Saturday, October 31, 2009


JUST FINISHED a chapter on using mouse as a control for visual output. hopefully, it will soon go onto visual input AND visual output affecting each other.

Friday, October 30, 2009

so wait, you want bugs IN your program?

working with animation here!
What the code describes is an oval with six legs.
I want to make the legs move up and down first.
eventually, I want to make the bug move and shake while the legs "walk", but that's later.
after the code is a link to another help me thread. once I get something working at a satisfactory level, i'll post a video.

void setup(){
size (400, 400);
strokeWeight (1);
void draw(){
ellipse (100, 100, 50, 100);
legl(40, 90, 90);
legl(42, 110, 110);
legl(50, 130, 130);
legr(125, 100, 100);
legr(123, 120, 120);
legr(115, 140, 140);
frameRate (30);
void legl (int a, int b, int c) {
vertex (a+35, b + 10);
vertex (a+20, b);
vertex (a, c + 30);
void legr (int d, int e, int f) {
vertex (d, e);
vertex (d+15, e - 10);
vertex (d+35, f + 20);


Friday, October 23, 2009

this dense syntax for animation is really getting me down. I've been trying for days to make a circle expand within another circle and i have unfortunately made no progress.
I have had very little success trying to consult people and the Big Blue Book can only explain so well. I'm getting desperate in making at least ONE of my damn goals I outlined but it's getting nowhere and making me upset each time i sit down to work on it.
I am now posting in processing's boards, which I should have done last to follow



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uh Dissident Sediment

So, today I got to work with a grad student who wanted to get into processing, so we looked into some animation chapters together in the Big Blue Book. He knew a lot more about coding than I, as he had a background in flash. So now I have someone who might be able to help me debug some of my programs.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Pepto Dismal


After a meeting with my instructor, Rob, it's time I start establishing goals for each week, cause goin through the book is taking forever.

For the coming weeks, I would like to:

-Make Something move (animations)
-Respond to external input (run an interactive program)
-Successfully interface physical into digital worlds (responds to input from me-made hardware)
-Gain deeper understand of mathematically-generated actions in programs

I'd like to knock out two a week but at least one.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

With a smile like this guy...

Last night's open mic was a success. I programmed music onto a Commodore 64 emulator (in itself a huge task) and played bass alongside. I had a lot of people tell me they liked it, which is great. I will try to record an album hopefully over break.

"So you used a computer" you ask. "what's that got to do with this blog?"

Well, sir, along with audio performances, there were some guys in the back projecting video pieces to go with the music. I saw them use old NES systems, something I think called a PMP, Commodore 64, and I think an Amiga 800. very cool.

Having a little background in Processing now, I spent some time in the back and tried to figure out how they organized the programs in terms of code. I dont have any video examples right now, but it was very cool to see them work. An interesting thing they did was for live performances (as far as I could figure) they would code and program image and pattern, then dedicate them to shortcut keys on a keyboard. They then blend it together with a video mixer which looks like a box with buttons, a joystick and sliders.

video update on my personal progress was help up yesterday. I have the update, it's just a matter of dumping it onto the youtube and blog.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

I'll add my update tomorrow afternoon. But for now, check this show out. 8-bit artists at the klein (sic?) gallery at 36th and market until november. also, I'll be doing an open mic on saturday night. first time I play my chiptunes live.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Despite the internet's best efforts, I have managed to upload Friday's video. apologies for the delays.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Slough of Expletives

I just found out that cancelled my order of the Big Blue Processing Bible.

So if you want to buy a book, fellas, don't buy through