Archive for April, 2008

Vampirella in e15

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Kate has been recently working on an implementation to support complex 3D mesh manipulation in E15, and she asked me if I could recover the experiments with OpenGL lights I was developing a while ago, to get a working simple lighting model for her to play with.

The following image shows the effect of a spotlight hitting on one of Kate’s meshes, where I placed a scanned image of original artwork from the classic Vampirella comic from the 1970s published by Warren that I found somewhere in the web.

It might take a while to properly implement full control of the OpenGL light resources from the E15 python interpreter, but it will be a very nice thing to have, specially thinking about the potential of combining lighting information with Kyle’s new in-progress implementation of GLSL support for E15. It makes me wanna grow hair on the MIT website.

PictureXS is getting old

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

One year of PictureXS in Google Analytics. The triangle MexicoCity-California-NewEngland obviously calls my attention.

São Paulo

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

I visited São Paulo two weeks ago with Muntadas and MIT VAP class 4367. The purpose of the trip was to use the city of São Paulo as a case study to review contemporary notions of public space and the role of public art with a group of artists, urbanists and anthropologists living in São Paulo.

It has been of extreme emotional importance for me to have a taste of Latin America before entering the last few weeks of thesis crunching, experiencing life in a city that feels a lot like Mexico City, my home.

The picture shows a view of São Paulo from the top terrace of the edificio Italia. The Copan buliding by Oscar Niemeyer, the largest apartment building in the world, is partially featured in the right side of the picture. Um, the other right side I mean.

There are more than 200000 Tiny Icons

Friday, April 4th, 2008
Somebody recently made the icon number 200000 in the Tiny Icon Factory. It’s the letter . Very close to it is icon number 199996. It is a skull. The following are icons number 199996 and 500:

On other things, this is icon number 131313, a very realistic depiction of pong.


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Some of them love me, some of them hate me.

Document based makes sense after all

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

In a recent note about the Video2Web Cocoa exercise I made, I mentioned that there was no real need for for the application to be document based, but when I tried to manage input from several camera devices at the same time, it suddenly made sense to have the option of having the input from each camera managed by a different document. The version of Video2Web that is available for download still doesn’t have this features, because I am still figuring out the better way to manage the different cameras, but I’ll have it ready soon.

Input Coffee

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

This morning I stumbled upon a diagram somebody made on top of a picture I took during the early days of my stay in the PLW. I don’t understand if the diagram functions as a statement or a question about how coffee can be transformed into energy that is transformed into information that stimulates the need for more coffee. Either way, I find this diagram fascinating. If you made it, please let me know who you are, I’d love to buy you drinks.