Fox News DeTouched…

Media Matters (a non-profit site dedicated to “documenting conservative misinformation”) reported that Fox News recently featured photos of two New York Times reporters that appeared to have been digitally altered — “the journalists’ teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe’s hair moved further back on his head”.
In celebration of all the retouch artistry going in the “news” I decided to make a special Fox News edition of my DeTouch project (originally intended to highlight alterations made in model photographs). The brighter the pixel value the more the image has been altered. View resulting images below and the interactive online application here:
The original DeTouch website can be viewed at
The applet was built in Processing, and the source code is here.

(cross blogged to


Yesterday was Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day here in Hong Kong. Somewhere between 40,000 and 12,000 people (depending on who you listen to) took to the streets, many of whom carrying signs saying “One Person One Vote”.

Rough translation: Banner on the right = “Chinese party cannot control China any longer”. Banner on left = “When the government dies don’t die with them.”

Public Domain Donor

Why let all of your ideas die with you? Current Copyright law prevents anyone from building upon your creativity for 70 years after your death. Live on in collaboration with others. Make an intellectual property donation. By donating your IP into the public domain you will “promote the progress of science and useful arts” (U.S. Constitution). Ensure that your creativity will live on after you are gone, make a donation today.
Video and sticker download at:

Lord Nader……… ARISE!

  • “Wow, that’s really unfortunate. I remember when he did this before. It’s not good for anybody, especially our country.” (NY Times).

  • ~Hilary Clinton on Ralph Nader

  • “I will receive no money from commercial interests or political action groups.” (Meet The Press).

  • ~Ralph Nader

  • All I’m saying is Nader is back and I’m so excited that I made a T-Shirt. His meet the press interview gave me chills, view it here.

  • Terror Alert Level…

    As you can see I have updated the blog so that you can stay on top of the current terror alert level. provides this service as well as email alerts when current terror-alert status changes.
    I also stumbled across this site which I thought was dirt style enough to be worthy of mention.

    When the President Talks to God….

    I might be a little late to the party on this one, but I heard this Bright Eyes song called “When the President Talks to God” today while listening to KEXP. You can download it for free if you have iTunes here. He also performed the song live on the Leno show which can be viewed here.
    “When the president talks to God
    Are the consonants all hard or soft?
    Is he resolute all down the line?
    Is every issue black or white?
    Does what God say ever change his mind
    When the president talks to God?”
    On the same show they also played a track called “Memorial Day” by the Perceptionists which can be heard here.

    Free Culture…

    I just finished reading a wonderful book called Free Culture, by Lawrence Lessig on creativity, culture, and copyright issues. (The image above was scanned from the chapter on property)

    Smash The State….

    Mark sent me this link this morning. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President (and Green party member) Matt Gonzalez commissioned highly published print, canvas, and graffiti artist Barry McGee to do an installation in his City Hall office. graffiti = activism.

    Fuck You and Your H2….

    This is Michele and I taking part in one of my favorite database driven sites Fuck You and Your H2. The idea is simple, give HUMMERs the finger and take a photo. It’s a great site not only because of the entertaining photos online, but also because it encourages people to act on their anger in a funny and public way. There is nothing rugged and cool about getting the middle finger.