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ramp sphere


Class assignment: make the sphere-with-shadow (posted by FAUXreal, currently being beaten to death on dump) move up and down the skateboard ramp.
Originally I had six frames, made in MSPaint using cut-and-paste, but the sphere went double as it moved (even more than now). Am not using any tweening so the in-between frames had to be done by eye [ironic exclamation point].
Increased the frames to eight; a few had to be redone until the motion was smooth. The sphere now has a slight arc, but the motion of the shadow moves in a straight line. A more realistic animation would increase the diameter of the shadow as it moves to the right.
Grade: A-

- tom moody

December 30th, 2013 at 9:01 am

Posted in animations - tm

music to the ears

from Business Insider:

As part of a European Union-funded study on social media, we are running nine simultaneous 15-month ethnographic studies in eight countries. What we’ve learned from working with 16-18 year olds in the UK is that Facebook is not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried. Mostly they feel embarrassed even to be associated with it. Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives. Parents have worked out how to use the site and see it as a way for the family to remain connected. In response, the young are moving on to cooler things.

Twitter is "cooler"? Well, maybe five years ago. Soon the only people left on Facebook will be grandparents and the net art community. The latter joined in droves from 2008-2012 and got some crazy ideas about the significance of the move. The Brad Troemel "like economy" of cultural determination will continue to thrive in his mind, where it always resided. Ryder Ripps will hold art fairs elsewhere (or booths, whatever he did down in Miami). Hrag Vartanian might reconsider the relevance of an exhibition called #TheSocialGraph. No teens, no scene.

- tom moody

December 28th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Posted in general



My contribution to the genre (or as dumper "peggy" calls it, wendyvanitypaint).
On the plus side I like the combination of paint strokes with photocollage, or videocollage. (The gradients from all the dragging create a 3D effect that looks like cut up photos to me.)
On the minus side, these rubber-stamp or photoshop-brush style brushes are awfully clumsy. I searched for a way to shrink them to pencil width for some finer lines but couldn't figure out how to do it.
Also, couldn't figure out how to add my image to the "stream" so better hedge a prior statement about this site partaking of the "social" scene. It's possible that Kim Asendorf is "curating" the stream -- drop me an email if that's not so. [Update: Users publish to the "stream" by checking a small unidentified box with no "submit" button, leaving the drawing page, and praying to whatever deity or deities they worship -- should have known that, whoops]

- tom moody

December 28th, 2013 at 8:28 am



Various dumpers were playing around with Kim Asendorf's website, created for The Wrong digital biennale. It's a pixel-y art platform where you can "make brushes" out of images or icons and drag them around to leave MSPaint-like trails. It reminded me about canvas painter, which I hadn't used in a while.
A dumper called canvas painter "excessively free software" in that you can download the javascript and make art in your browser from your home device, without any need to register and give your email and (uggh) real name, as Asendorf is requiring you to do. Also, you have to make your own screenshots (as in my painting above).
With wendypaint, Asendorf adds the all-important social dimension in that a community develops of wendypainters all sharing and archiving their drawings. This increases the likelihood of coverage on the "art and technology" websites, and of Asendorf being praised for circulationism, dispersion, and all the rest of that social utilitarian rhetoric.
The modest little canvas painter, while more "open source" than Asendorf's project, nevertheless lacks "social," bringing it closer to the dreaded hermeticism, that bugbear of new media prognosticators. Years ago I said Nasty Nets wasn't really social, because people just posted stuff and didn't talk about it all that much, which drew the ire of Marisa Olson, who informed me that all manner of back channel discussion was happening about Nasty Nets posts via chat and email (that implicitly, I had been excluded from -- nice).


- tom moody

December 26th, 2013 at 3:14 pm



hat tips dvvidpw, scaryattack, and forgot-who-posted-the-birds
"The difficulty for a critic brave enough to tackle work like this is she'd need to be able to discuss Cubism or its throwaway varieties such as Picabia's série transparences, a little something about how GIFs are made and what they mean, and how it all ties together. This is damn hard, which is why we get endless rubbish about circulation, dispersion, post media aesthetics, and other concepts that assume art has some grand socially responsible purpose." [/rant]

- tom moody

December 24th, 2013 at 10:35 am

swirl stacks


unsolicited collaboration w/ jules laplace and one of chris shier's infernal HTML5 contraptions

- tom moody

December 24th, 2013 at 10:17 am

Mermaid Intern

Recommended: "Mermaid Intern," a video short by Julio Torres and Lena Einbinder [YouTube]
This deadpan comedy, floating between conventional SNL-type skit and performance art, explores the plight of the creative soul in the modern office environment. Einbinder's earnest fin-footed Seapunk finds herself "trapped in a world she never made," as Steve Gerber once wrote about Howard the Duck.

- tom moody

December 24th, 2013 at 10:13 am

Posted in general

spherecursor '13


more gifmelter / gif recorder experimenting re: circulation and dispersion (that last in a disingenuous bid for new media understanding)

- tom moody

December 21st, 2013 at 10:36 pm

"Two Rhythms"

"Two Rhythms" [mp3 removed -- tune is now on Bandcamp]

This started out as two different beats, each in its own section, made using a delay that Native Instruments no longer offers (Spektral Delay), ported in from an older PC in real time as an external hardware effect (note: about 150 ms of latency).
Then I cut it into loops, moved it to the Octatrack, and added older (Reaktor Titan) synth riffs sliced into new patterns. Went a little overboard with the "loop" function where a single note repeats in a stutter but have never done anything quite like this, ultimately.

- tom moody

December 21st, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Posted in music - tm

motivator pog remix


my digital pog gif gesturized and melted in gifmelter, recorded in gif recorder (see previous post for particulars), optimized in OIE and secret windows-based software

- tom moody

December 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm