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too eager
|| 8/30/2004 || 1:52 am || Comments Off on too eager || ||

Monrovia Torus

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 || ||

Black Lake

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!



the RNC…
|| 8/28/2004 || 2:32 pm || Comments Off on the RNC… || ||

Inner Lake

I didn’t end up making version 2.0, but I did try something new and I ended up with a new template. It looks very much like the previous templates, but this new one has a second sphere. But this sphere is a “negative” sphere which subtracts itself from the central sphere, and what this creates is a small sphere within the sphere. You can see the results above, or you can look at these quicktime virtual reality 3D renderings (small, medium, and large). I think this 3D environment allows the viewer to see the depth & size of the renderings! I look forward to making these more often because they are so damned cool. Up next is another rendering using the new template and same torus texture with the Guinea-Bissau satellite image for the inner graphic.

In other news, the protests at the RNC have started. Last night there were 5,000 critical mass riders who took over the streets in NYC to promote a carless culture. There ended up being about 250 arrests and I am downloading an Indymedia video of the arrests. Due to how long it has taken to download this video, it looks like the NYC Indymedia is getting a lot of traffic. I hope other Indymedia websites begin to mirror the videos to ease the server load and allow for a faster transfer of information– after looking at the URL of the video I see that it is being hosted by San Fran’s Indymedia website (cool). I hope they start up “enemy combatant radio” like what was streamed out of San Fran during the protests when the Iraq war started.

I uploaded a good sound byte of Bill Maher urging protestors to riot. Good stuff..



thank you usgs
|| 8/27/2004 || 9:22 pm || Comments Off on thank you usgs || ||

Baghdad Bissau Lenz no.2 by Nikolas Schiller 2004

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 || ||

baghdad bissau lenz2

Its official. This blog has changed its name to a more fitting name. [drum roll]

Nikolas ® 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.



sleep…
|| 8/25/2004 || 10:13 pm || Comments Off on sleep… || ||

guinea-bissaulenz lenz2

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.



money troubles
|| || 3:37 pm || Comments Off on money troubles || ||

baghdad bissaulenz lenz

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….



power struggle
|| || 4:19 am || Comments Off on power struggle || ||

guinea-bissaulenz lenz

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- sautéed 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 I’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 I’ll have it on-line in the morning. Each one of these bad-boys is 300 megabytes and I’m starting to run out of space! Its time for a massive backup!



lucklaster lenz
|| 8/24/2004 || 2:54 pm || Comments Off on lucklaster lenz || ||

baghdad lake 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… || ||

baghdadmonroviaeyebaghdadmonrovia

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.





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