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Have Chickens, Need Lasers!

Martin Isenburg’s project hits the nerve of “zeitgeist”: pandora, michelle omaba, farmville, geospatial, michael pollen, green, no more tiger, cheap fun (because recession), growing food in cities, …

Martin is a rich white guy working in a nuclear weapons lab. He bought the only 1894 Queen Anne Victorian in one of the cutest downtown in NorCal. Instead of putting a 6 foot fence around it, he will symbolically tear down the fence and create the “hippest” urban farm America has ever seen. Marting will build a chicken coop to match the style of the house with recycled material and have local high school students help him. He will broadcast these efforts using military grade laser technology and facebook + iphones + ipads with real-time 3D streaming (like radiohead’s “house of cards” but better). He will teach kids the technologies they need to know in the next century with honey bees, chickens, and goats. they won’t even know they are learning. there is more. i don’t want to give it all away.

ps: the “ipad” was made for downtownfarm: chicken poop resistant computing!

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Martin Isenburg


Martin works in geometric data processing and visualization. He is currently employed as a research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Labs. He is a well-published scientist with several seminal papers in Computer Graphics and Visualization conferences. He is also the developer of LAStools and laszip.exe which are very popular in the remote sensing industry. He is also passionate about urban farming and likes to hang out with the three chickens in his frontyard.