Here is a link to one of the best time wasters out there, a website where there are thousands of links to television shows, old and new. Many have full seasons and allow you to watch your favorite tv show at any time! some of my favorites to watch are Lost, Heroes, Jackie Chan Adventures, and of course Battlestar Galactica!
www.surfthechannel.com

So in 34 days the Final 10 Episodes of Battlestar Galactica begin. On the 16th of January all will be revealed! I have been keeping up to date with all of the extra stuff, like clues and webisodes by going to the Battlestar page on the Scifi channel website. Especially cool is the “You Will Know The Truth” website. Every few days new clues to the mysteries of the show are revealed! www.youwillknowthetruth.com
Here is a sneak peak of season 4.5!

So this is the sad sad tale of my website/digital landscape.
I had so many issues with this project, and sad to say, it exploded on me. The program, dreamweaver, I guess hates me and didn’t want to work with me. I had trouble with uploading the site to the internet. I don’t really know what was going. As we were trying to fix it something happened to all of my source material and it has become unusable. I tried at home to bring my website up and running on my own, but I don’t have dreamweaver and I am hopeless with Kompozer, and I just couldn’t do it on my own. So in replacement of my landscape I have here the links, and some of the images that I was going to use that came from the internet and are still usable.



http://www.john-howe.com
http://www.tednasmith.com
http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/home.html
http://home.comcast.net/~mithrandircq/Sil_images.htm


This is my video project, the last project of the semester for Digital Art.  It is of me sitting at an intersection and has bits and pieces of Battlestar Galactica scattered through it.

In digital art there are several themes including the joined concept of telepresence, telematics, and telerobotics, body and identity, databases, data visualization, and mapping, text and narrative environments, gaming, artificial life, and artificial intelligence, and several other minor themes.  Currently, or at least in my mind, the two more major themes that are in use today are gaming and artificial intelligence/life.  The first of the two, gaming, is what I consider to the more major.  From gaming there has sprung many different themes.  But beyond that gaming is a way for people to express themselves in a totally different dimension.  People can now create who new worlds like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars.  The can recreate themselves in those new worlds, or even create an alter ego of themselves.  As far as I can see right now there is no limit to what people can do in the world of gaming.  But there is also an element of art and architecture in the gaming world.  People are able to create fantastic images and places that others can then go into and be a part of.  People can also create incredible portraits and figures of people by using “skins” to create what a person looks like.  There is also another element of art in the way that people interact in these gaming worlds and now people can use these interactions to create videos and other artworks.  These videos can run the gamut of political to funny, to social, to anything you can think of.  That is why I count gaming as one of the most major themes in digital art.  Through gaming a lot of other things have come about, and other than the internet itself I feel that gaming is one of the “fathers” of digital art.  The other major theme of digital art is artificial intelligence/life.  This theme is also really huge in not only the art world, but in the general world as well.  As suspected the Japanese are really considered the top  group in artificial intelligence/life.  Their robotics and  electronics are second to none.  This has led to a lot of advancement in what people can do, not only in the art realm but for the betterment of human kind.

What You Need

– Graphics Editor (Photoshop or Gimp, free)
– Text Editor (TextWrangler, free)
– A website

Have you ever noticed those little icons in the address bar of your web browser? They also appear next to your bookmarks, and sometimes next to the items in your RSS feeds. These favicons – or “favorites icons” – are more fun to look at than they are functional, but almost every website has one these days.

Now, your website can have a favicon, too. It’s easy to make these little icons with your favorite graphics editor. Here’s how:

  1. Start by making or using any image you want to use as your icon. Your icon should be square. If it’s not, you’ll need to open Photoshop and crop it so that it’s square. For our example, we started with a 500×500 pixel square and created our own image.You’ll notice that we used a gloss on our icon, but in reality, it probably won’t show up very well. Favicons are small, so keep your shape simple! Your favicon may look better in some browsers than others.

    To learn more about creating icons, check out these Macinstruct tutorials: How to Make Mac Icons and A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mac Icon Design.

  2. From the Image menu, select Image Size. Scale your image down to 16×16 pixels and click OK.
  3. From the File menu, select Save for Web. Save your icon as a PNG file and use PNG Compression. Save the file as favicon.png.
  4. By default, most web servers are configured to accept favicons with the file name favicon.ico. So, we’ll change our icon’s file extension from .png to .ico. To do this, rename the file favicon.ico. When you’re asked: Are you sure you want to change the extension from “.png” to “.ico”?, click Use .ico.
  5. Alright, so now we have an icon with the right name and file type. Using an FTP client (like Transmit), upload your favicon to your web server and place it in your document root directory. This is important, so if you don’t know what your document root directory is, ask your hosting provider.
  6. Now all we need to do is add the HTML code to our web pages so our favicon will show up!The following code is what we’ll be using:<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">

    In a web page it looks like this:

    <head>
    <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">
    <title>Apple</title>
    </head>

    The “link rel” line of code can be before or after the <title> tags, but it must be in the <head> section. So open your favorite HTML editor and add that code.

  7. See it in action! http://deviantgroup.com/extras/favicon/
  8. This information is found at
    http://www.macinstruct.com/node/75

Abject Self-Portrait Slideshow

This is a different version of my slideshow than what I had originally created.  To view the original piece with the correct tranistions and such go to

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31103921@N06/sets/72157608050963216/with/2946876657/

There are two word that sums up the difference between using technology as a tool and as medium, means and ends.  Using technology as a tool is like a means and using it as a medium is like an ends.  Using something as a means is that you use that person or object as a way for you to reach an end, and then it is usually discarded.  Generally this method has no real concern for the object or person being used as the means.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is the idea of using an object or person as an ends.  In this method or school of thought is the idea that you don’t use an object or person at all, it is the end itself.  When applied to this idea of technology as a tool or as a medium it becomes even more apparent and easier to understand.  Using technology as a tool is like using it as a means.  This means that you use technology as a way to produce your image.  Be this through using technology as a way to enhance a picture that you then paint or draw, or as using the technology as a way to help you map out an idea to help in the planning process.  Once again on the opposite end of the spectrum is using technology as a medium is like using it as an ends.  This means that you use the technology and create an image with it.  You don’t use painting or drawing or any of the other “traditional” mediums to create the final image or piece of art.  Instead you use the technology to create the final product or image.  Personally I hardly use technology as my medium.  I prefer that if I use technology at all I use it as the means.  I feel that while it is all nice and good to try out a new medium the traditional methods of creating art are the better way to go.  But when we made the posters for the first project I decided to switch it up a bit and switch which medium I used as an ends and which I used as a means.  I used my own hand drawn image as the means.  I scanned my image into the scanner and then used the computer to digitize the image.  From there I was able to trick it out and subtly change it from the original image.  When I did this process I found that it was kind of cool actually.  Using technology to create the final image is fairly easy and when you are knowledgeable about the program that you are using it can become a fairly quick process.  I also came to an the understanding that when technology came out as a medium it made art even more accessible to the general masses.  No longer is art totally something that only certain people can do.  Yes, the traditional mediums are still restricted to people who have the talent to manipulate them.  But now technology allows anyone who wants to learn how to use the programs create a piece of art.  That I think is the coolest thing about technology as a medium, is that it makes art accessible to the masses.


So my poster design is a commentary about how if we really want to change the environment and help it, we need to have it not only in our minds but on our hearts.  That is the basis for my design.  It represents a mans chest as he is laying on the ground, or that he represents the ground.  From his chest there is a seed that is sprouting out into a vine, complete with leaves.  This image and the words that accompany it were all done by hand in colored pencil.  I then scanned the images into the computer and from there digitized them and used various filters and color schemes.  Overall I am pleased with how the digitizing worked out.

Radiant Gym Running Ad
This ad is for a place called for Radiant Gym.  Its function is to get people in to the gym and look after their bodies and not be obese.  For me personally, an ad is effective when it gets its message across in a clear and creative way to the viewer, and it is motivating and impactful that it gets the viewer to want to do what the add tells them to do, ie. go to the gym, or buy things.  This ad uses a silhouette and several textual areas to get its point across.  While this is very simplistic technique wise, it is very influential in this case.  There is also a very simplistic use of color, ie. there is none.  But this simple black and white image is very powerful because it only uses black and white, and doesn’t become bogged down with lots of bright colors.  The information is very centralized in the middle of the image and then again down in the right hand corner.  The placement of the text fits very well into the visual flow of the image.  The folds and ripples of fat lead the eye down the sides of the figure and into the middle where the meat of the message is given.  Then the eye continues down the sides till it reaches the feet and the added text on the right.  Overall this image is very strong as it utilizes simple techniques and colors to create a powerful image.