I just finished a new piece - peacock - laser etched on birch wood:
The peacock is India’s national bird, features in marketing copy for a couple of Florida counties and is the de-facto ruler of a county in the LA area.
As a bird, the peacock is rather unremarkable - it has a voice that inspires no positive feelings, it can’t reach great heights when it takes flight and it can’t cover long distances. It has widespread popular appeal merely due to its looks.
The superior appeal of the visual permeates all aspects of life - architecture, music videos, election campaigns, software, tools, apps - you name it.
Man will put up with anything if it just looks good.
When building crawlers, most of the effort is expended in guiding them through a website. For example, if we want to crawl all pages and individual posts on this blog, we extract links like so:
- Visit current webpage
- Extract pagination links
- Extract link to each blog post
- Enqueue extracted links
In this blog post, I present a new DSL that allows you to concisely describe this process.
This DSL is now part of this crawler: https://github.com/shriphani/pegasus
The incredibly talented Pem Lasota, Aram Ebtekar and I put together a small project to enhance the music experience in our living room.
What ensued is the first of many projects we plan to roll out - all focused on building the greatest living-room music experience in the world.
The setup involves 4096 LEDs arranged in a matrix, powered by a raspberry pi and a beefy condenser mic. The electronics fit into a 3D printed case. Pem did a significant chunk of this in Solidworks - a piece of software I was extremely impressed with. In one of the sessions, I was able to make reasonable headway with mild supervision. Few pieces of software are this easy to pick up. Solidworks have done a solid job.
and when everything is put together, it looks like this:
The frame listens via the condenser mic and generates beautiful visualizations when it “hears” audio. This is what happens when we blast Pavarotti on our music system:
A neutrino effect to Flume's Hyperparadise:
The Matrix effect when the bass drops: