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Peter and Alice visit Santa

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Santa's Bunker
Peter and Alice were still a long way off, but stopped to take another look through the telescope.

"I can see it!' said Peter, "It has to be Santa's home. But it looks strange."

"Here, let me see" said Alice. "That's barbed wire. It's all over the place. He's practically living in a fortress."

"I guess it's true, then" said Peter, "He really has changed. It's Santa against the whole world. He's lost all hope in humanity."

"He hasn't lost hope in anything --he's gone ape-crazy! Get the radio out of your backpack and let's call in the airstrike before one of his elves picks us off with a sniper rifle."

"Can't we at least try to talk to him? He'll remember us from all those letters we sent him. Maybe all this is just for defense --to protect himself."

"Sure, let's talk to him. I suggest we start by ringing his doorbell with a cruis…

I'm going to play football till they drop the Bomb

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The Wind Stole My Piano

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Made with vernissage.8bf, a couple of Andrew's filters, India Ink, some hue adjustment, and the cold November wind.

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Spider Writing

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Block-waving is all about lines. If there's no lines, then you just end up with a pile of block-waved mush.

I was looking through an old book on my computer. It was a series of scanned, tiff images. I noticed the fine lines in the black and white engravings and instantly opened it up in ShowFoto and block-waved it. As is often the case in exploratory oil exploration or prospecting for gold, the results were disappointing; all it made was a whole lot of (uninteresting) tangled threads.

But I don't expect these things to work out the first time, so I tried another black and white engraving. This one wasn't a full page illustration, so it had some text included in the tiff image, above and below it. I didn't bother to crop the image out and just went ahead and block-waved the whole page, illustration and text.

The full-page tiff images are quite large and I had to scroll down to look at the illustration. I did it so quickly in fact, that I didn't pay any attentio…

Columbus

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(from the journal of Columbus)

Whereas, Most Christian, High, Excellent, and Powerful Princes, King and Queen of Spain and of the Islands of the Sea...

...this present year 1492, after your Highnesses had terminated the war with the Moors reigning in Europe...

...having been brought to an end in the great city of Granada...

...I saw the royal banners of your Highnesses planted by force of arms upon the towers of the Alhambra...

...the Moorish king come out at the gate of the city and kiss the hands of your Highnesses...

...So after having expelled the Jews from your dominions... ordered me to proceed... to the said regions of India...

...and for that purpose
granted me great favors
and ennobled me
that thenceforth I might call myself Don
and be
High Admiral of the Sea
perpetual Viceroy and Governor
in all the islands and continents which I might discover
and acquire...
...and that this dignity should be inherited by my eldest son
and thus descend
from degree to degree
forever...

...Hereupon I left the ci…

Meet the New Masters

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Large Bank with Tree
Just as some people admire the traditional artform of painting because of the skill and effort that goes into making it, I've come to realize that I have the same sort of admiration for machine-made art. Furthermore, just as many people will quickly associate artistic merit with almost any subject done in oil paint --the traditional, hard to do, artform-- I am also accommodating of work done by machines when it doesn't seem to have obvious artistic merit, because of the admirable and noble process that made it. I find that "dead" computerized process particularly fascinating and, in turn, gives advanced standing to its results and associate a special "aura" of value to it. In short, I show favoritism when considering the merits of algorithmic art over other artforms; I like it because it was made by a machine.



Although algorithms can be very complicated and creative (fractals, for instance), it's natural, I think, for anyone to be …