May 06, 2009

Which Designs Should We Take to the Maker Faire?

Help us decide which of these designs to print as temporary tattoos. We'll be taking the top designs to the Maker Faire.

Which is your favorite? Which are your kids favorites? Help us decide.

Tell us what you think on our facebook page

March 20, 2009

Gearing Up For The Maker Faire 2009!

It's official! GalaxyGoo is taking The Cell Project to the Maker Faire again! We got our acceptance notice today.

So, now the planning and preparations begin! We had so much fun last year!

Would like to get involved? If so, please contact me at galaxygoo -at- gmail -dot- com, with "GalaxyGoo Cell Project" in the subject line. We're getting ready to move to a new web hosting company, so please use our gmail account until we're all settled into the new server.

Some of the things we need help with:

  • Volunteers to help set up and take down the booth
  • Volunteers to help staff the booth and help with the activity. We were very busy last year, and had a hard time keeping up with all the visitors to our booth.
  • photography during the event
  • Have you done the activity yourself? Take pictures of your cells and share your photos with us on flickr.
  • Donations are always welcome
  • Give the Cell Project to a teacher or a whole classroom!
  • Got an idea? Tell us about it!

April 28, 2008

Bay Area Maker Faire Education Day: Friday, May 2nd

The Maker Faire is fast approaching. In fact, it's this weekend!

This year, they're trying out something new. They've invited the Makers to start a day early, and to participate in a special day just for students and educators. Admission is free for Education Day!

That's right, if you're a teacher, and you'd like to come to a special open house just for educators, go sign up right now!

I'll be conducting a special workshop for teachers, on making cell models. If you're going to be there, please contact me so that I can be sure to have enough clay on had for you to do the workshop. Did I mention that teachers get in for free?!

The open house for teachers is scheduled for 4-6pm. Earlier in the day, I'll be doing some demonstrations for students, who will be there on field trips from school.

March 25, 2008

Get Your Tickets to the Maker Faire!

Come see us, and the Cell Project, at the Maker Faire! Ticket discounts end in April. Get your tickets now, so you don't have to pay full price at the door.

As the organizers say, the Maker Faire is

A two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful folks who like to tinker and love to make things.
We call them Makers.

February 25, 2008

GalaxyGoo goes to The Maker Faire

That's right, GalaxyGoo's Cell Project was accepted to the Maker Faire! WooHooo! We just got official notice.

See me at Maker Faire!

January 30, 2008

GalaxyGoo Happy Hour

The next GalayxGoo Happy Hour is scheduled for Friday, March 7. If you're in the San Francisco area and would like to attend, please rsvp on the event page.

November 20, 2007

The GalaxyGoo Flash-a-thon

The GalaxyGoo Flash-a-thon is coming! Starting Dec 10th!

We've got a bunch of really talented folks contributing their projects, with source code!

+ Branden Hall
+ Edwin Heijmen
+ Kristin Henry
+ Mike Johnson
+ Seb Lee-Delisle
+ Stacey Mulcahy
+ Keith Peters
+ Ben Stucki
+ and some great surprise guests!

This online event supports the educational projects at GalaxyGoo. Continue reading for more information...

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March 16, 2007

Photos from Family Science Days

Some photos of our booth, from the professional photographer who covered the whole conference. The kids were really into it. I think some of the parents wished there was enough room for them to play, too.

GalaxyGoo at AAAS Family Science Days ( photo1 | photo2 | photo3 )

We've also started a Cell Project Flickr group, and we're hoping to see a whole bunch of cell models showing up.

February 23, 2007

GalaxyGoo Happy Hour --Tonight!

Join us for tonight's GalaxyGoo Happy Hour!

Tonight, starting at 5:30 pm.

See details here: GalaxyGoo Happy Hour

If there's interest, I'll bring clay, and demonstrate the activity we did last weekend at the AAAS meeting. :-)

February 07, 2007

GalaxyGoo Happy Hour, Rescheduled for Friday the 23rd

The next GalaxyGoo Happy Hour is scheduled for Friday, Feb 23rd. If you're interested in joining us, drop me a line either in the comments here or with our contact form.

Better yet, RSVP on the page for the event: GalaxyGoo Happy Hour

January 29, 2007

GalaxyGoo at AAAS Family Science Days

GalaxyGoo will be at the AAAS - Annual Meeting Family Science Days! Feb 17-18. Exhibit Hall at the AAAS Annual Meeting, San Francisco Hilton.

We'll be demonstrating some of the off-screen activities from our Cell Project. My favorite is building Cell models out of clay, and looking at the cross-sections. So bring your family along and play! Admission is free!

I hope our booth has a view of the stage, because there are a number of presentations I want to see, espcially by the Mythbusters and Iron Science (from the Exploratorium).

GalaxyGoo's participation in this exciting event was made possible by the efforts of Simon Conlin and the support of Adobe. Thank you!

December 19, 2006

GalaxyGoo Post-Holiday Gathering

It's been a while since we've had a GalaxyGoo Gathering. In fact, we're long overdue.

If you're going to be in the San Francisco area, and would like to join us, please post a comment here, use our contact form, or email me directly. I'll get back to you with date, time, location details.

Update: Looks like the weekend after New Years is better. :-)

Please vote for your preference of meeting days (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday).

October 02, 2006

How Many Cells Are In Your Body?

The PlumpJack Group is running a promotion, benefiting GalaxyGoo, at their Noe Valley shop.

"PlumpJack Wines Noe Valley and GalaxyGoo are working together to increase science literacy. GalaxyGoo is science, art, and discovery. The educational resources GalaxyGoo develops are free to teachers, students, and the general public.

Guess how many cells are in your body to be entered to win dinner for two at Balboa Cafe San Francisco, our PumpJack restaurant at the corner of Fillmore and Greenwich in historic Cow Hollow.

Your $1 donation will benefit science education, and give you the chance to win a great night out!"

The poster was designed by Matt Wood, of Visual Goodness, using elements from GalaxyGoo's Cell Project and my kaleidoscopic cell piece.


Beneath the poster are coaster sized disks, with kaleidoscopic cell patterns printed on them. They sort of remind me of sand dollars on a beach.

I've uploaded some photos of the window display to flickr.

October 01, 2006

GalaxyGoo Dinosaurs

GalaxyGoo will be at the Noe Valley Harvest Festival, on October 21. If you're going to be in the neighborhood, stop by our booth, and say "hi"! It's a great family-focused street fair, here in San Francisco.

There were so many little kids at last year's festival, that we decided to design some cool dinosaur T-shirts for this year. My favorite may be the Plesiosaurs, but I also like the Deinonychus patterns a lot. The fossils look like they're chasing each other around in a circle, and the black-on-white one reminds me of South Western pottery.


September 15, 2006

Where are the Women Speakers at Flash Conferences?

Every time I speak at a Flash conference, I'm asked how to find female speakers. Well, Ann-Marie, over at FlashGoddess has taken steps to make this easier for everybody, with the new (and growing) Flash Goddess Women Speakers Listing. Personally, I'm thrilled to be on this list.

July 05, 2006

GalaxyGoo in Blogathon 2006

It's official! We're in the 2006 Blogathon. We'll post an experimental Flash project every 30 minutes, for 24 hours.

In the 2004 blogathon, GalaxyGoo won the award for "Best Visual Arts". After a two year break, we're participating in the blogathon again.

When: Saturday, July 29th
Start Time: 6am (Pacific)

Sponsor GalaxyGoo! Your pledge supports the educational projects at GalaxyGoo.

April 06, 2006

GalxyGoo in Washington DC

I'll be in the Washington DC area next week to give a talk (NASA: Committee for Education & Public Outreach - Calendar).

They've got some amazingly talented people there, and I'm really looking forward to this adventure.

Does anyone know if the cherry trees in DC are currently in bloom? Or a great lunch spot near the Smithsonian?

March 09, 2006

Seeking Myth Busters

Celebrities help non-profits raise money all the time, and celebrity benefit events can be very successful and a lot of fun. At GalaxyGoo we've tossed around ideas on what celebrities would be a good fit. Top of the list has got to be the stars of MythBusters.

I think it would be just fantastic if the cast would do some kind of demonstration for a live audience, or even mingle through work-groups doing an activity. Basically, it would be a celebrity laboratory session, with a short talk/demonstration followed by a hands-on activity.

I see Adam Savage around town all the time, but it just wouldn't be neighborly to bother him when he's "off duty". I've tried using the contact form on their website, but haven't had a response yet. If you're connected with the show or can help arrange contact, I'd very much appreciate your assistance. You can contact me through postal mail or our online contact form.

January 31, 2006

Reminder: Art Science Happy Hour this Thursday

Are you interested in the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology? Are you concerned about science and arts education in today's schools? Looking for a way to make a difference? Join us for the first GalaxyGoo Happy Hour of 2006, on Thursday January 26th.

This will be an informal gathering.

When: 5-7pm, Thursday January 26th, 2006
Where: Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro) in San Francisco

An RSVP is not required, but if you let us know you're coming I'll know to bring enough chocolate.

This event is listed on Upcoming .org.

January 25, 2006

New date for happy hour

Unfortunately, I've just come down with a bad cold. So, we're rescheduling the Happy Hour for next week.

January 12, 2006

Art, Science, & Education Informal Gathering

Are you interested in the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology? Are you concerned about science and arts education in today's schools? Looking for a way to make a difference? Join us for the first GalaxyGoo Happy Hour of 2006, on Thursday January 26th.

This will be an informal gathering.

When: 5-7pm, Thursday January 26th, 2006
Where: Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro) in San Francisco

An RSVP is not required, but if you're interested in coming to the event or have any questions, please use our contact form.

This event is listed on Upcoming .org.

November 14, 2005

What Makes a Great Conference

It's been so busy around here, that many "news" items just haven't made it to the blog.

This summer, I attended the best conference I've ever been to: the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. There were several factors that made it such a great conference. First of all, the attendees were all encouraged to participate by presenting posters, so that most attendees were either giving a talk or giving a poster. Also, the speakers were not singled out, or isolated from the rest of the attendees.

The conference was focused on a single track of sessions, and there were more opportunities for talking with the other attendees than at other conferences I've been to. Also, limiting attendees to 125 reduced the chances of getting "lost in the crowd". During the five days of the conference, we ate all of our meals together and there were many opportunities in the day to socialize. We visited several pubs.

For me, attending one of the two-day workshops before the conference began was a great way to get to know people. We broke up into small working groups. I learned a great deal about assessing the effectiveness of learning applications, and got to know some amazing people at the workshop. You could even say that I had a paradigm shift, as a result of the workshop. I'll be writing more about this, as I continue my studies and explorations.

There was also the mini-grant competition. During the course of the conference, we were encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams, design a pilot project, and write a grant application to fund the project. Each team was expected to include a subject expert, a learning expert, and a media expert. The application was due at the end of the conference.

I am pleased to announce that I am part of a team that won funding for a pilot project, through the conference, and the project will include the development of a learning tool built with Flash. The grants were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

November 11, 2005

Art Intersect Science--Show Extended

If you missed the show, there's still time to get a look at this wonderful collection of art. The show has been extended for another week, and will be up until next Wednesday.

The gallery has two floors, so be sure to go downstairs and see the whole show.

Lucid is at 580 Sutter, about a two blocks from Union Square. Their website hasn't been updated, so the last show is still listed as "currently showing".

The event--first impressions

I just got home from the Art Intersect Science event, and I want to write down some of my initial reflections on the event.

First of all, I have to give applause to the artists who made the whole show. Without their genius and generosity none of this would be possible.

Next item: the music was perfect! Wendy De Rosa gave the perfect performance--not quite background, but not dominating the experience. She enriched the whole event. Her performance was so perfect that people upstairs were surprised to know that it was a live performance and came downstairs when they realized it was live... when she spoke between songs.

The food! Oh my goodness! The appetizers from the Ritz-Carlton disappeared before I had a chance to make my way over to the table. I heard that they were very, very, tasty, but they were gone before I could taste any of them. I was very busy and couldn't get there for almost two hours into the event. The Westin St. Francis and the 24th Street Cheese Company both provided ample platters of tasty treats, which I did get to taste. Yum, yum, yum! The plate from the Cheese company had these yummy spicy olives on it. I'll have to ask them what they were, because I can't recall tasting them before, and they were just fantastic!

Perhaps I have saved the best for last: the art! It was wonderful to see people with the art. I've been amazed by the pieces as they came in, one by one. Seeing them all together, hung in the gallery, was an altogether different experience. I saw myself as a curator for the first time. It has been an honor to be the central organizing point, that these amazing artists contributed their works to. If I could, I would keep all of the art for myself. Every piece is remarkable.

My favorite part of the whole night, was when I got the chance to go around the gallery with a guest and explain why I thought each piece was brilliant. After some discussion, I've decided to write up these thoughts. Over the next several weeks I will try to write about as many of the art works as time permits.

October 31, 2005

Online Bidding for Art Intersect Science now live

Just uploaded some updates to the Art Intersect Science event pages. This includes links to the online bidding service that will be handling the bids for the auction.

Additionally, because we were able to find some great sponsors for the event, admission is free. Please note that Lucid Gallery is a 21-and-over venue. Catering is being donated by The Ritz-Carlton, the Westin St. Francis, and the 24th Street Cheese Company.

A few more pieces are expected to arrive this week. Anne-Marie Pochat brought her piece all the way from France, and delivered it in person today. She will be attending the event on the 10th.

October 28, 2005

Wendy De Rosa plays at Art Intersect Science event

We're excited to have Wendy De Rosa performing at the Art Intersect Science event on November 10th.

Wendy's songs are beat driven, and her timber voice soars melodies over her rhythmic guitar playing. Wendy conveys an uplifting healing sound through her performance.

Savvy, strong, independent, full of life and inspiration, are the messages conveyed in the groove based, jazzy soul-folk music of Wendy De Rosa. She finds that catchy melody, creates that hook, and then you find you're singing it all day long. Wendy is based in the Bay Area as a musician and an energy healer, and has performed and given healing workshops all over the country. She has shared the stage with artists such as Merl Saunders, Melissa Ferrick, Digital Underground and more. She just returned from recording at the famous Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville and exciting things are in the works! This year Wendy also released a meditation CD called "Grounding Meditaion" you can find it and her 2003 release "Glow" online at and Catch Wendy's acoustic performance a the Galaxy Goo benefit at Lucid on Nov 10!

October 21, 2005

GalaxyGoo at the Noe Valley Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 22---that's tomorrow---we're staffing a community outreach booth at the Noe Valley Harvest Festival.

So, if you're going to be in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. We'll be selling tickets to the Art Intersect Science benefit event, and even have some neat thank you gifts for donotations. Thank you gifts include pixel blocks sets and Astro-Logix glow in the dark construction toys.

We just picked up the posterettes and postcards for Art Intersect Science 2005, and they look pretty good. Working in digital media, I so rarely get to see my works in tangible form. We'll have some of the posterettes and postcards at our booth tomorrow.

October 11, 2005

Art Show listed on

I've posted an announcement about Art Intersect Science on, and already there are a couple of people "watching" the event. Ok, call me a geek, but I think that's cool. Art Intersect Science: Art Show and Benefit Event at Lucid (Thursday, November 10, 2005)

August 22, 2005

5 More artists join the Art of Science

Over the weekend, five more artists confirmed their participation in GalaxyGoo's Art of Science.

August 15, 2005

GalaxyGoo's Art of Science Event Page

We've launched a simple event page for The Art of Science: Art Auction Benefit Event 2005. As more details are set, in the months leading up to the November event, we'll update and expand the page.

July 26, 2005

Skipping the Blogathon

This was a tough decision, but we're going to skip the Blogathon this year. While the last Blogathon was a great experience, several issues tipped the balance against GalaxyGoo participating this year. First of all, we've already got our hands full with the upcoming Art Auction and Benefit event. Secondly, Macromedia has already released a public Beta of the next Flash player. It seemed strange to be putting together a collection of experimental Flash pieces right now.

The last Blogathon was a lot of fun, and I wish this year's participants the best of luck.

July 25, 2005

GalaxyGoo Art Auction To Be Held At Lucid

Plans are moving ahead for the upcoming GalaxyGoo Art Auction Benefit Event. The date and location are set, so mark your calendars.

Thursday, November 10, 2005
Lucid, (art, entertainment, gallery).
580 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

Lucid is a really great space with two levels. They are currently remodeling the basement into a gallery space, which should be complete about three weeks from now. They even have WIFI in the whole building!

We were going to call the event "the art of science", but it appears that Princeton has beaten us to the punch. We're open to suggestions! I suppose we could go with "GalaxyGoo's Art of Science".

Already, the artwork coming in is fantastic! It's all inspired by Math and Science. Stay tuned for an event page, which will feature confirmed artists and event details.

July 13, 2005

The Blogathon is Back

The blogathon is back, and it's scheduled for August 6, 2005.

Last year, GalaxyGoo won the award for best visual arts project. The way we did it last time, we set up all the posts ahead of time and published them every 30 minutes during the blogathon. This worked well, and we took shifts.

To participate again, we'll need volunteers from the Flash community to donate experimental Flash projects and their source files. If you're interested, post a comment here or use our contact form. Be sure to include your email address, or I won't be able to get back in touch with you.

June 08, 2005

STRP art & technology festival : Call for Projects

Deadline 1 JULY

The first edition of the STRP festival will take place in Eindhoven(Netherlands) between the 18th and 20th of November 2005. Its focus is on the commonalities between art, popular culture and technology. As part of the festival there will be performances, exhibits and presentations in a historical space. STRP will take place on the 'holy' ground of the forbidden city of Philips, where in the 20th century numerous technological innovations were made. A place where Einstein worked at one point and where one of the most ambitious amalgamations of the arts and technology took place: "Poeme Electronique," a collaboration between the architect LeCorbusier with architect/composer Iannis Xenakis, artist Jean Petit, composer Edgard Varese and filmmaker Phillipe Agostini. Coincidence or not, Dick Raaijmakers also was closely involved in this project. STRP gets its inspiration from this amalgamation of technology and art.

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June 03, 2005

Dorkbot Eindhoven #2

After a successful first Dorkbot, Dorkbot Eindhoven is back for the second Dorkbot Eindhoven night on Wednesday, June 8th, 20.00 at the Gaslab TU/eindhoven, the Netherlands. /
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Around the globe there is a movement of small, autonomous functioning groups with a similar goal: offering artists/programmers/engineers/geeks an opportunity for informal peer review; establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware; help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests. This movement is called Dorkbot and on April 6th it started up in Eindhoven and on June 8th it continues.

For more information on Dorkbots that might be happening near you visit the Dorkbot site,

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June 02, 2005

Art+Math=X conference

Just came across a beautiful gallery for a conference that's happening right now, the 'Art+Math=X' conference. Participants include Bogdan Soban, Robert Krawczyk, Anne Burns and LunYi Tsai. I believe the piece by Lim Jung Hoon in particular will make Kristin's mouth water :)

From the conference site:
The conference "Art and Math= X," June 2-5, 2005, at the University of Colorado in Boulder encompasses a broad range of fields as they relate to art, mathematics and/or computer technology, including the exploration of the following themes: visualization and computer generated art, pattern and symmetry, geometry in quilting and artistic handicrafts, mathematics of knots and other 3-D objects. Conference participants will share information and discuss common interests, allowing new ideas and partnerships to emerge that can enrich interdisciplinary research and education.

May 27, 2005

Planet San Francisco Sculptor donates Pi Table to GalaxyGoo Art Auction

We haven't mentioned anything on the blog yet, since we're still very early in the planning stages, but GalaxyGoo is holding a benefit art auction in November. The theme is Art about and inspired by Science and Math.

You may be wondering why I couldn't wait to blog about this. Well, today I got confirmation that local artist Mike Farruggia is donating one of his works to the auction: his Pi Table. It's made of steam bent oak, with over 3,000 digits of Pi stamped into the surface. There's a good picture of it on his website.

March 03, 2005

FlashForward is just around the corner

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since last year's FlashForward! Last time, we organized a lunch, and it was a great success. This year, we're thinking of something that will allow more mingling, like a happy hour...maybe the night before the conference starts? When are folks getting into town?

If you're coming to San Francisco for FlashForward, and would like to join us, comment on this post, or use our contact form. If we have an idea of how many folks to expect, we can scout out a good spot.

February 14, 2005

Off Topic: Noe Valley Hosts Benefit For Tsunami Victims

A number of organizations in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco are hosting a benefit for the Tsunami Victims. All proceeds donated to the American Red Cross.

San Francsico Supervisor Bevan Dufty will serve as celebrity auctioneer.

When: Feb 15, 2005--6pm-8pm

Where: Bliss Bar 4026 24th Street (between Castro & Noe)

Sponsored by: Freinds of Noe Valley, Noe Valley Farmers Market, & Noe Valley Merchants & Professionals Association

If you're in the area, let me know if you plan to attend.

update: I'll be there tonight! Be sure to say hi, if you make it there too.

February 09, 2005

Visualization in Science and Education Conference

Wow! this looks like an amazing conference: GRC 2005: Visualization in Science and Education

Looks like you have to submit an application, for consideration by the conference chair, before you're allowed to register, and you can submit a poster abstract at the same time. Interesting.

January 10, 2005

Cell Workshop

What a great weekend! Usually, I try not to work on weekends, but I couldn't resist this time. I was asked to put together a hands-on workshop for a Math/Science Network event. The purpose of their events is to increase "increase the participation, retention, and advancement of girls and women in mathematics, science, and technology." My workshop would be for a group of 20-25 twelve year old girls interested in Science and Math.

Since we've been working with it so much lately, I decided to focus on the Cell, and had the girls build models of a cell out of clay. Each organelle was made from a different colored clay. Once the cells were completed, they were to slice the models in half, examine the cross sections, and try to identify the organelles they had just modeled.

The girls were just amazing! They asked great questions, and dived right into the activity.

I was completely energized.

September 21, 2004

Photos from book signing event

The book signing and benefit was a success! It was a lot of fun, and I got to meet some really cool people, like the folks from the Math/Science Network. Two of the most influential people in my education also came to the event. I had several courses with each of them, including Electron Microscopy, Assembly Language and Systems Programming.

Here are a few photos from the event.




September 16, 2004

Today's the day

Well, today's the big day. After much planning, the book signing/benefit is tonight! We picked up the food yesterday, and people are coming to help put it together today after we pick up the wine.

Flyers are up on telephone polls, and the display window of the book store has a bunch of copies of the book.

I just hope somebody shows up :-)

September 09, 2004

Book signing and Benefit for GalaxyGoo

Are you in the bay area? Time to celebrate the release of New Masters of Flash--GalaxyGoo style.

Please join us for a book signing and benefit for GalaxyGoo, with wine tasting and door prizes.

7pm Thursday, September 16
Cover to Cover Booksellers
1307 Castro St. (at 24th St)
San Francisco, CA

For more information:

August 09, 2004

Seeking volunteer webcam guru in San Francisco

Plans are well underway for the book signing and benefit event. It's coming together nicely. We'll be having wine tasting and door prizes!

A few days ago Edwin and I were chatting online, and we came up with the idea of having a webcam broadcast for folks who can't make it to the event.

So...we need somebody to help with the webcam and moderate a chat room (if we get one set up). If you're in the San Francisco area, and this sounds like something you'd like to help us out with, send me a note at khenry at galaxygoo dot org or post a comment here.

March 25, 2004

Jonathan Kaye offers free presentation with Breeze

If you're interested in building simulators with Flash, I encourage you to contact Jonathan about his Introduction to Programming Equipment Simulators in Flash (a Breeze Live presentation).

And if you don't already have a copy, check out his book: Flash MX for Interactive Simulation. It's one of the best Flash books in print, in my opinion.

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March 24, 2004

Presentation Notes Online

Presentatin Notes for FlashForward SF 2004: Visualizing Science With Flash

March 08, 2004

Back in the office after Flash Forward

Flash Forward was a whirlwind. I can hardly believe it has come and gone, and that I now face deadlines.

Lunch on Wednesday was great, with about 20 of us. It's lots of fun to get a bunch of Flash Developers together. The best part of the whole conference was meeting people, and running into folks that I'd met in the past.

My presentation went alright, although I rushed through it a bit. Very good questions were asked though, and I even managed to get a few laughs. Kymberlee was wonderful, and made sure that I had a stool for my session. There's a picture of me giving my presentation on Vera's site.

It was a little odd to have my Question and Answer session first thing the next morning, but I had fun with it.
Look for a link to my presentation notes soon.

February 20, 2004

Lunch at Flash Forward

Are you going to Flash Forward? I've made reservations for lunch on Wednesday, at a restaurant near the conference.

If you'd like to join us, post a comment or send me a note so I can update the reservation. blogging at galaxygoo dot org.

So far, it looks like there's going to be about eight of us. If you run into me at the conference, and want to join us, be sure to mention it to me. The restaurant will do their best to accomodate us, but we have to give them some room to plan.

FYI: my access to email will be sporadic during the conference.

Speaking at MX Europe

It's official! I'm speaking at MXEurope, in September.

GalaxyGoo doesn't exactly have a travel budget, but I'm confident everything will work out great.

February 19, 2004

GalaxyGoo Happy Hour

Want to know more about GalaxyGoo? Itching to geek-speak with fellow Flash developers and designers? Are you a science or math teacher?

Our next GalaxyGoo Flash Happy Hour is scheduled for next Tuesday!

Feb 24, 2004 (Tuesday)

The week before Flash's Happy Hour time!

  • Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro)
  • 5:30pm

This will be our last Happy Hour for several months.

If you'd like an email reminder, send a note to bloggingatgalaxygoodotorg

February 18, 2004

Two Weeks 'Till Flash Forward

Are you going to this year's Flash Forward conference? I'll be talking about visualizing science with flash, at 4pm on Thursday (room 223). My Q&A session is 9am, the next day.

There's so much to talk about. It was very hard to keep it to a one hour presentation. I'll focus on projects that use XML in some form, with either a custom data structure or an established XML application. If there's time, I'll also touch on webMathematica and mathML. It'll be fun, really! :-)

January 20, 2004

GalaxyGoo Flash Happy Hour

Want to know more about GalaxyGoo? Itching to geek-speak with fellow Flash developers and designers? Are you a science or math teacher?

Our next GalaxyGoo Flash Happy Hour is scheduled for next Monday!

Jan 26, 2004 (Monday)

If you're in San Franciso, join us:

  • Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro)
  • 6:00pm

If you'd like an email reminder, send a note to bloggingatgalaxygoodotorg

January 10, 2004

Open Source Convention

O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2004

July 26-30, 2004 Portland, OR

Calls for Proposals: due February 9, 2004.

January 08, 2004

January Happy Hour

We've set the date for the next GalaxyGoo Happy Hour.

Jan 26, 2004 (Monday)

If you're in San Franciso, join us:

  • Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro)
  • 6:00pm

If you'd like an email reminder, closer to the date, send a note to bloggingatgalaxygoodotorg

December 18, 2003

Visualizing Science with Flash at FlashForward

WooHoo! There it is! On the FlashForward website--a description of the presentation I'll be giving at the next FlashForward. Currently, mine's the second one listed: "Visualizing Science with Flash".

Yep, I'm pretty excited. I love this topic, and I can't wait to talk about it.

[Flashforward2004.Com >> Keynote & Seminar Descriptions]

December 17, 2003

Flash Happy Hour this Friday

This Friday, we'll get together for another GalaxyGoo Flash Happy Hour.

If you're in San Franciso, join us:

  • Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro)
  • Friday, December 19th
  • 5:30pm

I'll be getting there around 5:30. If 6:30 is a better time, come when you can.

December 09, 2003

Flash Happy Hour, December 19th

It's time for another happy hour!

If you're in San Franciso, join us:

  • Bliss Bar (on 24th street, between Noe and Castro)
  • Friday, December 19th
  • 5:30pm

July 15, 2003

technology for higher education conference

Conference-at-a-Glance - Syllabus2003 Summer Conference

Are you going? I'd love to hear all about it.

June 13, 2003

Monday's Poster #8

This Sunday, the 84th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Pacific Division begins in San Francisco. I'll be presenting a poster on Monday, for GalaxyGoo. If you go to Monday's poster session, stop by poster #8 and say hello. The poster sessions are in Room 153, Creative Arts Complex, of San Francisco State University.

June 02, 2003

AAAS Pacific Division Meeting

Currently, my favorite type of presentation is the poster session. While presenting a talk is also rewarding, it provides little opportunity to speak with individuals at the conference. The poster session, however, is more socially interactive.

Before entering the presentation hall, attendees may review the program, and mark the titles that interest them. With this in hand, they can browse the posters, stopping to chat when so inclined. The actual presentation, when done well, can be read quickly and makes good use of visual elements. As a presenter, my bonus is a steady stream of interesting people seeking information about my work and the opportunity to speak with me.

On Monday, June 16th, I'll be presenting a poster at the 84th Annual meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division. The session runs from 9am to 5pm.

May 22, 2003

Reiventing the Chalkboard Tonight

Tonight, May 22nd, I'm speaking at the North Bay Multimedia Association - Web Developers SIG, about using online technologies to communicate science and math.

Good design is important for any project. When the project is educational, design decisions can be critical.

May 12, 2003

MathML in Flash: Davis Meeting

A couple weeks ago, Thomas Amsler, invited me to come out to UC Davis and give an informal presentation on what weíve done with mathML, CML, and Flash at GalaxyGoo. So I dusted off the old MathML project files, and decided to start all over again. It had been several months since Iíd last worked on the project.

Itís amazing how helpful it can be to let a project quietly percolate at the back of the brain for a while. So often, a solution to the problem bubbles up all by itself. Now, Iíve got a rough, but working, MathML reader in Flash. I showed it at the meeting, and the reception seemed positive. Iíll post more information about it on the Flash Blog, soon.

A brief note on MathML and CML: the structure of a MathML document differs significantly from any other XML Iíve worked with. Studying Edwinís source files, for his CML reader, I realized what made it so different. While the CML structure (and most other XML structures) is repetitive, the MathML structure is more globular (much like proteins folded into globular structures). Now that I think of it, the display of a MathML document has a lot in common with the folding of a protein.

April 30, 2003

Reinventing the Chalkboard

On May 22nd, I'll be speaking at the North Bay Multimedia Association - Web Developers SIG, about using online technologies to communicate science and math.

April 18, 2003

Speaking at FlashKit Conference

I'm excited to announce that I'll be on a panel at the FlashKit conference. It looks like it could be a great discussion, and I'm looking forward to the interactive ellement of the session.

Panel Discussion: Aesthetics vs. Functionality: Where Should The Two Meet?

Flash Kit Conference, August 21-22, 2003, San Jose, CA