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Spiggycat does britishink

Originally uploaded by sintixerr

Heh. Everytime we’re at artomatic, paivi makes sure to photo the british ink crew in action. Apparently paul felt playful 2day. :-) this shot rocks. You can find it and others in her flickr stream later. (this post sent from my phone)

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Just to let everyone know, Rebecca famous (and infamous, I hear) asked Angela and I to help out with moderation of the Artomatic forums on artdc (probably because we’re -always- there gabbing). That’s cool. :)

She actually said the funniest thing in her email to me:

What I really like best about what you do on the forums is get people to think and interact instead of flame and run. And you both do so with much humor, but with the all important “go fuck yourself” at the ready. We appreciate that. :-)

That’s a compliment, right? Right? :)

Anyway, there’s a lot of good information about Artomatic and DC art in general on the board, so if you haven’t visited, you should. Becoming a member is free.

Check it out here:

http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?board=37.0

Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, oh my!  The biggest thing on my mind right now is a pair of newly acquired airline tickets to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam Paivi’s virtual possession!  A few days ago, our friends Doug and Nguyet emailed a small group of people:

We bought airfare tickets! – Woo! leaving from SF for Nov. 20 – Dec. 12

from AAA it’s $xxxx round trip for each of us. That includes tax, fees everything. You read that right!

So anyone interested? If so, act soon cause I’m sure that price won’t be around for long.
Don’t have AAA membership? it’s worth paying $xx for that price to Asia.

So, I saw that and initially thought: Oh Cool. That’ll be fun for them.
But then, the morning for on (really, a few minutes later).  I was in a pretty bad mood then and Artomatic’s glorious randomness of artistry was heavily on my mind.  I kept looking at the email and thinking “Meh. Not enough vacation time.  Not enough money. Paivi would never agree to it. It’s not worth it to go for a shorter time.”

Yet, somehow, I found myself replying to Nguyet anyway:

Awesome. Seriously considering it. Will let figure it out in the next day or two

I was???? I guess so. Huh.

By later that same day, Paivi had bought us two tickets and the trip was set.

We’re going to fly in to Vietnam and then figure out the trip from there.  Nguyet’s refugee camp in Malaysia is on the to-do list as is Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bangkok in Thailand, and I might be interested in seeing the tunnels at Chu hi.  We’ll see how it goes – have something like 20 days to explore!

I still don’t know how to handle the work situation, but I’ll figure out something that makes everyone happy. This was too much of a good idea to not jump on and I’m really, really glad we did.

Color updates on the mosaic generator have now been made. It’s a bit slow – since it operates on all three color bands independently of each other – but the effects are kind of cool. The questions the code asks you make more sense, now, and you no longer have to specify the base image on the command line.

I’ll release Windows and Mac binaries in the next 2 days or so. I also threw a GPL open-source license on it.

You can find the code here (and I know it’s still not completely “python-like”, that’s next):

https://sintixerr.wordpress.com/tone-altering-mosaic-generator-tamogen-in-python/

For sample images, I used two old conte-crayon pieces I’d done and combined them. The first image is of the “whole” mosaic. The second is zoomed in. I love the color variations the code creates when it makes the mosaic – I think the second image could be a standalone piece of art in its own right:

First, I finished the python code I was working on that will allow two -color- images to be merged into one color mosaic. The color transformations it has to make to fit in the smaller picture to the larger one seem to result in some pretty wild effects – I’m digging it. I’ll clean up the code and post it here tomorrow.

As far as social stuff goes: Angela Kleis’s blogger night at Artomatic was pretty cool. I don’t want to post a lot of thoughts on that yet (I will tomorrow), but it did reinforce the fact that a lot of event management will have to be done at the June 6th ArtDC Artist’s tour dinner. Unfortunately, people have short attention spans and the time each artist speaks will have to be managed and expectations set ahead of time. 5 minutes seems to be about the “max”. We’ll have to bring a timer or something. It’s going to be a -really- interesting night, though, and a lot of fun.

More info on the upcoming dinner can be found in this thread:

http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=8997.0

Pictures of Blogger’s Night can be found here in a set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157605133432629/

Finally, Erin Antognoli took a couple of great shots of my space while I talked about it to what was left of the crowd:

Last night was fantastic. It started off kind of quiet, but even at 6-something, plenty of people were milling about. The number of people there was perfect. Enough to feel well-attended on all 9 floors, but not so many that you couldn’t move around.

Early on, I had a lovely conversation about art, politics, technology, cataloging, and other sundry topics for about 20 minutes with a woman whom I found out later was a friend of Rebecca.

Not many of my most recent “friends” made an appearance, but I did see quite of few of my old and good ones. Justin Marino, for example, and his girlfriend were there. It was funny, but in the time (years?) they’ve been together, this is only the 2nd time I’ve met her and I was wearing the same scary paisley shirt in both cases, heh.

Similarly, another friend – again, Justin-Bryce – came to chat for awhile. Justin and I grew up near to each other in Daytona Beach Florida, met at Duke University during a middle school summer program, and have had many various adventures together. We’ve even worked for the same company here in DC. Twice. His girlfriend is actually on artdc (which I found out last night) as craftpunk….whom Id had suspicions about, but no confirmation Wink

This was the first time Id seen Justin since he became one of only 45+ people since 1950 to cut his esophagus open swallowing a sword.

Throughout the evening, I was entertained and interested in watching people interact with my art and really As more and more people cam by, I started seeing a pattern. Some of them saw the “big” picture. Others just saw the small ones. So, I put some tape down on the floor in the shape of a “1”. Then made a straight line of tape closer to the piece with a “2”. The reaction to the piece was SO much more interactive after I did that and the response improved even further. (Ill post a pic of that Wed of this week.)

Notables:

  • A couple didnt want to buy my piece, but asked if I did commission work and enthusiastically repeated (more than once) that they’d be in touch. I doubt they well, but I was happy to have that kind of interest.
  • One girl walked up and down my tape line then went to grab 5 other people to bring them and show them the piece from another side of the floor completely.
  • One couple spent 5 minutes just talking about it.
  • Etc.

The best time, though, was spent with Secret Sean, Kerri, Brad, Erin, Michael, and other artdc’ers. Secret Sean and Kerri, and particular, spent a great deal of time with us. It really made the night.

(Especially on the metro on the way home. Because….thats the way we roll)

We also made a stop at Miss 5 NE C3’s space to see what kind of art she had brought to the table (after she trashed -everyone else’s art- at Artomatic. It’s too bad her attitude was so bad, I would’ve thought better of the art. (Can find the thread here: http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=9112.20)

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