Archive for January, 2007

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Anguish

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Anguish

Imagine what an eternal scream would feel like! Found in a secret place.

Anguish” by sparktography

New media stuff

Friday, January 19th, 2007

It’s been a busy week at work, but I’ve still found the time to put together a couple of cool projects. I finally took the time to wade through all my Lensbaby shots and collect the gems into a Flickr set entitled ‘Best of Lensbaby‘. Check it out for some of my favorites, and to see it grow over time.

In addition I also picked up a copy of EvoCam for my iMac. Bre suggested it as a Photobooth replacement when I was looking to remove the “screen flash” and I ended up falling in love with it for some of it’s more advanced features. At first I was a little hesitant to throw $25 at webcam software, but even after just a few hours I was in love with EvoCam.

It has a really neat way to set up motion activated time lapse movies using the iSight. Basically my iSight is on all the time now. Whenever movement is detected (i.e. I am sitting at the computer) it takes a photo every 15 seconds, and adds the photo as a frame in a time lapse movie. At 24 frames per second playback speed and 15 seconds of real time per frame of video it makes it easy to watch my life go by at a 6 minutes per second. Even cooler is that since it’s motion activated there are no long gaps of nothingness while I’m at work or sleeping.

I’ve got it set to cut the movie and start a new one each day at midnight so I’ll end up with a detailed log of my computer usage, and something that’s actually pretty cool as an art project by itself. Below I’ve posted a quick one that only takes up an hour or so of “real time” and was more of an experiment than anything else – be expecting cooler versions at some point in the near future.

The Quicktime version is very large, but has a keyframe for every single shot in the time lapse so it’s very high quality. I’ve compressed it down to a flash video to show here, but might be making DVD’s to mail out if any of the coming days produce anything particularly interesting or thought provoking. Without further ado:


 

Tower Records: the end of an era

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Tower Records sale

If you like media you are well familiar with the iconic Tower Records. Sadly they have filed for bankruptcy and are having their final going out of sale-sale. Check it out for 25% or more off CD’s, DVD’s, and games + free shipping – I just bought a bundle and so should you!

Flash Element TD

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Flash TD

Flash Element TD: the most addictive flash game I’ve found yet. It’s a simple concept, featuring a seemingly endless stream of enemies which you must keep from your castle via building towers of various kinds.

Cold, wet, and busy

Monday, January 15th, 2007

The topic pretty much sums up my day. While at CES I missed all of the big storming, but it’s still freezing (and snowy in places) and the weatherman is promising more snow tonight. It’s unusual for Seattle to get this cold and it’s making those of us who don’t think about such things each morning chilly.

Work is very busy today. I had more than 2,600 unread emails from the last week and spent much of the day wading through them and catching back up to speed on my two projects. A result of this has been a growing to-do list that I will spend tomorrow trying to whittle down again.

Dragon mist

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Dragon mist

A shot of the main fountain display outside of the Caesar’s Palace casino in Las Vegas, NV. I like how with a little bit of photoshop tweaking the wing caught in the mist looks like it’s radiating energy.

Dragon mist” by sparktography

What is going on here

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

What is going on here

Brenda, Jesse, and Nate having some fun in Las Vegas, NV while down there for CES 2007. It was good to get to know them a bit better. What is going on here?

What is going on here” by sparktography

Cascade

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Cascade

Another Lensbaby 2.0 shot from my CES 2007 trip to Las Vegas. This one is of the front fountain facade in front of the Treasure Island casino and hotel. I like how the Lensbaby gives it a miniature look akin to some of the tilt-shift miniature fakes I’ve seen.

Cascade” by sparktography

Looking up at paris

Friday, January 12th, 2007

While in Las Vegas the Gearlive crew stayed in the Paris Hotel. It was a very nice hotel (particularly since I wasn’t paying for it) and we had a good time. We did have 6 people in 2 rooms though – next year I hope to have enough notice to try and save up for a room of my own. I have a hard enough time sleeping in hotel rooms – let alone with other people in the room.

Looking up at paris

Above is a Lensbaby shot taken from the base of the 1/2 scale Eiffel Tower at the Paris. I also took another similar shot of the tower different angle which has a very different feel to it:

Eiffel up

Looking up at paris” by sparktography
Eiffel up” by sparktography

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