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  • 2012.09.04

    RED COMRADES

    For the cover of their issue endorsing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the uber-conservative National Review copied a Stalinist propaganda poster:

    The groupthink and reality-denial of modern conservatism is increasingly Soviet in character… but this is still mind-boggling.

    (Via Balloon Juice.)

    2012.09.01

    REALITY BITES

    FETISHISM OF THE AUTHENTIC

    Graffiti on Meserole Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

    2012.08.27

    SCENES FROM A SCREEN

    » ART, EVENTS, PHOTOS  

    I’ve been staring at my monitor for hours on end, as I work on a new projection-mapped video art piece. Here are a few glimpses of what’s filling my field of vision these days.

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    The piece is called SLOTS, and it debuts on Friday, September 7, at the opening of This Is How My Brain Works.

    2012.02.22

    KRAFTWRECK

    » EVENTS, PHOTOS  

    After over an hour staring at a screen like the one pictured here, I had no luck today buying tickets to see Kraftwerk at the MoMA. Neither did most people I’ve checked in with.

    I see many more tales of woe in this Brooklyn Vegan comment thread.

    How many tickets did they actually sell, anyway? Are there a bunch of VIPs getting in for free? Is the Showclix web server powered by hamsters on treadmills? And will Florian and company come back to NYC and play a bigger venue?

    One thing is certain: Hitler will not be happy about this.

    UPDATE: I’m talking quite seriously with some fellow musicians about doing a big show that week at which we all play Kraftwerk covers. Stay tuned.

    UPDATE 2: A musical tribute.

    2012.02.18

    GHOST IN THE MACHINE

    » ART, PHOTOS, TECH  

    This is a real QR code, enhanced with an image of a zebra’s eye, that was featured in a magazine ad I saw recently. You can verify that this code works by scanning it with a mobile app like i-nigma, or by pasting the URL of the photo above into this form. (It doesn’t take you anywhere interesting — just to a site about Intel laptops.)

    Until I saw this image, I didn’t realize that it is in fact possible to embed images in working QR codes. Here’s how to do it.

    UPDATE: The Politics of Time, Kyle Trowbridge’s collection of massive, colorful, and fully functional QR code paintings, is now on show at Dorsch Gallery in Miami. (Hat tip to Kathleen Hudspeth.)

    2012.02.13

    NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

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    Here’s another test of the WordPress iPhone app. When my first test post went up, the photo was the wrong size, and the post was not included in any categories. But I’ve figured out how to avoid those pitfalls. Now I’m trying to create a post while on the subway.

    The picture is a graffito I saw on the Lower East Side recently. I edited the saturation, brightness, and contrast of the photo on my phone, using BeFunky.

    UPDATE: As I expected, the post didn’t upload while I was underground, but it was saved on my phone. I posted it after I got above ground. I edited it later from my computer. Then I went back to edit it again from my phone… but the original version of the post, without the edits made on the computer, was still on the phone, and the edits made from the computer were lost when I updated from the phone. Eventually I discovered a way to re-sync the posts stored on the phone with the posts on the server. But it’s not obvious. The app developers might want to work on this.

    2012.02.12

    TABULA RASA

    » PHOTOS, TECH  

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    This post is my first test of the WordPress app on my iPhone. If it works well, this may inaugurate the revival of Voltage. I like the idea of being able to post on the go.

    The photo is one I recently took at the American Museum of Natural History; I was comparing an iPhone to some ancient cuneiform tablets. 3000 years later, we’re back to the same form factor (as previously noted by Maud Newton).

    2011.06.13

    NEW YORK’S THE GREATEST IF YOU GET SOMEONE TO PAY THE RENT

    Seen at Spring Street and Bowery, NYC, May 9, 2011:

    I CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE IN NYC