MonthFebruary 2005

Flickr Pipe Dream

     One of the great features of Flickr is that you can subscribe to be notified via RSS whenever someone posts a photo tagged with a search term of your choosing. One of the tags I subscribe to is ‘Mosaic,’ which comes up with lots of photos of relic-variety mosaics, as well as the occasional mind blowingly awesome modern mosaic.

     Today’s feed contained this image. What is it? That requires a bit more explanation.

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     There is a group on Flickr called ‘Longline‘ that is described as follows:

     “The idea of this group is to create a large mosaic of collective pictures, that has a web of lines running through all its constituent images, separating the full image into patches and creating emergent shapes. The concept should be visible in the group icon I created from the first four images in the pool. Join in the fun!”

     Really nerdy people will wonder if the production of this mosaic is automated, and I’m going to venture a guess that it is, based on the tagging methodology for the longline group:

     “The picture should be tagged with the “long line” tag. In addition there needs to be a “LL” tag coding the sides the line connects to in the picture. The sides are numbered, starting from the top in clockwise direction. A picture connecting the left to the bottom and right would thus be tagged with “LL234″

     …So it looks like the latter tag could easily be used to write an application to logically arrange the images into a connected mosaic, based on which sides are specified (Further research shows that I was right).

     The first thing I thought of when I saw the mosaic was the NES game Pipe Dream:


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     In summary: Obscure puzzle game sub-genre + Flickr group + mosaic + this iPhoto poster tutorial [via Waxy] = some awesome wall-art.

Out-of-Season XMAS Crafts: Vol. 1

     I’ve been obsessed with those 3″ mini CDR’s ever since I realized you could buy them in bulk. Unfortunately, the sleeves that are available for CD’s of this size all have some sort of aesthetic imperfection that drives me completely nuts. This is because I’m insane. As part of my Christmas 2004 “ridiculous mix CD” campaign, I decided to solve this problem. I began the project with three goals in mind:

  1. I would “borrow” this idea from craftster: a year of mix CD’s.
  2. I would use mini CDR’s
  3. I would devise a mini CD sleeve that met my ridiculous standards

     I’m pleased to report that I accomplished all three.

     The first thing I did was tackle the sleeve design. I never realized how much work went into designing a simple envelope, but I went through a whole range of prototypes before finally hitting on a design that worked for me. Some of the rejects are pictured below.

Rejected designs

     Since I’m such a nice guy, I’ve included a .pdf of the sloppy sketch I used for a template, so you can make your own Kempa-approved aesthetically perfect mini CD sleeves. Just click the image below. I transferred the template to thick cardstock for extra durability. As you can see from the photo below, the finished product is delicious looking.

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     Next, I constructed a special box to hold a year’s worth of sleeved mini CD’s using the duct-tape / cardboard method I outlined here. I covered the result in brown Kraft paper, and added an inter-office envelope-ish closure mechanism. Finally, I spent a kabillion years making 12 mix CD’s. The final product is below.

The final product

Quilt Mosaic

Metafilter redesign contest results

Hot Email Anecdote Action

     I got an email a few days ago with the subject line “This is not spam.” Naturally, I assumed that it was spam. I let it sit in my inbox over the weekend, and in the midst of my weekly Sunday-morning ritual of trying to catch up on a bazillion things before the week begins, I discovered that it was not, in fact, spam. Magritte would be proud.

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     You’ll note that the reason I never seem to catch up is because I waste time awkwardly photoshopping dead artists into bad jokes about email.

Turn your handwriting into a font

Profile of Matt Murphy

(Superfriendz, Flashing Lights) and his new project.

Forced perspective

Eating Dudes

     On the grassy part of a beach in Ann Arbor during the Summer of 2002, I suddenly grew to gargantuan size and began eating oblivious sunbathers.

     I just posted this to my flickr account and then searched the tags for any other photos tagged with ‘forcedperspective.’ No dice. I was hoping for a bunch of pictures of people holding their arms out with tiny siblings standing on their hands (example). Maybe there’s some other keyword I’m not thinking of.

Interview with graphic designer Ragnar

Daily Wav

- the makings of 1,000 Man..or Astroman? songs.

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