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Signs of Spring in Boston

Post #1014 • June 4, 2007, 12:21 PM • 6 Comments

A new comic at The Moon Fell On Me.

I'm rather proud of this one for a couple of reasons. First, this was all done with open-source tools, mostly GIMP running under Ubuntu on a home-made workstation. The drawings were executed in ink, scanned in with xSane (xSane rocks), colorized and tweaked in GIMP, and uploaded with gFTP.

Second, I hacked a program in Python to resize a batch of 24 images by a common ratio and save copies of them, and another to generate a page of HTML complete with an internal style sheet, image tags with alt text, heights, and widths, and all the necessary CSS hooks, sparing me from having to hand-layout two dozen images across a 10,000-pixel horizontal space, centered on a midline. This kind of thing could greatly expedite image editing and general post creation here at





June 4, 2007, 3:30 PM




June 4, 2007, 3:36 PM

Guilty as charged. Although tonight I'm going to the Grey Thumb meeting. Around these guys, I'm pretty clearly the touchy-feely right-brainer. Here's the abstract for tonight's talk:

"Tron" is an artificial agent that evolved winning strategies for a
version of the Light Cycles game from the movie of the same name.
This was an early example of an evolutionary agent evolving in the
"Internet ecosystem". The Web is a humongous environment where
artificial life forms can communicate, multiply and interact with
other life forms, artificial or not. The presentation will
describe Tron in some detail and then consider the question:
what happens next?.

Pablo Funes received his PhD degree from the DEMO lab at Brandeis
University. He is currently the director of research at
Icosystem Corporation.



June 4, 2007, 5:02 PM

Nice comic, and I like that there's so much tech-geekery behind the very human and analog-looking work.



June 4, 2007, 8:20 PM

I LOVE IT DUDE ! I like the way that the transparency with the washes works while back-lit via the computor screen. Nice colors and perceptual narrative too.



June 4, 2007, 9:58 PM

The rules for hackey-sack golf aren't strictly homosexual, I don't suppose?



June 5, 2007, 10:10 AM

nice-light and refreshing



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