5 years ago: Posts from October, 2012
6 years ago: Posts from October, 2011
Grandpa (Taken with instagram)
Never could get the hang of Thursdays.
More fun stuff made with www.makepixelart.com which is now in open beta GO TRY IT.
I have always found the Sherwin-Williams logo and slogan to be unnecessarily creepy.
Do what this guy says.
People from Facebook and Twitter are putting you to shame with all the drawings they are making and sharing. But where are the Tumblr pixel artists? I know you are out there!
my video is finished!!!
the song is “witch’s brew” by george and jonathan
This is completely unreal to me. I am still in shock.
PEE-WEE HERMAN BLOGGED ABOUT MY APP!
I just created my last piece for my show - a post-it note Space Invader!
Make Pixel Art - iPad / Online App for Making Pixel Art (via Digital Tools)
Currently in beta (which you can sign up for), a very impressive and comprehensive pixel art editing tool.
The iPad app will be in the app store soon, and has several additional features not present in the free beta.
Once you have created something, you can save it online or locally, tweet it or share on Tumblr.
My real life pixel art show is officially open. Here’s the page I put together about it.
As regular readers of my blog know, I’ve also been working on a pixel art app called Make Pixel Art. Since I really want the things I make, online or offline, to be interactive and get people to play together, I’m inviting people who come to see my show (and also everyone else) to join in the process of making pixel art with me using the free beta version of the app I’ve been blogging about for months.
Click here to start a new drawing in Make Pixel Art. Works best fullscreen in Chrome, Safari and recent versions of Firefox. Full version coming soon for iPad + Chrome. If you draw something cool, post it to your tumblr or on Mlkshk, or tweet @makepixelart so we can check it out.
I should mention that the beta comes stuffed full of reusable pixel stamps that you can use in your own drawings, including totally radical stuff from the very talented and tumblr famous lulinternet, and our pals who make robots at Bleep Labs! Oh, and an embarrassingly large number of things I drew myself.
At this point its not exactly clear to me whether I built the app to make the art, or whether making the art required building the app, especially considering that since pretty early on, I’ve been using the app to build the app. But now there is art and an app, and hopefully people will enjoy both.
so i was wrong, i thought i was done for the day on the adventure time pixel versions, but i did the casual version of princess bubblegum too
This fellow is testing my app by making awesome Adventure Time pixels!
My giant pixel art wallpaper is now hanging in the space it was designed for! If you are in Austin, come see it starting tomorrow!
My waterfall is flowing again after a night of rain.
Ben’s pixel art show will be up next week at Once Over Coffee. If you’re in Austin, you should go get some delicious coffee and take a look.
10/06/11 3:43 PM
Pew pew pew (Taken with instagram)
I’d say the results unbelievably promising.
My app, SendTab, just got blogged by One Thing Well. Keen!
SendTab, as the name suggests, makes it easy to send and receive browser tabs from one computer to another, either targeting a specific browser on a specific machine, or flinging a link to all the devices in a ‘network’. SendTab comes in the form of a bookmarklet, a browser extension for Safari or Chrome, and an iPhone app.
I’ve only been using SendTab for a few days, but it’s already proved itself invaluable, filling a niche that’s somewhere between bookmarking and the likes of Instapaper, letting me ‘read soon, elsewhere’ rather than ‘read later’.
I was finally able to do a test hanging of my monolithic wallpaper pixel art. This is what 1/2 of the 16x8 foot stone tile wallpaper looks like when hung in the whiteboard zone.
If you want to see it in person, it’ll be hanging in full form at Once Over Coffee in Austin, TX starting THIS MONDAY.
The Roland iModela iM-01 is an inexpensive, easy-to-use desktop device that mills wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and hobby projects.
I am definitely going to be buying this or something like it in the foreseeable future.
I am listening to this RIGHT NOW and I can tell you because it is happening as I type that it is good and you should listen to it.
New music alert! Check out Isn’t It Wonderful That We Are Together Again? by the ever-adorable Chalkboards, based here in Austin! This album is thoroughly charming. You can check it out on their Bandcamp page and/or buy a CD with handmade inserts and cover. Also, FYI, I’m going to…
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We replaced our dog’s head with a giant suction nozzle.
Photo from my amazing wife’s amazing photo blog, Your New Favorite.
I made this never-ending baby panda bear wallpaper FOR YOU.
7 years ago: Posts from October, 2010
10/28/10 9:58 PM
I tend to agree with Paul “Krug Man” Krugman’s worldview on most things, so when he starts getting really negative like this, I get worried. Til I read this article, I was holding out a bit of hope that we were all overreacting, and that this election would come and go and it would all be OK.
But no, Paul Krugman says we are doomed, SO WE ARE DOOMED!!!!!!!!!
Generally speaking, I am a pessimist about humanity. I feel like the best thing for the planet would be a mass die-off of humans, back down to a billion or two people at most. And the fastest way to do that would be to just LET GO, welcome the disaster.
You can’t rise from the ashes without starting some fires, I always say.
The problem is, I can’t really reconcile this idea with my bleeding heart and empathy for my fellow man. Sure, I think it would be good for our survival as a species for 2/3 of us to die. But I don’t want anyone to actually have to die!
Politics is especially frustrating when viewed from this perspective. Do I engage, rally support for my candidate, contribute to his campaign? Or do I reject the bullshit circus and watch it crumble while corporate pinheads digest our infrastructure with their greed? Eventually, it will get so bad that it will have to get better, right?
Mario and Luigi look so much tougher than I do.
This is me trying to fit in with Republicans.
(by Katie Spence)
(Taken with instagram)
(Taken with instagram at Union Station Metro Station)
Tim and liter beer (Taken with instagram at Biergarten Haus)
(Taken with instagram at Biergarten Haus)
10/11/10 6:16 PM
I know it’s Friday and everyone just wants to go home, but HOLY CRAP PEOPLE, I just launched a new version of PeoplePods.
With PeoplePods, developers can quickly create a community site or social application as easily as they can create a Wordpress site.
We have been working on this new version for ALMOST A YEAR. It is a substantial upgrade! If you are a hacker, CHECK IT OUT. I will post more about this on Monday!
That was my glass of bourbon. I made the giant ice cubes just for this.
8 years ago: Posts from October, 2009
- Ate breakfast at Blue Dahlia cafe. Had terrible coffee.
- Went to 12 out of the 14 homes in the AIA Homes Tour.
- Got drunk with Laughing Squid.
- Ate Torchy’s Tacos with Laughing Squid.
- Drank coffee at Once Over with Laughing Squid.
- Saw We Live In Public, about which I will blog tomorrow.
- Visited The Highball, Alamo Drafthouse’s new bowling alley/karaoke bar/cocktail lounge/diner. Lost $1.00 in quarters trying to play their broken skeeball machine.
- Trimmed by tomato plants back so they don’t get too tall
- Tested the new gutter I hung last week. It works! Totally worth stepping on a piece of metal and slicing my foot off.
- ate a chocolate-rimmed waffle cone filled with frozen custard.
- He is amazed that people think Glenn Beck is smart, and has some sort of special understanding of things. “It’s a special understanding, all right!” says dad.
- People don’t answer their phones anymore, so you can’t do random digit dialing surveys anymore.
- But you could recruit millions of iPhone users to be study participants with their fancy phones!!! He wants to know why I didn’t think of this and become rich?
- And why didn’t I go to stay in school? and go then go to MIT?
- And then something about measuring stuff with cameras in your mouth.
- “Could you tell me everything you ate over the last week?” “Tacos.”
- My dad suggests something that we then describe as “tantamount to slapping Glenn Beck in the mouth.”
- “You’ve never heard of Joshua Bell?”
- And then five minutes of my dad narrating Rachel Maddow to me with commentary.
- And then, rambling about how Pynchon is very interesting. Very interesting! He finds it interesting.
- This is verbatim:
- And then, this other book about Alexis Sawyer. He’s a French guy. He became a cook, you know. A chef in England. And the British could not cook at all! They are terrible at cooking. They still are, I think, if you look at Ramsey’s kitchen nightmares. He came up as a big big chef and became like the first celebrity chef. He developed sauces that were commercialized. They’re like the Hines of England. He became rich and famous and that kind of stuff, but he was never accepted by the you know you know upper crust because a mere chef couldn’t be an equal to these upper class English twits. This is the time of Dickens, Charles Dickens. So first he decides to open up a soup kitchen, so he did that. And he developed the gas stove that was used by the British army up until the Gulf War. And then the Irish Potato Famine happened, and he opened a soup kitchen over there. And he went out and worked with Florence Nightingale.
10/30/09 9:42 PM
Flickr’s new people tagging feature is bubbling up all sorts of old photos like this one.
Adam took this photo on a day which came to be known as the HOT CHIX POOL PARTY.
My whole family, sans Alex, working together at the dinner table, each on our own laptop.
Sweet fancy moses, my wife is hottt.
This weekend, I got to see We Live In Public, a documentary movie about Joshua Harris, who is an artist who experimented with internet video and webcams in the early days of the web. In addition to creating the first internet television station, he and his girlfriend lived in a webcam saturated house — and learned very quickly how hard it is to “live in public.”
There is an interesting parallel between Joshua Harris and Justin Hall that I think warrants mention. Both were pulled into the world of living publicly because it was fun and exciting and the attention felt good. They were doing something new and fresh and different. However, the newfreshdifferent feeling overshadowed the erosion of their personal lives and their offline interactions. They quickly blew past boundaries they didn’t even know they had. The art, the science, the publicity overshadowed the question of “should I be sharing this?” And in both cases, this realization that HOLY CRAP, I AM TOTALLY OUT THERE came with a near catastrophic personality episode.
The stories of people like Joshua Harris are important to study, as more and more of us are now living in the voluntary surveillance state that he imagined in his art. It is so easy to share information with such a wide audience that I frequently wonder whether or not we share too much, with too many people, worrying too little about the repercussions of each share, but also the changes this new openness are making as a whole on our personalities.
I don’t think that twittering or posting to Facebook is the same as living in an underground bunker surrounded by video cameras. But there is that same element of newfreshdifferent that comes along with these new technologies, especially for folks who have not spent the last 10 years speaking HTML.
When AOL connected its members to the internet, Usenet and email and forums were inundated by millions of people who did not know the rules for proper behavior online. This caused lots of turmoil, and for many, brought the quality of the online experience down a few notches. What I worry about is that a similar massive import of members is being caused by things like the mass adoption of Twitter and Facebook - and none of these people have learned the lessons that Joshua Harris and Justin Hall taught us.
What percentage of these new people will have to go through the same heart-wrenching experiences to learn these lessons all over again? Does each person need to learn these lessons individually, or can they be taught? Can some of these lessons be built into the actual product design?
Technology is a wonderful thing, but without limits, without boundaries, can be incredibly dehumanizing. It is our responsibility as designers and technologists to consider these issues as we continue to build and rebuild the web.
(This movie and it’s director, Ondi Timoner - who also directed DIG! - are currently touring around the country. Right now the film is showing here in Austin and in San Francisco at the Roxie. Go while you can!)
What a busy weekend!
10/11/09 10:34 AM
Today's Call With Dad
Our fall garden is off to a great start, with the summer peppers about to give up a second harvest, 2 varieties of tomatoes finally doing well after the long hot summer, and chard and collard greens sprouting everywhere! I am very excited.
Adam linked Topless Robot a few days ago, and I have been thoroughly enjoying it ever since. Star Trek, robots, comics, and all the weird fun stuff that I was obsessed with at 13, and am still obsessed with at 31.
9 years ago: Posts from October, 2008
- Journal post from 10/28: Rosa sat...
- Journal post from 10/23: Forecast in Hell: Chilly
- Journal post from 10/13: HoorayMovies.com Launched!
- Journal post from 10/29: If youâ€™re getting your tongue-canvas painted then Iâ€™m going to be there to film it. Josh Allen is the most consistently entertaining writer on the internet. He is so consistent that I am almost certain that I've written that sentence before when linking to him.
- Journal post from 10/23: Larry David on watching the Presidential Debates
- Journal post from /: Telling You To Do Things Ray Roker, the founder of URB magazine, wrote a post last night for Huffington about
- Journal post from 10/28:
- Journal post from 10/20: Is it Halloween Yet? We've become obsessed here at the Brownce household with the new HBO series,
- Journal post from 10/31: Transfer of Power
- Journal post from 10/28: Movie APIs Just a quick follow-up to my previous post about
- Journal post from 10/15:
- Journal post from 10/17: Another Gift From Genius I just updated the
- Journal post from 10/31: Terrifying Halloween Internet Movies Is it annoying to see me link to
- Journal post from 10/22: Episode 28
- Journal post from 10/27: NYTIMES DATA VIZ API "IN OBAMA's POCKET" The New York Times has been busy lately
- Journal post from 10/20: David Sedaris on Undecided Voters
- Journal post from 10/16: 100% awesome.
10 years ago: Posts from October, 2007
- Journal post from 10/30: To Chumby or Not To Chumby
- Journal post from 10/04: How To Make A Bagel It is universally acknowledged that it is difficult to find a good bagel, unless you live in New York, where people think that good bagels grow on trees. Those of us outside of Manhattan know that when you find a place that knows how to make and serve a good bagel, you honor and respect that place like the rare treasure it is. One of the main problems is that even cafes that stock or create bagels of a consistently good quality frequently do not know how to properly serve a bagel. My two biggest pet peeves are when the bagel is cut in half like a sandwich (thus creating 2 semi-circle halves) , and when cream cheese is served as a pre-sliced rectangle instead of as a fresh spreading of deliciousness. These things are especially egregious when combined. Applying a wedge of preformed cream cheese to a bagel before hacking it into pieces totally defeats the point of eating a bagel, which, for the record, is to eat open-faced piece of boiled round bread with a giant wad of creamy deliciousness on it, to revel in that experience, and then to immediately repeat with the other half. Here, then, is the ONLY officially sanctioned method for preparing a bagel the Ben Brown way:
- Journal post from 10/25: The Sound of Young America: Podcast: Dan Deacon I am excited about this:
- Journal post from 10/24: Rumor: Animal Crossing going the MMO route God, I hope this is true.
- Journal post from 10/26: Science is awesome! My brother, who is a scientist, just posted a really interesting post on his infrequently updated blog that is related to the work he is doing in researching the dietary habits of
- Journal post from 10/29: I Love My Chicken Wire Mommy
- Journal post from 10/12: The Best Part of the iPhone Bluetooth Headset
- Journal post from 10/23: Why don't you just shut up? I just posted a blog entry on Merlin Mann's 43Folders. It is called
- Journal post from 10/31: Hurray for Links! My post about Consumating's points got linked from a pretty awesome array of blogs, including Waxy.org, Torrez.org and Matt Haughey's
- Journal post from 10/29: WANT VERY BADLY PLEASE BUY FOR ME NOW Sweet fancy Moses, they finally released
- Journal post from 10/31: Hind Site Made Slightly More Accurate
- Journal post from 10/24: Flinging Myself Toward The Portal Bandwagon Everyone I know, meaning
- Journal post from 10/12:
12 years ago: Posts from October, 2005
- Journal post from 10/25: links for 2005-10-25
- Journal post from 10/26: links for 2005-10-26
- Journal post from 10/24: Alex visits the iceage.
- Journal post from 10/12:
- Journal post from 10/29: Go Big Oil!
- Journal post from 10/27: links for 2005-10-27
- Journal post from 10/15:
- Journal post from /: Go, Travis County! Go! I have never been proud of the county I lived in before. I grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, which contains things like Rockville (Don't go back) and Gaithersburg. Also,
18 years ago: Posts from October, 1999
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19 years ago: Posts from October, 1998
- Journal post from 10/18: in which life is a sitcom (page 3)
- Journal post from 10/19: in which life is a sitcom
- Journal post from 10/13: in which he goes cookoo (but gets better)
- Journal post from 10/18: in which life is a sitcom (page 2)
- Journal post from 10/01: in which he gets really sick