Tag Archives: Tutorial

Processing: How to Load All Images in a Sketch Folder

Image Arrays in Processing

Did you know you can create an array of images?! I just learned this. And the really exciting part is that you can rig up Processing to look through your Sketch folder to get the names of images to load into that array.

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Processing: How to Hide Messages in Static

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Poltergeist was hands down the scariest movie I saw as a child. It hard coded my brain to associate static on television with sinister messages from the beyond. Now that I’m older,  I’ve come to the realization that static is a great place to hide all kinds of messages (thanks Poltergeist). And Processing is the obvious place to make that happen.

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Processing: How to Code a Scrolling Timeline

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mouseMoved() never seemed like a particularly useful tool in Processing until I started experimenting with different timeline set-ups. Turns out, it’s marvelous.

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YouTube: Tips for Making a How-To Video

This is my first and possibly only foray into the madness that is constructing a YouTube video. I’ve been watching the Vlog Brothers for years, and I’ve never appreciated the effort that goes into it. Pick a topic, write a script, animate the graphics, trim clips, find background music, and also, cut around all your foul language because YouTube does not take kindly to that.

I did that after doing a lot of other research on the basics of YouTube for a non-YouTuber.

So, as a supplement to this VBA video tutorial, I’ve condensed my background research for anyone out there who might also be considering a jump from WordPress to YouTube.

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How to Install GAP for Gifs

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GAP stands for Gimp Animation Package. It’s the way that I make gifs out of MP4 files. Here’s a breakdown of how you can install it into your version of Gimp in six steps.

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Python: How to Automate Word Docs

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Every time I start thinking that my job is bad, I try to remind myself that Stanley Kubrick had a secretary. The guy was notorious for driving actors into the ground. Making them do takes over and over and over. Can you imagine having to handle his administrative work?

If IMDB’s trivia page is to be believed, that poor soul had to spend weeks typing out the infamous ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ novel from hell. On the off-chance I ever find myself similarly working for a maniac, I’m attempting to master the Python docx module, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how far you can get with just the basics.

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Python: What are Nested Lists?

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I’ve been plowing through Automate the Boring Stuff with Python by Al Sweigart. Since I generally skip over chapters with scary names or giant blocks of text, the bit about nested dictionaries and lists went blazing right over my head. But when I wanted to start shaping objects in Blender into letters (as pictured above), I went right back to it because they’re actually quite useful.

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