Rehoboth Beach Real Estate

An ever growing amount of people are retiring in the state of Delaware. Delaware offers three amazing counties. Most people who plan to retire do so in Delaware’s Sussex County. Rather than buying a house right on the beach they often look further inland for lower priced homes. An ocean front home can cost you millions of dollars. The further inland you travel the cheaper the homes get. You can buy a beautiful home for only $200,000 rather than of over paying for a bay side home. People are also relocating to gated communities like The Peninsula Delaware. These communities are getting more popular among recent people who retire. The retirees favor these communities because they offer cheaperhomes than that of a house that is only walking distance from the beach. The cities in Sussex County are having a hard time trying to keep up with all of the people relocating there. The cities are planning to construct more electrical lines and are working hard on a new water plan to account for all of the new people. People want to retired in Delaware for a many different reasons. The first reason is the great Delaware beaches They are the absolute cleanest in the entire country. The next reason is all of the new amenities. Another reason is the world class flounder fishing that Delaware has. The last reason is because Delaware is one of the few number of states that have no sales tax. There is no tax on anything you buy in a store like computers, TV’s or even clothes. This would include things you purchase from the internet and have delivered to Delaware as well. If you are searching for a great house in Delaware I suggest you look at all of the Rehoboth Beach real estate. Another great place to search is Lewes DE real estate, and also Bethany Beach Real Estate or even look at the all of the Sussex County real estate area. You will not regret relocating in Delaware, many people have done it and many more are expected to.

Hello Google App Inventor

Within minutes of firing up Google’s App Inventor, a totally
programming newbie (like me) can create a simple app for their Android phone. One of my apps – a simple sight word app – was featured in the Google research blog.

This session will provide an introduction to Google’s App Inventor
and those with an Android phone will hopefully be able to leave with a
program or two of their own.

App Inventor is a blocks-based programming platform meant to help new
programmers learn the basics of programming, but it also has a fair amount of
complex and somewhat deep functionality.

For more complicated programming questions, I will defer to the App
Inventor forums (and people who know more about me), but I can certainly get you started.


Unity3D Workshop

Unity3D is an application that allows you to create (with incredible ease) both 2D and 3D environments. Although Unity is primarily used as a game development tool, there is a growing community of people who are starting to use this platform for purposes outside the realm of gaming – primarily due to the program’s ability to create highly immersive environments with little to no programming experience . Personally, as a former ITP student, learning about this program has been invaluable to my work at ITP, and I’ve grown to see this program as an incredibly useful tool in creating highly immersive pieces.

Hacking the Dinner Party: An Introduction to Sous Vide & Meat Glue

The dinner party is the original burning platform for social interaction. For the host/cook, it is a chance to not only create a social hub but to express oneself through the food that is prepared and served to guests. Sous Vide and Acvita (Meat Glue) are force multipliers that can dramatically amplify the size, scope, and level of creativity behind the dinner parties that you throw. This session will introduce both techniques and explain how you can use them to throw kick ass dinners for your friends.

Sous vide cooking means cooking under vacuum, typically with the help of an immersion circulator, which is a high precision water temperature regulator. Learn the basics of how to use a vacuum sealer and an immersion circulator to create an incredibly wide range of foods. I will introduce the basic methods to cook with sous vide, display a few examples of sous vide recipes, discuss safety, and how you can create/hack your own sous vide setup at home.

Also up for discussion is an introduction to Activa, affectionately known in culinary circles as “meat glue.” Activa is an enzyme that binds proteins together and can be used to make novel gastronomic delights. It also plays a synergistic role with sous vide techniques and its usage will be integrated into the sous vide tutorial.

Bio: Mike Lee is the founder and chef of Studiofeast, an invitation only dining collective based in NYC. Studiofeast plans and executes pop-up style dinners and was recently a part of the supperclub group that cooked and served a 6 course lunch on the L Train. He is an ITP Camp 2010 alum.


Thanks to all those who attended. Here’s a link to a recap that includes the slides, some photos, and a video. EMail me at if you have any questions about what was covered. Thanks!


Introduction to openFrameworks

openFrameworks is an open source toolkit for creative computing and is very similar to Processing. The major differences are that it uses C++, not Java, as the programming language and it does not have its own software called an IDE (integrated development environment). For a very technical description of the differences between Processing and OF, see the OF wiki.

Before the session, go through the setup instructions.


  • 2:30-3:00 I will be available to help anyone who had problems with installation.
  • 3:00-4:30 We will go over how OF works and have a very basic introduction to essential concepts in C++. We will try to spend most of the time programming and learning by doing, because no one wants to listen to a lecture on a Saturday afternoon.
  • 4:30-5:00 I will quickly go over some more advanced topics in OF such as addons and debugging just to demonstrate the possibilities of what can be done OF

Who should attend this session? If you have programmed in C/C++/C#/Java, feel comfortable with Processing and/or have used an IDE besides Arduino or Processing (perhaps attend the Proclipsing session) then this session may be beneficial. If you’ve only recently started programming and are still getting familiar with Processing, then this might move a little fast. Of course everyone is welcome! Those that don’t want to code but are curious about OF, the last half hour may be of interest.

There are some instructional videos on how to setup and use openFrameworks here.

Here are the slides:

Wanna be a VJ? Intro to Realtime Visual Performance

VJ’ing is the art of realtime visual performance, performing alongside DJ’s or live musicians to create a multimedia experience. This session will introduce you to the basics to help get you started. We’ll start with a brief history, then cover software (both commercial and open source), hardware (from projectors to mixers), and finally discuss gig preparation, setup, and other real life concerns for visual performance artists in the field.

No extra software or hardware needed, but coming to the session with Max/MSP + Jitter installed would help, as I’ll be using it for part of the demo and sharing example code. You can find a free 30 day trial here:

Proclipsing: Processing + Eclipse

The Processing Development Environment is  a great way to get started programming, but there are other Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) that have features that make coding and debugging much easier.  One such IDE is Eclipse, the popular free and open source Java standard.  Though powerful, Eclipse can take some getting used to, as the number of tools, functions, and GUI elements can be confusing.  Proclipsing is a plugin for Eclipse that simplifies the basics of creating a Processing Project in Eclipse and exporting them.  This session will discuss how to install Eclipse, add Proclipsing to it, and start taking advantage of the features of Eclipse to write code better and faster.

POSTPONED – The 2011 ITP Camp Games Mega-Tournament


You are invited to come have fun, socialize, and learn about different types of games in a practical hands-on way this Sunday at 3pm at the 2011 ITP Camp Games Mega-Tournament.

(That title is firmly tongue-in-cheek. It’s more an un-tournament, being organized as an ad hoc follow-on to my session on games this past Sunday. EVERYONE’S WELCOME and no need to have come to that session to enjoy the tournament.)

Please sign up below. It will be very helpful for planning to know how many people are coming.

There will be around 10 games of all sorts, some physical, some strategic, some fast-paced, some artistic, some social, some solitary. All games will all be accesible and easy-to-learn on the spot. You can also come a bit early to practice if you want (and only if you want). NO EXPERIENCE WITH ANY OF THE GAMES NEEDED.

The better you do in each game, the more tournament point you’ll earn. We’ll keep a running tally on a wall of how everyone’s doing and in the end give our various prizes (e.g. best at strategy games, best at physical games, etc.) and of course a Grand Prize for being the best overall.

To make it more competitive, we’ll try some handicapping based on player’s general level of experience (starting from “none”) with the games, and we’ll also have a tournament scoring formula that, for instance, ignores the 2 or 3 worst scores on individual games you got.

At the end of the tournament, we’ll spend some time talking about the experience, referencing the different game platforms, game mechanics, social mechanics, and types of fun discussed at last Sunday’s session. Again, no worries if you didn’t come to the session; it will all still make sense and be educational.

Finally, hopefully we can get someone to take some photos and videos of highlights during the afternoon, and perhaps someone can DJ some music. And we’ll see about beer and snacks.

Here’s the tentative game-plan, subject to revision.

As an ice-breaker, we’ll start with a group party game called Mafia:

1. Mafia – the classic party game of social persuasion and acting in which everyone plays together. You are either a mafia member or a townsperson. Each “night” someone gets secretly killed by the mafia. The townpeople then debate who to kill in return for being a suspected mafia member. The longer you live, the more tournament points you get. If you’ve never played, you are in for a psychological treat.

Then we’ll have a series of small group games:

2. Scrabble – 4 players at a time. The normal word-tile game, except with a chess-style timer to keep things moving along. Play multiple times with different opponents as time allows. The more Scrabble points you get, the more tournament points you get.

3. Stratego (the Barrage of “speed” version) – a face-paced version of Stratego, a classic 1-on-1 board game simulating two armies fighting each other. Easy to learn, hard to master.

4. Harbor Master – a top-selling “casual game” for iPad. You are the harbor master and have to make sure the ships unload their cargo without crashing. It’s a at times calm, at times frantic game of “attention management”. Use the wonderfully intuitive touch interface to draw routes for ships, shoot the attacking pirates, and kill the giant squid. If time allows, we’ll play single player and two people cooperating at a time. Also we’ll project the image on a large screen for spectator enjoyment.

5. Bomberman – a classic dead simple but completely engrossing multiplayer game where everyone is trying to blow up everyone else. 4 players at a time. Last person standing wins. Great fun, and great to watch also.

We’ll also have a few 1 player games:

6. Clock – a mesmerizing, abstractly beautiful game of concentration and hand-eye coordination by game designer Luke O’Conner. Featured at NYU Game Center’s recent No Quarter exhibition of indie games, for which it was commissioned. Takes a minute to play but totally addictive and you’ll want to keep playing to get it right.

7. Whac-a-Wall – my ITP Camp 1-in-1 project! Like Whac-a-Mole but on a wall, using Kinect for motion detection. See how many critters you can whack in a minute. Involves jumping and waving your arms around and getting maniacally laughed at when you miss (or when my calibration is off…)

8. Passage + reflections on Passage. Passage is a 5-minute “art game” by noted indie game designer Jason Rohrer (see this Esquire magazine profile). Be warned, this surprising little game might make you cry. The contest is this tournament isn’t to cry the most, but to express your thoughts and feelings in the most compelling way after you play. We’ll put the game in a separate room and give you some time to write or draw some post-play thoughts. Then everyone will vote on the thoughts and you get tournament points based on these votes.

For a note of randomness, we’ll have: 

9. Pass the Pigs. A game of complete chance that you can’t stop playing once you get in the mood. Good dumb fun — or deep philosophical truth?

And finally, to end the festivities, we’ll play:

10. Ping Pong — Around the World! We might be able to get a full-sized ping pong table onto the floor so we can play. One idea is to end the tournament with the group game variant of Ping Pong called “Around the World”. Everyone runs around and around the table hitting the ball back and forth. You get eliminated from the rotation if you miss. Last person to survive wins. Watch this for an idea of how it works.

The exact plan will evolve over the coming week. Please share suggestions, ideas, and requests. 

At the end of the tournament, we’ll hand out prizes and see what we’ve learned after an afternoon that will hopefully have been a lot of fun together.

Again, please sign up below so I know how many people to plan for, or email me. Also if you want help with video/photos, DJ’ing, keeping score, or whatever, that’d be much appreciated!

Intro to CNC Router: Demystifying Digital Fabrication

5pm – 8pm

In this session I will explain the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Router and how to design for such a powerful tool.  Individuals who have attended earlier sessions or have previous experience with design software such as Rhino, Illustrator or AutoCAD will be well prepared for the ideas discussed.

Modeling and Drawing in brief.
Understanding the Machine
Importing File Types
What is CAM (Computer Aided Machining) and how to create tool paths.
Master CAM, a program used for producing machining instructions from 2D and 3D models.
Software alternatives and tools that use similar workflow.

You should expect to understand what is necessary to create something using this tool and will be able to take advantage of the router for the rest of ITP camp, with assistance from camp staff.

Mobilized Maps: Engaging a Crowd in a Reporting Project (rescheduled)

This is a session on mobilizing crowds for mapping projects. That was my job at the public radio station here, WNYC, starting 5 years ago, when we got hundreds of radio listeners to report on the prices of goods at their local groceries to see if they were being gouged. This year, we got listeners to report on the first major snow storm of the winter when the city was slow to clear the streets. And last month, we got people to submit their favorite bird-watching spot in the city (along with what they last saw), which we did with The New York Times.

Here are links to the mapping projects:

WNYC Snow Map

WNYC/New York Times Bird Map

Are You Being Gouged: Crowdsourcing Food Prices in NYC