Friday, November 21, 2003
"Madonna was just another pop star until naked pictures broke. That was
the turning point in her career. Maybe this will be mine."
Fun T-Shirts @ oust-bush.org
I love watching the numbers game that gets played every time there's a protest.
Yesterday, Fox reported that the organizers of the big rally in England estimated
100,000 protestors, but Fox's own estimate was 30,000. At the same time, AP
was reporting that the organization's estimate was 200,000 and their estimate
I've been doing some research on photo gallery scripts, and came across this
... i can no longer keep up the forums, write new versions,
support older versions, keep on top of the emails, work a regular job and
try to have a life at the same time.
i really had no idea that this application would become as popular as it
has and i wasn't aware of the time it take to support users and maintain
so i am going to be gone writing the new version which is very late.
i am very sorry for any problems this may cause with anybody but i have
to take care of my own mental health.
I currently can't afford to keep the site hosted. Dissruptions in site
availability may occur. Your support is appreciated.
New version or not, this doesn't bode well. I won't be using that script.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Your Last Index was Successful
The last index of your web site index completed 3 minutes ago. It took 1 minute
to crawl 104 pages and index 104 pages containing 234471 words for a total
of 3830651 bytes .27885 word endings ,0 synonyms ,20444 sound-alike words
, and 0 excluded words were included in the index.
I've been using the Atomz search engine
on the blog for a long time, and recently noticed that I wasn't getting hits
for phrases I knew I was using. Since Atomz
was supposed to re-index weekly, I assumed it was just because I had searched
before the update.
After enough misses, I finally bothered to log in to Atomz, and discovered
that my preference was set to “no automatic updates,” and that the last time
the site had been indexed was 46 weeks ago - a month and a half shy of a year!
Well, the index is up to date. Now, I need to check the error log to find
out where the 44 errors are coming from...
Is the anniversary of JFK's assassination. It's hard not to know, if you've been
watching much television. They've turned it into an advertising bonanza with
lots of specials.
I heard Arlen Specter, one of my least favorite people, on
NBC this morning talking about his role in the investigation that followed.
He says he's still asked frequently about the “single-bullet theory,” which
explain how one shot could have hit both Kennedy and Connolly. That's
Specter's term for it. Others call it the “zig-zag bullet theory,” which
describes the path that a single bullet would have had to follow in order to
men, given where
each of them were sitting in the car.
I was young, but I remember JFK's killing. I remember the somber mood that
the whole country seemed to slip into after that. I remember the images of
the flag-draped coffin on the horse-drawn carriage, the eternal flame, and
little “John-John” saluting. I remember how, a few years later, it seemed
norm for outspoken
This isn't done, yet, but it's a pretty good draft of an idea that's been
rattling around my head for some time. I know this happened several years ago,
but it's something you don't forget. Strangely, I think hearing about the raid
at Neverland made me think about revisiting this image, which I sketched in
one of my journals more than a year ago.
This version is all done in Photoshop,
though I think I might have more flexibility working
Blogging can get you fired
...it's your site on your own server, you have the right to
say anything you want. Unfortunately, Microsoft has the right to decide
that because of what you said, you're no longer welcome on the Microsoft
campus. ... [more]
If you use blogger, you might have
article on how not to get fired. Among other things, it contains a link to
story about Microsoft firing Michael Hanscom because of this
post on his blog.
Free speech has its consequences.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Britney Spears just got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
That's something that some stars only received postumously. Nicole Kidman recently
got an award for her body
(Hmmm... seems like there's a lot of fluff in there.)
I don't think these awards mean what they used to mean.
The Incredible Shrinking World
I was in Queens, sharing some of the images on Muse with a group of photographers
last night. The first pic we looked at was the one of the tennis ball on
that I'd posted on November 14. I said that I'd taken it while I was
strolling around art galleries. A woman in the group said, “That's in Chelsea
– 526 W. 26 Street, on the 9th floor.” I was shocked. She was right.
The tennis ball is probably long-since destroyed now. The woman's boss
owns a brown and white mixed breed named Bushwick, who usually chews through
a tennis ball a day. Maybe the ball in the picture was trying to
make a break for the elevator.
New Word?/Subway Self-Restraint
I saw a sign on the subway last night, detailing the many things you cannot
do there, under penalty of arrest, fine, or rejection. Here are a few. You
• [Draw] graffiti or scratchiti
• Lie down
• Carry bulky items likely to cause inconvenience or hazard for yourself and
Isn't that nice? The MTA cares whether I inconvenience myself, and they'll
kick me out for my own good if I do.
Monday, November 17, 2003
Happy Birthday, Warren!
Doing the Math
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to have a knack
for creating good layouts time after time? The same goes for certain industrial
designers and the more famous architects. One
for this is
that they all have a well-developed sense of proportion and
between mathematics and what we think of as “beautiful.”
I spent part of the weekend devouring the book “Geometry
of Design: Studies in Proportion
and Composition” by Kimberly Elam, who heads the Dept. of Graphic and Interactive
Communication at the Ringling
School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL. I'd already heard of the “Golden
Section” and “Root 2” rectangle proportions, but the book revealed a more fundamental
relationship between these proportions and those of human body, as well a number
of other living forms in nature.
It turns out there are “Golden Section” triangles, spirals, and ellipses,
too. There are other root rectangle proportions, such as Root 3, Root 4, and
Root 5. All of these proportions lend themselves to dividing space into chunks
that naturally appeal to the eye. Elam takes the time to show the derivation
of these proportions, then applies them, first by describing what Le Corbusier
refers to as regulating lines, and then by providing analyses of classic designs.
You could say the book is interactive - Elam uses Vellum overlays in a number
of places to allow you to look at the art with and without illustrative regulating
lines. An important message in the book that's actually a bit too easy to skip
past, is that the lines do not create the composition, but being aware of those
can make the difference between a composition that's inspired and a composition
The book is deceptively thin. Yet, there's a lot here to wrap your brain around,
and I suspect some will come away confused. However, after taking the time
to practically meditate on some of the illustrations, I find that I'm already
terms of new geometries, especially circles, triangles, and surprisingly, pentagons.
One of the more valuable insights was that a number of the designs in the book
beyond the edges of the actual composition. That's a very important mode of
“thinking outside the box,” though Elam never bothers to intimidate the reader
with that hackneyed and misunderstood phrase.
Explaining why she wrote the book, Elam says this: “Architecture has some
of the strongest educational ties to geometric organization because of the
construction, and the desire to create aesthetically pleasing structures. The
same is not true for art and design. In many schools of art and design the
study of geometric organization begins and ends with a discussion of the golden
section relationship to the Parthenon in an art history course. This is due
in part to the separation of information that is a part of education. Biology,
geometry, and art are taught as separate subjects. The content area of each
that is congruent to the other is often neglected and the student is left to
make the connections on their own. In addition, art and design are commonly
viewed as intuitive endeavors and expressions of personal inspiration. Unfortunately,
few educators will bring biology or geometry into the studio, or art and design
into the science or math classroom...”
While on the subject
of visual literacy, I came across an interesting tidbit in “Visual
Studies – a Skeptical Introduction” by James Elkins. He asserts that
while music historians generally play instruments and sing well enough to at
least aid their studies, most art historians and critics do not draw or make
visual objects at all.
Heard on the Street
A hawker on the corner of Broadway and Houston was trying to draw buyers into
an upstairs showroom. He shouted “I've got a big discount! ... Who wants to
see my dis ... count?”
Sex may not actually sell, but it certainly gets attention.