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Just uploaded 1 new photo(s) on Flickr. http://bit.ly/p8ShH6

Just uploaded 1 new photo(s) on Flickr. http://bit.ly/p8ShH6

— 3 years ago with 1 note
#flickr  #ifttt 
Woohoo! It works! The system picks up the notes, and isolates them. 
Notice that even though im new to the scene, it doesnt pick me up as an object ;)
Next step is getting ofTesseract working, and OCR the notes!

Woohoo! It works! The system picks up the notes, and isolates them.
Notice that even though im new to the scene, it doesnt pick me up as an object ;)
Next step is getting ofTesseract working, and OCR the notes!

— 3 years ago with 6 notes
#masters  #HKU  #crumbs  #computer vision  #programming  #interaction  #interface 
Using procrastination to get into the flow

Sitting down to work can be a killer, especially when you define your own actions and deadlines.
I always find myself slipping off into hours of procrastination, browsing the web, burrowing down a million little rabbit holes.
Somehow, it went a little different today. One of the little rabbit holes lead to my work, and suddenly I found myself steaming away full speed.
The trick is making the procrastination work for you. Direct it, steer it towards your topic, use it to get excited about what your doing, and then use that excitement to drive you.

— 3 years ago with 9 notes
#procrastination  #masters  #gtd 
The Data-Driven Life - NYTimes.com →

 "Personal data are ideally suited to a social life of sharing. You might not always have something to say, but you always have a number to report."

Gary Wolf writing in an article about the Data Driven Life, where we are starting to catalog everything we do. By looking at this data, we can make analysies of our own activities, and shape them for the better. 

Random flexing of meat is a dying trend. 

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#masters  #data  #social media  #social 
Makeup to thwart facial recognition/detection.
There is something sinister about that scrolling red square…
Adam Harvey’s CV DazzleMake sure you also check out the article in DIS magazinge

P.S. Obviously he only adheres to some of the anti establishment paradigm, as he has a ™ next to the CV Dazzel

Makeup to thwart facial recognition/detection. There is something sinister about that scrolling red square… Adam Harvey’s CV Dazzle
Make sure you also check out the article in DIS magazinge P.S. Obviously he only adheres to some of the anti establishment paradigm, as he has a ™ next to the CV Dazzel

— 3 years ago with 15 notes
#openCV  #facial  #recognition  #detection  #CV  #masters  #computer vision  #vision  #machines 
CV Dazzle →

Makeup to thwart facial recognition/detection.

There is something sinister about that scrolling red square…

— 3 years ago
#CV  #computer vision  #msters  #facial detection  #facial recognician 
Vimeo Video School →

Awesome guides for learning some video shooting basics

— 3 years ago
I was getting distracted by growl popping notifications up all the time, so I added it to the menu bar, so I could disable it in a snap. The problem is the growl icon is hideous ! Time for a cute new one! Some quick photochopping and its done! Right, now I should probably get back to work!

I was getting distracted by growl popping notifications up all the time, so I added it to the menu bar, so I could disable it in a snap. The problem is the growl icon is hideous ! Time for a cute new one! Some quick photochopping and its done! Right, now I should probably get back to work!

— 3 years ago with 3 notes
#icon  #modding  #procrastination  #photoshop  #growl 
The OK Plateau →

The OK plateau is what most people reach, even after considerable work to acquire a new skill. How do top performers push beyond the seemingly normal limit and become exceptional?

[Top performers] develop strategies for keeping out of the autonomous stage by doing three things: focusing on their technique, staying goal-oriented and getting immediate feedback on their performance. … To improve, we have to be constantly pushing ourselves beyond where we think our limits lie and then pay attention to how and why we fail.

From Dale Dougherty’s post on Makezine

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#Makezine  #masters  #performance  #push  #focus  #training  #distraction 
Local maxima and the perils of data-driven design →

“What we were doing here is we were optimizing for a local maximum. Within this framework, there was only so much traffic we could funnel to applications. And what we needed was a structural change. Our premise was off. Our interests were leading us down the wrong path. We didn’t realize it […] we were optimizing for something locally, and we needed to be somewhat disruptive to sort of get out of it.” – Adam Mosseri

— 3 years ago with 3 notes
#masters  #interaction design  #ixd  #facebook 
Great packaging design by Puma

Great packaging design by Puma

— 3 years ago
Testing out custom social posting workflows on Tarpipe #fb

Testing out custom social posting workflows on Tarpipe #fb

— 3 years ago
Direct Manipulation

Computer interfaces sit in contrast to our evolution, but touch screens are changing this. Will our children remember brainfarts like the keyboard and mouse?

We evolved in a world where our action and the reaction, for the most part, co-inside in space (and time). The problem with most of the computer interfaces around us today, is that this rarely happens. I am typing this by pressing keys on a board in front of me, and watching letters appear about 25cm away. I have learned that these two are related, but it has taken allot of training.

The existence of constructs like the mouse cursor are evidence of this disparity. We need a guide to tell us where the results of our actions will be performed. The insanity of such an interface is often demonstrated when someone unfamiliar to these methods of input tries interact with a computer.

Compare this to the speed at which new users take up touch screens. They are so intuitive that I often reach out and touch the icons on an ATMs screen, rather than the buttons besides them.

one-2-ten

This wonderful example of a great user interface, a rating system called one-2-ten, was so simple to use and so unexpectedly playful at the same time, that I found myself interacting with it without even noticing, and leaving it with a smile on my face

"Multitouch", "allow for direct manipulation. [This] means you are actually contacting, not through an intermediary", like a keyboard or mouse", but actually on the graphics its self. Its a direct manipulation interface" Jefferson Han, PerceptivePixel

As humans, we are incredibly gifted at pattern recognition, and as such, are able to learn that if we interact with a device in a certain way, and a response is formed in another location, that they were related. The problem is that this still takes processing power.It may become imbedded beyond the point of recognition, and it may grow to fluidity over time, but there is always that little extra subconscious thought necessary. Our pattern recognizing brains may help identify new places where similar interactions may take place, but there is always a latent apprehension, a moment of doubt, where our task is put on hold, and we deal with the interface. 


Typing on a keyboard will never rival writing with a pencil, and lets not talk about trying to draw with the mouse. Why? Because when we draw a line on a piece of paper, the action and the re-action are right there, they are tangible. Touch-screens are making computing more tangible. Now how can we take the computing out of the screen and hold it in our hands!

— 3 years ago with 5 notes
#interaction  #interface  #ixd  #keyboard  #microsoft  #mouse  #multitouch  #one-2-ten  #pattern  #surface  #theory  #touch  #Masters 
Python vs Open Framworks

Decisions decisions.

Familiarity (Python) vs Power (Open Frameworks)

Any opinions?

I’ve been working with python for quite some time, and am rather comfortable with it, but am also quite aware of its limitations. Open frameworks on the other hand seems like a popular alternate, for something quite similar.

The problem, and the benefit, is that open frameworks is C++ based and while C++ is rather powerful, its not the worlds most friendly language.

Sigh, OK, ill give it a go. :)

— 3 years ago