|| 8/25/2004 || 3:37 pm || Comments Off on money troubles || ||
This rendering is pretty good. There isn’t too much to say about it, except that I need make a digital installation with all of these renderings. I think I am going to make a page with all the thumbnails arranged in some mildly artistic way. It will look good, but in the meantime I need to fnd some stable income! Bills are due and the money isn’t adding up the way I want it to! Eeek! I added a “donate” button at the bottom of the right panel, but I sincerely doubt anyone will throw me any loot. I mean I’ve never donated to anyone before, but maybe I should start. In the meantime I am going to be submitting my resume to a bunch of different temp agencies and calling my family to ask for money (a first!). If I would have done this earlier this month and not spent so much money last weekend with my guest I don’t think this would have happened, but that is hindsight and its always 20/20. Yet if anyone has anything they need done for them and are willing to pay me, drop me a line!
The next rendering will use the same inner satellite image as the first Guinea-Biassau rendering, but with the torus being one that I’ll create. Expect something special in about 9 hours….
|| || 4:19 am || Comments Off on power struggle || ||
I’m not sure how I feel about this rendering. The torus looks nice but the inner satellite image looks a bit off. I am not sure what it is, it might be the way it looks in its full size, but the rendering is definitely not my favorite. I think it might be from the original satellite image and the nature of the original pixilation. The next image rendering will be the same torus but with the Baghdad satellite image. I have a feeling this one will look better.
Earlier today I went to Joanne McNeil’s happy hour at Cafe Nema. It was fun. I met up with a few of DC’s more popular bloggers Matt Yglesias and Julian Sanchez, as well as a host of friends I hadn’t seen in a while. After a few drinks the discussion did make its way toward politics and I tried my best to promote DC Statehood. They both laughed at the insinuation that DC could be a viable state in the union. Matt even went so far as to place the irony of how he only lived in DC because of the government. Yet I couldn’t help but wonder about the rest of the DC residents, those that do not live here because of the government, rather they live here because they were born here and due to their disenfranchisement have not been given the same rights & benefits as the rest of Americans have been given. I guess its one thing to be a pundit and give analysis and a completely different thing to try to actively change things. There is a quote in Adbusters a few issues back- “there are more talkers than walkers,” and I guess it aptly applies here. Nonetheless, I’d like to believe that pundits do have the power to challenge people into action.
Afterwards, I attempted to go to Aldis to get some cheap-ass groceries. I found out that there was a store about 8 minutes from me at 7609 New Hampshire Ave, but it was closed when I arrived so I had to settle for the nearby Giant store. When I got home I cooked up some of my signature vegetarian gruel- sautÃ©ed onions, green chilies, and black-eyed peas mixed together with “deluxe” macaroni & cheese. All I can say is that I love to cook, even if the final product doesn’t look the most pleasing to the eye.
After dinner, I had a short conversation with my friend Jill about relationships. She mentioned how her mother said that to tell if you are dealing with a healthy couple you ask each of them separately who has the control in the relationship and in the ones that last, both parties will say that they have it. I found that this was a particularly interesting insight that Iâ€™ll definitely have to consider in dealing with my future relationships. Essentially, a power struggle exists in most relationships, but those that are successful have an inherent balance that keeps both parties actively working toward a healthy love life. I definitely know how my previous relationships were balanced and why they were successful / unsuccessful.
The next image is about 20% finished, so Iâ€™ll have it on-line in the morning. Each one of these bad-boys is 300 megabytes and Iâ€™m starting to run out of space! Its time for a massive backup!
|| 8/24/2004 || 2:54 pm || Comments Off on lucklaster lenz || ||
I think this rendering is just okay- it could be better. I chose to make the “lenz” aka the central sphere less round and it made the central image look very flat, which is not what I wanted it to look like. However, I do like the way the torus turned out as well as the green halo that surround the torus- call it a Green Halo for the Green Zone!
Last night while adding the new links section “Eye in the Sky” (which are links to satellite imagery outlets), I found what looks like a treasure trove of images from the U.S. Geological Survey. Aside from tons of images that have to be purchased, they have two galleries of composite satellite images which can be downloaded. It is called the “Earth As Art Collection” (Gallery 1, Gallery 2) and the images are all roughly 200 megabytes each, and due to their generous sizes, I’ll be able to make massive renderings using them. Best yet, they are completely free to use. Unlike the images I have used from Space Imaging & Digital Globe, which might be subject copyrights, the USGS images seem to be free to use. I also think its funny that they call the gallery “Earth As Art,” because I am using them for just that, with some slight, but significant variations.
Right now I am rendering a 4-panelled reflection of Guinea-Bissau with the torus texture being the same image but with the colors inverted. It should look very interesting!
the double use of satellite images…
|| 8/19/2004 || 5:02 pm || Comments Off on the double use of satellite images… || ||
I made two new renderings using a 4-panel reflection satellite image of downtown Baghdad as the center and a 4-panel reflection satellite image of Monrovia, Liberia. I think they are absolutely beautiful! Most definitely my favorite renderings yet. I really am pleased with how the double use of inner and outer satellite images looks. I think I’ll make a couple more with Baghdad as the centeral image and just change the size & texture of the torus. So far this summer I’ve made about 30 of these images, and if I were to professionally have these printed I could definitely have an interesting exhibit- I’ll continue dreaming in the meantime!
I am starting to redesign Citizen Policies Institute’s website and I am excited about making this website look amazing! I’ll begin working on this shortly. In the meantime, I have a very special guest in town who I haven’t seen in a year! So I’m not sure how much work I’ll be able to do on my blog or my next website redesign. However, do to the passive nature of rendering graphics, I’ll probably churn out a few more in the meantime.
|| 8/17/2004 || 9:00 am || Comments Off on ..still fasting.. || ||
Image Links to Flash Player:
Above is a screenshot of today’s rendering– a 5 second animation of the most recent “Brussels Lenz” (see previous post). If you look closely, you can see why I’ve been so fascinated by the use of the glass sphere with embedded images. Well if you don’t want to look closely, I’ll explain it anyways- I like the way the sphere refracts the satellite images to look similar to the curveture of the earth. If you’ve ever been on top of a high mountain (one that goes above tree line) you might get what I’m talking about. Anyways, I’m not sure what graphic I’ll render next…. oddly at 30 frames per second at 720X480 size, a five second animation takes less time to make than a conventional still image….. hmmm, I think I’m sold on the idea of really large posters.
Adam kicked ass on Hardball last night. I recorded the show and put it on his campaign website. I was amazed at how Chris Matthews kept on insinuating that protestors are violent and bent on destruction. Yet Adam managed to keep his cool the entire time. Much respect!
I encoded the recording using Real Video. This was my first time using this A/V format. I was able to download the Export Plugin for Quicktime, and I am very pleased with the compression that I was able to get. However to encode the 13 minute segment of the show from DV format to Real Video format took over 3 hours! Way too long but the export plugin was able to take a 5,500 megabyte video file and compress it to 35 megabytes….that pretty impressive, albeit time consuming.
On the fasting front, this morning I ate a cayenne pepper. My friend David mentioned how the pepper is supposed to help cleanse the body by way of heat. After not eating any food for 36 hours (while drinking about 3 gallons of water) the cayenne pepper actually made my body temperature rise slightly. It was kinda cool. I am expecting a ketosis buzz sometime this afternoon. It should be interesting. And tomorrow a special friend will be coming to DC to visit me. I’m excited!
|| 8/16/2004 || 4:54 pm || Comments Off on fasting fun || ||
Tonight Adam Eidinger will on Hardball with Chris Matthews (7pm on DC channel 64). I have my Macintosh “tivo” set to record the show, and hopefully I’ll be able to put it on his website.
Last night I decided to make today and possibly tomorrow fasting days. Only water for me- no cigarettes, no food, nothing but water. So far today I’ve drank 2 liters of water, and I’ll probably drink another 4 more (at least). So why fast? Well my friend David of the Superstars of Love explained to me that he would fast a couple times a year to cleanse out some of the toxins in his body. I am really concentrating on using fasting as a vehicle to expel a variety of toxins from my body- including nicotine. David said it helped him, and I think it makes sense- your body will crave food not cigarettes. Also, historically humans did not eat three square meals a day, sometimes not even one square meal a day, and I think its important for my body to experience the absence of food. David did mention that on the third day of his fast he’d get kinda high in that natural, vision-quest kinda way. I’m excited to see how it turns out. For some more info about fasting read this. Also, last week I ate a 75% vegan diet, which should help me out somewhat in the dietary transition.
As for the new renderings, I am very happy with both of the newest ones of Brussels, however the “spiral” rendering has an “error” on the left side of the image. For some reason the texture does not look right. However, the other one has a nicely reflected texture. Version 4.0 will be up shortly. I wonder what satellite image I’ll use next. I think I might use one of the images from Athens, Greece in honor of the Olympics.
Brussels & the American Candidate
|| 8/15/2004 || 9:55 pm || Comments Off on Brussels & the American Candidate || ||
Version 4.0 of the Monrovia series is very simple with a black torus & some blue smoke. I started a new series using a satellite image of Brussels, Belgium. The Brussels rendering image looks pretty good. I tried to make the texture of the torus similar to the rooftops in the city and it turned out well. The only problem is that the satellite image is not as large as it could be (about 8,000 pixels) so when the rendered image is looked at in full size it looks slightly pixilated. That kinda sucks, however the actual rendered image looks good the way its reflected. I am going to start on version 2.0 shortly.
Right now I’m watching American Candidate on Showtime. Its a pretty good show! I think I’ll record it next week. There is actually a green party candidate “Bruce” who has some intelligent words to say. More importantly, the show actually gives 3rd parties a platform to speak. Bruce is making a point of putting animal rights into political discourse. I wish the actual presidential candidacy was like this- minus all the psuedo-drama of the reality show. Next up is Entourage, Ali G, and Def Poetry- probably my favorite night of television :-)
The party at my house last night was a lot of fun. I got rather drunk and met a bunch of people. Good times!
|| 8/14/2004 || 6:21 pm || Comments Off on version 3.0 || ||
[update: I accidentally wrote over my previous entry with this one! Its too bad because the previous entry was written when I was rather drunk, yet very coherent!– its a damn shame too, blame on it on a long phone conversation with my mother! FYI- version 3.0 on left & version 2.0 on right —update#2 actually i found the original post!]
Version 3.0 looks the best! I used the actual satellite image as the texture on the torus and it looks great! In the full size version you can see all the detail of the satellite image and I think you can even see a refugee camp. The only aspect about this image that I do not like is the elongated sphere- I think I should have used the “lenz” rather than the “eye” (the only difference in the templates is that the eye is an elongated version of the sphere, while the “lenz” is a perfect sphere). I think I’m going to make version 4.0 with a solid color torus and that will be the end of the Monrovia series.
Also there is a full keg downstairs, so I think I’m going to drink some beer! Cheers!
|| 8/13/2004 || 3:48 pm || Comments Off on Eartheye Monrovia || ||
I am not very happy with how this rendering turned out. This is my second rendering using a photoshopped a satellite image. I used an image of Monrovia, Liberia and made it a 4 paneled mirror reflection (which doubled the original size of the image). I enlongated the torus and rotated the satellite image 10 degrees inside of the sphere, but this created some white space on the inside of the “eye.” I’d call this one a defective mistake! I also don’t really like the “earth” color scheme used for the torus. I am rendering version 2.0 now- it is simply the circular “lenz” template with a slightly different (but similar) color scheme. I look forward to see how it turns out. I am leaving to go help campaign in Ward 7 of DC (in South East DC) and it should be finished rendering by the time I return. [update: the event was cancelled! And now I am having issues displaying Flash content on this page!–grrr]
Vatican @ 3200X2400
|| 6/25/2004 || 4:00 pm || Comments Off on Vatican @ 3200X2400 || ||
The Vatican in its full glory…
I really like the way I was able to capture the reflection of the sphere just above the square [don’t know the name of the square..yet]. I think I might rerender this graphic and have the Vatican a little more centered and have the reflection centered in the square. There is something eerie about the way the it looks. I like it.
The satellite image is from Space Imaging and was created prior to learning the legality of making derivative maps using their copyrighted imagery, however I am keeping it on-line for educational purposes only.