Monthly Archives: June 2008

Utility Fixture Binge

While out driving for various errands, I took it as an excuse to explore some new neighborhood back-alleys for utility fixtures and see what I could find. The results are in… I uploaded a batch of 26 brand new photos to my growing collection of utility fixtures which now tops 150 images.

Utility Fixture

Followed by plenty more photos from my wanderings. Neighborhoods represented include Greenwood, Ballard, and Fremont.

PicLens Abstract Digital Glitch Art

Yesterday I fired up the slick PicLens plugin to play more extensively after only ever seeing videos or over-the-shoulder pieces of it. It really is an awesome plugin and smoothly panned through my various Flickr and Facebook photo feeds and searches. While browsing through some of my historical Flickr stream, I ran across this awesome bug/glitch/computer-expressing-itself-through-art feature:



The top one was the first I saw on my screen and I loved it. I went straight for the screenshot keys a couple times and then gingerly closed the window, hoping it wouldn’t be lost. To my relief, I was able to reproduce the glitch on some more photos. I started browsing my photostream for bunches of photos that might look good all mashed up together. Whatever the bug was, it didn’t really follow predictable rules, so many of my rational creative attempts were in vain.

The bug was also very intermittent. I’d scroll through a few screens of photos with nothing, and then finally get another surprise. But still, this process went on for longer than I’d like to admit. As you can see, there was an occasional continuity or pattern in the images, but not all. I like the glimpses of eyes, faces, or occasional landmarks sneak into focus in some panels.

What a beautiful bug! Some people pay hundreds of dollars for filters or plugins like this! Thank you. (not sarcasm, it really is fun)

PS – PicLens: If this is your bug, I was not able to reproduce this when looking at Facebook albums, only my Flickr stream so far. Browser: Firefox 3.0 Beta, Mac. It happened on clicking for a larger view of an image in the default view. When the higher-res photo finished loading, it would display as the glitchy image. They sometimes show the background window contents appearing in places. Following the link to the original image site, the photos always appeared OK.

PPS – Mozilla Firefox 3.0: If this is your bug, I’m using 3.0 on a fully patched Mac OS X 10.3. I think I had Bloglines and another Flickr page open in other tabs.

PPPS – Apple OS X/iMac: If this is your bug with system, drivers, or graphics card, well, see above if that helps. I don’t want to go buying another computer right now. :)

Bowling advertising on lopolis

I clearly sold out my blog a while ago, but it still caught me by surprise when I checked my last post and saw this big honkin’ thing at the bottom:

Google has done display ads for a while, and it’s also no secret that my most-traffic-getting popular blog post on bowling team names is what brings in all the dough1. At the same time, there are a couple things that struck me about this ad. First off, that’s a giant AT&T logo! My first thought when I saw the ad was actually, “Wow, it’s a new AT&T online advertising network,” followed by, “Or maybe AT&T is trying a viral campaign of fake sites based around non-sequitur hobby-site domain squatting.” Yikes, my mind has gone web geek.

After reconsidering my initial surprise, I think I’m going to leave the ads there. I figure that the loyal readers(?) out there either come to the home page, or read me by RSS, so I’m only bugging the random visitors. Not an ideal customer acquisition strategy, but I’m not exactly screaming for attention here anyway. I’ll take what I can get.

1And by dough, I mean, in one year now I get maybe two of the checks mentioned in the first link of this post instead of one. If you look at Google’s minimum check allowance policy thingy, you can figure how little it is. Almost covers hosting.

Smith Garage Door Accident

Friday evening I was on my way to meet a friend at the bar Smith in our neighborhood and upon rounding the corner I saw a firetruck, ambulance and a large crowd of people gathered outside. As I got closer I noticed there was something not-quite-right about the garage door that usually covers the front. There were large blood spots on the sidewalk in front and a guy lying down on the side holding a wound somewhere on his head/face.

Smith Garage Door Accident

The Stranger’s blog had more info from Friday night (with commenters joking that the Stranger is always first to report news at bars), and details confirming the victim will be OK. And Smith was open for business the next day with a few jury-rigged windows. Just beware of the vicious garage door attacks!