6 years ago: Posts from July, 2012
7 years ago: Posts from July, 2011
We saw Attack the Block yesterday. It is my favorite alien invasion movie this year, and I have seen them all!
Here is my interpretation of the creepy-ass wolf-gorilla-alien monsters from the film.
Has anyone out there actually beat Super Mario Bros 2? Is it even worth trying?
Real life isometry!
Train at Park
Fish and chips at the end of the universe
This happened in an episode of The Avengers we watched last night, and I knew it had to be a GIF.
I will be using this to punctuate conversations with my engineering team at work.
I am currently working on optimizing some of the more processor intensive operations in Make Pixel Art, like the fill and zoom tools. While the capabilities of HTML5 and the new canvas element are neat, there are some major headaches lurking in the details.
Thus, I have to write my own bitmap scaling routines. Bitmap scaling is not particularly complicated, but it requires a lot of calculations. Even though I am dealing with small images, the pixels add up quickly! 240x160 = 38,400 pixels to scale! And each pixel is actually 4 bytes of data, and if I am scaling the image up to 10x, I have to process 1,536,000 individual data points.
Of course, the whole point of Make Pixel Art is to make simple, low res images, so this doesn’t even matter 99% of the time. But I am worried about the 1% of people out there who will draw amazing, complex drawings who will have to suffer whenever they try to zoom in and out.
If anyone out there in Tumblr land has any advice, please contact me!
More iPhone pixel wallpaper! This pattern is made up of the name of my company - XOXCO - spelled out in the barest minimum number of pixels, then arranged into undulating waves of pixelized color. Thanks to BJ for the inspiration.
My new iPhone,
drawn on my iPhone,
made into an iPhone wallpaper.
(made with Make Pixel Art)
There’s a new grabby hand tool in Make Pixel Art.
Last night’s pixels.
(made with Make Pixel Art.com)
My favorite part of the women’s World Cup game this weekend was this fat kid flashing his boobies in celebration of the first US goal.
I really hope he becomes famous for this!
(Thanks to Matt for posting this on mlkshk)
SIGH, apparently Tumblr doesn’t want to post the animated version, so just click through to Mlkshk which is clearly the superior platform for animated GIFs.
I am really enjoying it! Once you get past the origin story arc, yawn, and if you can get over the SUPER ROCKIN’ theme song, it is action packed, features all your favorite goodies and baddies, great animation, and good voice acting.
I especially liked the GAMMA WORLD 2 episode story, featuring all of the Avengers mutating into gamma powered monsters with only Hawkeye left to save the day.
Also: 26 episodes! That is 13 hours of toonage.
This is a shot from the stage after the Ghostland Observatory show last night at White Water Ampitheatre. That is a lot of trash, Austin. Don’t you know how to use a trash bin?
This afternoon, I started working on a tutorial and help system for Make Pixel Art. I am pretty excited about the direction it is headed!
Tonight I went to a baby shower and drew these toasty pals! on the TV.
My knees and Ben, after a swim at Barton Springs last night.
07/13/11 8:54 PM
I started building a bunch of reusable isometric pieces last night. This is my first test drawing using them.
I think you will agree that this is PRETTY GREAT.
Today was the first day I really officially worked on Make Pixel Art AT WORK. And as a result, I got a lot of work done!
One big improvement I made today was to the “sticker book” feature that lets you paste bits and pieces of old drawings into new drawings. Previously, I think I was the only person who understood how to make it work because you had to press multiple times on the same button while also dragging the sticker around. Now, thanks to help and advice from XOXCO teammate Sebastian, the stickers can be dragged and dropped around the drawing and added to permanently with a tap, no buttons needed! They are just like real stickers now!!
I saw so much Mega Man fan art on Tumblr today, I had to draw my own.
White Anchovy Deviled Eggs
Coffee chocolate deviled dessert eggs
Bacon wrapped deviled eggs
Tiny Leonardo! made with Make Pixel Art.com
Click for a bigger version, just right for your Macbook Air! I drew the original with Make Pixel Art.
Made with Make Pixel Art.com
GIF 3 of 24: BUMMER SUMMER
okay pals, this hippo is kicking off my 24 gifs in 24 hours marathon.
how it works: i will post and make a new gif once an hour for the next 24 hours. no queues, i’ll be awake posting this stuff (fml).
GIF 1 of 24: happy hippo
8 years ago: Posts from July, 2010
I like how my iPhone camera interpreted this work by Dan Flavin.
I am trying not to take any pictures of the actual works of art in Marfa, but I really liked this one by John Chamberlain. For a piece of crushed, twisted metal, it is so filled with motion and energy, it almost feels organic.
07/30/10 10:33 PM
Dakota and Allison wowed the entire town of Marfa with their karaoke performances last night. They are the talk of the town. Our tour guide, also a redhead, told Dakota this morning that people had complimented him on his singing - until hearing about Dakota’s performance, he didn’t understand why since he hadn’t sung.
This is a cactus in front of the Thunderbird hotel in Marfa, TX.
This does not count as a cat picture!
My uncle still has a sticker from my first startup, Deepleap. That is a sturdy sticker - we shut Deepleap down in 2000.
Hey, my beheaded body is featured in this video!!!!
This is my Flipboard.
That’s what I’m calling this little video I made to demonstrate the elegance and ingenuity of a new iPad app called Flipboard. I think you’ll agree, it looks nice. I also think you’ll find, once you download the app, that it feels amazing.
Here’s the effect it’s had on me in my couple of months using it in beta: I tend not to follow too many people on Twitter for the content they share, and in a typical Twitter client, I tend to gloss over links and images. Flipboard gives me such a nice way to read this stuff, I use it as an auxiliary client, just for the linked content. Turns out there’s some interesting stuff hidden behind all those ugly short URLs and yfrogs.
Big thanks to the talented and illustrious Peter Atencio for his work behind the lens, and to my handsome and kindhearted nephew Wes who knows how to swing.
Hey, I know that kid! (The big one and the little one.)
Last Wednesday, I performed my brother’s wedding!
07/13/10 12:13 PM
BJ Heinley (after Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks)
26 x 16px
Part of a series of explorations/sketches for an upcoming exhibition.
Another hilarious promo video for Neal’s new book.
Frogs and toads that I encountered on my way home, part 2.
Frogs and toads that I encountered on my way home, part 1.
Hooray! Katie’s most recent photo is featured on the Tumblr dashboard!
9 years ago: Posts from July, 2009
This is an awesome video that my friends in PEEL made about recording their latest EP, and also dancing. It is really great!
Impress The Press
Just a day after our launch, we’ve been covered by the two biggest names in hair journalism: The Wall Street Journal and Hair Thursday. Click through for exciting insights into my bathroom entrepreneurship, such as:
The Wall Street Journal: When did you first get the idea for this blog?
The idea came to me the same way most of my ideas do — while I was looking at myself in the mirror. I was having particularly great hair one day (see right) and I thought, wouldn’t it be great to have a place where I could share my great hair, and see other people who were also having great hair, and we could all be great together?
Many thanks to Laughing Squid who scooped everyone on this breaking story, even if there are those out there who can’t appreciate our genius.
Hey dudes, I am about to launch a new blog where you can go to share your awesome hair when your hair is most awesome. It will be called MUST SHARE HAIR, and it will be powered by Tumblr’s neat submission tool. The goal is to build a must-click-upon site filled with awesome hair for the amusement and inspiration of the whole world.
I tell you this because I know you have fabulous hair. In a 2007 poll of readers of my website, 100% of the people surveyed reported that they had fabulous hair on a regular or somewhat regular basis. Thus, you are the perfect people to help me “launch” this site by submitting a few shots of yourself sporting “hair” that “must” be “shared” so that the site is not overwhelmingly filled with pictures of me from the last few weeks.
What am I looking for? It’s easy. 1) Have a must share hair day. 2) Take new photos of your must share hair - be it awesome good, awesome bad, or awesome awesome. I will also graciously accept your submissions in video form as well. 3 ) Submit your photos by emailing it to email@example.com or by using the handy online submission tool. 4) … 5) Profit!
Thanks in advance, WLBFFS (web-log-best-friends-forever)!!!
(If you are on Tumblr, you must also follow this link!)
So much of why I love Ghostland Observatory is on display in this video: Aaron gets 4000 fans to wish a laser-powered happy birthday to an old friend from his hometown of San Saba, known mostly for its Pecan trees. He tries to dedicate a song to his friend, but ends up dedicating it to everyone, “to all you beautiful faces I see in the front row every time I come out here.” To Austin! To Texas! And then, lasers, LED walls, strobe lights and glowsticks.
As a special bonus, the lights did something weird to this person’s video camera, and the resulting distortion in the video provides an extra layer of pulsing craziness.
She accessorizes so well!
Sarah Palin tweets that after she is replaced as Governor, she is totally TAKING THE GLOVES OFF.
Maybe she will also learn how to type!
I must say, I agree with Khoi on this. I like Twitter and Tumblr and social networks, but I definitely resist the urge to be “popular” or a “power user” on these things because all it does is eat up time that could be spent otherwise - perhaps crafting some art that does not have a ridiculous character limit.
Look what I found!
This afternoon while Katie was out, I did some character design sketches for what I hope will turn into my first REAL videogame since I was about 15. I did some for real on-paper-with-pencil sketches too which made it a lot easier to get the pixels right — especially when drawing the GIANT SATANIC BADDIE who is lurking just outside of this crop. Here’s another version:
I was literally plagued by nightmares last night about a videogame where Sarah Palin threw spinning hatchets at NYTimes Op Ed columnists.
This morning, I woke up and starting drawing.
If I have time later on, I might do a few sprite sheets for these guys and make a quick little gamelet using Flixel.
UPDATE: Play a prototype of “Palin Around” HERE
My smokin’ hot wife.
Allison made it.
Consider the haircut. (via Katie Spence)
Katie as Optimus Prime
A photoset of photos of my favorite person!
10 years ago: Posts from July, 2008
- Journal post from 07/29: If only I could be this awesome.
- Journal post from 07/27: Mushiking in Egypt
- Journal post from 07/29: Our Morning Dog Walk OR, yet another reason I love being back in Austin.
- Journal post from 07/29: If only the meat train took us to burger town...
- Journal post from 07/20: The Dark Knight I just got back from seeing
- Journal post from 07/24: The Future of Radio Jesse Thorn from The Sound of Young America and JJGO (a podcast
- Journal post from 07/25:
11 years ago: Posts from July, 2007
- Journal post from 07/03: Message in a Bottle - Bottled Water - Luxury Water - Mineral Water
- Journal post from 07/02: iPhone Therefore I Am Because I am cannot resist a shiny new user interface, I rushed out on Friday evening to buy myself an Apple iPhone. Duh. It is teh awesome, except for how shitty the mail client is, please Google release a Gmail app ASAP, ok, thanks.
- Journal post from 07/03: Anil Dash: Bottled Water Is Still A Scam
- Journal post from 07/12: So Wrong
- Journal post from 07/18: Twitter Blog: Twitter's Drinking Water Strategy
12 years ago: Posts from July, 2006
- Journal post from 07/07: Oh, Branwell!
- Journal post from 07/03:
- Journal post from 07/18:
- Journal post from 07/06: Consumating\s Question of the Week
- Journal post from 07/17: I want to hang out with Al Gore. I want to hang out with Al Gore.
13 years ago: Posts from July, 2005
- Journal post from 07/18: Another Reason Why I Maintain That *This* Is The Future
- Journal post from 07/07: I Touched The Real World
- Journal post from 07/14: My Appearance on MTV
- Journal post from 07/20: Halo 2 Stats This is awesome. You can see
- Journal post from 07/20:
- Journal post from 07/15: My Brother Alex is Famous
- Journal post from 07/26: Best Date Question Ever From
18 years ago: Posts from July, 2000
- Journal post from 07/10:
- Journal post from 07/30:
- Journal post from 07/08:
19 years ago: Posts from July, 1999
- Journal post from 07/12:
- Journal post from 07/22:
- Journal post from 07/17:
- Journal post from 07/08:
20 years ago: Posts from July, 1998
- Journal post from 07/07: in which too much happens before 3:00
- Journal post from 07/15: in which he is happy.
- Journal post from 07/21: in which he gets busted
- Journal post from 07/06: in which you go 'oooo'
- Journal post from 07/20: oh shut up.
- Journal post from 07/30: in which advice is given