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more google accidental artistry

dutch palace

Greg Allen posted the above screen shot and says "I think Google Maps' security pixelization of the Dutch Royal House's Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag would make an absolutely fantastic series of landscape paintings." Karen Archey "said the work reminded her of Kota Ezawa [and] Jason Salavon," wrote Paddy Johnson, who herself "took Alfred Jenson mixed with Luc Tuyman’s palette, though I’m sure there’s an artist that more closely matches Google’s pixelations. Though not as well known, Aron Namenwirth certainly provides a very good match." The closest Photoshop filter I could find was "stained glass," which I used to make this image:

stained glass

To Johnson's list of precedents let's add Alex Brown, who shows at Feature gallery in NYC and makes oil paintings that look like Photoshop special effects (whether they are or not I don't know):

alex brown

Update: Just noticed AFC commenter Lisa had a few hours' jump on me re: Brown.

Update 2: Olia Lialina has reminded me that the actual filter Google uses is "crystallize." Here is my demo of that:

lialina - google map - crystallized

Update 3: More on this topic.

- tom moody

September 29th, 2009 at 9:17 am

Posted in art - others

"No Grain No Pain"

"No Grain No Pain" [4.8 MB mp3]

Added some doomy videogame bass and broken chords about halfway through a "rhythm only" sketch I posted in early '08. The beats were done in Reaktor's Krypt sequencer. Music diary note: I used EQ to selectively boost the pitch on the Krypt notes at the end so they would interact more with the added parts.

- tom moody

September 29th, 2009 at 9:13 am

Posted in music - tm

whale (for a kid)

sperm whale

amused a co-w*rker's child with this whale drawing in MSPaint. no tablet available--had to draw it with a mouse (old school). folks with Macs who think they are in the "graphics elite" are really missing out on a lot of fun.

- tom moody

September 29th, 2009 at 9:08 am

Posted in general

blob sculptures

blob sculpture

blob sculpture - black and white

above: from an old sketchbook; below: last year


- tom moody

September 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

"Dearth of the Cool (Minimal)"

"Dearth of the Cool (Minimal)" [3.3 MB mp3]

Another remix of a tune from a few years ago. This is the electronic version as opposed to the "acoustica" versions. It's still less-than-cool but now there's less of it. (May distort on laptop speakers but sounds kind of good that way.)

- tom moody

September 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Posted in music - tm

Kansas court takes a dim view of "electronic" mortgages

MERS explained (New York Times excerpt, reposted on The Big Picture financial blog):

For centuries, when a property changed hands, the transaction was submitted to county clerks who recorded it and filed it away. These records ensured that the history of a property’s ownership was complete and that the priority of multiple liens placed on the property — a mortgage and a home equity loan, for example — was accurate.

During the mortgage lending spree, however, home loans changed hands constantly. Those that ended up packaged inside of mortgage pools, for instance, were often involved in a dizzying series of transactions.

To avoid the costs and complexity of tracking all these exchanges, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the mortgage industry set up MERS to record loan assignments electronically. This company didn’t own the mortgages it registered, but it was listed in public records either as a nominee for the actual owner of the note or as the original mortgage holder . . .

As long as real estate prices rose, this system ran smoothly. When that trajectory stopped, however, foreclosures brought against delinquent borrowers began flooding the nation’s courts. MERS filed many of them . . .

As cases filed by MERS grew, lawyers representing troubled borrowers began questioning how an electronic registry with no ownership claims had the right to evict people. April Charney, a consumer lawyer at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in Florida, was among the first to argue that MERS, which didn’t own the note or the mortgage, could not move against a borrower. Initially, judges rejected those arguments and allowed MERS foreclosures to proceed. Recently, however, MERS has begun losing some cases, and the Kansas ruling is a pivotal loss, experts say. While the matter before the Kansas Supreme Court didn’t involve an action that MERS took against a borrower, the registry’s legal standing is still central to the ruling.

Earlier post from The Big Picture (Barry Ritholtz) (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Loses Legal Shield):

I don’t quite agree with Ellen Brown, who in an extensive legal analysis of the decision, writes: “The significance of the holding is that if MERS has no standing to foreclose, then nobody has standing to foreclose.” It may be possible for trustees for the securitized loans to somehow perfect standing, i.e., develop the ability to claim loan ownership (perhaps via a purchase) and then move to foreclose...

But Brown is correct when she states this is a very significant legal development, one that might dramatically impact foreclosure litigation.

This ruling could send the lenders who work with MERS scurrying to resolve this in their favor. Look for a lobbying effort to get some favored congresscritter to pass legislation granting them standing to sue on behalf of loan holders (Congress may be able legislate that legal right, although there are state laws to be contended with).

- tom moody

September 27th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Posted in general

Other News Media Psi Powers

sad bernanke

In addition to the ability to predict the future, the US media has other psionic abilities. One is a kind of telekinetic second sight that informs them how world leaders feel on hearing good or bad news and also allows instantaneous creation of news photos of these emotional states. The above is from the Huffington Post, showing Ben Bernanke reacting to news that he's about to be audited. He looks so sad. Uncanny!

- tom moody

September 25th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Posted in general

Salon Precog Reviews Fame Remake

Who knew that artist Joe McKay's "preReview" site from a few years back, which reviewed movies that hadn't come out yet (and was meant to be a joke), would be the model for a new type of writing by presumably more serious media? Here is a resident psychic of Salon online magazine telling us that the remake of the 1980 movie Fame will be badly dated:

"Fame": It's not gonna live forever

Why the classic '80s musical won't translate in an era of instant celebrity, YouTube and "American Idol"

By Julie Klausner

In a scene from the new "Fame," opening Friday, an acting teacher addresses a crop of aspiring adolescents trying out for a coveted slot at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts.

"You wanna be famous?" he asks from the seats of the theater. "Then you gotta earn it."

That may be an acting teacher's party line. But that advice blaringly ignores the reality of today's instant celebrity, when YouTube stars like Chris "Leave Britney Alone!" Crocker and the sixth runner-up on "American Idol" are more likely to enjoy name recognition than a kid who learned how to play the oboe at a performing arts school. "Fame" (which was not screened prior to its release) tips its hat to the way things are, to an extent. In the best line from the trailer, an excessively jazzed student exclaims, "The casting director found me on YouTube!" Not, "The casting director liked the monologue I spent ages rehearsing!" Being good at what you do has never been a lock for any actor hoping to land roles in the laughably competitive world of entertainment. But as Tila Tequila can tell you, being famous in 2009 has precious little to do with talent or hard work.


More psychic criticism. Psychic news story.

- tom moody

September 25th, 2009 at 10:28 am

Posted in films

infinite bear in trashcan

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September 23rd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Posted in animation - others

"The Frogs"

"The Frogs" [6.6 MB mp3]

This was going to be "Analog_Sketch_a7b" (as in, more heavily filtered LFO pulsing) but then I added some electronic frogs and beats. Then it needed a middle section so I borrowed some bass and percussion from an earlier piece, "RMV Study No. 2." Then some pretty pads over the top that come in towards the end. Thus, "The Frogs."

- tom moody

September 23rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Posted in music - tm