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PIL -> Pillow?
Monday, November 17th 2014 7:05am
Tags: python, code, software

I was pleased to learn that the Python Imaging Library (PIL) has a modernized fork called Pillow.  From the Pillow site:

The fork authors’ goal is to foster active development of PIL through:

This is great news for me, because there are several projects (this site included) that use PIL, and I have been worried about its future.  In addition to the infrequent PIL releases, the lack of Python 3 support in PIL was starting to be a real drag...and it was the main thing that kept some of us on Python 2.7.

So yeah, it's nice to have a path forward...time to embrace the fork and move on.  I will miss the PIL acronym.

Child's Play, huh?
Monday, November 3rd 2014 7:08am
Tags: movies, horror

Somebody is being either clever or naive -- spotted this at the checkout line:

childs play

"Childs Play" -- not a kids movie.

This instructable is rad
Sunday, September 28th 2014 11:29pm
Tags: instructable creepy mask face
Terror child in kabuki mask...
Friday, September 26th 2014 10:58pm
Tags: horror terror illusion

This video doesn't do it justice...but I was shocked to see this terrifying child in a kabuki mask staring in the window earlier:

Spoiler: It's not actually a child...it's a mop.

The Church of Robotron has been working hard to find the mutant savior and to train members of the last human family. We had an opening on Wednesday, and my friend Zach edited together this fantastic video:

Here's a test video I shot of oscule's much improved jacob's ladder...it's terrifying:

If you have not yet been tested, please join us on First Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at Diode Gallery for indoctrination, testing, anti-robot training, propaganda distribution, and some good old-fashioned street devival.

My absolute favorite album in an unspeakable number of years is (no secret), Xiu Xiu's "Angel Guts: Red Classroom".  From the first time I heard this record I fell in love with it...and that interest and that respect has only grown since its release.  I come back and listen to it a LOT, and it's failing to tire out.  I'm not reviewing it here, but it's tortuously odd, wonderfully crafted, and  painfully depressing / soul-searching twist of violence and sexual storytelling...with great balance of synth+drum+melody vs. subtle-yet-effective dissonant/atonal/noise experimentations.

The [official] videos in support of the album are top notch.  Brilliant and fitting and supporting works.

The purpose of this post is to consolidate the tracklisting of the supporting videos.  I haven't seen this consolidated list anywhere else, so I thought I'd put it together.  Please be forewarned, there is some very extreme content mixed in here that should be considered NSFW and certainly not for children.

Tracklisting:

  1. Angel Guts:
  2. Archie's Fades
  3. Stupid in the Dark
  4. Lawrence Liquors #1, Lawrence Liquors #2
  5. Black Dick
  6. New Life Immigration
  7. EL Naco
  8. Adult Friends (no video, yet?)
  9. The Silver Platter
  10. Bitter Melon
  11. A Knife in the Sun
  12. Cinthya's Unisex 
  13. Botanica de Los Angeles
  14. :Red Classroom

edit 9/20/2014: Added Cijnthya's Unisex official video

So Open Source Bridge was a month ago, and I had been so bogged down and frazzled thinking about an planning for toorcamp 2014 that I didn't have a chance to collect my thoughts/bookmarks.  Until now.

So yeah, this is a series of thoughts random, poorly organized thoughts and bookmarked tabs from the conference.  In no particular order...

  • Aaron Parecki gave a great talk on OAuth and "IndieAuth" and what it means to an open and free web.  There's this thing called web sign in, and they have a wiki on how to set it up.  I want to get this going on noisybox.net. There are a bunch of important reasons why this is mostly rad, but it can also allow you to do powerful things like using 3rd party tools...like...
  • Quill.  Post content to your own website, securely, using a 3rd party tool.  Shows the power of these open interchange technologies, and formats...like...
  • Micropub.  An API spec for doing time-based content posting (blogging, microblogging) with 3rd party tools, but to your own site, in a way that you are fully in control of.  It's kinda deep and complicated and gnar, but it's damn sure the best thing I've seen in this direction...
  • Mesh technologies, especially after certain leaks, are hotter than ever.  They still don't live up to their expectations/misunderstandings yet, but have real potential for grassroots and emergency response situations.  The Mesh Potato seems like a fun device for experimentation, if not already antiquated.
  • Not only are tons of nerds using Python for data analysis and visualization, but there are mature OSS product suites that help with this stuff.  Also data dorks often use iPython notebook to facilitate sharing and exchange of bad-assery.  Reminds me of a cool mashup of sketchpad.cc and etherpad and pastebin, but Python.
  • The Internet Archive is still kicking ass.  They could stand to be more redundant (DR) though.  No seriously.  They also have detailed APIs (change the "details" in any item url to "metadata" for an example), an s3 compatible API, an rich suite of open source cli tools for interacting with their APIs.  They also run openlibrary.org, an amazing lending library for digital book content.
  • I learned a little about Camlistore, which is a complex personal storage system.  I think the goal is to provide a framework into which you can store and index the stuff you create online (blogs, tweets, photos, recipes, fanfic? all the things?) and have it be robust and searchable and have many other advanced things.  I'm having a hard time trying to grok how it might fit into my own personal storage needs, but I sure do get the sentiment.  It also reminded me about Tahoe-LAFS and the interesting things that can be done with that.

I'm sure I've only captured a fraction of what I found fun/interesting/inspiring!  Until next year...