The Ship List – 2015

It’s the end of 2015, and I’m stealing an idea from my friend Kert who keeps track of his “Ship List” – all the projects he’s completed over the course of a year. 2014 was a personal train-wreck for me – but take that with a grain of salt. I ran a triathlon and built a 3d scanner and did my first Pecha Kucha talk, so it’s not like I was a slouch, but some bad news mid-year really threw me for a loop and up until early 2015 I feel like I was sleepwalking, if that makes any sense given my level of creative output.

As a kind of reaction against the anger and frustration of 2014, I set out to make a difference in 2015 and things got CRAZY. The list might get an update later on – there’s a few secretive things waiting to be revealed!

January

Participated in a Prosthetic Hand design competition at the uOttawa MakerSpace
Presented a projection art piece for GTC (Government Tech Conference)

February

Spoke at Ottawa Architecture Week Pecha Kucha about Projection Art
Re-wrote my slit-scanner to do some wild stuff
3d Printed my family

March

Nominated for the Presidents Award for Service Excellence at uOttawa
Built an indoor growing station for my garden plants!
Luau in Montreal!
Launched new University Events site at uOttawa

April

Mentored at Ladies Learning Code
3D Scanned my first Cosplayer
Launched the new Financial Aid site at uOttawa
Started attending Life Drawing sessions regularly again

May

Hosted some friends from Seattle!
Planted my garden
Relaunched the Forms and Tools site at uOttawa
Launched the Student Guide website at uOttawa

June

Raced my bike 100km to Kingston with the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour

July

Formally launched the Ottawa LittleBits Chapter events – and helped a local student win gold in the littleBits Olympics!
Presented a “Web Images Master Class” at Refresh Ottawa
Launched a new Student Information System website at uOttawa
Photographed dancers for an Ottawa Dance Directive production

August

Designed and built a robot knitting machine with textile artist Greta Grip
Relaunched the Important Dates and Deadlines site at uOttawa
Designed software that projects a moustache under your nose
Wrote a face-swapping magic mirror program

September

10th Anniversary trip to New York City!
Designed a staircase in Spain
Presented a projection art piece “Recesses” with contemporary dancer Jocelyn Todd at Nuit Blanche

October

Spoke at Pecha Kucha Ottawa about robot graffiti
Co-founded the Algorithmic Poets Society with Emily Daniels
Invited to be a trustee of The Awesome Foundation
Photographed more dance projects!

November

Ran the LittleBits table at the Ottawa Maker Faire – taught about 1200 kids how to make awful noises using an oscillator. 🙂
Spoke at University of Ottawa Annual Webmaster Meeting about web content management processes
Re-launched the “How to change your program” site at uOttawa

December

Hacked the Ottawa Maker Faire badge (It’s an arduino!)
I did a video projection art project at MakerHouse
Co-founded OMG Haus with a bunch of genius maker-types

Happy Holidays!

It’s the holiday season – although we’ve had a disconcerting run of summer-like weather all through December so dashing through the snow and walking in a winter wonderland are not on this year’s celebration schedule. I did go check out the holiday projections on the side of Parliament Hill, and I’m drinking my share of hot chocolate and egg nog despite the balmy weather. Christmas is coming!

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