Biobang! 0002 – Khan+Quitmeyer with Shreyasi Kar, Dennis Ang, and Xerafina (feat DJ Dez + JPOM)

Our second episode recorded in the dinaBunker hiding from a crazy storm! Features Shreyasi Kar talking about interactive tech, Dennis Ang crafting instruments to be played by nature, and Xerafina, the classic thailand archetype of the expat psychonaut war-machine developer!

Plus a classic “Pokin it” question: baby squids??


Tasneem Khan

Andy Quitmeyer


Shreyasi Kar, Dennis Ang, and Xerafina

Music by:

Dj Dez (

and JPOM (

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Tips from the Pioneers – June 7, 2561 [dinaBlog]

The first (of what I anticipate 3) generations of dinasaurs is leaving! They left after creation a zillion amazing projects and leaving some good advice for the next batch!

1) get a sim card at the airport. Wifi here is not good or non-existent (and often off at the restaurant when the power is off)
2) When you get to the chalong pier go straight on the right side pier. look off to your right for a red long-tail boat. You can follow all this in the video we sent earlier:
3) “Super Cheap” is an option for cheap groceries right next to chalong pier (Craig also saw the largest rat in his life there!)
4) buy groceries for breakfast and snacks before arrival
5) There is a restaurant on the island – Breakfast ~150 baht  lunch ~300 baht
6) For people who get overwhelmed, the beach and the boat are good places you can get away from the cicada sounds and maybe groups of other people and relax and work in some silence.
7) Bring a flashlight
8) Bring a tent if you are camping
9) you don’t need a big sleeping bag, a simple sheet will do.
10) Email before you come (and cc me and tasneem
11) you can open a coconut without any tools and quite easily! collect them and drink them! Study dennis’s video before you come! Use the secrets of the coconuts against them!
12) Before you think of something you might need to go back to phuket and buy when you are on the island, go look in the forest or the beach for some materials you might be able to use instead!
13) bring stuff you need for yourself like bugspray and sunscreen
14) Clean up after yourself. Don’t be gross. If you see something is messy or overflowing with garbage, take it out.
15) Helping out other people with their project is often a better to learn what they do than just tell them to give you a workshop on it.
16) Sometimes other people’s projects seem more fun to help out with than being frustrated with your own. That’s ok! Go out and help!
17) Learn about some local foods that grow on trees around here! (Check out and help add to craig’s food map!)
18) Have a really great time!

The Department of Amphibological Research is now open for submissions!

Here at the Department of Amphibological Research, we take image recognition on new expeditions in the natural world and tease out the limits of artificial intelligence. We invite you to collaborate with our team by providing new inspiration for our amphibological experiments.

How to get involved:

Submit a specimen for analysis by photographing something in your environment and running it through an AI image recognition software (like this or this e.g.) and sending us the results. We’ll use these to create new amphibological studies for the archive.

As a token of our appreciation, you’ll receive one of our snazzy official patches (below) and a credit on the site!

Additionally, we’d love to hear from participants that have expertise in machine learning and any artists interested in creating amphibological drawings.

Yours in ambiguity,

Pamela + Matteo

Dept of Amphibological Research

AUV flyby


Minor change of plans: instead of running a mission (list of waypoints), the AUV was programmed to swim laps at minimal depth; this way it would always remain in visual contact from the kayak.  This change was needed because the acoustic tracker broke and lost a channel (became mono) so was useless for tracking.  Given the strong currents and murky waters I felt this was prudent.

Brian Huang

Dates: June 8 – June 18

Education Engineer / Founding Center Director @HackSchool

My Project:  I have so many ideas!  My project will likely center around data collection and data visualization. As a math / science / engineer, I’m always curious about setting up distributed networks of data sensors. My plan is to create a network of temperature, humidity, pressure, and light sensors to distribute around the jungle and create a data visualization that can become a learning module for my class. I’m also curious about setting up a camera trap to see what kinds of wildlife we can capture. I’ll be bringing our my standard hack-pack of sensors, microcontrollers, etc… If you’re interested in collaborating, let me know!

My Why (About me…): For the past five years, I was the Education Engineer for SparkFun Electronics, an open-source electronics education company. I started my career as an electrical engineer. After 8 years working in the industry, I fell in love with teaching and working with students. I left engineering to pursue a second career as an educator, earned my Masters in Education at CU Boulder, and worked as a high school teacher for 5 years teaching physics, engineering, and mathematics.

My hobbies / interests: I love running, exploring, climbing, baking, gardening, cooking, and just building stuff.

Biobang! 0001 – Khan+Quitmeyer with Pearl Ryder, Craig Durkin, + Gus (feat DJ Dez)

This week’s podcast we discuss cells, snakes, ecosystem, foraging technology, and merperson tinder dating.


Tasneem Khan

Andy Quitmeyer


Pearl Ryder,  Craig Durkin, and Gus

Music by:

Dj Dez (

and JPOM (

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An Underwater Studio Practice

Hannah Perner-Wilson (+C, KOBAKANT)

During my 7 days at DiNaCon I want to build myself wearable studio gear that will allow me to go into the ocean to spend time there fishing for materials, diving for details, weaving with water and etching salty circuits in my datasheet-swimwear.

By trying to realize this unlikely combination of moving to stay afloat while moving to make, I want to see if I can dive deeper into the experience of what it means to be able to “make while moving through the world”.

Precisely because this endeavor may sound silly, it appeals to me. I have hopes that by distancing myself from reason – in this case “reasonable modes of making” – I can create an opening in the fabric of optimized experience to slip through and experience the other side. Looking back at our lives shaped by optimized experience I might catch a glimpse of something one can only see from underwater.

Underwater Studio Practice sketches
Underwater Studio Practice sketches
Underwater Studio Practice sketches
Underwater Studio Practice sketchesUnderwater Studio Practice sketches

A Wearable Studio Practice
This work is a continuation of my Wearable Studio Practice, a project I started after returning from an expedition with Andy in Madagascar in 2015. Since then I’m becoming ever more interested in applying my skills as an e-textile craftsperson to explore “making as a means of experiencing the world”.

Join me!
I have no idea where this initial idea for A Swimming Studio Practice will take me, but if it appeals to you, or if it does not, feel welcome to join.
Since I probably can’t spend all my time in the water, I will also be very interested to observe and study other people’s “dry studio practices”. Collecting ideas ideas and sharing these with you. If you would like me to follow you around for the day to study how you work in the wild, let me know, I would love to.

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An Underwater Studio Practice lead me to write this tale of Crochetteering:

DinaSound is live!

Pearl Ryder is a cell biologist who came to DinaCon with the goal to explore the natural world to revitalize her life as a biologist and to learn more about creating audio stories. She has created DinaSound to collect her stories and sounds of the jungle. So far you can listen to an audio diary and a fun conversation about weaver ants. Stay tuned for interviews with participants and lots of “stumbled upon” conversations at DinaCon!

Follow Pearl on Twitter @pearl_ryder for more stories from DinaCon and glimpses into the life of a scientist in training.