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The Monolith
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:44:56 AM »
The purpose of The Obelisk Monolith is to change. If you wish to interact with The Obelisk Monolith, modify it in any way you wish without permission. The Obelisk Monolith materialized while Mac Rutan, Scott (Swinden), Kelly, and myself were at the lab.

Things we've learned:
  • The Obelisk Monolith accepts any media you wish to use (acrylic paint, spray paint, markers, pencils, paper, wood, nails, chalk, pcbs, etc)
  • The Obelisk Monolith may be damaged and modified at will (add material, remove material, drill holes, cut holes, nail on new pieces of wood, etc).
  • The Obelisk Monolith is 4'x4'x8'.
  • The Obelisk Monolith is inside the FAMiLab, please consider safety in your additions and subtractions.

Internally, The Obelisk Monolith is made of 1/8" thick 4'x8' plywood (the kind we lasercut with) and 2"x2" wood planks. It currently has no top, no internal stabilizers, no casters, and the only way to access the inside is by lifting The Obelisk and crawling underneath. This may change.


Before modifying The Obelisk, consider taking photographs to keep a record of The Obelisk Monolith.





http://youtu.be/SLuW-GBaJ8k?t=16s&autoplay=true
« Last Edit: April 03, 2013, 01:36:52 PM by tetsuharu »

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 12:12:59 PM »
A couple of cams that take photos of it every hour, only logs changes, and generates a gif would be awesome.
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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 12:24:32 PM »
This is cool. I will mess with it :D

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 12:34:09 PM »
I like this. I will probably move it closer to the famicam for record keeping.


It looks like its watching you. Maybe it should.

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2013, 12:59:44 PM »
It could be taller, and I want to finish the corners with joint compound. I have more 2"x2" wood that i would like to use as crossbars behind the wood surface and to keep the square shape. Some method of putting wheels under it or making wheels easy to pull up would be nice. I think it also needs weight. If someone ever wanted to add a computer to it, that could solve the weight problem.

I also need to do 1 more coat of black paint, so if anyone paints over it tonight, it may be covered :(


I've got a few arduinos to contribute to The Obelisk, does anyone have a Pi, or know where my Pi went? Somebody told me it was broken. I have one of those mini usb wifi dongles for whatever Pi ends up part of The Obelisk.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2013, 01:24:35 PM by tetsuharu »

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2013, 04:10:25 PM »


"2001 A Hackerspace Odyssey"

or 2013
« Last Edit: March 27, 2013, 04:14:38 PM by P47 »

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2013, 04:25:52 PM »
Nice!

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The Obelisk
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2013, 01:36:25 AM »
In FamiLAB, the Obelisk watches YOU!
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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2013, 08:59:57 AM »
Still not sure where to keep the obelisk, but we tried to put it out of the way.

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2013, 11:35:10 AM »
Will people at the Open House be equipped / encouraged to make their mark on the obelisk?

I still haven't seen it - there are lots of monolith references, is it a monolith or an obelisk (curious, not trying to be critical, think its cool)

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2013, 12:00:35 PM »
well, it's technically a monolith at this point, an obelisk would narrow as it gets taller, and that complicated the design. I also just like the word obelisk more than monolith and would be willing to tear it down and cut it/sand it to make it more obelisk-like.

I still don't know what the rules/encouragements will be to make it an effective experiment in chaotic self-organization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-organization#Self-organization_in_cybernetics). At first paint was pretty cheap, but the first day people started tagging it they each wanted to take up the entire wall, without considering how much it will cost / what it would take for someone to remove it.

I spent about $12 in paint covering the first tags up, which isn't a lot to me now because I'm interested in the idea, but eventually I won't care and the project may wind up stagnant. At that point, I'm okay with somebody removing and destroying the box, or telling me to remove or destroy the box. I have spent about $130 on it so far, but it's an experiment and if somebody wanted it removed completely I would do that.

I like the "dealing with impermanence" part, not getting hurt if someone removes your work, but finding a reason to do something anyway, even if it is soon to be removed. I'm not sure if it's a valuable exercise, but it is a way of dealing with situations where you may work hard on something, and the next day it may be painted over through no act of malice or personal attack, so there's no reason to be personally upset by its removal. People sometimes say that work itself is the reward, the act of executing and being in that executive state of mind, so maybe we can reflect on that. I have thought about getting a group together to buy paint and cover the box with a clean coat of black at the end of every week (it takes about an hour to cover it.)

In a sense, this is an example of a Nomic Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomic), where we each take turns redefining the rules and structure of the thing (through paint), and the real goal of the game is to find a reason to continue playing. I suppose that's supposed to be a reflection of our impact on the world at large.

An interesting effect of this goal, trying to find a reason to continue playing, is that graffiti is only gratifying (it seems) when the thing you are spray painting has value or posture. Once the thing has been spray painted, it no longer has posture, unless the painting was careful and intended to impress. If the painting has no intention of impressing, the value is lost, and the box may become stagnant, thus the game will end and the box may be destroyed.

These are, of course, only a few possible interpretations of The Obelisk.

(also, current state of the obelisk)
« Last Edit: March 28, 2013, 05:26:31 PM by tetsuharu »

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The Obelisk
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2013, 01:21:22 PM »
let's call it "Dan's Erection"

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2013, 02:40:28 PM »
Hmmmnnn... 
  I like the obelisk.. 
   I want to do something to it... 
   I like using lab space for this... 
   I think my feelings about the obelisk might be temporary....

Hmmmmnn.. 
   It needs more angles...
   It is very black...
   It could be tiki-ized..
   It could be wheeled...

Hmmmnn..
   They made the obelisk...
   They didn't know what they did....
   They should have thought this through...
   They have already lost control ... 

Hmmmnn..
   What power it has....
   What being will it become...
   What knowing does it control...
   What will be the end...
« Last Edit: March 28, 2013, 02:42:52 PM by AtomicProf »
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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2013, 03:39:08 PM »
ye gads, we have a poem about the obelisk already, haha

I agree it may be a bit wide. I didn't want to try cutting an 8 foot straight line. If anyone wants to help tiki-fy it, I'm in.

If there are wheels, it would be cool if they were hidden underneath or had something draped over them.

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Re: The Obelisk
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2013, 05:07:07 PM »
I like that you could sit inside of it. This is a feature of the box that hasn't been fully realized, me thinks.
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