The Lily Pad is a microcontroller board designed in collaboration between Leah Buechley and retailer SparkFun. Microcontrollers such as the Lily Pad are designed to run with the computer program Arduino in order to make physical electronic components interact and be controlled by your computer. The innovation that makes the Lily Pad so neat is it was designed for wearable projects (its washable and able to be sewn into fabrics) and its feminine design to attract girls to the world of physical computing. Check out the Make Blog's article on Leah Buechley's DIY turn signal shirt.
Presented by Ubuweb and WMFU, the 365 Days Project is an initiative by these two to present a rare, obscure, or otherwise unique and unheard piece of sound everyday for one year. The project has been completed twice already, once in 2003 and once in 2007. The content is exhaustive and I have already spent hours combing the archives and only made it though a few week's worth of day's sounds. Really, I present this project as a gateway to Ubuweb, an incredible poetic and artistic catalogue and resource, and to WMFU's Beware of the Blog, a progressive music blog that has opened my mind to new ideas in music and will open yours too.