Where To Find Phil Nelson On The Internet, March 2017 Edition

27 March 2017

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, eh?

I, Phil Nelson, am a web developer, designer, game tinkerer, professional wrestling aficionado, and son of the once-great state of Michigan.

Lately you can find me standing too close behind you in line at the following places:

In heaven, everything is fine

30 January 2017

Awwwww! From David Lynchs cult (and I mean CULT) film Eraserhead! Yes.. The amazing cinematography, lady in the radiator and Victor, the frighteningly cute baby. Why not pop your keys on to a Victor of your own? The Victor keychain is 8.5cm in length and 100 X that size in cuteness! Made from polymer clay, wire and fabric.
You can buy these unsettling Baby Victor keychains from an Australian seller on Etsy

Squeezing the soul out of digital video

24 January 2017

The image above is from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon title sequence. Pretty iconic, right? It is the result of a new video technique I came up with. For more examples and a thorough explanation, read on:

I was taken by a Strange Mood and created a small combination of shell and python scripts that:

1) Creates a still image from every frame of a given input video, then 2) Compares each of these images against each other, round-robin style, in order to 3) Find the two images (and therefore, the two “shots”) which are the LEAST like each other in the source video.

Essentially it take a video input, and finds the two frames that are least like each other. My theory is that all of this will Tell Us Something. I don’t really know what. This is something like digital mysticism, trying to find the soul of a string of bits and surface it.

The current method is sub-optimal in several ways, for one it takes a long time to run on a laptop. Remember: We’re comparing every second of video to every other second of video, and that adds up. Running the script against a full 22-minute episode of a TV should would require 970921 comparisons, so I’ll set that up to run tonight and maybe it’ll be done by morning? This sounds like a job for EC2.

Some more examples:

A-Ha – Take On Me

Citizen Kane – Original Trailer

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