From her twenties until the end of her life, O’Keeffe studied and admired various aspects of Asian culture. Many of her abstracted landscapes, such as this bird’s eye view of a river, show her interest in the calligraphic line and flattened perspective of Japanese and Chinese painting. // Posing for the photographer Bruce Weber in 1984, O’Keeffe fused Eastern and Western influences by pairing a kimono with a vaquero hat. The swirl of her “GOK” brooch, designed by her friend Alexander Calder, echoes the larger form of her own sculpture behind her. // This kimono, a padded men’s garment in striped gray silk with a black collar, suited her lifelong taste for clothing that was practical, androgynous, and monochromatic, while also reflecting her fascination with Asian culture.
On this day in music history: August 10, 1983 - “Stompin’ At The Savoy - Live” by Rufus & Chaka Khan is released. Produced by Russ Titelman, it is recorded at the Savoy Theater in New York City from February 12 - 14, 1982 (live tracks) and Warner Bros. Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA, Village Recorders in Los Angeles, CA, RPM Studios, Soundworks Digital in New York City, Group IV Recording and Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA circa Early 1983 (studio tracks). After ten years and six albums with lead singer Chaka Khan, Rufus record one final album together before disbanding. The album is a two LP set consisting of three sides of live material recorded over three nights at the Savoy Theater in New York City, with the fourth side containing four new songs recorded in the studio. It spins off two singles including the smash “Ain’t Nobody” (#1 R&B, #22 Pop). which also wins them their second Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1984. Out of print on vinyl since the early 90’s, it is remastered and reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2014. The CD release is remastered and reissued by Big Break Records in 2015. “Stompin’ At The Savoy - Live” peaks at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number fifty on the Top 200.
Creating gifs from Google Earth historical imagery on GNU/Linux with Bash
First, I downloaded Google Earth for Linux and installed it on my Chromebook (which is running a chroot with crouton). I then proceeded to find deforested zones in Brazil, which was not difficult. I used the history tool to go back in time.
Google Earth contains decent images from Landsat/Copernicus that goes back to 1984. This allows one to see troubling forest destruction in South America, the damages of tar sands extraction in Alberta, and many other things I did not have the time to look at yet.
I figured out it would be too long to do all the clicking and screenshots-taking by hand, so I wrote a dirty bash script to do that for me. This script uses xdotool to place the mouse and perform clicks. I hardcoded the “next year” button’s position into the script, so if you try it, you may have to change the position to match the button’s position on your screen (#cleancode). The script uses import, an ImageMagick utility which is able to take cropped screenshots from a window and save them.
Once all the pictures are taken, I call convert to create a gif. I tweaked the settings to make the gif small enough for publishing on the internet without slowing everyone’s tumblr. Normally, I try to keep my GLSL gifs’ size under 100K, but since the environment is important, I allowed myself to keep some image quality here and go a bit above 200K.
# Note: I have to go to year 1984 before the script starts
# Sleep to let user move to other terminal tab
# and monitor memory with top ;)
# For every year:
for i in `seq 1984 2016`; do
# Print current year
# Take screenshot
import -window "Google Earth" -crop 500x400+500+120 $i.png
# Go to next year
xdotool mousemove 512 155 click 1
# Leave some time for the image to load
echo "Creating anim.gif"
convert *.png +repage -fuzz 20% -layers Optimize -colors 6 +dither anim.gif
Now that I have this script, I can animate whatever land that humans have destroyed since 1984, how fun! I had to reboot my Chromebook a couple of times during the development process because Google Earth was a bit exhausting for the small computer.
✴ Last Movie: I can only remember series… For that it’d be Game of Thrones.
✴Last song: Spotify forgot. But the last two playlists I listened to were my favourites of Gorillaz and Depeche Mode.
✴Last book: Well. Technically, I read two pages of my freshly bought print of 1984 by George Orwell, but I’m currently reading a Storm of Swords … It’s too many books.
✴ Last ate: Strawberry Yoghurt chocolate
✴ If I could travel anywhere: London or Dublin. I loved it there, and maybe if I can hide long enough they’ll end up letting me live there despite the Brexit;;
✴ If I could be with any fictional character for a day: You’re making me pick??? I think I’ll have to say Thomas Nightingale from the Peter Grant Series, closely followed by Chrollo from HxH and Trahearne from GW2.
✴ If I could be anywhere right now: on a magical floating island in Alaska filled with cats and shiba inus who all get along splendidly. And there’d have to be pine trees, Gothic architecture and Victorian mansions. Yes.