bits-and-bytes

Alright I’ve finally gotten around to making a post which explains the concepts behind a lot of the recent programmer-nerd-art things I’ve been doing.

The very first one was a larger version of my icon, which is an identity matrix with the green that in a sense wound up being my identity on this website being represented by the 1s.

The rest I’ll be explaining are under the cut since there are a lot of pictures (and words!).

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Recovery

In Stephen King’s book, Dreamcatcher, a character named Jonesy describes his memory warehouse to friends as a giant multi-story repository of a lifetime of subconscious memories.  The movie adaptation brings to the screen an old, cluttered, but organized library where Jonesy retrieves memories from time to time for a variety of reasons.

Imagine a memory warehouse filled with music and that adequately describes how I view my electronic music collection.  My electronic copy of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of  the Moon is just a a set of bits and bytes, it is the Original Master Recording vinyl version of the album I bought as a high school student at Stereo Lab in Columbus, Ohio, complete with the heavy clear plastic cover to protect the album art.  The electronic version of Michael Stanley Band’s live Stage Pass recording is the double album I bought at Beautiful Noise off Deo Drive, here in Newark, Ohio.  Bob Seger’s “Betty Lou’s Gettin’ Out Tonight” is the 45 single on the jukebox at Cassano’s Pizza that Jon, the owner, used to play loudly after closing while we mopped the place.  Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto will forever be the copy of the recording my father owned.  It was my introduction to Bach.  The George Jones in my collection is a worn-out old cassette tape that my friend, Tim, gave me.

“Memory,” writes Stephen King, “is the basis of every journey.”  My music collection anchors me to the memories of my journeys.  I’ve “lost” my music collection a half dozen times since I converted it to a digital format.  Electronic drives fail, computers crash, things happen.  When I lost the collection this weekend, I considered switching back to CD’s, cassettes, and vinyl again.  I have maintained my collection of CD’s and cassettes; I regrettably allowed my vinyl collection to be sold during a yard sale years ago. 

My 160 gigabyte iPod convinced me to recover and rebuild my electronic collection.  There is a certain comfort to carrying around 30,000 songs on a four inch by two and a half inch by one quarter inch device.  If I want to play Mozart’s Piano Sonatas in the car, I spin the selection wheel and enjoy.  A day’s worth of Bach is no problem if the iPod is charged.  All The Beatles albums?  No sweat.  AC/DC, Ella, Frank, George, Bruce, and Lyle all live happily together waiting for the right time to trigger the right memory from my warehouse.

The recovery is 31% complete.  By the weekend, my iTunes account will be operational.  By next week, I’ll have my playlists rebuilt.  Recovery is in process.

145: Halloween tricks

A Time Portal has appeared in the restaurant! What kind of creature will emerge from the Depths of Time??

Oh, wait, it’s Wren and Reynold, from Costume Quest. They’re cute!

They also need candy to save Halloween. Nolan and Gretha can provide, but they need a special favor from the siblings, first.

Happy Halloween!

What’s this? Could it be…??? Oh my God, I actually TRANSLATED a page of my webcomic!!

Here’s page 107 of my Bits & Bytes webcomic, specially translated because I liked it a lot. Basically, it’s a little homage to many Kickstarter projects that got funded. Enjoy!

Oh, you can also read this page in my IMGUR account. Try here: http://imgur.com/gallery/rf1gC2k

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In quantum computing, qubit or quantum bit, is a unit of quantum information—the quantum analogue of the classical bit.

A qubit is a two-state quantum-mechanical system such as the polarization of a single photon: here the two states are vertical polarization and horizontal polarization. In a classical system, a bit would have to be in one state or the other, but quantum mechanics allows the qubit to be in a superposition of both states at the same time, a property which is fundamental to quantum computing.

I completely forgot to finish these Xrosses, so I finished this and the realized that I haven’t even thought about the three form Xros, whoops.

Skippermon! Rollimon! DigiXros!

Not only does Skippermon gain armor with this Xros, but he also gains the ability to roll up like a wheel to both move around and attack using Cellarbuster.

The references I could make with this Xros only came to mind after I drew it. It took everything I had not to have him ‘got to go fast’.