2016: 462 posts.
- Mother’s Day.
1949 1955 1960 1966 1977 1983 1988 1994 2005 These are the years that my Mom, Phyllis Crawford‘s birthday fell on a Sunday, the second Sunday in may — Mother’s Day. In my kid-memory her birthday always fell on Mother’s Day which was just another way she was perfect. But the truth is memory is…
- New Bot Day! Raideen (勇者ライディーン) hails from 1975 Japanese tv. Like many of my bots I first encountered him in the Philippines. When I saw the Shogun Warriors back in the States I was happy they brought him over but mystified why they changed the spelling of his name to Raydeen. I picked up this superdeformed rendering of him at Q Pop Shop @qpopshop in Little Tokyo. #Raideen
- I was not sullen but look sullen in this. I took a day to walk all over. This was along the SD River. Helped an older, lost couple with directions. My Spanish was terrible. I wrote out directions with my phone & Google’s help. People lost around San Diego have been picking me out of a crowd as potentially helpful for a long time. I bet they got where they were going but I will never know. Lastly, unlike C3PO I don’t ever say “No more adventures.”
- A little bit of my art used in a video
One of the joys of putting art up under a Creative Commons license is that sometimes there are fun usages of it! Watch this video: It was this piece that gets used for a small segment: Super fun to see people making stuff. It’s the best part of the web.
- Any trip I take may contain robot shopping. It seemed like our Virginia/Outer Banks trip would be an exception until on a whim I took us to the Virginia Beach Antique Mall where “The Toymeister” has a huge toys and collectibles section upstairs. Many robots and other toys, well curated, well cared for. Star Wars, vintage, TMNT, sports, action figures, dolls, Marvel, DC, it’s an impressive store well worth a visit.
- Aug 22, 2016Quote of the Day
Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of…
- Aug 29, 2016Oh look I’m posting and old
Nobody reads blogs anymore. Nobody blogs anymore. Nobody writes anymore. Except people do. Kottke does, still, and regularly. But in the corners of the blog world old favorites still blog (e.g: Tony Pierce, Suebob, Peter-Paul Koch, The Militant and many others). I know this because I follow things in my RSS Reader, powered by Tiny…
- SHRIPP! Adam Warren on sound effects in comics
I love Adam Warren’s work so much. His comic Empowered comic manages to be satirical and yet dramatic, ridiculous and yet science fictional and superheroic. He also has a penchant for cyberpunk and pop culture, which is wonderful. Quote of the day is from him on sound effects, contemplating his work on Empowered Volume 2,…
- 6 Months to another March MODOK Madness.
Sigh. Our final days of MARCH MODOK MADNESS 2016. Repent! Catch up with what it’s all about at marchmodokmadness.blogspot.com. I submitted one back in 2012 (here). I need to do another one in 2017.
- Skadi ended back in May
One of my favorite webcomics, Skadi, ended back in May. It’s a wonderful world we live in that artists can publish their own work for readers to see and read. It’s sad when what they make ends, for whatever reason, but it’s also the way of things. Things do end. I don’t want to get…
- Sep 02, 2016Raph Koster: Augmented Reality is an MMO
This insight is important. Quote of the day (well from July), from Raph Koster: AR is an MMO (writing about the incredible popularity of Pokémon GO: I’ve said this before, but in the wake of the viral success of Pokémon GO, it needs to be said again. Augmented reality is just a virtual world, an…
- Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel
As I continue to catch up on reading RSS feeds what I have not read in a long long while, the ArtLung gaze turns its eye onto the wonderful blog Every Day is Like Wednesday by run by J. Caleb Mozzocco who in 2014 published a terrific explainer on the many, many, really more than…
- Hulu detects proxy
Something interesting. Hulu can detect a proxy service. Good on them to provide a way around it. I’m not a Hulu subscriber. I got this message trying to load a sketch from Saturday Night Live embedded in an article about comedy. Text of the message: Based on your IP address, we noticed you are trying…
- Sep 07, 2016Dallas Morning News endorses Senator Clinton.
We recommend Hillary Clinton for president–Dallas Morning News Editorial Cogent, coherent argument from the Dallas Morning News. This election is really quite astounding on many levels. And for those of of you clinging desperately to the idea a third party candidate can win: you fundamentally don’t understand the game. In the Super Bowl you really…
- Sep 08, 2016Oh look links from 2014 I meant to post but never did!
Since it’s 2016 now I don’t even know if all these links will work! No matter, posting anyway. Enjoy! What to Do When Your Space Helmet Fills With Water (yikes!) Sarkeesian at XOXO How CalArts Came To Dominate Hollywood’s Animation Industry The Evolution Of Visual Effects Styling And Animating SVGs With CSS This is the…
- Sep 08, 2016Pizza Declination
I did not have any. I didn’t walk over when it came. I didn’t eat any at all. There’s no plates on my desk from eating it. There’s leftovers now. [Employee X] tells me so. He asks me “do you eat Pizza?” My answer is “I didn’t have any Pizza.” The matter was settled and…
- 15 year old White House Reporter!
Charming story from my pal Dennis Wilen (who I’ve known for quite some time, here’s a 2001 blog post mentioning his wisdom) — check it out: A 15 YEAR-OLD AT WASHINGTON PRESS CONFERENCES!
- An important message from John Stumpf, Wells Fargo CEO
In today’s mailbag: To our valued customers, You may have seen news recently that some Wells Fargo customers received products and services that they did not want or need. Every day we strive to get things right. In this instance we did not – and that is simply not acceptable. So we are making it…
- Step Count
I’ve no idea what to do with this. But I use Pedometer++ and had the data export and so voila, I have a graph of my steps. See it at http://joecrawford.com/steps/ I’m using the Google Charts “Scatter Chart” visualization. And I put my code into a Github repository.
- Sep 15, 2016Thoughts on being an Old Geek
I have opinions about Tim Bray’s latest post Old Geek because I am something of an “Old Geek” too. I am lucky to have found a place to work where grey hair is not an impediment. But I’m well-aware that my age may tend to make me seem less employable. But I’ve had as a…
- Sheldon Brown, Jasmina Tešanović, and Bruce Sterling
Sheldon Brown, Jasmina Tešanović, and Bruce Sterling on Septemer 9, 2016 at the The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination — a great, inspiring night of talking about robots, industrial design, activism, design fiction, the Maker movement, and much else. My brains percolating with ideas from last night. — at UCSD Atkinson Hall. Watch…
- Cosplay 2016, and 2015 too.
Who dat? This year for San Diego Comic-Con 2016 I dressed up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Day 1 (Thursday) I was Walter Sobchak, a reprise I’ve done 2 times before. I dressed as Walter for Comic-Con 2015 and for Halloween 2014. Day 2 (Friday) I dressed as Q–in his 21st century judges robes. I…
- Sep 18, 2016import-external-images 500 error with Ajax
I had a pile of back-images to import recently. For some reason WordPress Import External Images” was failing to work properly on the bulk task. It worked great on individual pages but for some reason the Ajax version would crap out. Solution was to use a simple POST – accomplished by doing this in Chrome…
- Roman Numerals, Updated.
Back in 2012 I first added the Roman Numeral page, as I noted in this post. It’s ultra-simple but it’s also quite fun. I also removed jQuery from those pages. I made individual pages for individual numbers. I upgraded from the older version of Bootstrap that page uses. Enjoy.
- That’s what the web is to me
You may have noticed that the masthead of my website has been updated with a new header. It has a nice background image that looks like this: Or rather, you would have noticed it if you were visiting my site on a regular basis. That’s okay, lately I haven’t visited often either. I do customized…
- Gallery, exhumed.
In 2003 I set it up with Gallery 1. Here’s how it looked in 2005: It’s been in a pretty ugly state for quite a while, unfortunately. But now I’ve revamped it, and that makes me happy. Check it out at artlung.com/photos/
- Sep 27, 2016Vote!
It’s the morning after the debate. I’ve only watched a few smatterings of it while reading a fair amount of reaction from a lot of different quarters. It seems like Mr Donald Trump is an impulsive, lying, selfish person. I guess we knew that, but he really showed if off last night. He’s a classic…
- WebSanDiego’s 3rd Birthday
All this looking backward means sometimes I’ll be looking at ancient stuff. Here’s something from 2002. From Charles’ website: WEBSANDIEGO BIRTHDAY (that’s an Internet Archive Wayback Machine page):
- Tagged “#DogsOfSlacker”
I’m sure having a lot of fun tagging stuff.
- Inktober #3 2016 is autobiographical. The “LUNG” in “ArtLung” is from when I worked as a Respiratory Therapist.
Related: Dead Man, 1997 and PMR Bag and Resuscitation Bag, 1992.
- This Is My Jam: Archive
I added a page to archive my archived jams. It parses the exported CSV file that the site provided. As I said before, super classy.
- Oct 06, 2016Audio Packrattitude
As a teenager I taped lots of stuff off the radio and TV. Here are my latest encodes: Douglas Adams interviewed by Larry King, 1987 David Letterman interviewed by Howard Cosell
- Buster Holmes
Seeing a friend “checking in” on Facebook to New Orleans reminded me of just how much New Orleans means to me. We lived there for a few years when I was a kid. I went to several Mardi Gras. Including one during which I got lost and was found by National Guardsman. I was 11….
- Inktober 1, 2015
Challenging myself to draw this month. A thing I saw on wannabeanimator said draw your character as the various things each day in October. Cube Cat as a ghost!
- Inktober #3 2015: Skeleton.
Cube Cat is not used to Cosplay.
- Inktober number seven 2015
Self as Frankenstein’s Monster.
- Inktober 16, 2015
Inktober day 16 drawn to an imperfect watery end.
- ARTLUNG ✒️ INKTOBER 17 / 2015
#madewithpaper / fiftythree.com
- Font Awesome is… Awesome
I came across Font Awesome (@fontawesome on twitter) the other day helping out a pal on a project. How had I not heard of this? It’s a rather nice web font that includes lots of glyphs. You can use them by adding their library and adding a bit of markup. I made a little explorer…
- NEW BOT MONDAY: Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V. My most favorite Bot of all. ボルテス are the first Japanese ideograms I ever copied onto paper. Predates Voltron, with which it is confused, by 6 or 7 years. Famously banned by the dictatorial Marcos regime because of revolutionary ideas. Beloved by Filipinos of a certain age. Voltes V is the bot that made me fall in love with bots. Those toys are too highly priced to buy, but this one is a fine interim purchase.
- Oct 28, 2016They Live is essential
Go thou and read jwz’s They Live and the secret history of the Mozilla logo. They Live really does encapsulate the 1980s very well.
- Oct 28, 2016Leah on “Black Sheep”
It’s been some time since Leah wrote anything at length. Do yourself a favor and have a read of This One is for My Flock of Black Sheep (and Their Families), one of many good bits: There have always been outcasts because we as humans have always been in tribes. In order for tribes to…
- California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love. —California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León & California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
- California, keeper of the future of the USA.
Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election gives me hope. I hope it gives you hope too. Wednesday, November 09, 2016 SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:…
- Monday I met Tom Bickle in person, I’ve known him online for 14 years, give or take. He lives in NorCal, 450 miles away. It was a delight to get to know each other in person. Our conversation was a bright light in a shadowy week. I hope we get a chance to converse again in the fullness of time. Reach out and be friendly, for life is short. Liberté, Liberté chérie!
- Dec 08, 2016make judgments about what judgments you make
Calling everyone who shoots something a terrorist is an error. Calling every protester a rioter is an error. Calling all news you don’t understand or don’t agree with or has error or is propaganda “fake news” is an error. Calling every politician crooked is an error. Calling every news outlet “mainstream media” is an error….
- Drain vs. Dredge
Donald Trump has said many times he wants to “drain the swamp.” Drain: cause the water or other liquid in (something) to run out, leaving it empty, dry, or drier. Dredge: clean out the bed of (a harbor, river, or other area of water) by scooping out mud, weeds, and rubbish. Given the folks he’s…