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The Pirates of Iwo Jima

Friday, September 11th, 2009

I noticed a spike in my Flickr [flickr.com] stats recently:

beggs Flickr stats overview 15 Aug 09 to 11 Sept 09

Most days I have a number of photos in the 3 or 8 views range and maybe one or two photos in the 9 to 15 views range. But on the day in question one photo got a lot of attention:

beggs Flickr views by image on 31 Aug 09

A little more digging and most of the views originated from Stylem [stylem.com] who sell an iPhone application called “backgrounds” (get it here in iTunes [itunes.apple.com].) The application (which I have on my iPhone) allows one to browse and download various images other have submitted to the iPhone to use as wallpapers. Apparently there are people who like my photo of the Iwo Jima Pirates graffiti in DC.

However, the photo is not very well optimized for the iPhone display. So I took a few minutes and made a version that (I think) is better optimized for the iPhone screen. Here it is:

The Pirates of Iwo Jima

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‘ [confusion.cc].

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

Nebula
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

Anomaly
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

Plasma
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

Three Panel Buddha

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Three Paneled Buddha on blue

I’ve been using this as my desktop wall paper for a while. I like the contrast of the orange on the black and white. And the split into three panels gives it a little bit more interest (Besides the original image — from the Auyathya [confusion.cc] photo set was not the right aspect ratio to make a desktop image. Anyway, after several months I decided to stop slacking and put the wallpaper up here. After all; that’s what the ‘goodies’ section is all about.

simian eyes

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Simian eyes

This is my favorite picture of of the da monkeys [confusion.cc] series. The eyes are a bit haunting and it reminds me of something out of National Geographic. I wish it was just a bit sharper, but hey, give me a break I took the picture at full zoom with a 80mm-300mm lens and no stabilizer, just my hands.

yellow jacket

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Yellow jacket

I happened upon this yellow jacket one day walking form my apartment in DC to Dupont Circle. I think the effect of the yellow jacket and the pestles being in sharp focus while the petals are out of focus makes for a nice wallpaper. A far cry from the minimalism of ‘have you seen my keys’.