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One Year

The other day I got an email saying that my Processing Tumblr had turned one year old. A lot has happened in one years’ time. I can’t really describe the physical and mental transition I have gone through in the last year, it’s more complex than just ups and downs, good and bad, hot and cold. I feel like I have changed, and although I don’t think “change” is bad by definition, I do think it is painful and incredibly hard to come to terms with.copy16 copy44 copy46 copy83 copy84 copy44copy76 copy77 copy84 copy99copy100 copy115 copy117 copy21




I realize I’ve been slacking with this blog and stuff so here is a little update! But actually, maybe I haven’t truly been slacking because I did make a post last month and in general that is about as current as I like to keep things. I guess this feeling of “slacking off” comes from the amount of sensory overload that I have endured lately compared to the amount of information that I have put back into the world via this blog. If you didn’t know, I semi-recently (in October) moved to the San Francisco Bay area. I have experienced so many new things in such a small time that my mind has been overblown with so many new ideas and feelings that cause me to freeze until I find myself repeating that old phrase, “I just don’t know what to do with myself.” It’s one of those roller coaster sort of things with at least one weekly identity crisis. It’s obvious to me that a lot of emotions are involved but I still can’t help but question what I want in life or who I want to be. These aren’t new questions by any means they just tend to come up a lot more often.

And because of this it seems that almost every day I have a new project in mind with most not getting past the sketchbook phase (if they even make it that far). It’s really an exciting time for me but honestly I would like to slow myself down in order to maybe focus my ideas into something cohesive. I have several posts in the making (one post is honestly a lot of work for me) so hopefully those will help me bring my thoughts together a bit.

Until then, here are a few new images from my tumblr which is still going strong!

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1000 Frames of Plaid

The video itself is pretty self explanatory but I would like to say a few things about it before you watch it:

1. Please watch it at the 720p HD setting! Although it might take a little bit of time to load for such a short video, the lower quality settings really don’t do it justice. I tried uploading to vimeo and I was really unsatisfied with the quality that came out. For some reason their system re-encodes my video to a really low quality even in HD. The simple text introduction at the beginning of the video was blocky and downright ugly and I won’t even mention how bad the rest of the video was… Perhaps I have to buy a Plus account if I don’t want it to look like shit?

2. If you can, please listen to it with headphones on. I made the audio with headphones on and I didn’t listen to it without them until I uploaded it and I was surprised (but not too surprised) to find the sound quite horrible. I think it might be obvious but I am NOT a musician! I was completely out of my comfort zone with this aspect so I have to say that it is also a little embarrassing. But honestly, I’ve been interested in creating my own sound for a while now and so I gave it a shot and it was fun! I can also say that I now have a shit ton of respect for people who make music.

3. Just in case you’re interested, I made the audio with LMMS and the video with Blender which has a video editor but is not the greatest if you are new to the program. There is a huge learning curve and it is used mostly for creating 3d content so it ended up being more of a struggle than I thought it would be for such a simple video. Although I do have the adobe CS4 suite I’ve been interested in free and open source software a lot lately and this is the result!

Enter the Machine

In my last post I said I would explain the images I had shown and *TADAA!* here is my explanation!

Basically I have been messing around in Processing (an especially fitting name for the work that I have been doing lately) to create what I call “image machines.” I wanted to create a program that could take an image, put it through an equation that included some random variables, and then spit out a new image. But I also wanted to automate the process so I made the program import the resulting image and put it through the machine again and again (as many times as I wanted) to see what would come out. The result was a kind of evolutionary progression that ended up making some really cool patterns, each one derived from the previous image.

I’m kind of addicted to making these but here are just a few that I thought were really cool (please click on them to see the super awesome hi-res versions):

If you didn’t notice, that last image was made from the previous one as it’s source image.

Aaaand just for kicks, here’s a Tumblr I just started with more of these plates put in order so you can see the progression. Each flat color plate (so far there is only a black one and a white one) is the original starting plate for each specific set.

I thought it would be cool to have this program work online and regularly update itself but I don’t have my own site set up (and I’m not even sure how to do what I want yet) so for now I thought this would be the next best thing. I plan on having the Tumblr post daily as a kind of journal that documents each projects’ progress. I have more ideas and projects involving Processing with most of them producing a lot of images and I don’t want to flood this blog so I might just post an update every now and again when a new project has been started.

Up next: video!


I think I’ll explain more about this later, but I’ve been working in Processing and kind of stumbled onto this! I just thought they were too cool not to post.

Hit the Restart Button

I was thinking recently about the constant theme of total destruction (GODZILLA?!)  in Japanese pop culture. I mean, if you look at almost every other anime (Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Metropolis just to name a few mega hits) you see some kind of utopian/distopian society that is inevitably destroyed or rewritten usually through some kind of futuristic technology. I have to say, it’s slightly odd to realize that the U.S. is directly related to this part of the Japanese psyche…

Anyway, I’m interested in what objects become after some kind of natural (or unnatural) disaster. Perhaps my interest is in the objects themselves and how they reset to their basic form of object-hood, disconnected from their intended meanings. Is the boat really just a boat anymore? The buildings around it are now just wood, metal and cement and piles of mixed rubble. Was the boat always just a boat? Or was it just a relatively large object made of  metal and plastic and whatever else boats are made of? My guess is that the giant object on the building kept it’s originally intended meaning of “boat” and that is why the photo of it is so unique.

Does any of this even matter? I’ll answer that in my next post (maybe).

P.S. The glitch pics were made from a Processing sketch I made. The link at the top is the application so click on it if you want to try it out and make your own images.