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Red bells

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


License Update

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I have updated the License for all the content on this site to the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported [] license. Have fun.

Oldies but goodies

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

A blast from the past; images I created for my desktop when I was living in London long ago. Not so amazing when I look at them now but maybe someone will find them interesting. Long ago they were available here on Confusion for download. Now they are back. So, here you go, with the original explanations too… ‘Cause like I said ‘the internet never forgets‘ [].

Remember that everything below is from 2002… exercise extreme caution when trying to wrap your brain around anything I said.

This was the first set of backgrounds I made, the “nebula” image is actually a color inverted cutout from a NASA image take by the Hubble Space Telescope. (The original image is here) Personally I think the first background is the best, the puzzle idea is cool, but I could not get it to work the way I wanted…

  • nebulaGrid_thumb.jpg
  • nebulaPuzzle_thumb.jpg
  • nebulaJigsaw_thumb.jpg

I was just playing around with the “render” filter one day because I was board with the background I had and these three are the results. Kind of based on a “analysis” of deep space anomaly you would see on some computer screen in Star Trek. (The code in the images is some Lisp I wrote for a school project.)

  • flameAnalysis1_thumb.jpg
  • flameAnalysis2_thumb.jpg
  • flameAnalysis3_thumb.jpg

This set is fairly simple, using the “render –> clouds –> solid noise” filter and a little color manipulation. The second image then uses the “distort — > whirl and pinch” filter, I think it needs a little something more, but it’s nice. The third picture is another “analysis” type idea — a patterned gradient and a little text.

  • plasmaPlain_thumb.jpg
  • plasmaSwirl_thumb.jpg
  • plasmaAnalysis_thumb.jpg

Star Birth
A couple of nice space themed backgrounds, one with “new” stars one without. Ohhh, space, simple and classic.

  • starBirth_thumb.jpg
  • starCloud_thumb.jpg


Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Maybe the government should attach some requirements to giving GM (and other US car makers) bailout money; like, say; ‘stop making cars. ‘Cause you’re not good at it.’ Maybe they can make wind turbines or something — use the governments money to retrain their people and reconfigure their plants to make something useful.

Once, when I was a child…

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008