Under Construction

The picture at the top of this page is my kitchen floor, where the pine board half of my floor meets the oak board half of my floor in front of where the old dishwasher used to be. If you know me or have seen me in person during the last several weeks, you know […]

Zen for JPG

I’m a fan of the Moviebarcode Tumblr blog, which creates elegant “barcode” versions of movies and other visual media. Conceptually, it’s similar to what Lev Manovich does with image sets and that I and my DGST 101 students tried to replicate last semester. Instead of shrinking each frame into pixels on a tapestry, moviebarcode squeezes […]

Four Responses to #!

When I first read Nick Montfort’s #!, I shared my initial response via Twitter in the form of a Perl one-liner. Since I’m teaching #! this semester, I’ve been taking a second look and growing in my appreciation and understanding of the Perl poems in particular, so I thought I’d revisit that review and expand […]

On the Poetics of “Haiku by a Robot”

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form emphasizing brevity, clarity, and the juxtaposition of images or ideas. Its translation or appropration into English has foregrounded the 5-7-5 syllable rule, and its influence on Modernist poets like Ezra Pound or William Carlos Williams is quite clear. Even if that strict sense of syllable counting isn’t essentially part […]

Visual Text Analysis with ImageMagick

In my classes, I’ve been talking about and showing off the kinds of visual analysis one can accomplish by extracting frames from video and comparing them in a montage format. This approach has been pioneered by Lev Manovich, Jeremy Douglass and others under the heading of Software Studies, and Manovich’s website discusses this technique and […]

Power Dive into the Danger Zone

Earlier this year, a twitter account known as @555uhz gained some attention and eventually notoriety for posting, at a rate of one image per 2 seconds of film twice an hour, the movie Top Gun. This was a cool idea, and a clever use of Twitter to celebrate a well-known film. Even though posting images […]