Week 3

Kombucha and the possibility to replace plastic

The process of making kombucha is more simple than I thought and it was so fun that I finally made one on my own. I used two English Breakfast tea bags and added dark Muscovado sugar instead of white sugar, therefore, the color of my kombucha is pretty dark. I left some space in my mason jar but not sure if that’s enough for my kombucha to breathe. I am pretty worried if mine will explode. I will definitely check it every week and upload its picture to my blog.

Kombucha and SCOBY Leather BioCouture

I started making kombucha! I ended up using one green tea bag and one black tea, but the color seemed to take on the normal black tea brown shade. I used a glass jar after reading that metal and plastic containers might interfere with the process. The SCOBY looked really strange pouring it into the tea and was very slimy. My cousins made their own kombucha once, and it exploded on them, so I read online to not put a sealed lid on the jar.

Earth Day app, Fungi, horseman and the bible apocalypse

I really appreciated the work of Finnish artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho that Group 1 had presented. The installation titled Lines is a visual representation of potential elevated sea levels should we continue down this trajectory. It manages to convey complex ideas in a simple, effective and beautiful way.

Currently, especially given the limitations of the digital platform, there is a heavy emphasis on data visualization that is dependent on graphs, or charts or maps. How do we spread awareness in a way that is alarming but not overwhelming?

Earth Day

Earth Day proposition

This is a blog in response to the project proposal assignment for earth day. On Thursday we were prompted to theorize a project in response to Earth day and what that means in our new technology heavy environments. Our project was very much in the conceptual stages, we were posing questions and suggesting projects that inspired us. We concluded that the most impactful project would be one that is educational and simple.

Group Summary: Sebastian, Iman, and Shreya

During Thursday's class, Iman Person, Shreya Neogi, and I discussed Earth Day and what artists are doing around the world to commemorate its 50th anniversary. After we learned that this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station, we stumbled across a NASA campaign dubbed "Picture Earth" that is designed to foster creativity and promote a sense of "togetherness at a distance".

Some Good News: Earth Day

            In this blog, I want to first address something that has been on my mind in the last few weeks and has recently become more and more exacerbated over the past couple days. News media outlets that I follow such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, Business Insider, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CNN, CNBC, etc. have all posted about how radically different cities and streets in some of the world's largest metropolitan areas have looked during this pandemic.

Research from Thursday 4/16 On Data Visualization

This blog is a response to the research that was done during our class time on Thursday, April 16th, 2020. Our research was directed towards the Coronavirus pandemic, and we wanted to brainstorm ideas on creating data visualization projects related to the Coronavirus. Currently, news sites such as The New York Times have created data visualization maps that are alarming, and cause the public a sense of anxiety and panic with no hope.


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