Chopping Wood

I am now here in the western Catskills of New York. I’m grateful to be here in this house in the country while so many of my friends, colleagues and students remain cloistered in small apartments in the city. There is wet snow outside. Inside, it is warm, we have food and drink. Most importantly, all four of us have a place to work. Each with a “room of one’s own.”

Rachel started school remotely today. She’s a junior in high school. Hailey starts college remotely on Wednesday. I have until a week from Wednesday before I start teaching, but my “break”, ends Monday, one week from today. Liana has been the most busy, spending long hours on Zoom. I had planned to start work on my lessons today, but mostly I’ve been procrastinating.

What have I been up to? Mostly chopping wood, fixing things, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, building cheap office furniture, and playing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. I also took a nice snowy walk with the kids.
Chopping wood is great exercise and also makes firewood. About a year ago some of the trees here were threatening to murder children and break the garage, so they needed some major pruning witch resulted in all of these piles of wood on both sides of the house. I was going to have someone cut them up with a chainsaw and log splitter, but an ax at the home depot caught my eye, and besides Hailey had remarked that she wanted one. So yesterday I began chopping and id more this morning. It feels good, my shoulders and hands are sore, in a good way, and I didn’t really think it was exercise. Plenty more to do to. Maybe tomorrow I’ll review Assassin’s Creed.

Power Biker Coming to Maker Faire!

I’m proud to announce that Power Biker has been accepted to exhibit at World Maker Faire New York on September 21 & 22, 2013 http://makerfaire.com/ . Come see me there!

For this event I’m going to make Power Biker taller, at least 10′ high with more lights, and more wattage! The top level will be 500W and since that’s really challenging for any one person, I’m going to have two bikes! So bring a friend.

Bringing PowerBiker to Destination Moon

Today I’m bringing Power Biker to destination Moon, a solar powered music and art festival. The festival is on Manhattans upper west side. Power Biker is in my studio in Red Hook Brooklyn. I’m going to bike it under my own power through Brooklyn, over the Manhattan Bridge, across Lowe Manhattan, and up the west side.

Why not just put it in a van?
Because Power Biker is part of a vision where people transit themselves and cargo with their own power. It imagines a world of healthy exercise and clean energy.
It’s true, no one would know if I drove. But now you know that I at least made the attempt to bike it. It’s no going to be easy, but change never is.

New Web Site

Hi everyone and welcome to my new website! This site is meant as a online gallery of my artwork as well as a blog for whatever I may be thinking about, but mostly things related to tech and art. All the previous posts were imported from my tumblr: davidsartworld, which I’ll no longer be updating.

Enjoy and please post your comments!

-David

Race day thoughts

Here it is the morning of Monstertrack. I’ve never been in an organized bike race before. The cleanest thing was a drag race back in college. It’s been 19 years since I worked the streets of Boston as a messenger. I’ll be riding against kids 19 years old who ride 60 plus miles a day through the New York streets. Why am I doing this? I’m 42 years old I have a wife and 2 daughters. I work as a software developer and make techno art in my spare time. My life is good. But why not? Why not take one afternoon to bomb through the streets of my city with 200 like minded bikers? Why not push my self to ride faster? It’s just one day the year. I can’t be young again but I don’t have to be old yet.

As for the danger, I ride everyday in city traffic. I promise myself that I won’t take any risks that I wouldn’t any other day. After all, I want to finish.

Monstertrack

Waiting at a bar for preregistration. Wondering why I’m always the only one on time. 4 bikers here. How long before I give up from boredom? Just need to relax.

The Great Bike Powered Light Show Dance Party! rolls into Maker Faire this weekend!

The Great Bike Powered Light Show Dance Party is coming to Maker Faire this weekend at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Queens!

More info including directions and tickets can be found here: MakerFaire.com

Come on out! I have a few half price passes to give away to the first people to respond. 

I will be dedicating these performances to my beloved father-in-law William Sievert who recently passed away.