The Book was designed to act like a magical illuminated manuscript that contains notes, specimens, and animated illustrations of Admiral McGorgamaforg's explorations. Sitting on McGorgamaforg's desk, The Book highlights five locations from his travels: the Atlantic, Scotland, Tunisia, Tibet, and Amazonia. As a user flips through pages of the book, animations on the right hand page interact with the printed page.

Each active page in the book is embedded with flex sensors that determine whether or not a page has been turned. When an animation is triggered, it will loop continuously on the page until that page is turned again. I built the book and pedestal, designed the printed pages, created all illustrations for the Atlantic and Amazonia, and created the illustrations of the plants and fly for Scotland. I water-colored all illustrations. I expanded upon story concepts discussed among team members to create the journal entries.

I programmed The Book using Arduino and Processing.

Desk with The Book
Opening page of The Book
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ATLANTIC

Entry 1: Seven dives over a three month period have allowed us to tack the movement of the Sweeper whale. An early experiment conducted by the PNCAMMID (Pneumatic Consortium Artificial Marine Mammal Intelligence Division), the Baleana artificialis was developed to counteract pollution by shipping vessels and ever increasing coastal populations. Movement of the whale has been recorded as far north as Greenland and as far south as Venezuela.

Entry 2: Despite the constant near freezing temperatures, pneumonauts in this undersea research lab have maintained reasonably high spirits. They are as persistent as ever in making new discoveries and protecting the well being of the kingdom and the world. Perhaps because it was its place of birth, or perhaps because of the warmth from our steam vents, the whale spends a great deal of time near the observatory. This has allowed us to maintain a home base from which to conduct our research and depart from for longer surveying excursions. Recent advancements in power and satellites have furthered the development of extraordinary submersibles we have been able to use on these expeditions.

Entry 3: The persistent darkness along the trench puts us in a state of perpetual night. Instincts of the Sweeper Whale are unparalleled in detecting wast and toxins in the water. Our preliminary research suggests that an increase in adrenaline causes a pheromone reaction and attracts thousands of the Pisces ardentibus, or the glowing suckerfish. Their synchronized movement through the black water creates a dancing light that can be seen through our portholes and is shattered into glittering pieces only when disturbed by the predatory deep sea diver, Pisces pelicanus.

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SCOTLAND

Entry 1: Second day along the Loch Schiel. Reached Claish Moss just after dawn. As the air warms and light touches on the local thistles, flies, dragonflies, and other insects emerge, drawn to is sweet nectar. The insects are likewise attracted to the Hydra putrid, or rotting pitcher plant, its stench overwhelming the the fragrance of other local flora.

Entry 2: Day six. With fellow researcher, Dr. P_, have been surveying the Lacerta saccularis. Lost one dog to the amphibian. These "salamanders" inflate their bodies with air and in doing so direct the flow of their poison to hidden fore-claws. Preyed upon at night, in our sleep we hear the alert creatures deflate in huffing noises, sounding suspiciously like chuckles. Prey includes snails, worms, and insects, as well as small rodents and juvenile predatory birds.

Entry 3: Observations of the Carduus carnivourous show a rapid opening and closing of "tooth" lined openings. The teeth appear to be modified petals lined with trichomes. A touch on the hairs triggers the petals to stiffen and trap prey. Further botanical inquiry required.

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AMAZONIA

Entry 1: Six months into our Amazonian expedition many of our party are beginning to wonder if we will not suffer the same fate as so many of our lost fellow pneumonauts. Many have searched this inhospitable wilderness for the worlds greatest discoveries, to never be seen again. Each night feels as restless as the last, we have learned to sleep only lightly through the harassment of insects and the sounds night in the jungle brings. Each morning we must muster new resolve to continue this trek, despite the heat, hunger, and knowledge that not all will make it back home.

Entry 2: Day 246. Molted feathers have put us on the trail of a previously unknown species. For months a howling could be heard in the dark, like two ghosts calling out to one another across the wind. A week spent collecting samples in the canopy allowed us to catch our first glimpse at the prehistoric Javelin Bird, hypothesized about in little regarded texts, this is the first true discovery of the species.

Entry 3: Plagued by a swarm of Hylesia ingenti and the rash and fever carried with them, we are prevented from continuing our survey of the bird.

Entry 4: Our mission has continued successfully with more information being gathered about the Javelin Bird. The sound we have been hearing in the night is the call and response of the Javelin Bird with the tree it lives in. Sound whistles through perforations in the tree's bark creating a sound like that of an oboe, to which the bird responds with it's own unique call. We have dubbed the tree the Kuka Tuka for the sound produced by this interaction. We know not yet whether the birds call is instinctual, or if it is in communication with one of those rare intelligent botanical species. More studies will have to be conducted in the future.

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TUNISIA

Entry 1: We have made great leaps and bounds in our relationship with our brethren in the PNC's Tunisian division. Tensions have run high for the last century since the scourge that tourists and so called archaeologists brought upon Egypt. We seek heal the wounds of that devastation by cultivating a new partnership with our friends in North Africa.

Entry 2: There is a richness of culture and potential for adventure and discovery here, only possible in those parts of the world that have been settled by so many over millennia. We hear rumors of crystal caverns that wind their way away from outlaying oases. We followed this rumor to the Ksar Ghilane oasis with a resident entomologist. Not crystal at all, the caverns are in fact tunnels created by the saliva of a local beetle and the thermogenic reaction between it's body and the sand. The Glass Beetle compresses sand with its saliva and body heat harden the surface into a smooth, translucent, protective lair.

Mature beetles are able to break through the surface by vigorously vibrating their bodies shattering the surface. Larvae lack the proper saliva production, but instead are equipped with sharp tusks. Both methods leave a sandlike residue concealing the exit holes. Both larvae and adults persist on a diet of Tamarisk Tree leaves and various local fallen fruits and berries.

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TIBET

Entry 1: A much needed change from the high cold desert my guides and their companion dogs have led me the the rolling hills and neighboring woodlands outside the town of Litang. Though physically strenuous, this excursion has been a peaceful one. So different from the previous expedition to this part of the world and our encounters with the Geruda.

Entry 2: We spend days collecting samples of flora and fauna from the local environment and find our selves in constant company with a curious, yet shy and vicious rodent. The Mustela actiniaria, or what the locals call the Tentacle-nosed weasel, creeps around stands of Aseroe rubra (Sea Anenome Fungus), inspecting its surroundings and keeping watch for potential predators. The hounds harass the rodent and in turn it trumpets through its nose a warning cry, providing us musical accompaniment for our work and an continued source of amusement. My guides tell me this is the same noise made during territorial battles and mating season.

Entry 3: The weasel rests in rock crevices, tree hollows and the abandoned burrows of other animals. Rare glimpses show that it is a good climber, swimmer, hunter, and runner. Prey: voles and other rodents, small birds, worms, lizards, and in a pinch, insects. Most likely predators, if any: badgers, birds of prey, and the fox.

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