackspace.

I played Zombies 5K and ran around, but got distracted by fungi. I danced in the moonlight to Sisters of Mercy at antipodienne's leaving party.

I went to the Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican with deathboy and Corben and played games and clicked on net art and we turned into strange beings. At one point I was made of drawers. Smoke rose from deathboy's eyes. We bounced lasers to each other as if they were balls. We wrote tweets and saw them appear on a skirt. I bought a jodi.org keyring. We walked around a laser forest.

I admired the great views from the Cheesegrater, looked at some Roman baths, enjoyed art in the offices of a law firm, saw a space trumpet, was given a tour of 240 Blackfriars by an architect, wandered around a half completed station with escalators in wooden boxes, went inside a very small house, visited an arts venue in former public toilets.

These are the places I visited during Open House London weekend:

Cheesegrater (The Leadenhall Building)
Blackfriars Arts Treasure Hunt (well, did a bit of it)
100 Victoria Embankment - Unilever House
240 Blackfriars
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
CityPoint (Simmons & Simmons' offices and art collection)

Canary Wharf Crossrail Station construction site
Marx Memorial Library
Finsbury Town Hall
Angel Building
The Small House
ArtsLav

The first day of September saw me leaving EMFCamp and heading back to London. It took me a few weeks to get around to doing anything with the TiLDA MKe, but eventually I made it display my name.

I went to BarCamp London X at Microsoft's office and learnt about Scala, puppies, search engines, the future, sequencing your genes, the Novikov self-consistency principle, augmented reality, quantum physics, passwords, philosophy of AI, writing on the road, UI archeology, art and mathematics, synthesizers, Haskell, how to design things to make sense, and probably other things too! I also played a card game about being a band on tour, and spoke to many interesting people, and ended up wearing a pirate hat and an inflatable parrot on my shoulder and didn't want to go home.

I went to Brighton for a work event and did a group project that involved pitching on the beach, creating personas based on Lego minifigs, and writing on lots of cards.

I saw Douglas Coupland at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, talking about his art.

I took a boat to Greenwich and ate vegan cake in the park, looked at the views of the skyscrapers, found one of the great trees of London - a Shagbark Hickory.

I ate mock abalone and drunk Vietnamese iced coffee.

Selected tweets:

She checks behind her when she sees people running at the station, to see if they're running from zombies. She starts to run anyway.

She wore leopard print two days in a row and imagined that at some point, later that day, she would turn into a leopard.

Sometimes I feel a sense of anticipation before reading my spam folder, and imagine profound secrets were mistakenly categorised as spam.

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It tasted like tofu! (It probably was tofu.)

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