The Treehouse + The Cave


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Sunday, October 29, 2006

I Didn't Do This You Did

I didn't do this you did

Image from Pictures of Walls

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Anonymous Cloud

Anonymous Cloud

Image by Armen Danilian

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Flag-waver

If a frequent typesetter too cheap to pick up PopChar, you use the Character palette via the Input Menu native to OSX. You turn it on from within International, first row in System Prefs. You know, the predictable "Show input menu in menu bar".

Doing so gives you access to your umlauts and your accents, but something else too. A miniature American icon. A sixteen by eleven, red white and blue striped nightmare, terrorizing the grayscale peace once standard in your menu bar.

Though I'm sure adored by Limbaugh and other right-leaning Mac users, the general opinion amongst those that immediately surround me: the flag is a vibrant eyesore--and in fact, not even an appropriate symbol for the functions they seek beneath. I personally find the icon offensive. As I rarely support the positions made by my country under that flag, I feel no pride nor love for its image. I find its intrusion into a space as personal as my Mac a violation in need of solution.

American English/Amerikkkan English


128px Icons

Changing the icon displayed isn't trivial, but not difficult either. Within an hour or two, I'd found several useful tutorials (X-Tech, Mac OSX Hints, Mac OSX Hints, Apple Developer Connection), that when pieced together yield the result sought. Here are the steps taken in rather general terms.

Keylayout Files

1. Generate a fresh Unicode .keylayout file to your specifications. Either you know XML or you use Ukelele (Word Herd's down for the moment (appears it's been hacked)). I made two, both based on U.S. keyboard layout, Roman. Only difference, the names, which must be changed in both the XML file and the filename.

American English_Amerikkkan English - Four Files

2. Create a .icns file containing the icon you prefer. I just made a couple PNGs in Photoshop and exported them using a trialware plugin (one more in-line with the HIG on menu bar extras and one to vent my aforementioned frustrations). Others have had success using the freeware Img2icns.app. Or going whole-hog and paying for IconBuilder. Naming's the same here.

3. Place the pair of files (one .icns, one .keylayout) into /User/Library/Keyboard Layouts

4. Navigate to Input Menu, within International, first row in System Prefs. Somewhere in that stack of international keyboard layouts, you'll find yours (it's mostly alphabetical). Disable any unused, and enable your own. The Input Menu icon should be altered in the menu bar, and peace (not to mention beauty) should be restored.

American English_Amerikkkan English - Final Screencaps

American English - ZIP archive containing both .keylayout and .icns
Amerikkkan English - ZIP archive containing both .keylayout and .icns

Anonymous akatsuki thought:

I know that many of my fellow liberals feel that the flag represents some jingoistic notion of the country, but I always preferred the notion that liberals loved their country so much that they couldn't stand the thought of it not being better. Conservatives generally feel that the status quo is enough, and liberals are only disgusted with the way our country is abused and by how much better it could be...

It is always great to meet a fellow Brooklynite on the web, but I do think this article does a disservice to your cause, because if you have no love of your country, then why stay and why bother to try and change things?

October 28, 2006 at 6:19 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger heather thought:

oh for god's sake. this is why brooklyn is going to hell--this at once pretentious and utterly anti-intellectual, pseudo-highbrow *nonsense*.

we're here in this country because, like you akatsuki, we're lazy fucks. we're here because going elsewhere requires too much planning and the loss of too many privileges.

while we're stuck here thanks to our own entropy, the least we can do is protect our environments--virtual or otherwise--from other people's stupid decisions. decisions like putting up an ugly flag that, like it or not, for millions of people stands for more than Liberty these days. or decisions like posting a comment that reveals oneself to be too uncritical to see the irritation (or complicity) of such a thing.

October 28, 2006 at 6:29 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous akasuki thought:

whatever... the reason it is going to hell is a bunch of pseudo-liberal whiners who actually hate their country's flag enough to hack their system to change it without bothering to go to the effort of actually trying to fix their country.

It is going to hell, because lame SUV driving poseurs go work at the Park Slope co-op to save themselves a couple of bucks and deny jobs to people who actually need them. And then they feel holy about it.

Heather, people like you are the reason this country is failing, You sit around and criticize, take extreme positions... because it is easier than actually getting in there and doing something. It is a lot easier to protest in a march for a day than actually try and change something.

I am hardly complicit in my government's actions. So the flag, as a symbol of our country, is worth hate? Then surely you hate the underlying reality as well. So do I. I just don't confuse an unpopular war and President with our entire country. Self-loathing is never very effective, nor very interesting.

If you want pseudo-highbrow nonsense, I could give you some. It is certainly better than "being critical" when that seems to be where the buck stops.

And certainly I am not so uncritical so as to perceive that being so against a symbol of your country will essentially render any action by you and your "group" ineffective. You, dear, are the polarizing horror of modern American politics and the type of person that rips our country apart.

But then again, I certainly could care less if someone burns a flag or really changes their Mac OS icon, I merely suggested that such behaviour and attitudes are counterproductive and weaken your stance. People should have those rights, just as you have the right to hate your own country and be too lazy to move...

(Andrew- sorry to continue this conversation on your blog which I have found always pretty interesting. I am trying for reasoned discourse here, but apparently that is pseudo-intellectual -- okay i admit that was being a bit bitchy.)

October 28, 2006 at 8:53 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger TRUE thought:

Hacking the icons on the menubar of a screen one looks at everyday on a computer that one PURCHASED and now OWNS and then broadcasting the knowledge of how to do this to other consumers is the kind of consciousness raising act that qualifies as the exact same "doing something" that started this country in the first place.

No icon saturation without representation!!!

October 29, 2006 at 3:11 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Gravities

Gravities

Image by Neil Kramer

Blogger raymi lauren thought:

probably the lamest/laziest halloween costumes a parent could think of which in-turn makes them amazing.

November 5, 2006 at 2:30 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Simple Models

"The role of advertising is to push consumers toward products. At the center is the product. Advertising is at the periphery, with packaging and customer relationship management and distribution as the layers between it and the product." - Mickey Alam Khan

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On Album Covers

Stereo Gum

Rather proud of this. Even prouder of what a designer friend said, "you're saving the form for us".

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

Andy

You should be proud - both creating and preserving art - all in one go!

October 28, 2006 at 8:33 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Thanx.

I can safely say that I would never have made it to art school, nor printmaking and commercial printing, had I missed out on an era of essential cover art. I owe a lot to all the designers who've built the form.

Whether it was the classic covers in my parents crates--Starship, Floyd, Beatles--the hand-silkscreened seven-inches of my punk rock/hardcore days--or the vector twelve-inches of my entry into techno--all taught me art references something, it plays on another, it can be democratic, distributed, packaged, layered, symbolic, serial. Really, many of my principle strategies descend from my experience with my cover art collection.

And thus work descended from my collection as well. My best friend said the other day, "you only came up with CoverFlow becuase you were the only person with 80,000 cleaned songs (perfect metadata, hi-res album art embedded)".

Can't say there isn't truth to that.

A.

October 28, 2006 at 5:46 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger nk thought:

This is such great news. Congratulations on reifying such an excellent idea.

November 6, 2006 at 5:18 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Pixel Buzz

Pixel Buzz_ATF

Clipped from The ATF Kid's Page

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iControl

appleremotemockgal

Swap a mini for an iTV, N for G, HDMI for DVI--and my iControl, over a year old, starts to sound boxfresh. Apparently at least one Photoshop dreamer (however sloppy) agrees.

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Current Default

Trentemoller

A new camper in classic territory. Ellen Allien and Apparat precede.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

On The Edge

"One is filled with a desire for it all--everything at once. All the sounds and smells and buildings bending upwards with jet planes criss crossing high above them.

The insatiable longing of forever being on the edge of it all--in NYC, as in heaven, the circumference is the center and the center is the circumference." - TRUE

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How to Kill Something

"Sometimes collectors balk at an adviser’s recommendation, given that 'great art often doesn’t look like art,' said Thea Westreich, an art adviser in SoHo." - The New York Times

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Filler

Filler

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Burn

Smoke Bomb

This used to be an image I showed. Never enough actually.

Anonymous martin thought:

cool. what is it actually?

October 18, 2006 at 11:27 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Martin,

It's a smoke bomb bought roadside in South Carolina, lit and left still on Myrtle Beach sand. The mark is mostly "tar" I think.

A.

October 18, 2006 at 12:05 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Incense Process Fig. 7

Incense Process Fig. 7

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Pils

Beer Planet
Please view the full-scale image as well.

The third planet in our solar system. One, two.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

You are such a hipster faggot.

Just thought you should know.

March 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Pixel Buzz

BlackBook

Clipped from BlackBook

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Moirek

Moirek

Maybe my new tag. CAPTCHA from the week I had to authenticate Blogger.

Blogger TRUE thought:

you've gotta wonder about these community minded s/w producers who take the power away from the community and start policing their users.

doesn't the success of craigslist and myspace speak to this?

October 14, 2006 at 11:52 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

TRUE,

I think what's happening isn't that the proprietors of such communities are starting to lock-down, but rather they're in the catch-up phase of a permanent cycle we'll start to see emerge in these virtual worlds.

For the most part these proprietors truly do want to allow the public free reign--their strategy is just to try and ride the wave. By riding it, I mean contextualizing, framing, selling it to the rest of us. Problem is, the wave has a tide. It ebbs and flows, and their frames can't quite keep up. So periodically, their context (perceived as limits) isn't quite aligned with their users attitude.

In general, I have faith they'll compensate accordingly--it's just low tide on the edge.

A.

October 15, 2006 at 2:15 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Used Good In Art Fashion

Strand

A New York story should end at The Strand. We sold it for eight bucks--and they must've made up the ISBN, we never had one.

Blogger pam coulter enright thought:

Hardcover? They not only gave it an ISBN but got it bound, too? They're good.

October 11, 2006 at 12:52 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Nah, I assume they have a copy from the black hardcover edition we did for Thompson Hotels. They aren't that good.

A.

October 11, 2006 at 1:00 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Scale

From few feet away I saw a small ant carrying a dead mosquito across a clay tile. And I saw, as from a low-flying single-engine plane, a 10-point buck or an elk on the prairie.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Through the Border

Andrew Hines_Tiny Vices

Image by Andrew Hines

Via Tiny Vices

Anonymous IT thought:

lol as awesome as it that is, its just a puddle of water.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Pothole/Portal

Pothole/Portal 1

Pothole/Portal 2

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Eldert Post

Eldert Post 4 - Small
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Reads like a dialog box. Author got a touch of the 'tism?

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Conduit to Atlantic

Home Again 1.gif

I bitch about this city all the time. It's no secret, I miss the cold mountains and the quiet earth, I miss that complexity. But when you've been away--when you come back to New York City--when you're in that cab, after that line and the man at the end with the ticket you don't need--when you're finally sinking into the seat and remembering how the hell to get to Bushwick--it's energy starts seeping back into you, and you actually say out loud, "it's good to be home".

Home Again 2.gif

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Everyday Art

Tape Art.jpg

This is the kind of image that's too easy to take. So I walk by, camera still deep in my bag. But maybe I was meant to see it. Serendipity or a normal New York day? Maybe I turn around. Can't hurt, no need to use it, no one has to see the weak shit.

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Processing These Images

Raymi911

Someone from back home watched from a roof too. I never knew.

Image by Raymi

Blogger raymi lauren thought:

hey thanks

October 5, 2006 at 11:40 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Structural Similarity

Structural Similarty

Clipped from a Sharp press release

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Quotations

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

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342 Eldert Street

342 Eldert - Foundation Complete.jpg

For a week or more the foundation's been done. No more Puerto Rican lady in a car on the lot overnight, every night. No more Porta-John suck truck on Sundays. Guess the next step is up in front of our daystar.

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Andy's Eyes

Caught most of Burns' Warhol on Thirteen. Always known I see similarly, "it's so beautiful" where others see nothing or can't stare. Wish I had those eyes all the time. Need 'em now.

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