Parallax visit summer 2010

Thursday morning. Wow! Mecca, Nirvana the Holy grail. OK well microprocessors rule! I’m in Rocklin near Sacramento California visiting parallax to attend some training on Friday and the propeller Expo on the weekend. I’m continuing with my Summer of Nerd 2010 see Redmond Web Camp and my tdlMySummerToDoList();


Summer to do list

ToDoList tdlMySummerToDoList = new ToDoList();


Necessary reading for FlashMobMashUp

attend July 23,24 and 25.


Read “The Kiln Book: Materials, Specifications & Construction”

Meet the author

Develop a Parallax propeller based project for Kiln control

Attempt to do some Slump glass


Ceramics Stuff

I’m not ready to call this a portfolio, still some people were interested in seeing some of my work…

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Redmond Web Camp 2010

Day one

I’m here! with at least 100 other folks. IMAG0148 click image for larger viewIMAG0151

Slept here last night. Woke up with bunches of cars here already…. Wonder if I’ll get away with it tomorrow?

Cool. Wireless internet. My VLAN to home comes up but connectivity is ‘odd’ Not getting my sql server.

Twitter Hashtag: #webcamps looks like it’s been down since about 3am.


Stuff that caught my eye:


stuff I’m learning:

In visual studio you can use intelisense by camel case likeWeCouldFindThis with WCFT. Also you can type in the first couple letters of a control, then tab through available matches.


Interesting art work in lobby

Hey Lee! Check this out

Bean Finneran born 1947. This work is “Chartreuse Cone” 1997 Ceramics with glaze from the Microsoft art Collection # 1997131

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Day 2


These folks showed up on day two, formed groups and are coding on eight different projects. It’s so cool to be around all these resources! I’ve learned a lot already, found some new resources and had a couple problems solved already. As I write this it is 10am. It’s over about 6 pm tonight.

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Richard Shaw Spring 2010 ceramics presentation

Jeff Albrecht

Like can you say Wow! ??

Richard Shaw is a master of trompe-l’oeil sculpture.  trompe-l’oeil is french for “trick the eye” (see this Wikipedia entry) Check out this very cool video from KQED a PBS television station in San Francisco on Richard. Did you see all those molds? I tried a mold this quarter wrote a bit about it here.

While attempting to find the dimensions of the couch pictured below I ran across this article about an art dealer, Ruth Braunstein, in San Francisco you may find interesting. I never could find those dimensions. I might have to try the Library Lee! :-)

Hopefully this summer I’ll have a chance to write about the benefit of having made a quantity of the same object and how that process refined the finished object and eased the production burden in time and effort. But I digress…

Well just a second now, as long as I’m digressing as I mentioned in my verbal presentation I’m looking for an artist with digital skills to concept logo and other site images and themes for a new web presence I’m developing: “FlashMobMashUp” (see this post about Microsoft Web camp and my pitch) I’m a  Entrepreneur software developer ( and am expanding and diversifying our product range. I’ve just begun an intern program at IEA to develop web sites. This program is open to not only student computer programmers but writers and artists as well. Please email jeffa at iea-software dot com or a comment on this blog if interested.


Last quarter I made an apple pie jPie glazed with Waxy Oatmeal, this quarter some spaghetti jSpaghetti  by extruding clay onto a pie plate made from a mold found at the SFCC ceramics studio. The spaghetti was Carbon trap chino. I don’t think I quite got the Trompe-l’oeil as they don’t look specifically like the real thing.

For instance here are a few from Richard Shaw. Note the political comment in the plate. Art – ya gota love it! Often so much more you can say with art than with words.

Sailing West


1988    Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, San Francisco Art Institute
1987    Visiting Artist Grant, Manufacture National De Sevres, Paris, France
1974    National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1970    National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Grant

1968     M.F.A. University of California, Davis
1965     B.F.A.  San Francisco Art Institute
            State University of New York at Alfred




Resources aka Bibliography