Alright, this will be a five minute blog post and I will absolutely post it no matter what. There, the timer is set.

What’s going on with me? Well, since getting married in September, we’ve reclaimed all that time-that-was-spent-wedding-planning and put it to other uses, mostly turning up the heat under the kettle that is our business. Things had been heating up steadily since well before the wedding and the past nearly six months has seen us working our butts off, shooting tons of video, editing lots of footage, making new clients, and stretching outwards and upwards in satisfying ways, including more very enjoyable work for Wiley Wiggins and the Octopus Project. I have not had or made nearly as much time for artistic projects as I would like but I do manage to fit stuff in here and there. Yikes, 30 seconds left! Uh, uh, uh….we redesigned our home office. It’s great. I’m fitting in a little time to work on Open Emu here and there. For more on that, keep your eyes on openemu.org. Time’s up!

Update: this five minute blog post is now sponsored by my cat.

Lila lolling


UnitedVisualArtists » Speed of Light.

A beautiful installation done with lasers. Excuse me — forgot this was the the Internet — I meant, LASERZ. United Visual Artists are a UK-based team who create live visuals and interactive installations with an architectural bent, meaning, not just the usual glowing rectangles: really striking work. As I tweeted moments ago, I can haz laserz, too? I’m tired of weak projectors on dingy screens.

Recently my friend and collaborator Josephine Dorado invited me to speak with her Social Media Mashup class at The New School, which I was delighted to do. The conversation (on Seesmic) ranged across a variety of topics, including improvisation vs. structure (in my work and live visuals in general), visual performance tools, and how my own background as a theater/comedy actor has impacted my live visual work. Now that the class is moving on to another topic, I’m posting this here for anyone who’d like to keep the conversation going, e.g., ask me all the heavy, technical questions I said I’d answer later. 😉 Thanks again, Josephine, Barb, Tom, Debbie, andrihatesjazz, Cecelia, Antoine, Rick and all you lurkers. Happy holidays!

Since vade went ahead and spilled (some of) the beans, I might as well post a little teaser of the open source project I mentioned in my last post. Essentially we have wrapped a game emulator in a Quartz Composer plugin, with the goal of enabling virtual console bending, so to speak. Here’s a little video of some of our latest developments in deliberately glitching the graphics of a NES game.

castlevania-nst_rom_glitch (click to watch)

More to come…


I voted. And I volunteered as a videographer for Video The Vote, going to polling stations in Brooklyn where voters had reported problems or obstruction. Pretty minor stuff: at my polling station and another nearby, they were requiring ID, which is not required in New York state; at another, a poll worker refused to take off her Republican campaign button. When I showed up and walked through, there were no buttons to be seen, so I drove all the way over there for nuttin. Drat.

Also, I posted about the public beta release of the v002 Rutt/Etra software synthesizer on CreateDigitalMotion.com. I’ve been an alpha tester and helper on the project, even putting my meager Illustrator skills to use recreating the RE logo. It’s a beautiful tool — check it out. 🙂

And I picked up my girlfriend from the airport, who was down in North Carolina getting out the vote. Now she’s glued to television, radio, Twitter and NYTimes.com while I make dinner. Ah, domestic bliss. Later we might go by 3rd Ward‘s election party to agonize over the returns among like-minded Brooklynites.