Creativity is just connecting things.
— Steve Jobs

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I <3 Glitch Paintings

One of the fun nerd things about live QuickTime streams has to be the pixellated renderings of frames when the video is buffering. This recent post from Kottke about glitch paintings reminded me of the post I wrote a while back about the Sal Saghoian images I captured during one of his AppleScript webcasts:

I love how this one had the words “control freak” ghost in over his face:

Andy Denzler’s glitch paintings are really really cool:

I’d totally have one in my house. Maybe I’ll take one of my screenshots during a webcast and blow it up to a big frameable size!

Been a Long Time, Been a Long Time

I don’t normally post about my career but kinda feel compelled to. I was laid off last week and it’s weird. I’m shocked because I really thought Digital was a strategic advantage and direction for my company, especially in the Detroit market, where clients just refuse to pay for anything that could be misconstrued as an elaborate production. Digital is theoretically cheaper but that’s only true for so long. Once you get deeper into creative and integration with other platforms, costs typically go up.

Regardless, I’ve been away from the blog for a while now because I’m searching for a new job. My net is cast over the whole U.S. right now and while I prefer Silicon Valley, Chicago and the East Coast, I’m entertaining all offers that could lead to a bright and stable future.

I just spent hours rewriting my resume into the early morning and really think it paints a clear picture of who I am, what I’m interested in producing, and how I think. I hope an employer sees it the same way. ;-)

In the meantime, I’ve put my house up for sale . It’s really bizarre to see it listed but I have to. The Detroit market is devastated and frankly, everyone here thinks they’re next to be laid off.

For now, I’m spending time with my family by taking Elise to ballet classes, rocking Miles to sleep and rubbing Melissa’s feet/letting her sleep in/keeping the house neat to help relieve her stress. I so hated to give her the news of my layoff after the year she’s had in the hospital with a high-risk pregnancy and premature delivery.

When Melissa and I decided to move back to Michigan in 2000, we knew it was a risk. There just aren’t as many places to work here as other markets. We’ve had fun in Michigan, met tons of great neighbors, and worked with some fabulous people along the way. But by far, the best thing has been having our kids with our families around to share in that experience.

I will post any updates to the search here. I wish everyone in Michigan and all connected to the auto industry all the best. It’s unnecessarily brutal out there due to circumstances that were really beyond any of our control.

Time to get back to making Miles smile.

Busted Wide Open

I couldn’t resist. With all the talk about the SDK and how the 2.0 iPhone firmware had been hacked, I’m back in the fold of the hackers by jailbreaking my iPhone. Everything works perfectly and I’m back with my fun 3rd party apps like Sketches, Voice Notes, Screenshots, etc. YAY!

I used iPlus 2.0, their suggested 1.1.4 firmware, and Fugu to SFTP into the phone afterward.

Follow the directions very carefully and you’ll be ready in no time. I’m also doing this all on my Intel iMac and synced the phone prior to doing this. Beware. You could easily screw up your phone if you don’t follow the directions carefully.

The Back of Steve’s Mind

From a NYTimes article:

The Apple development team worried constantly that the approach might fail during the years they were creating the iPhone, he said.

“We all had that Garry Trudeau cartoon that poked fun at the Newton in the back of our minds,” he said, citing Doonesbury comic strips that mocked an Apple handwriting-recognition system in 1993. “This thing had to work.”