Monthly Archives: November 2004

Mohawk

I’m in the process of putting up lots of old junk that I’ve told people about but often haven’t been able to show them. Last time I shaved my head I kept a mohawk for a week. It’s funny to have people look at you like you’re attached to your hair, but the novelty wears off pretty fast.

Update 3/20/06: Since a few hundred folks a month seem to be finding this site searching for information about mohawks, a short update is in order. I used Rave #4 (aka mega) hairspray to hold the spikes, which is cheap and works well. Elmer’s or spraypaint will get you more cred, but it’s unlikely that someone searching for hair advice on the internet is going to last very long with folks that spike with spraypaint under any circumstances. For that reason, I recommend sticking with something you won’t have to shave out until you have your sea-legs. The process of styling isn’t rocket science, but it does take a long time while you’re figuring it out and you really want a blowdryer. The tall spikes take a few layers of spray to stand up right and waiting for half a can of hairspray to air dry is not really an option.

p.s. I’ll send a surprise gift to the first person who can figure out what the sign I’m holding is about.

Update 5/13/06: The prize has been collected. The photo is a reference to Johnny Cash’s drug arrest while crossing the Mexican border in 1965. Although Cash doesn’t have a Mohawk in his mugshot, he was punk before hairspray was king.

Study in Gray

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The recent proliferation of high level computer programming languages has made it possible for non-expert users to write interesting programs without getting bogged down in technical specifics. In particular, the availability of libraries and API’s that provide high-level, user-oriented data primitives like pixels and video frames are very interesting because they allow users to approach visual tasks without having to understand how the computer internally represents visual data.

This series of images was born out of an interest in the repetition of very simple actions on an inhuman scale, and as a study in the nature of discrete verus continuous media. A 3-panel by 3-panel digital print measuring about 2 1/2′ square was displayed as the only ugly and conceptual work in the 2004 staff art show at Cornell University.

The script used to generate the images is GPL’ed. It should run on any system with Perl and PerlMagick available. The images in the study_in_gray series are released into the public domain.