Zombie films first came to American shores in the 1940s. At this time of war anxiety, zombie films centered around mind control and invasion from afar. Themes like those in Revenge of the Zombies, in which a mad Nazi scientist, Dr. Max Heinrich von Altermann (John Carradine), uses technology to secure power over Lila’s mind. In films such as these, fears of loss of individuality and loss of control over the self are predominant, mirroring the changes in suburban America at the time as expansion into suburbs and mass production led to new forms of consumption and conformation. Read More
I don’t remember exactly what national park I visited first. I have vague memories of a road trip on Route 66 through the Grand Canyon, mingled with the sound of a geyser in Yellowstone. As far back as I can remember, I have visited no less than one national park, protected area, or wilderness zone a year, usually during the summer. I have gathered eight Audubon field guides (New England, Florida, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Night Sky, Southeast, Southwest, and California), 25 lapel pins (two each from the 12 national parks that I’ve visited and one commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service), and six photo albums over the duration of these short 17 years. Yet the significance of these trips and adventures has never laid in the collection of collectibles or the pictures taken, but in the stories that our family has accrued to recount to each other. Read More
I recently visited the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. I was surprised to find that they had finally decided to exhibit their 1000-object collection of Japanese art, in a special exhibition entitled "Utamaro and the Lure of Japan." I was even more surprised to see two wall-sized scrolls hanging across from each other, each more graphic and vivid than any other ancient scroll I had ever seen. Read More
Recently, I've become interested in facial recognition algorithms while trying to write a little live image modification code.
While looking into the way that these algorithms work, I stumbled upon a project by Adam Harvey: CV Dazzle.
The website provides 6 essential tips for avoiding recognition by surveillance systems and computer vision:
- Avoid enhancing facial features
Here we go. Gouache is officially a thing. I'm especially happy with the organic shapes and the incorporation with the embroidery in each of these. It is good. Other ideas below. Read More
I admittedly struggled with this still life, maybe a little too much. I spent multiple weeks on it, though a good chunk of that time was spent staring blankly at it wondering why it didn't look right. I was finally able to "let it go," though I still don't know if I'm satisfied with it. Read More
The portrait project is ongoing, and as it moves along, some of the processes involved in the making of each portrait have changed, for better or for worse. This post is a brief process rundown, mostly as a reminder for my future self on what went right and what went wrong. It focuses on Cece, shown above. Read More
Jane didn't know yet. Jane didn't know anything yet. Sam hadn't worked up the nerve to tell her that morning before she had gone to work, and now looking at her stressed face (those fine lines hadn't been there yesterday, had they?), he couldn't stand being the one to cause her more pain and confusion. She deserved so much better. He drew in a sharp breath. There was nothing left to do but tell her. Read More
Grayson wouldn't get up. His eyes were open, but Jenna knew he wouldn't get up again. She kept saying it to herself quietly as if that would make it easier to accept Read More