(mostly everything "production"-related is either already in a virtualenv or has some other explicit environment declaration, e.g., Binder environment files... it's just my day-to-day sketches and development stuff that would be affected)
I am considering a drastic course of action: 100% deleting my increasingly broken anaconda installation, re-installing w/miniconda and just... coping with missing libs as they comes up
it can't be any less excruciating than the status quo, which is not being able to install or upgrade packages because of mysterious "environment is inconsistent" messages and "'setuptools' is a dependency of conda and cannot be removed from conda's operating environment" errors
proposal to call non-ebikes "oulipo bikes"
nyc bike tales
I rode a citibike ebike today! mainly because it was the last bike at the station near my apartment. I thiiink it's the first time I've driven(?) a motor vehicle since I failed my driver's license test 20+ years ago. it was fun! but it was only about three minutes faster than the regular bike on my regular morning route and didn't give me as much good endorphins. but it was nice for a morning when I was already sorta disinclined to ride
flu, covid, and other communicable illnesses
as someone who lives and loves with a person whose immune system is weakened by the medications necessary to keep them alive, I thank you for taking whatever steps you can to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
that thirty seconds of hand-washing might seem excessive, but it means the world to me and mine.
other notes to self while I'm here: it helps to adjust the pen_pos_down parameter gradually with a test run (since it's so hard to position the pen precisely in the holder)—even just a delta of 1 or 2 makes a huge difference. also I'd like to do these much denser and with a darker ink and on good paper
(the other experiment here was seeing if changing the proportion of figures like this so they're taller than they are wide—and drawing them in something other than a strict grid—would make it seem less like an orientalist riff on chinese calligraphy. and the answer is... no, it does not! so back to the drawing board on that point I guess)
another afternoon study with the axidraw: two-tone asemic glyphs with brush pens. (glyphs are generated by connecting points sampled from a normal distribution with catmull-rom splines.) discovered you can get surprisingly expressive brush strokes by setting the pen_delay_down and pen_delay_up parameters to negative values, so it starts moving vertically before it's done moving horizontally. (actually brush pens are 100% unusable *unless* you do this)
another attempt (just a preview, not plotted)—again, applying simplex noise to the x/y coordinates of the vectors in the text. each layer passes a slightly different parameter to the z dimension of the simplex noise. will probably stop by the art supply store tomorrow and buy one of those really, really fine micron pens
actually not happy with any aspect of this, haha, but that's what makes a successful prototype. I'm using simplex noise to modify the shapes, but I jacked up the granularity (?) because the "smoother" version (attached) feels a bit too... I dunno, design-ey? plus the idea of layers of illegible text "merging" to form legible text feels too "magic eye" for my taste. plus this was extremely the wrong pen for this. enh, I'll figure it out
The Smithsonian announced today that they have released 2.8 million images into the public domain (CC0 license). In celebration of this I made a bot you can follow that will post one random image from the set every 8 hours:
For more on the imageset, see here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-releases-28-million-images-public-domain-180974263/?no-cache
hey recommend me some big goofy maudlin reverb-drenched melodic instrumental post-rock, like This Will Destroy You or early Sigur Ros? (I like Mogwai, Tortoise, etc. but for my present purposes I would say that they are too cerebral and/or angular) (are there recent developments in this field, pretty much everything I have is from before 2010)
!!Con is a fantastic conference about how computer programming is joyful and strange—their call for talks and talk-like things is open! http://bangbangcon.com/give-a-talk.html
(the conference is in NYC but they cover travel expenses for speakers)
ANYWAY, what I was actually trying to make—draft version from earlier today when I was trying out (unsuccessfully to my eye) using a brush pen; later version (after I fixed the DPI bug) using the micron 08 on darker paper
artifacts left from debugging axidraw code
actually to be more specific: the library doesn't add a viewBox attribute to the svg tag, so AxiDraw defaults to interpreting the units inside the SVG as pixels. if I add a viewBox manually (that equals the width and height of the document), then everything works!
(to me it seems like a better default behavior for Axidraw would be to assume a viewBox of "0 0 <width> <height>" if a viewBox isn't specified but I'm sure they had their reasons?)
*throws this whole contraption out the window*
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