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Megaphone F A X Machine

Using Megaphone’s API, I created a fax like process, where an image is read on one side, and pixel by pixel is transformed into audio, with the pitch and amplitude varying depending on the brightness of the pixel. The sound is sent via telephone to a java program running through the megaphone API, which analyzes the amplitude of the incoming sound, and attempts to recreate the original image.

The Googler

The googler is a program that represents what it hears via voice transcription in google images. It exists in a space, presenting google results in a somewhat vague format. My hope is that while overhearing conversations, it will respond with google image representations that somehow add context or put an interesting spin on what is being said. If its behavior is unfamiliar, then I want the images to appear serendipitously synced with the conversation.

Page Rank Algorithm

Google rates pages based on the way that others perceive and describe them, but has become our main source of information, so therefore continues to rate pages based on their adherence to their own delicately prescribed popularity contest. The main criteria is relevance. Relevance as measured by people linking, siting it. It is more important […]

POS Tagging and Visualization

Update: the following images show the use of certain words referring to war, children/education, and health care in the combined speeches of the last three presidents. The word choices reflect my own biases. Words such as war, terrorists, terror, security, bomb, attack, were grouped into the “military” category, words such as education, children, schools, teachers, […]

N-gram Text Generators

One of the most parsed and scrutinized bodies of text is the presidential address, so it was the first thing that came to mind to try to replicate with text generation. State of the union addresses use a consistent language that is very intentional, and a vocabulary latent with meaning. Because of the repetition of […]

Eye Doc

sketches for visual possibilities . . the video link is closest:     IMG_0789   Looking Eye – lookingeye.org   Looking Eye presents the image that an eye receives and the image it creates. It attempts to explore the difference between the seen and the assumed. The viewer is able to manipulate the eye movement, […]

Stop Tokenizer

Based on the following stop words I tokenized obama’s most recent state of the union. Below is a portion of the results. Stop words: (“a”, “an”, “the”,”and”,”.”,”,”,” “,”because”, “why”,”this”,”is”,”of”,”in”,”if”,”that”,”that’s”,”it”,”then”,”than”,”when”, “we”,”as”,”from”,”to”,”our”,”s”,”have”,”they”,”have”,”?”, “all”,”must”,”who”,”you”,”on”,”for”,”may”,”be”,”/”,”\”\'”,”\””,”get”,”are”,”i”,”am”,”not”, “m”,”make”,”makes”,”for”,”into”,”but”,”can”,”only”,”happen”,”don”,”same”,”against”,”nearly”, “entire”,”sure”, “u”, “!”, “was”, “has”, “its”, “through”, “me”, “his”,”once”,”carry”, “anew”,”‘”, “t”,”let”, “us”, “new”, “before”, “come”,”two”, “one”, “ve”, “go”, “8”, “she”, “her”, “he”,”none”,”at”,”been”,”these”,”what”,”up”,”were”,”them”,”some”,”had”, “their”,”do”,”by”,”or”,”re”,”aren”,”so”,”with”,”will”,”my”,”no”,”there”,”here”,”went”, […]

Art by Telephone and other Ideas from Adriana de Souza e Silva

“Telecommunications-based art is primarily concerned with connecting distant and contiguous spaces.” – Adriana de Souza e Silva Adriana de Souza e Silva gives a brief historical account of telecommunications-based art, highlighting the transition from the original telephone (used as a voice transmission communication device) to mobile phones being used as a bridge between the physical […]

Liu Bolin

Yahoo constantly serves me the most irresistible news about babies and puppies and kidnappings, and now this! Liu Bolin, he’s the one standing by the tractor in the above image. To poorly paraphrase him, his work is about diminishing of humanity amid Chinese economic and cultural development.