Posts on February 2019

3D Printed Iris Box

I make little sculptures and models in my spare time, so I wanted to try to 3D print something that would be difficult to make by hand. My guiding thought was not ‘Gee, what would be cool to make?’ as much as it was ‘What would a 3D printer be uniquely well-suited to do?’. The Design Lab’s Canvas page recommends looking through sites like Thingiverse where people share different design files in order to get started imagining what to print.

Data Analysis with Python

This month, I decided to try out a training module on data analysis with Python. While, overall, I think I may have a more conservative outlook on what “Big Data” can help us achieve than some of my peers in the School of Information, there’s no doubt that being conversant with data is becoming increasingly important for a diverse range of fields and tasks. By conversant with data, I mean being able to effectively retrieve, handle, manage, read, describe, understand, repair, process, transform...

What is Photogrammetry?

Have you ever wondered how does google 3D map work? Or, have you ever observed 3D objects in games or movies that look so real, it is impossible for you to believe that it was modeled and rendered artificially? Well, the answer might be Photogrammetry. Photogrammetry is often defined as the science of taking measurements from photographs. In a simpler term, you can scan an object and create your own 3D model through a free software just by taking a few overlapping pictures of the model. Need...

The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland

Cover of The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland

This is the first is a trilogy of novels about the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. Sandra Gulland tells her story in the form of fictional diary entries. This novel begins with Josephine's girlhood on Martinique and tells of her life in Paris during the French Revolution, her imprisonment during the Terror, when she narrowly escapes the guillotine, and ends with her marriage to Napoleon. The story continues in two other volumes.

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