|| 9/2/2004 || 3:26 pm || Comments Off on pearl earring || ||
I am panicing about my money troubles- it sucks. I need to find work pronto! Ack!
Last night I watched Girl with a Pearl Earring. It was a cute film. Johannes Vermeer was one of my favorite Dutch painters. In my travels, I’ve seen 13 of his 39 paintings in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and DC. I know my oldest sister probably has seen the movie. I am going to call her tonight and see if she saw it and if she liked it. Quite a few scenes looked just like some of his paintings and it made the movie seem like a Where’s Waldo of Vermeer, but I’m not sure if the director had some embedded paintings in the movie or not. Anyways, its a good movie to watch with someone you love. The plot isn’t too deep but I felt the photorealism was great. I enjoyed how the director accurately showed how life was in 1600s. I’ve been trying to look at those clues like that as of late. Basically, I realize how far we’ve come as a civilization and the degree of specialization that has taken place. I can’t help but wonder how people will survive if they were forced to live back then, or possibly in the future where energy is not plentiful and people are forced to farm themselves. I’d like to take up farming someday simply so that I can take that skill with me to the edges of the earth.
The two renderings are decent. I photoshopped an image of Manhattan (on the left), which makes an interesting looking inner eye. I am rendering another image of NYC, but without the inner lenz. It should be ready in about 4 hours or so. After that I’d like to render an image I snagged of a delta in the Netherlands (its beautiful!). I think the movie was the stimulus to make this next one. It should look nice. Hopefully I’ll have it rendered by tomorrow or so!
its starting to get B.A.D.
|| 9/1/2004 || 4:46 pm || Comments Off on its starting to get B.A.D. || ||
This rendering looks really nice. The only problem is that I accidentally rotated the torus 30 degrees, so the image looks slightly off kilter. Up next is the same inner satellite image with a lake for the torus. After that I’m going to photoshop another satellite image to change things up a bit!
Today I sent out faxes to all of the members of the Committee on Government Reform. We are scheduling meetings with congressmen and their staff to discuss Budget Autonomy for the District*. This is my first foray into lobbying but I’m excited about it. I hope the congressmen are receptive and we are able to schedule a lot meetings. If you are reading this, mark your calendars for October 1st so that you can take off work and come & meet up with fellow DC residents at the Capitol Hill South Metro stop at 9am. Its going to be fun. And to steal Move On’s tagline- it will truly be democracy in action.
*B.A.D. Day is October 1st ;-)
|| || 9:16 am || Comments Off on Brussels- again || ||
I ended up not making an oval shaped version because I didn’t want to wait around for the massive satellite images to load. The inner satellite image is of downtown Brussels, Belgium.
I’m off to go call congressmen- more later…
|| || 3:24 am || Comments Off on nice || ||
All I can say is that this is my favorite yet….
Time for bed.
In the meantime, I’ll render an oval version of this rendering…
|| 8/31/2004 || 6:15 am || Comments Off on what next? || ||
This rendering looks pretty decent. I’d like to make a grand total of 50 renderings for this series (I have made 39 so far). I am now pondering ways I can create a new series. I definitely want to keep the satellite image motiff alive because I feel it makes these renderings interesting yet different. In the meantime, I think I am going to make another rendering with the Himalayas satellite image. I also added a nifty animation in the upper left-hand corner that is a link to all of the renderings I’ve made for Lenz Project.
|| 8/30/2004 || 1:52 am || Comments Off on too eager || ||
Maybe Zoe was right about the self-promoting issue. But after thinking about things more thoroughly, I think its simply just that I’m too eager too help. So eager that I’m don’t think some things all the way through and it ends up being potentially detrimental to the work at hand. I resolve to think more thoroughly about various issues before I decide to let others know about them. I also resolve to use the model of peer review to it’s fullest application so to prevent future mistakes.
ride ride ride
|| 8/29/2004 || 4:12 am || Comments Off on ride ride ride || ||
Man I rode my bike farther out in VA than I have ever riden before. However, the party I went to was fun! I met the son of the one of the DCStatehood Party founders tonight. He played some nice dub, dancehall & ragga beats at the house party. I hope he drops me an E-mail!
So tomorrow is the big protest day. I hope the corporate media has some decent coverage,,,, My recording of Bill Maher last night, which urged protestors to riot made its way to the front page of the NYC IMC, but I can’t find the posting now! It was up before I left to go out tonight….nonetheless, it was a good recording…. I also uploaded the press conference that the Police Commissioner of NYC gave…It was about the “terrorists” who had no explosives but were arrested…. in my opinion they were arrested just to scare off potential protestors….
Anyways–tomorrow should be very interesting!
thank you usgs
|| 8/27/2004 || 9:22 pm || Comments Off on thank you usgs || ||
Version 2.0 will be the inverse….and I think I might try signing my name.
in the meantime I am backing up my summer creations on DVDs…
and thank you USGS for providing me with some new material.
the daily render
|| 8/26/2004 || 6:27 am || Comments Off on the daily render || ||
Its official. This blog has changed its name to a more fitting name. [drum roll]
Nikolas Â® Schiller’s blog is now called “The Daily Render”
I mentioned this name change before but I didn’t seriously think about changing it. However after reading through my website logs and finding that someone has blogrolled me (speak up whoever you are!), I went to www.bloglines.com to see if I could find out who. After searching, I found out that someone else had already taken the name “Mental Masturbation.” So why name your blog with a name someone else is already using? Especially with a tagline like “Blowing Your Mind in a Consequence Free Environment,” with all due respect, “Keystrokes for a Better World” just sounds dumb compared to “blowing your mind” (the consequence free environment part is lame, because there are consequences to everything one says). So from now on this blog’s name will be “The Daily Render” and the tagline will be “Your Daily Dose of Visual Stimulation.” I mean, I’ve mainly used this blog as a forum to display and critique my near-daily renderings, so why not follow through and name it properly. Plus, as I mentioned before, “Mental Masturbation is a bit over the top as far as names go.
Since the subject of Daily Renderings is now in the spotlight, I must comment on the rendering above. I really do love the satellite image being used for the torus, but I still don’t like the inner satellite image of Baghdad much. As I mentioned earlier, the original satellite image of the Green Zone in Baghdad was too large for computer to handle (it might have been due to the fact that half of my CPU speed was tied up rendering another graphic) so I had to scale down the image to roughly half its size. This meant that the 1 meter satellite image (meaning that each pixel represented one meter on the ground) was reduced to a 4 meter image (if you half the size of the image you don’t get 2 meters but 4 because the former pixel is square, not rectangular), and with the reduction in size, the new satellite image has half the amount of detail as before. Thus I’d rather have the inner satellite image have more detail. Plus it makes the spherical projection (aka the “lenz”) look more round- which, afterall, is the reason why I began this series in the first place. I am going to snag another image from one of the “Earth As Art” galleries and use the same Guinea-Bissau satellite image for torus. Expect another image in about 8-10 hours!
In other news, if you have a moment download the latest issue of the INDYPENDENT. It is chalk full of what will be going down in NYC next week during the RNC. I wish I could go, but money is tight and I feel I can be more of service here for some reason. I am helping load a puppet for Adam this morning, so at least I am helping out in some way.
|| 8/25/2004 || 10:13 pm || Comments Off on sleep… || ||
This rendering is exactly the same as this one, except the images are reversed. Again, as with the other one, I like the torus better than the inner image. -shrug- I guess I’ll make the next one with the downtown Baghdad image, so I’ll end up with 4 images that are almost identical. The final product could have all 4 images- and potentially be printed 10 feet by 10 feet!
Anyways, I need to fix my sleeping habits. I’m on the Dracula sleep cycle- I’ve been sleeping during the day (mostly during the morning and evening) and being awake all night from like 10pm to 6am. If I had a stable job this wouldn’t be the case because I tend to live on a fixed schedule. Grrr. I think working out more would also help, but that is not as important as stable work. I wonder what I should do to combat this.
Now I’m off to the Rendezvous Lounge for a friend’s club night. I’ve never been there before so it should be interesting.