M5 BUS ROUTE Assignment

The assignment was to simply take the M5 Bus on Houston and La Guardia to its end stop at George Washington Bridge and back and write a 5 page doc on your impressions and reactions.

So I decided to add some media to it… took some pictures and video while on the bus… wrote down my comments and thoughts throughout the trip… tried to keep track of the bus location to have a sense of speed…

THEN did the same route on my bike… well… ended up not doing the exact same route but close enough… but placed the camera on my bike (yes – with dck tape and a plastic bag under it to act as a cushion) and filmed the whole thing.

Wanted to trace the route with a GPS but it would not pick up the signals from the satelites withing the city…

BUT got my heart rate data.

Now have to figure out how to present all of this using text for the comments, a map with my position, scenes from the bike, and my heart rate in a little graph…

Here are some pics for now…

1. Beggining of the ride – a construction site – NY is being rebuilt!

2. The few passengers going uptown…

3. My annotations…

4. The final stop! The George Washington bridge

5. Final Stop – interesting architecture

6. Final stop 3 – smoke staks


WOW!! That is all I can say!

Not necessarily overwhelmed by the amount of information but the QUALITY of information and resources we have available here…

For example – we have access to a 3D PRINTER – that’s right – you send them a 3D model and then you get the actual PHYSICAL object out the next day!! Not to mention the large format high-quality photo printers, full multi-media studios with video and sound editing software and hardware…

So – let’s take it one step at a time:


Communications Lab

Frank Migliorelli

“Good interactive design is good story telling”

Recommended 2 books:

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” by Marshall McLuhan – “old” book but still very current in its ideas.

“Charles Chaplin – my Auto-biography” – thought it was interesting how the story teller fell in love with technology.

VERY interesting homework – 55 word challenge – have to write a full story with who, what, where, conflict, and resolution in no more than 55 words. This was a “theory” that Steve Moss, the author of “The World’s Shortest Stories: Murder, Love, Horror, Suspense, All This and Much More in the Most Amazing Short Stories Ever Written, Each One Just 55 Words Long” came up with – the least amount of words you can use to write a full story is 55…

Here is mine:











“THE BUDDHA IN THE JUNGLE” by Kamala Tiyavanicht>

Seems like it will be a pretty cool class where we will look at all kinds of media and how to use them.

On Friday:

Introduction to Computational Media

Shawn Van Every

Basically a programing class with the focus on how to manipulate, create, and automate media… using an open-source program called Processing to start with… seems to be pretty powerfull – wanted to see if I can use it to do my M5 Bus tour presentation – wait for next post 😉

The first exercise was pretty cool… each student drew a picture with a few basic shapes (lines, squares and circles). Then we had to write instructions on how to draw it. Instructions swapped, you had to draw according to the “program” you had – and as homework – had to do the same but using Processing.

Here is my first assignment – pretty basic – “Drawing #2”


So it beggins!!

First day of classes at ITP!! Applications class with Red Burns… What an interesting lady… Founded ITP in 1979 and participated in technologies such as Public Acces, Teletext, and the first emails in the world!

Some of the things she expects us to do:

  • Embrace the unexpected
  • Value serendipity
  • Play
  • Create a whole with disparate parts

A quote from one of the founders of Xerox: “If you want to know what the future is – INVENT IT!”

Another interesting topic:

Consumers are becoming content producers – how to sort/distribute/access all of this media/content?


Our first assignment was handed out:

“Take the M5 bus on a weekend at Houston and La Guardia Place to the last stop – George Washington Bridge – and return.

Make notes of what you find surprising – e.g. Changing neighborhoods, changing people, changing architecture, or none of these – and write your personal experience of the trip – observing, imagining, and reacting to New York, or you can choose to imagine a story about the people you see.”

Some ideas I have:

  • Video/picture sequences of the route
  • Map pinpointing position
  • Retrace route on bike – shooting video and pictures along the way
  • Include heart rate monitor data
  • Interview people along the way (not so good)


Second half of the class we had the guest speaker: Acconci

Here are two VERY short exerpt of the lecture – was really just testing the video capabilities of my phone…

(Coming back soon)

Started out as an artists experimenting with the self – showed us some of his pieces:

  • Video with him using a candle to burn the hair off his body and trying to become a woman
  • Installation in an empty room with a ramp – he was under the ramp talking “dirty” and masturbating – experiment on togetherness and isolation
  • Installation with a dining table that stretched out of the window – becoming a trampoline
  • Installation of 4 planks on the floor – all with the American colors – and a seat in the middle. The seat is connected to pulleys that tilt the 4 planks up to close up and form a room – the exterior walls having the Soviet colors. The room existed just as long as the person existed sitting there.
  • Upside down houses – 3 houses upside down one on top of the other

“Art started to become specific to space and time. If the piece was somewhere else or at a different time it would not make sense or make a different sense.”

Nowadays he is a designer/architect www.acconci.com

Dwells on natural shapes – how architecture should move to adapt to humans – not the opposite. Organic shapes.

In NY:

  • Queens College – sphere installation
  • Clothes shop in Japan – cloth used to cover the interior to give it a soft feel – in the changing room, if you liked the clothe, press a button and take picture of yourself – picture is projected on store front’s panel
  • Staten Island subway station – walls that become the seating


Can’t wait for more!


After having sold EVERYTHING I owned in Brazil – car, motorcycle, camera, video, dvd player, home theater, windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment, bikes, stereo and so on – I have purchased some new toys 😉

Felt good and at the same time funny to look at my 2 travel bags, some cases of books and clothes, and realize that it was all I owned… great feeling… start fresh.

Did some research and got the following:

1 – MacBook Pro 15″

I switched!! Did the switch from PC to Mac and must say that I am absolutely LOVING it! Have to admit that one of the reasons I actually switched is precisely because you can install Windows XP on it!

BUT when I started using it I realized that I might do it just to test it and might never really use it. During an interview, Apples PR guy said that he was not worried about people buying their hardware and using Microsoft’s software since once a PC user tried Mac OS X they would not go back to Windows XP… thought it was a fantastic and bold (and probably well thought of) comment.

Mac OS X is amazing – just like the ADDS say – it is ready straight out of the box – configuration is simple and you cannot go wrong. All the tools you need are there, even if you are an advanced user you will find that the simplified tools are great for the basics.

Thought about getting the 17″ one but the performance is the same and it simply is a little too big to lug around.

2 – Helio mobile phone

Decided to steer away from the traditional mobile operators and go with the new 3G MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) owned by Earthlink’s founder and a Korean investor I believe.

Only 2 but very cool phone options… all you can eat data services which I loved… free videos… the phone I got has great features – amazing screen – 2 megapixel photo camera with “flash” and digital zoom – vga video – mp3 player – voice recorder

Did not like that it is still not compatible with the Mac and some of the features like shortcuts are not all customizable… also did not find a way to store bookmarks while surfing for sites…

3 – Specialized Tarmac Expert

Was going for the Cannondale CAAAD 8 but after the guys at the shop told me to try the this one I fell in love with it… don’t know if it was the full carbon frame or the modern geometry but it just felt right… loved it…

To go with it got top of the line Specalized shoes (carbon), Time pedals, Bell helmet, Polar heart rate monitor with wireless speed and cadence transmitters, and Specialized goggles that adapt to the lighting conditions.

Still want to buy the Canon EOS 30D and the Apple Cinema Display 30″ but waiting to move into my official apt to get that.

Well… now will also have to spend some money furnishing my apartment… but that is from a different budget… mentally 😉

My Temp House

You cannot imagine the position I am in…

Well – the bed is in the middle of Henry’s living room – I was staying in a little room behind his office (adjacent to his apt – connected) but now they are renovating the office so the office moved into the room I was staying in… And the bed came into his living room…

Just sooo thankfull to him for having let me stay here…

It gets better – I am on the bed – my laptop on the floor – wireless keyboard and mouse with me on the bed and me in my undies typing away – oh yes – have the Apple “zoom” feature on so that I can see a little better what I am typing… Eheheeh…

As far as the aparment hunting goes, I have decided that I will stop the hunting and just go to Stuyvesant Town… It is not the “cool” place to be in and not the fancy neighborhood but I think it is the best deal… It is simply so much bigger than everything else I saw… Got a good one today via email but then there is the brokers fee… One month worth of rent just evaporated… I can furnish the place with that money 😉

The Switch

So many options – so many widgets for my new Mac – so many tools

Ran away from using MySpace as my bloggin tool – even though my Helio phone is integrated with it…

Figured the Blogger Widget would be more usefull… or maybe not… this just seemed like a cleaner, faster, and more customizable blogging tool.

This was my old blog (from which I copied the entries into this one 😉

My Space – Lucas Longo

Thats it for now!

Second Entry

Second entry… this might actaully become adictive!!

Zipped around on my rollerblades with great music blasting through my iPod while systematically going through the list of potential apartments for rent.

Started off at Graduate Housing who told me that there were no more subsidised apartments available… nothing more than expected.

Went to Styuvesant Town to check it out… inside the “complex” it feels like you are not in the city… reminded me that I wanted to be in the middle of it all to counterbalance the time when I lived on dead-by-night Wall St 10 years ago.

But also realised that it would be a big plus to have a nice quite area that I could call “home” in the middle of this bubbling city… also at a different stage of my life where you start caring more for the smaller details, the fine pleasures – as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the frenetic street life the Village can offer.

Not too close to NYU but could use the walk – no 1 bedrooms available – for now – but good excuse to get Otto here 😉

Funny how when I first saw it I figured I would end up there… same way that happened with the Wall St apt – something similar about them – the one owner/big complex/leasing/no broker style.

And I actually saw it while being shown the very first apartment I looked at here… it all happens for a reason I guess…

It is all connected…

An interesting topic to explore artistically/technically at ITP – how this small world effect/coincidences/”fate”/subliminal messages affect our daily lives and how we actually look at art and technology differently depending on what we have experienced in the past few moments…

Ok – that`s it for now…

Getting sleppy 😉