Visual Arts

Reefcheck: building “abstract transects” for substrate

Posted on May 8, 2014

Reefcheck: building “abstract transects” for substrate

An experimental effort to visualize substrate in Reef-check protocols.

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Jmol chemical element swatches

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

Jmol chemical element swatches

Here is an RGB swatch palette for chemical elements, using the Jmol/JSmol convention as defined on its wiki page.  This is an ASE (Adobe Swatch Exchange) file and should be of use across the entire Creative Cloud suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign).  Download here  ; details, installations, and caveats follow. Jmol/JSmol is meant for screen, so the colors were given as RGB values.  Quite a large number of the colors falls outside the CMYK gamut, and there will be a...

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Our “Course Outline” Display

Posted on Nov 6, 2012

Our “Course Outline” Display

I teach chemistry, but I am a kindergarten teacher by heart.  I favor the bright, vibrant, tactile, and physical.  I’m also deeply of the meta persuasion, believing that one must care about the details but never lose sight of the bigger picture. As the school year kicks off, I mused about how to present the course outline.  Do I send off two pages of PDF?  Do I send off a spreadsheet?  Should it be “moodle-lized”?  The progress should be planned, and the plan clearly...

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Clocks of History (Chinese Dynasty edition)

Posted on Nov 3, 2012

Clocks of History (Chinese Dynasty edition)

An experimental project that accurately portray historical time as a clock-face. The current outcome is one where Chinese dynasties are juxtaposed against periods in Western history.

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Project Preview: Multi-functional Wall Map

Posted on Nov 3, 2012

Project Preview: Multi-functional Wall Map

In moving to Hong Kong, I decided to detach myself from possessions and live a minimalist life.  My place at the College, however, doubles as a meeting place for meeting with students, and certain furniture comes part and parcel with the flat. But I have no use whatsoever for the TV stand.  (I haven’t watched TV for more than 15 years.)  The maintenance staff kindly took that away, and left behind a blank wall.  I decided to do something with it.   I like chalk, maps, and magnets; the...

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Reflecting on ToK Art Day

Posted on Nov 3, 2012

Reflecting on ToK Art Day

In August our Theory of Knowledge (ToK) class had an Art Day.  The day began with three lectures weaving together music, visual art, dance, and theatre, and concluded with a visit to Osage, a contemporary art gallery.  One of our students blogged about the exhibit; here are my observations and reflections on art, specifically, visual art. The day reminded us of the vast variety of creations that have been referred to as “art”.  Even within visual arts, there are different...

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