For Love of Pixels

I first made pixels with Adobe Photoshop 1.0 on a Macintosh LC III, but I first moved and was moved by pixels with video games like Space Invaders.

In that spirit, and in response to Jeffrey’s post, here are some of my favorite things visibly made from the little squares raked across many of our windows to this and other worlds.

What Is Success

By Ralph Waldo Emerson.

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and
the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and
sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you
have lived -
This is to have succeeded.

Returning Home

Documentary film about Canada’s Residential Schools system and the disappearing salmon that hopefully can be helped back. Found via the music of Melody McKiver.

Does Microsoft Flight Simulator Simulate the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse?

Close, but not quite, it seems. Probably user error? Let me know in the comments!

Midnight & To Body

I’m enjoying the work of Amelia Winger-Bearskin that I found in a search for indigenous games while reading Braiding Sweetgrass.

Who determines the protocol for looking at the sky? Like moss and fungi, animals and plants, and indeed most living beings, the sky does not have borders. It moves and is part of a larger system that includes the moon, the sun, and the stars. MIDNIGHT is a companion project of SKYWORLD/CLOUDWORLD, a more extensive series by Amelia Winger-Bearskin.

Open Source Quality Institutes

Tim Bray:

There are other essential human activities that lack a business case, for example tertiary education, potable water quality, and financial regulation. For these, we create non-capitalist constructs such as Universities and Institutes and Agencies, because society needs these things done even if nobody can make money doing them.

I think we need to be paying more attention to the quality generally, and safety especially, of the Open-Source software that has become the underlying platform for, more or less, our civilization. Thus OSQI.

Total Solar Eclipse 2024 Merch

Typographic design of a solar eclipse with a lunatic typeface saying Total Solar Eclipse 2024 April 8th.

Typographic design added to the shop to celebrate the total solar eclipse of April 8th, 2024. See also an alternate version using letters moving quickly.

My favorite canvases for this one are the t-shirts and the clock.

When Exactly Will the Eclipse Happen

Solar eclipses are good reminders of our tinyness in the universe.

JackTrip

Open source multi-machine audio system software to jam with your friends over the Internet.

A Conversation with J.J. Cale

PM: It seems that in your well-deservedly lucky career, you got all the best stuff, the success without the grind and the glitz that you really wanted no part of.

JJC: Yeah. I started doing that early on. I had played guitar for famous people in the early part of my life. And being famous, it’s great for your ego–I mean, hey, “Everybody loves me!” But I noticed if you got real big, man, you don’t have a real life. It affects the way you look at life. So when I started making records that went outside my hometown, and went, “Whoa, they know who I am in Paris, France,” that kind of thing, I kind of laid back on the publicity. And they’ve called me a recluse because of that. I’m not a recluse, or whatever.

PM: Yeah.

JJC: But I kind of laid back on the machinery that elevates you into the super big time, for the simple reason that I went, “Well, if I live long enough, I’d like to play music and have enough people to listen to it when I want to do that, or I’d love to make records and have enough people to buy the records to where it pays for making the record and putting it out without having all the”–so early on I had that kind of thing. I’ve backed it off a couple times when I thought it was getting out of hand. “Well, do you want to be on The Jay Leno Show?” And I’d say, “Not really.”

PM: [laughs] “Not really.”

JJC: You know what I’m saying? That way I can have my music, it doesn’t get real big, but I still make a profit, and I don’t have to jump through hoops, man, and be something I’m really not.

PM: That’s beautiful.

Listen

Pencil drawing of notes behind a clef flowing into an ear.

A somewhat weird pencil drawing of notes behind staves flowing into an ear. An attempt to represent the difficult art of listening.

Img

An image file icon made a long computer time ago.

An image file icon made with black and white little squares, made a long computer-time ago, when one could still see individual picture elements on the screen. Potentially perfect on a cap, hoodie, or t-shirt.

I Love Earth

I love Earth.

Blue pixel in the letter ‘I’ is Earth as a pale blue dot photographed from around 6 billion kilometers.

Colorful jewels inside the heart is the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), showing around 5,000 galaxies in a patch of sky about the size of the hole in a needle (our own galaxy is estimated to contain billions of stars).

Blue and green Earth is a satellite view of the Americas on Earth Day 2014.

Download a 3.8mb PNG suitable for printing in A4 size, or get it printed on a variety of merchandise.

Earth day is every day.

Hat and Teeshirt

The words “hat” and “teeshirt” in funky typography.

Also just in the merch shop: The word “hat” set on a hat, and the word “teeshirt” set on a t-shirt.

Color Theory Triangle

An equilateral triangle made of nine smaller triangles of primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors. After the color theory work of Joseph Albers.

An equilateral triangle made of nine smaller triangles of primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors, available in the merch shop. After the color theory work of Joseph Albers.

Time Pencil Drawing

A pencil drawing I made to represent “time” and remind myself that there is only now. No past, no future, just the present moment. It shows a clock with two funnels above and below it, with sand inside.

A pencil drawing of a malfunctioning analogue clock I made to represent “time” and remind myself that there is only now. No past, no future, just the present moment. Available on various merchandise such as t-shirts, stickers, and art prints at the shop.

♫ Blue Fish(青い魚)

Song by Sachiko Kanenobu(金延幸子).

Vision Pro is the Northstar of VR

Hugo Barra gives a good overview of how Apple over-engineered their headset to set a VR gold standard with two main advantages:

  1. Feeling present and connected to your physical world.
  2. UI superpower with gaze & pinch.

Vision Pro is the first VR headset that offers good enough resolution and visual acuity with little semblance of a screen door effect or pixelation artifacts. This level of presence and fidelity could only be made possible with an ultra high-res display, and it’s 100% clear that achieving an first-of-its-kind level of display quality was the internal launch bar for Vision Pro at Apple.

♫ Heart on Fire

Soulful driving song by Little Simz.


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