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~ Vol. 38 ~

What you will get only will you know after you read, in this edition of Quipsologies.


Craig Kroger — of tiny, lovely bitmap font fame at miniml — will give a complete set of his fonts to whoever wins his AT&T logo reredesign contest.


From the Department of I can’t Believe I didn’t have this Before: Paparazzi, is a small and simple application that lets you easily take screen shots of long pages — like Speak Up.


The exhibition, Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture, is now on its final week at Atlanta’s Museum of Design, until December 3.


The 22nd Chicago Latino Film Festival, one of the most prestigious, is now accepting entries for its poster contest. At $500 for the grand prize, it isn’t much to look forward to, but it gets a lot of exposure in Chicago.


As if Puma’s e-catalog wasn’t confusing enough, Nike brings you their version. At least Nike’s version isn’t such a RAM hog; Puma’s stalls my browser time after time.


(Dartmouth professor Hany) Farid has developed algorithms that are remarkably adept at recognizing the telltale signs of forgeries. His software scans patterns in a data file’s binary code, looking for the disruptions that indicate that an image has been altered. Farid, who has become the go-to guy in digital forensics, spends a great deal of time using Photoshop to create forgeries and composites and then studying their underlying data. What he’s found is that most manipulations leave a statistical trail. Can Photos be Trusted?


Photoshop is popular not only because it allows us visually to settle scores, but also because it appeals to our desire for the incongruous (and the ribald). “Photoshop contests” such as those found on the website Fark.com offer people the opportunity to create wacky and fantastic images that are then judged by others in cyberspace. This is an impulse that predates software and whose most enthusiastic American purveyor was, perhaps, P. T. Barnum. In the nineteenth century, Barnum barkered an infamous “mermaid woman” that was actually the moldering head of a monkey stitched onto the body of a fish. Photoshop allows us to employ pixels rather than taxidermy to achieve such fantasies, but the motivation for creating them is the same—they are a form of wish fulfillment and, at times, a vehicle for reinforcing our existing prejudices.The Image Culture


Three interesting articles by Hany Farid:
1) Exposing Digital Forgeries by Detecting Inconsistencies in Lighting (co-written with Micah K. Johnson)
2) Creating and Detecting Doctored and Virtual Images: Implications to The Child Pornography Prevention Act
3) Exposing Digital Forgeries by Detecting Duplicated Image Regions (co-writen with Alin C. Popescu)


Found over at NewsDesigner: Poland’s two largest newspapers, Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita, joined an Amnesty International protest against repression in neighboring Belarus on Wednesday and blacked out much of their front pages. An Amnesty ad on the bottom read “This is what freedom of speech looks like in Belarus.”


A recent addition to the growing list of blogs which feature design criticism: What Not to Crochet


The FBI recently announced the Top Ten Art Crimes. No mention of the current UPS or AT&T logos.


Elitist Art “trumps” the popular art of media culture, offering the alternative to the bottom-line world that leaves so many of us parched, spiritually depleted, half human precisely because we are asked … to deny our Elitist tendencies! — from (genius) playwright Richard Foreman’s notes on his next project: ZOMBOID!

Upcoming panel discussion: The Art of Online Criticism with Maud Newton, Sasha Frere-Jones (Tobias’ brother) and Terry Teachout — December 6 at the 92nd St Y’s Makor center in New York City.


GoodSearch.com, the new search engine, powered by Yahoo, donates money to your charity of choice every time you search´┐Ż— at no cost to you.[Via Daily Candy]


In May 2006, Rolling Stone will be publishing issue 1,000. In order to highlight the milestone, the cover will be printed in 3D.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.28.2005 BY The Speak Up Authors
Darrel’s comment is:

In May 2006, Rolling Stone will be publishing issue 1,000. In order to highlight the milestone, the cover will be printed in 3D.

I don't get it.

On Nov.28.2005 at 07:19 PM
Ravenone’s comment is:

...now if only they did the whole magazine in a sphere-ish, rockish shape....

Hope it comes w/3d glasses.

On Nov.28.2005 at 07:51 PM
Su’s comment is:

You Knit What?

On Nov.28.2005 at 08:31 PM
Michael B.’s comment is:

The Times went to great pains to not spell it out in their story on Rolling Stone's amazing 3D cover, but by 3D they mean lenticular printing, the same high-tech miracle that lets you enjoy postcards where Jesus's eyes seem to open and close depending on how you move your head. Wow!

On Nov.28.2005 at 11:53 PM
Su’s comment is:

And how many people in the room immediately thought, "Well, I didn't want to be the one to say it..."

On Nov.29.2005 at 01:05 PM