The Old Mission Creek Frog Choir is well known for its boisterous nightly shows. I am approaching them to propose some collaborative ventures. Preliminary conversations have been rather one-sided as the frogs are mostly disinterested or ignoring my requests for their input. [Write Comment]
05/08/06 23:28:10 - Founders meeting firms up new direction for collab
This evening in Old Mission Creek the frogs sent a vaguely decisive message: we do not reliably respond to finger-snapping, we will tolerate your hand fart sounds, but we do not sing if you stand up. Also shiny pennywhistles can sometimes distract us.
Fantastic! Have you tried playing back the recording to
them? Would they go after you for making a bootleg copy?
05/23/06 11:54:58 - Research and FrogWatch signup
After having some acoustical interactions with the frog choir I thought it might be appropriate to go back and do a little a research into what other frog choir collaborators before me have found...
, research by Peter Narins
A short paper discussing the loudness and frequency distribution of competing male frogs. How can you, as a frog, be heard over the other males:
1. singing when they aren't singing.
2. singing a song with a dramatically different pitch.
3. singing more loudly.
a National Wildlife Federation project
A general interest site devoted to conservation and tracking of frog and toad populations - lots of good general information about identifying and interacting with frogs.
Frogwatch seems so interesting that I've decided to sign up as a frogwatch USA volunteer and to register my Old Mission Creek Frog Choir as a new research site #5269. Now I need to learn how to identify my frog collaborators. [Write Comment]
06/04/06 16:01:29 - Frogs and Robots
I'm considering how I might set up my laptop as a little model of the Mission Creek frog choir -- thank you Nichole for the idea -- beginning with some webcam brightness sensors adjusting the volume of the frogs I've been working with.
Along those lines I've been doing a little research and was reminded of Garnet Hertz's cockroach robot, which is quite a fun collaborative animal project; I've added this as another resource and will try to connect this entry to it. I also noted that in the past Garnet has rigged up a dead frog with galvanic response actuators that make the deceased frog move; I had a little trouble with this project after being sensitized by this interspecies collaboration class, but perhaps the web documentation isn't conveying the whole story.
On to some quick and dirty webcam / processing experiments. [Write Comment]