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  • Real Designers

    September 18, 2004

    As I’ve been whippin’ this website in shape, I’ve had to deal with labels. What do I call myself? How do I organize my posts? What is it that I do? “New Media Designer” seemed like a good label. It’s been around for a while, and it rolls off the tongue easier than “dij-it-tahl mee-dee-uh”.

    On the other hand, I take labels pretty seriously. New Media doesn’t seem to entirely capture what it is that I do. Or rather, what I ultimately want to do (whatever that is). Confounding this further are people like Hillman Curtis, who is (are?) so good that I’m embarassed to put myself in the same semantic namespace. I was just looking at their site, and was struck by the moment of having video on the home page using very minimal motion. Brilliant. Not only does it add an eerie immediacy, but because it’s relatively still it also compresses really well. The result: a fast loading, high quality experience. It’s even immune to slow loads, because the subtle motions of the video stream can kick in later. As jaded users, we have no expectation of movement, so we are surprised and delighted when it happens.

    I wish I’d thought of it. I had better start thinking harder if I want to keep swimming in the New Media pond.

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  • Project MarkdownPictPress

    September 17, 2004

    I really like the Markdown plugin in WordPress, particularly the cool reference style links. As someone who still uses a plain-text email client, it’s no surprise that I’d appreciate the simple syntax of Markdown…I already use it!

    Still, since I can’t leave a good thing alone, I’d like it to work with my uploaded images, wrapped in fancy dropshadow boxes. So I’m going to try hacking in some of that goodness using some of PictPress’s features.

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  • Chronicle: Delving Into Democracy’s Shadows

    September 17, 2004

    From Arts & Letters Daily: The article Delving Into Democracy’s Shadow explores the books of Michael Mann, a sociology professor at UCLA. He’s the author of The Sources of Social Power, a yet-unfinished set of books that “chart the emergence of four distinct forms of power (ideological, military, economic, and political)”.

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  • Why pursue Art? Sean Kernan knows!

    September 17, 2004

    My buddy Jeff over at Scintus Images forwarded me this link to a graduation address by Sean Kernan. He’s a well-known photographer, though I am shamefully ignorant of such things. Anyway, Jeff said that he respected this guy a lot — “He says a lot of what I also believe in, expressed very well”.

    It’s long, but worth the read if you have wondered what happened to the joy you used to feel in your creative work. His article has given me hope that I’ll find it again, if I just continue what I’m doing. Go on, read it.

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  • Beset by Fleas!

    September 16, 2004

    Recommendations are at the bottom of this post.

    Damnit, the house has erupted in fleas or something that leaves tiny bite marks. The cats have been scratching themselves all day, and I’m itchy too.

    The cats don’t go out, so it’s something that either crawled over from the outside or I brought them back with me from somewhere else.

    I have a big day planned tomorrow, involving the mass deployment of chemical agents

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