Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Goodbye Lucy...

Lucy, my pug had to be put down today. She was a very cute plump pug, and her age was getting the best of her. Im just glad I got to see her over my break.
This is a video of her when I was testing out my camera.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Iomega 500 gigs for $60!?

I just got this email from Iomega. Sign up for their email service because they have great deals on storage!
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Christopher Lloyd and Mr.Giggles should team up!!

Watch the video above, then watch me in Mr.Giggles
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200th POST!

The Current Stats on my blog since Oct 31 2008 are:

Visits: 2,806
Page Views: 4,577
Most visits in one day: 119
Average Time on Site: 1 minute 34 seconds
New Visitors: 77.64%

Traffic Sources Direct Traffic: 10.21%
Search Engine: 26.88%
Referring Sites: 62.91%

Top keyword from a search engine: "kenny powers phone call" with 210

Top 3 states with the most views: New York (162), California (150), Pennsylvania (102)

Country with longest page views per visit: Switzerland (4:58)


(Thank You Cairo Egypt)
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Friday, March 27, 2009

MASH "The Life": Directed by Tony Corella

Two of my good friends from my hometown, Tony Corella and Charlie Corella, made this music video! Check out MASH on Myspace
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Green Mansions

I was looking through an old box of books at my Grandma's house and I found this book called Green Mansions. These are some of the pictures in the book. Awesome illustrations! by E. McKight Kauffer
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Where The Wild Things Are: Trailer

Spike Jonze!!!!
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Videoprojection Showreel 2009 EASYWEB

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sitting on the dock of the bay

Union Bay, Lake Washington in Seattle. You can see Husky stadium in the background. photo by Jeff K
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Friday, March 20, 2009

f*ck that

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

In Portland

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best part of the train

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So today I am taking the train up to washington. As I was packing all my stuff I was thinking "I am bringing too much stuff". Then I put on my watch, which is a Fossil watch. Then I look over because I got a notification I got a new email. This was my email. Look at the title
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Art: Light Show with Wii nun-chuck

This is why my blog has been lacking in blogs. blog
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Done with Finals!

Sorry to all that keep up on my blog and have noticed that I haven't posted anything for a couple days. I hope none of you have been loosing sleep over my disappearance. I have been busy with school n' such. But I am done with this quarter and I am now on Spring Break!!
I just finished my last project today. Check out the pirated footage my friend Mike shot of my presentation in class today.

I will upload a better quality video later with more details about my project.

Hope everyone is doing good.

Tomorrow I will be getting on a train and heading back up to my hometown. I can't wait to see the family and friends.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Art: My Digital Music Final

Check out this audio piece I made for my Digital Music class at the University of Oregon.
Please listen with headphones
Click here to download

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Interactive Tees

This t-shirt has a computer chip in it that tells you how strong the WiFi connection is in your area. On sale for $20
ALL OTHER T33's are OB$OL337!
Check out other interactive t-shirts at ThinkGeek.com
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feel the Bubbles: Commercial

Directed by Ty Evans from HeavyHittas
Check out the making of Part 1 and Part 2
HERE is a higher quality version (h264 .mov)
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U of Oregon campus is so cool at night

One of these days I am going to take some 35mm photos of the campus at night and leave the shutter open real long.

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Check out Diggnation guys on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight!

Wednesday March 11th at 12:35/11:35 central
Other guests will be Russell Brand, with musical guest The Virgins
is Jimmy Fallon on Diggnation.
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New Ipod Shuffle: 4 gigs

This thing is freaking TINY! and it holds 4 gigs of music. crazy. but make sure not to take off the headphones or you will never find it again.
these things will be embedded in clothing in no time.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Louis CK: Everything's Amazing. Nobody's happy

HERE is the link to youtube of Louis CK on Conan O'brien
Check out his website HERE
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Monday, March 9, 2009

Starship Enterprize

controlled by wii-nunchuck

this is one of the nerdiest things I have ever done
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Art: Interactive Spaceship

This uses the information from the sensors in the Wii-nunchuck to go to my Arduino micro controller, then into my computer, then into Adobe Flash.
If you can see the numbers in the bottom of the animation, that is the information from the Wii-nunchuck. What I did in Flash was tell it to take the information from the sensors and translate it to parts in my animation (example: pitch of controller = move spaceship up and down, roll of controller = spaceship side to side, ...).
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

This looks great!

I love the work of Greg Mottola
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I made an LED flash

this is my first test on my Arduino
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Clip from the FMO concert last night

This is a audio/visual piece by my teacher Paul Turowski.
It is abstract interactive art controlled by the Wii remote and nunchuck titled "Ancient Artifacts". My teacher is actually controlling the visuals and sound under the projector screen in the video above, but you can't see him because the video is too dark

Overall the Future Music Oregon concert was pretty good. They had like 8.1 or 10.1 surround sound in the concert hall with a large projector screen. Some of the art was pretty wild and abstract, felt like I was on mushrooms. I love college. There is no way I would've ever heard of a concert like this unless I was in college.
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Tonight I will be attending the Future Music Oregon concert

Future of Music Oregon is a live audio and visual performance. Jeffrey Stolet, my Digital Music Composition teacher will be performing a new piece.
The program will also include new works created in the Future Music Oregon studios for live-performance instruments combined with electronics, computer animation, Yamaha Disklavier and Electric Chair–the latter an imaginative instrumental creation involving a standard office swivel chair.
Works by Applebaum* on the program include "Intellectual Property I" for Disklavier and improviser, and "S-tog" for mousetrap, mini-mouse, duplex mausphon and live electronics.
In addition, UO graduate student John Villec will present his controversial video and sound installation, "The Exquisite Corpse." Due to the adult content (nude female torso) in the Villec video piece, audience discretion is advised.

I am excited to see what this is about. I'll try to sneak a picture to you guys later tonight.

*Applebaum, a Stanford University faculty member, received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, electro-acoustic and electronic work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has received commissions from Betty Freeman, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Manufacture and the American Composers Forum, among others. His music can be heard on the Innova label.

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Yay I got my Arduino circuit board!

I was able to get the package out of my mail box and it is my Arduino starter kit from hacktronics.com, the digital artists best friend. Now I can make interactive art with my hacked Wii nunchuck controller.
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My package is stuck

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Friday, March 6, 2009

I love Buckle jeans, and I am not afraid to say it

If you don't know what I look like, I am 6'3" with 6' legs. I have always hated getting jeans because no brands carry jeans for tall people. "Then just go to a Big & Tall store" people always say. No! I will not. I am not Big & Tall, just Tall, and all their clothing is for old men. So my whole life I have put up with jeans that are wider just so I can get the length I need. It sucks
But one day, about two weeks ago, a girl told me about Buckle. She said "I have the same issue, I have long legs and small upper body, go to Buckle, they carry long jeans". "Pshhh" I said. "No way am I going to be caught dead in some trendy store where the jeans are $200, and the manikins have chiseled v-shaped abs and giant bulges in their capri pants". "They have nice jeans around $70" she said. "Really?" I thought. $70 is still a little spendy for jeans, but I would easily pay that to get good fitting jeans. So then I was curious. $70 isn't that bad considering it is like trading in 2 pairs of bad fitting jeans for one good one. I guess its worth a shot.
So that weekend I went to the local mall in search for the holy Buckle. I brought my roommate with me for backup. As we walked through the mall towards Buckle we passed two stores, Hollister and Ambercrombie. Both of them are basically the same store. Dark, eerie, draped with a thick layer of fragrance that wafts out of the store via heavy bass and high hats. As you look inside, the majority of the stores view is obstructed by a large poster of male twins playing shirtless football. I still have no idea what goes on in that store. No one really knows. There are more rumors about what goes on inside that place than the house of Boo Radley. Gives me chills every time I pass by. Already this is not a good start to my journey. If this Buckle store is anything like Hollister or Ambercrombie, I would be unfortunately unprepared since I forgot my flashlight and gasmask at home.
"There, up ahead..." my roommate pointed his finger. "Buckle"
The mall lights seemed to get dimmer. My stomach went up in my thought. (Not really though, I just want to add more drama to this situation). I thought to myself, "Ok Bryson, this is it. Stay calm. Don't do anything weird. Keep your head down. Don't look at the mannequins bulges, don't look at the womannequins extremely large nipples, and especially don't make eye contact with any of the employees. "
Me and my roommate walked in together. Actually I walked in behind my roommate, because if anything were to go down he would be targeted first and I could sprint away with my long legged stride. But to my surprise nothing happed. We were in. I looked up. I took a breath. The air, it was breathable. The store, it was well light. And there were no mannequins in sight! Lightly playing in the background was a song by Nickelback, certainly dated and over played but still tolerable. On the right, taking up about a quarter of the wall was the jean section. Properly marked, easy to find. There wasn't even a poster above of a couple mid awkward erotic scene. I am starting to like this store. Turns out the store has the jeans to fit. Personally, I am usually forced to wear a size 32x34 which gives me the length but also makes me wrench down on my belt and eventually I have to pull up my pants every 10 minutes. The size I would like to wear is a 30x34, and guess what? This place has them. You can get a 30x34, a 30x36, and even up to a 30x38! I ended up getting a 30x36. They were $56 (Although I recently got the same pair discounted online for $35!).
They fit great! I even had to roll the cuff up to keep them from dragging on the pavement. It is the first time I have ever had to do that with a pair of pants.
So moral of this story (written in an Adobe Flash if/then ActionScript statement)

If (legs._length > 34) {
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Just talking about some art: Taken from the Shnitzer

I had to do an art critique for my color theory class, so I thought I would post some of it.

Portrait of Virginia Haseltine
Henk Pander, 1983
This piece is really odd when I think about it but somehow my eye and imagination is fascinated by it. First off, this piece caught my eye more than any other piece in the Schnitzer, I was literally in the next room and the paintings bright blue color brought me to it. At a closer look, the painting is serene with its light blue and grey pastel colors, but on the other side it in not very serene if you look at the subject matter. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT OLD WOMEN DOING UP THERE? Why is she sitting on the edge of that building? It is hard to imagine what is going on in this painting especially if you look at her facial expression and her posture. She is as calm as can be; as if she was sitting at home in her favorite chair watching Jeopardy. This leads me to my next thought of how this painting gives off a very strong fictional feel and how it plays with reality. In the upper right, taking up almost a quarter of the painting is the silhouette of a planet or moon. It is very strange to have such a realistic cityscape with such an unrealistic object. The vibe I get from this is that of a dream or fantasy. I should be scared for this woman with the situation she is in, but I am not. She seems confident. With the serene colors and the fantasy atmosphere the woman conveys a peaceful god like quality. She reminds me of The Architect in the Matrix movie.

“Wreck of the Ol’ 97”
Thomas Hart 1944. Lithograph
The picture is very intense with its high contrast and high amount of movement. Thomas deliberately uses the high amount of contrast to create a great amount of intensity, almost like classic film noir. Its darks are deep black and its whites are bright. The shading is very dark which makes everything in the picture pop up and give it extra motion. If the piece didn’t have strong shading I believe the picture would loose a lot of drama and fall flat like a graphic picture. Every element is used (except for color) to create a heightened amount of drama and suspense much like a climactic moment in a movie. The eye first gets lead into dark train against the bright white background where the contrast is the strongest. The lean of the train on the tracks is exaggerated to help foreshadow its destiny with the broken tracks ahead. Smoke billows out of the train and gives it extra speed. The smoke also helps to lead the eye around the picture. Silhouetted against the dark black smoke is the white horse where my eye is lead to second. This area has the greatest sense of movement, with the men in the carriage wrenching back on the horse as it jumps back in fright, the man leaping out in front of the horse, and the women in the lower right falling in midair out of the carriage. This picture greatly depicts the dramatic tragedy which is about to unfold.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Urban Camoflage

Check out the future of camo
Clever and witty
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PROJECT: skateboards and apparel

PROJECT is a design team from the University of Oregon
"its not really about skateboarding, specifically, but about the time and space that skateboarding has always invited for art and design to play and exist together. I have taken 8 people who understand the power and responsibility of the image, and directed them to design and develop a skate deck and apparel company. Together we built an idea in to a reality. Our idea is called PROJECT, a fairly ambiguous name except for its obvious definition of our task; Conceive, design, fabricate, deliver. Within this company are 7 lines of goods, none of which isn't frosted with irony, humor and beauty.

Skateboards as vehicles for art has bred a culture of collectors that goes way beyond the participants in the actual act of skating. Collecting skate decks and t-shirts is a studied and conscious act of the visually aware. One of art's many functions is certainly to motivate the question of its validity. We contend that, in fact, image is image. An image's strength resides in it meaning first and foremost, whether its in the Guggenheim Museum, the bottom of a skateboard deck or on the t-shirt you wear."
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Royksopp - Happy Up There: Music Video

Happy Up Here from Röyksopp on Vimeo
This track is going to be on their new album "Junior"
Listen to Royksopp's older cd "Melody A.M.", it's that good stuff
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New and improved Blog

I updated the old blog to blog.axialdesignproductions.com instead of axialdesignproductions.com/blog
This way I can get all the features of Blogger but also have it under my domain name.
New features include:
New sidebar style ----->
Cool little icons ---->
Blog Archive ----->
Rss feed buttons ---->

And my favorite new option (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page)
a link to OLDER POSTs!!!!!!!!!!!
My old blog didn't have that option, you had to go through my archive to view older posts. It was driving me crazy! But not anymore AHAhahAHAHAhaHaAhaaa!
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Samsung Omnia i8910 HD

I was about to get the Samsung Omnia i900 until I saw this!

(check out more video reviews at MegaWhatTv. He makes great videos. All cutting edge technology from the UK before it is released to the states)
Here are more specs on the phone
Here is some raw 720p HD test footage from the 8 mega pixel camera phone.
The phone has no specific release date but will be coming out sometime 2009

Also check this other phone out below. The Samsung I7410 mobile phone with built in projector

NUTS! Pretty sweet! But lets be real, America won't be seeing something like this in the market till next year MAYBE if Korean is just getting it, and I am sure the price will be just dandy.

But my prediction of future technology. Take the mobile phone with the projector (like above) but also having a built in Inferred camera (like in the Wii-motes) and incorporate the multi-touch projector from here, and combine them to make a Multi-Touch Projector Mobile Phone! How rad would that be! PATENT PENDING
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Burger cake.
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Art by Thomas Doyle

Thomas Doyle makes fictional little worlds 1:43 in scale or smaller.
This one is my favorite
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

I am hacking a Wii Nunchuck

I had a workshop today for my Interactive Arts class and we got to hack a Wii nunchuck controller. We get to hook up the controller to the computer so we can have it interact with programs we make in Adobe Flash. I love college!
If you are asking yourself "what can you do with a hacked Wii controller" please check the video below

The nunchuck controller (not the wii-mote used in the video above) is a $20 controller that holds about $60 worth of valuable sensors and buttons in a nice ergonomic design for the hand.
What I am going to use it for is mostly art stuff. Letting the viewer be able to interact with my art. What kind of art you may ask. I am not sure about that yet, but stay tuned!
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