Speed reader – Visual Assignment 347: Photo It Like Peanut Butter

I used an old Weekly Shōnen Jump as source material for Speed reader. I like it’s economic black ink on pulpy multi-coloured paper style. I also thought the Weekly Shōnen Jump imagery would be able to withstand a drastic reduction in colour palette; a byproduct of balancing the constraints of the gif file format, image quality and file size of the final exported animated gif.

While thumbing-through the pages, I used the burst-feature of my DSLR to capture some frames. I then used Photoshop to import the frames, adjust tone, colour and contrast and finally export a 64-colour animated gif.

Visual Assignment 347: Photo It Like Peanut Butter brief

Rather than making animated GIFs from movie scenes, for this assignment, generate one a real world object/place by using your own series of photographs as the source material. Bonus points for minmal amounts of movement, the subtle stuff.

Blood harvest (The Softain Biopsy) – Visual Assignment 340: Splash the colour

By now I’m sure many of you are quite familiar with the ground-breaking work of specialist surgeon Dr Sigmeund Softain. Dr Sigmeund Softain is the doctor responsible for pioneering The Softain Biopsy medical procedure.

The Softain Biopsy* is a medical procedure involving the sampling of diseased human cells or tissues for examination, repair, duplication and then re-insertion back into the patient.

What isn’t known is how Dr Sigmeund Softain manages to repair the diseased human cells. Well, earlier this week I had the privilege of spending time with Dr Sigmeund Softain in his lab. During this time I managed to find out out more about Dr Softain’s cell repair technology. “You see, it’s all rather simple” Dr Softain told me. “I use a rare species of spider that lives in a citrus tree common to suburban Australia to repair and then harvest diseased blood and human cells.”

*Dr Sigmeund Softain is currently undergoing an investigation from the Australian Future Medical Procedure Organisation (AFMPO) and has had his practise license withdrawn.

Visual Assignment 340: Splash the colour

Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.

You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google.

The Daily Create (TDC) Archive: TDC 15 – 21

This is my weekly archive of the work I’ve produced for The Daily Create (TDC).

The Daily Create (TDC) 15 – Make a recording of the most lively laugh you’ve made someone do

As you will hear in this recording, I’m not a very funny guy.

The Daily Create (TDC) 16 – Photograph something commonly considered ugly and make it heart-breakingly beautiful

I didn’t quite get the heart-breakingly beautiful gas flame glow on the dirty stovetop that I was after.

Photograph something commonly considered ugly and make it heart-breakingly beautiful - Dirty stovetop

The Daily Create (TDC) 17 – Show us your keychain and tell us about the keys and things you have on it

My house and car keys.


The Daily Create (TDC) 18 – Record a short video of an object in motion

A falling umbrella.

The Daily Create (TDC) 19 – Record a video of yourself telling a joke

This is a one-liner borrowed from Steven Wright.

The Daily Create (TDC) 20 – A photo where the movement of the camera creates an interesting blur effect

The in-camera radial blur style technique I used for Coloured balls on grass was inspired by the back-cover photo/artwork of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger. I just rotated the camera while I took the photo.

A photo where the movement of the camera creates an interesting blur effect - Coloured balls on grass

The Daily Create (TDC) 21 – Record a daily update

Trying to track down Jim Groom and Emre5807

The Tweet that made my heart skip a beat.

Emre5807’s Twitter update said it all. He had captured Jim Groom. Surely it can’t be true? I felt that there was only one thing for me to do. I had to track down Emre5807 and rescue Jim. I could always look for Kim Droom later. I had seen Giulia Forsythe’s excellent recommendation of the industry standard hacker tool Hacker Typer. This is exactly what I needed to find Emre5807.

This video documents the final moments before discovering the whereabouts of Emre5807 and Jim Groom. After that, everything went a little hazy.

Did Jim get lost searching for Emre5807 the infamous ds106 hacker?

I guess everyone has heard by now about the DS106 website being hacked earlier in the week. If you haven’t, go and read Jim Groom’s blog post. It’s serious stuff.

Apparently the DS106 website was hacked by someone who goes by the name of Emre5807. I’m not sure WHO that is, but I reckon they should start running because Jim and Kim Droom are on a mission to find them. Jim recently recorded a video from the airport while waiting for his private jet to be fueled and that was the last time we’ve heard from him.

I don’t mean to push the panic-button or anything, but after watching Jim’s video I became a little worried. I mean, we haven’t heard from him or Kim at all since his departure. We don’t even know if he’s arrived at his destination!

I hope Jim doesn’t mind, but I called back home to see if he had arrived safely at his destination and that search for Emre5807 is going well. Hope to hear from you soon and good luck with tracking down Emre5807.


Rowan Peter