Monday, May 02, 2016

Microsoft Encarta Memories

As a graphic designer, I'm always interested in the development of digital art & technology. I saw this article about early computer graphics that caught my attention. 

Gizmodo: 

While watching the accompanying video, by prescient computer scientist John Whitney from 1968, I began to think about my early experiences with computers as a teenager. I'm not sure exactly when my family bought our first computer (early 1990's?), but it was crucial to my understanding of digital technology.

I remember we bought it from some sparsely-decorated showroom, with random electronic devices sitting around. We were in Georgia visiting relatives. My Uncle Hank was good with electronics, so he was helping us pick out a machine. It ended up being a disaster, since the computer had all kinds of problems & wasn't really working. My Uncle spent most of our visit trying to fix it & figure it out.

Eventually, we got another computer that used DOS & Microsoft Windows 3.1. One of the things that showed me the power of digital technology at that time was the CD-ROM encyclopedia that came with the system, Microsoft Encarta.


As a kid, I loved reading books, & especially encyclopedias or other sources of random information. The idea that all this knowledge could be accessible from a disc was awesome. This was waaay before the Internet as we know it, so the CD-ROM was the best way of offering content to the user digitally.

Even more impressive was the ability to experience media- such as pictures, audio, or video. I remember showing my parents the short, low resolution clips of the moon landing & one of John F Kennedy's speeches. I was trying to show them how great these tools were, using events from their generation. Thankfully, they've always encouraged my interest in computers & learning, in general.

Microsoft Encarta was one of those influences that shaped my understanding of the world and the possibilities of digital media. Here is a video that explores the software & brought back some memories of using the CD encyclopedia..

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Storm Print City



Russ Muits is an artist who was in high school art classes with me, and also ended up pursuing a creative career.

We recently reconnected through an alumni soccer benefit. He told me about his ongoing project, where he is making prints from the designs on city manhole covers. He has collected designs from all over the country. I always want to support the endeavors of other artists, especially people I consider a friend like Russ. Check out the prints on his website, where you can also buy them:


Here is his Instagram page with the many designs he's captured.

We're friends on Facebook, and I just saw him link to this recent article he was featured in, highlighting his printmaking:

Philly.com:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Data Nanostorage in Quartz


Recently, I came across this article about a new kind of data storage developed by researchers in the UK. Using nano-structured glass, it stores 360 terabytes of info on a small piece of quartz. This information is theoretically stable for 14 billion years.

Gizmodo:

Here is the link to the university doing the research:
 
University of Southampton:

I am very organized, especially with all my digital files. I have archives going back to my college years, at the turn of the millennium. When it comes to saving data & preserving information, I look at it from 2 perspectives:

A basic truth to this universe is that everything changes. All composite forms eventually break down, or are transformed into something else.

In 100,000 years, it's possible that very little trace of current human culture will still exist.
In a million years, it's doubtful that anything we've created would survive.
In a billion years, there will almost certainly be nothing left of human existence at all.

If this is true, then why do we bother doing anything at all?

That is the eternal question, and the only answer is that we do what we are compelled to do. The source of this compulsion is our desire to overcome our fear of impermanence. We do this by trying to make a lasting impression on others and the world.

So... I know everything that I'm doing will eventually cease to exist in its present form. However, I still seek to preserve aspects of myself, my life, & my digital data.

I am here, experiencing this life, so I do what I feel driven to do! Cosmic perspectives are important, but a fully aware person must dwell in the personal realm, as well.

There is a lot of myself and my creative work stored online now. I feel like this is an opportunity to preserve some aspect of my life into the future, more so than people of past eras were able to do.

Of course, a global catastrophe could happen anytime that could knock out the global information network & perhaps even our power grid. This could be avoided by getting data storage off-planet, into outer space. Even if we avoid this fate, it is questionable whether anyone would be around in a million (forget a billion) years to experience anything we are doing now. Even if there were, the next question is- Would they even be able to access the information we have left, in a way that is meaningful to them?

Perhaps this would be a situation like the mysterious "crystal skulls". They could be a 3D quartz data storage system from a lost civilization, but we have no idea how to access it!

Oh well. I guess it's not worth worrying about whether or not anything we do is truly lasting. We just have to make the best of our individual situations, & try to be a positive influence on the consciousness of as many people as possible.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Monkey Mind-Controlled Wheelchair


The interface between biological and cybernetic systems is becoming more interconnected.

I saw an article about a study that was done by Duke University, testing the integration of brain & computers. Although I disapprove of animals being used in lab experiments, this is an undeniably fascinating development.

Gizmodo:

In this study, a monkey in an electronic wheelchair was able to navigate around a room, using an interface directly with its brain.


This will eventually lead to mechanical means of movement that will allow paralyzed people to regain movement. It will also result in unforeseen consequences of developing a brain-computer interface.

The lab of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is also conducting experiments in rats to establish brain-to-brain sharing of sensory information, and also an interconnected "brain network".

This work is amazing & somewhat frightening in its implications. It is the groundwork for creating a technology similar to my concept for an "Apple iThink"- in which human minds are connected & augmented through electronic implants.




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Luke Skywalker Face Swap

This is another funny pic I made using the MSQRD app.

The facial recognition software will also recognize 2D artwork, if it's in the form of a human face. I had some old Star Wars beginners books on my shelf, since I was planning on giving them to my nephew. So, I picked "The Lost City of the Jedi", since it had a big pic of Luke Skywalker's face.

When I was doing the face swap, I realized how crazy my little face looked in there- so I made tried to look as weird as possible.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Monkey-Faced Monkey Buddha

I used the app MSQRD to complete my transition into a true 'Monkey Buddha'...


 Originally, I downloaded the app for the face-swapping feature, which can be hilarious. However, there are several other modes that are pretty cool & apply effects to your face in real time. Even though the results are really entertaining, the technology behind it is still impressive.


Monday, April 18, 2016

1975 Montgomery Ward Catalog


My girlfriend's parents buy all kinds of things at auctions & sell them on eBay. They always have interesting items circulating through their garage. Since I love novelty & seeing things I've never seen, I always ask them to show me their newest finds.

This catalog from the 1970's was sitting on their counter, so I started looking at it. I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through and seeing all the crazy designs & styles from the decade in which I was born.

The fashion and artistic sense of that time was probably the most horrendous & ridiculous that humanity has ever experienced.

However, there were still a lot of cool things going on in 70's, including my creation! When I was looking through the catalog, I recognized things from my childhood, so I took a few pics, to show my brothers & sister. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get better scans of more pages. Luckily the internet has already done it:


This Playskool McDonald's Toy Playset was one of the very few toys my grandmother had at her house. She kept it in a cylindrical wicker storage bin, in the corner of her living room with some cars & other random things.


I had a few of these super figures that were more like dolls than action figures that are common today. I love the Joker telling Wonder Woman, as he's getting roped up: "They should never have given you the right to vote!"  Totally pre-PC...


Finally, I took this to post the monkey masks in the "Planet of the Apes" set. It's basically a page of realistic toy guns, every kid's dream arsenal.





Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beating Heart

On Reddit I saw this looped GIF of a beating heart outside the body. It is being kept alive while in transit to a heart transplant surgery.


To watch such an inexplicably amazing phenomenon on a loop like this can almost take on a meditative quality.

It's no wonder the psychotic elites running the ancient cultures who practiced human sacrifice were so focused on the heart. It is the pulsing source of the mysterious life energy that animates us all.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Recreating the Colors of Egyptian Temples


 Digital Projection of Painted Egyptian Carvings

I have posted before about the discovery that ancient Greek statues were actually painted in bright, bold colors.

The Monkey Buddha Archives:

It is also known that the ancient Egyptians also painted their stone carvings & hieroglyphs in bright colors. This is evident in the indoor temple and tomb walls that have been shielded from the elements.

However, much of the Egyptian outdoor sculpture and architecture has been stripped of their paint, by centuries of harsh weather and the Nile's flood waters. Therefore, the temple exteriors appear a neutral color of the underlying sandstone.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has used digital projection technology to simulate the colors of the original whitewashed temple walls.

metmuseum.org


WorldTruth.tv



Here is an excellent  3D rendering of what the ancient Egyptian temples would have looked like fully painted, with more at the link:


Illustration by Mark Millmore

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Graphic Design is My Passion

The title of this post is true, graphic design is my passion.

I have been a professional designer for my entire adult life, and not a day goes by where I don't strive to be creative in some way.

However, this life-long passion is not what prompted this post. It was actually another aspect of my love of creativity... my amusement by truly awful or ridiculous design.

I saw this animated GIF on The Weird Wide Web and appreciated its hilariously irony:


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Path of a Lightsaber

 
Although it wasn't perfect, "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" definitely succeeded in revitalizing the movie franchise with a engaging story featuring old & new characters.

One of the central components of Episode VII wasn't a person at all- it was Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber.

This Jedi weapon was retrieved by Obi-Wan Kenobi after the battle with his apprentice Anakin, who had turned to the Dark Side as Darth Vader. Obi-wan gave it to Anakin's son Luke, but it was lost when Darth Vader cut off Luke's hand as he tried to get his son to join him in Cloud City.

In "The Force Awakens", ancient bar owner Maz Kanata has somehow come into possession of the lightsaber. It is found by the new movie's protagonist, Rey, and induces in her a vision of the weapon's history. Even though she initially rejects it, Rey ultimately comes to acquire the lightsaber and returns it to Luke Skywalker, who has been in seclusion for years.

How Maz found it and why Rey was mystically drawn to it is still a mystery, but answers are sure to come in the next installments of the Star Wars saga.

Christopher Sherwood has edited together an awesome montage of the history behind this legendary weapon that weaves together the characters and events of the movies so far. It shows just how powerful and interwoven the Star Wars story has become.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Dalai Lama on a Dolly Llama

I have read & listened to the wisdom of the Dalai Lama for many years, and consider him to be one of my many gurus.

However, nothing His Holiness has ever said is as profound as this animated GIF that I saw on fUSION Anomalog:


Monday, March 28, 2016

Movie Review: "Batman vs. Superman"


This weekend, I went with both of my brothers to see "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice".


I went into the movie having read critical reviews that are mostly negative. The biggest complaint seemed to be the amount of material that was crammed into the film. People seemed to think the story was disjointed, and that they tried to tell too many stories in one movie.

As the title reveals, this movie was meant as introduction to the DC comics super-team: The Justice League. After seeing the successes of the Marvel franchise that led to epic multi-movie storylines such as the Avengers, Civil War, and Infinity War, it is clear that DC is rolling out a similar cinematic approach.

Despite the negative reviews, I actually enjoyed "Batman vs. Superman" overall. The actors playing the main heroes (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) did a great job bringing their characters to life. As I wrote in my review of "Man of Steel", I liked that movie and Henry Caville's portrayal of Superman. Although she wasn't in it as much as the title characters, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was a good representation that showed the power of the Amazonian warrior. Ben Affleck's version of Batman surprised me, because I thought it was the best portrayal of The Dark Knight in any movie, so far. "Batman Begins" was okay, but I personally thought the other movies with Christopher Nolan & Christian Bale were crap. All the older ones were pretty hokey.

My biggest complaint about this movie had to be Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He played Superman's arch-nemesis as a long-haired, neurotic, bizarrely-behaved rich kid who ran his deceased father's tech corporation. Lex Luthor always seemed to me like a bald version of Donald Trump- a more mature, wealthy, conniving, and arrogant businessman.


Although he played a villain that's easy to hate, and he loses his hair at the end of the movie, Eisenberg's version of Luthor stood out as the only thing I really disliked about the film.

I only had a few other minor complaints: Doomsday should've had more spiky protrusions, Lois Lane still bothers me as a redhead instead of her dark hair in the comics, and the way Doomsday was created was sloppy & not as good as the comic book story. I prefer when they stick closely to the comic book representations of characters in these movies.

There were some interesting themes in the movie, like humanity's reaction to an alien presence that has the potential to destroy our civilization. Superman is viewed through the dichotomy of our current political climate, where everything can be seen to have at least 2 opposing perspectives attached to it. Some people view the Kryptonian Kal-El as a powerful savior for humanity, while others see him as a dangerous & existential threat to the world.

The movie combined elements of two stories I read as a kid, "The Dark Knight Returns" and "The Death of Superman". Even though these are very different works of comic fiction, they were somehow merged into Batman v Superman. The end result worked well enough for my entertainment, and I thought it was much better than I anticipated.  Although I knew how it was handled in the comics, I wondered how a fight between Batman & Superman could possible be believable, considering the disparity of power. Of course, there was Kryptonite involved, but their battle was still handled in a way that didn't seem completely far-fetched. Their rivalry doesn't last long, as there are more immediate threats that they have to join together to overcome.

I think the critics have been overly-critical on this one, and found myself really liking this movie. If you like the characters or superhero films, in general, I would definitely recommend "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice".

• The Monkey Buddha's Official Rating: 8 out of 10





Thursday, March 24, 2016

Interspecies Space Travel with Dolphins

I'm a sponge for visual novelty. I love seeing things that are new, strange, or thought-provoking. For some reason, this image I saw on Rude Mechanicals stuck out in it's awesomeness.



There have already been other animals in space, but the idea of a dolphin floating with humans in a water-filled spacesuit is an amazing concept.

It looks like the title is (surprise!) "Dolphins in Space" by Richard J. Bartrop.

If we are to become a spacefaring species, we will have to create ways to bring other life (plant, animal, & fungal) along for the journey. Humanity cannot exist in a vacuum, both literally & figuratively.

I just noticed that the dolphin's suit has mechanical arms, which it's using to grasp the cable/tether. Perhaps we will find similarly outlandish solutions to enable other creatures to help us in various ways, instead of just being along for the ride.  Then we can have a truly cooperative interspecies exploration of our Universe.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dreams Around the World


I read this article that takes a look at how dreams are viewed by cultures as widespread as the Maya, classical Greeks, Hindus, and Aborigines.

Raw Story:

For many years, I've payed close attention to my dreams. Ever since my teenage years, I've tried to look into the symbolism and imagery behind the situations that my dream self experiences. As a window to the subconscious, I analyze these dream states and use them to better understand my own mind.

The Monkey Buddha Archives:

Part of the trick to analyzing dreams is to remember them in the first place. By focusing on your dreams when you immediately wake, and recording what you can remember (if possible), it becomes easier to recall them. For dreams that I find to be particularly significant, I will make a voice memo on my phone recounting the dream, while it's still fresh in my mind.

After many years of trying to cultivate awareness & memory of my dreams, I have had many interesting experiences as my body sleeps.

Probably the most striking dreams are lucid dreams, in which I have become conscious of the fact that I'm dreaming. In these lucid dreams, a person realizes they are in a dream, and can even control certain aspects of the situation or environment. For instance, during times where I realized I was dreaming & became lucid- I was able to run at super speeds, smash stone counter tops, and even fly.

Taking flight in lucid dreams have been the most exhilarating experiences that I've encountered in the sleeping state. Remembering how to fly in a dream usually feels like getting on a bike after a long time. You might be a little wobbly at first, but quickly gain your bearings. I have soared through trees, into the clouds, and it felt as real as my waking life. I always marvel at the ability of the human mind to simulate this kind of superhuman feat in such a convincing & realistic way.

I can see how people throughout time & around the world would have been fascinated by the crazy experiences that dreams bring to the human experience. The fact that there is convincing evidence that animals dream shows that dreaming is a function of the complex energetic patterns of the brain.

As we discover more about the brain, & how it gives rise to the mind, the mysteries of the dream world will be uncovered. However, I think that just as consciousness may never be completely understood, the full implication of dreams will likely remain mysterious for a long time.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Future of Food: Reducing Waste

Photo: City Fruit

I've been posting a series exploring one of the most necessary aspects of our survival, as individuals & as a species- How are we going to produce food for coming generations?

The Monkey Buddha Archives:

A huge factor in the effort to feed the people of this planet is the enormous amount of food we collectively waste.

FAO.org:

National Geographic:

I've been in convenience stores & markets and seen the amount of food that is thrown away. The fact there are people going hungry while all this edible food is discarded is simply absurd.

Personally, I produce relatively little waste and try to recycle more material than I throw in the garbage. If everyone did this on an individual basis it would be a positive thing, but a large percentage of food waste is commercial. 

Fortunately, there are governments, as well as companies and supermarkets, that are trying to reduce the amount of unnecessary loss of usable food products. It is great news that some private stores are implementing plans to solve this problem, but this is one of those situations that is big enough to warrant involvement on a national scale.

Here some encouraging initiatives being taken to prevent and reverse the trend of waste that has existed in the various food industries:

Inhabitat:


The Telegraph:


Voice of America:


Inhabitat:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bad Packaging for Good Products

I consider myself a connoisseur of bad package design. As a graphic artist, I constantly strive to create aesthetically-pleasing design, when creating art for products or packaging. However, I also find bizarre, unappealing, or downright ugly graphics to be entertaining, even if unintentionally.

While browsing Reddit, I saw these examples of atrocious box & label designs. Interestingly, from reading the comments it appears that both products are actually really effective. So, this is an example of why you can't judge something based solely on appearances.

That post was about this Superthrive plant food. The slapped-together layout and bold graphic style scream 'cheap garden center product', but people claim it really works:


In the comments of that post, I also saw this image someone shared, for Dr. Bonner's Magic Hemp & Peppermint Soap. This is an unbelievably dense rambling mess, but would actually be a great thing to have in the bathroom for a random crazy read:


(click to enlarge)






Friday, March 11, 2016

President A$$hole

Way back in the Bush years, I was still writing on this blog and posted a lot more political stuff than I do now. I don't feel the need to continually comment on the state of the current Presidential race, but it's such a bizarre & downright crazy situation that it's hard not to talk about.

Bernie Sanders has been my pick since the day that he got into the race. I have watched cable news and followed politics for many years. Bernie is one of the few politicians/talking heads who I thought was authentic, principled, and had a vision that resonated with the way that I would approach the big problems our country faces. I also saw that he was (as a democratic socialist progressive or "liberal") always willing to go on with Fox News or conservative radio hosts and really debate the issues and their merits.

So, I still think he would still be the best person for the seriousness & vision that a role like the Presidency of the US should require. I'm glad he's at least giving Hillary a run for her money, because she embodies the corrupt power structure of the political & financial establishment. I think Bernie Sanders is going to keep winning, & I hope the political movement he's led will continue even after the election is over. He is the only one who will at least attempt to initiate fundamental changes in our twisted web of national interests.

On the other side, the Republican field is like a train wreck smashed into a clown car. All the candidates are horrible in their own unique ways. However, their seemingly unstoppable frontrunner, Donald Trump, is simply a human phenomenon.

He is like a weird mix of a nightmare, a comedy, and a cheesy late-night infomercial. I saw this article by Rich Lowry &, for once, I agreed with him- Donald Trump is definitely the Billy Mays of The GOP!

Politico:

When seeing his absurd press conference/product presentation after the recent primaries, I was just awestruck at the insanity of it all. The guy is touting "Trump Steaks", "Trump Water", "Trump Magazine", all of which are basically just products he supplies to his private clubs & resorts. It's all bullshit, but Trump is a media expert and knows the public will eat it up. Unfortunately, he leaves a bad taste in many people's mouths.

I thought the Dalai Lama had a wise analysis of the type of politics that Trump, especially, is bringing to the campaigns. 

Raw Story:

"Cheap" describes Trump perfectly, despite his reported wealth. He's like a piece of gaudy expensive-looking costume jewelry, that is actually made of crappy materials and has no real value. Worst of all, when you actually wear the jewelry, it gives you a horrible rash.

Donald Trump is American Ego gone absolutely berserk. He only wants to help the country and its citizens in the sense that it's good for the Trump™ brand. I hope to God and any higher power that he doesn't get elected, but seeing him stomp across the political landscape and shattering the facade of our social norms is absolutely awesome to behold.

We'll see how everything turns out... but if Donald J. Trump ends up being elected President, this is how I envisioned it:

 President A$$hole

Months ago, I knew he was striking a nerve, so I was hoping for an election between him & Bernie. That would be the ultimate race between two iconoclast symbols of the opposite ends of American political values, known as right-wing (conservative) & left-wing (progressive). 

This is my completely un-biased look at the political divide:

 
by Paul Micarelli 

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

"It's Your Nickel" by Wayne Howell

My friend Dan always shares cool tidbits with me, and I had to post this one here. He saw this awesome intaglio print at his doctor's office.

The picture is titled "It's Your Nickel" by Wayne Howell. It features a bizarre clown therapy session, with cuckoo clocks, balloons, and a mocking monkey.

After searching the web, I couldn't find a better image, so I'm just going to post this pic he sent me:

 click to enlarge

Saturday, March 05, 2016

"Steel Heart"

Each day this week, I am posting a new piece of abstract art that I've created.

I've started a new gallery, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.


Picasa Gallery:
  
Here is another addition in the gallery:



"Steel Heart"
by Paul Micarelli

Prints & products featuring each design are available in my Cafepress store.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

Friday, March 04, 2016

"Fractal Leaf Veins"

Each day this week, I am posting a new piece of abstract art that I've created.

I've started a new gallery, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.

Picasa Gallery:
  
Here is another addition in the gallery:


"Fractal Leaf Veins"
by Paul Micarelli

Prints & products featuring each design are available in my Cafepress store.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

Thursday, March 03, 2016

"Organic Metal"

Each day this week, I am posting a new piece of abstract art that I've created.

I've started a new gallery, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.

Picasa Gallery:
  
Here is another addition in the gallery:



"Organic Metal"
by Paul Micarelli

Prints & products featuring each design are available in my Cafepress store.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

"Infinite Bubbles"

Each day this week, I am going to try posting a new piece of abstract art that I've created.

I've started a new gallery, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.

Picasa Gallery:
  
Here is another addition in the gallery:



"Infinite Bubbles"
by Paul Micarelli

Prints & products featuring each design are available in my Cafepress store.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

"Angel Wings"

Each day this week, I am going to try posting a new piece of abstract art that I've created.

I've started a new gallery, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.

Picasa Gallery:
  
Here is another addition in the gallery:



"Angel Wings"
by Paul Micarelli

Prints & products featuring each design are available in my Cafepress store.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:


Monday, February 29, 2016

"Fractal Forest"

Each day this week, I am going to try posting a new piece of abstract art that I've created.

I'm starting a new gallery, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.

Picasa Gallery:
 
This is the first image I'm uploading:


"Fractal Forest"
by Paul Micarelli

I'll also make prints & products featuring each design available in my Cafepress store.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Forms in Nature



On io9, I saw this visually inspiring video that hints at the geometric patterns that underly our reality.

The study of these mathematical patterns, found in nature and in human creations, is called "Sacred Geometry". It includes properties such as the Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci spiral, and the Flower of Life pattern.

This video, however, subtly centers around the most fundamental of forms- the circle.


Vimeo:




Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gorilla in Space!


Ok, it's not a real gorilla...

Astronaut Scott Kelly decided to have some fun & wore a gorilla suit while chasing fellow astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station (ISS).



When I first started this blog, I considered calling it "Space Ape" to play on the idea of humans as spacefaring simians.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Neon Baby Paul

Today is my birthday, and I want to simply express my gratitude for being able to experience the miracle of Life.

I no longer take my mortality for granted, & see each moment I have in this world as something to treasure.

Luckily, my parents took pictures as I was growing up, so I have a good number of memories & images from my childhood. I came across this photo of me at a few weeks old:



Most of my photos when I was a baby are pretty cute, but in this one I'm a butt-ugly little thing. Still, I'm glad to have it as a record of my life.

Here's a less troll-like pic of my baby years:


For my own amusement, I converted the colors in the first baby pic to neon.
 


Then, I figured I'd make an animated GIF out of it.
This is a tribute to my very existence.



Friday, February 19, 2016

Dimensional Shadows

I recently had one of my creations posted at the awesome blog about geometry, math, & fractals-Geometric-Aesthetic.tumblr.

It shows the fundamental Euclidean elements as shadows of higher dimensions.


• The 0-dimensional point is a shadow of a line...

• The 1-dimensional line is a shadow of a square...
• The 2-dimensional square is a shadow of a cube...
• The 3-dimensional sides of a cube are the shadow of an (unfolded) hypercube.

It's an image I've posted here before, along with my 3D rendering of Dalí's Crucifixion, and an animation of a 4D hypercube.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Simpsons Reality Zoom

The Simpsons is one of my all-time favorite shows. I don't really watch TV anymore so I don't see it as much, but it's still a long-running classic.

This is an animated GIF of one of the best show openings- in which the camera continually zooms from The Simpsons couch, to the Earth, to the cosmos, then loops into the atomic realm, into DNA, to the cellular level, then out to Homer's head.


 It is a humorous illustration of the idea of a fractal reality, in which dimensions and universes are nested withing each other.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NYC Toy Fair 2016

Of course, I had to get a pic with this monkey character
wearing my favorite color, from the new game, EQ.

This past Saturday, I pulled myself away from the 2 year anniversary I was celebrating with my girlfriend to go to New York City. It was the weekend for the annual Toy Fair, held at the Javitz Center.

I've been attending for most of my professional career, since the studio I work for has done a lot of work for clients in the toy & game industry. I always enjoy going to see the many fun products on display.

This year, I was looking for companies to produce some game ideas, including a new publisher for the award-winning strategy game I created, "Da Vinci's Challenge". I made enough contacts & opened enough possible doors to feel like it was a worthwhile trip.

Here are the photos I took of the trip:

Picasa Photo Album:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monkey Mech

On Rude Mechanicals, I saw this funny (but awesome) custom figure of a monkey controlling a robotic mech & had to share it.


I think this can also be a metaphor for humans, as simians that have learned to build & use technology to augment our physical abilities.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Dreams of Dalí" Virtual Reality


I saw this awe-inspiring video on Neatorama. I've been a life-long interest in art, and Dalí is one of my favorite artists. I had the pleasure of seeing an exhibit of his work many years ago at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This video, "Dreams of Dalí: A Virtual Reality Experience" shows the tremendous potential of virtual reality and digital art to experience new worlds & alternate modes of consciousness. It is a virtual tour 'inside' the Dalí painting "Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus".


The fidelity of graphics and the ability to perceive in 3D are allowing for the creation of dreamlike, impossible experiences- perfect for a new way of enjoying the art of Dalí.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Super Bowl Sacred Geometry

 

Although I've always been pretty athletic & love playing sports, I'm not a big fan of watching football, or sports in general. However, this past weekend I went to my brother's house since he was having a Super Bowl 50 party.

I was surprised to see in the halftime show, during Coldplay's performance, the use of The Flower of Life symbol- in their stage design, drum kit, & outfits.

The Flower of Life is a symbol of interlocking circles is the basis for a strategy game, based on the philosophy of sacred geometry, that I designed & have had published: "Da Vinci's Challenge".


The Flower of Life is an ancient symbol that represents unity, vibrational energy, and inter-connectivity. It has been used in art & architecture since the beginning of known history.

Because of the NFL's ridiculous copyright protections, the only decent video I could find of the performance so far is here:

SPIN.com

Below, I've posted some screenshots showing the stage with the Flower of Life symbol, and it's use on their bass drum & clothing.

The Flower of Life graphic morphed into a swirling galactic vortex, then a solar burst.

I don't believe there was anything nefarious or Illuminati-related with the use of this symbolism. I actually think the artists recognize the pattern as a symbol of consciousness & cosmic creation.