Steve Kudlak
Since 2004
Works in Watsonville, California United States of America

I have a BS in Biocehmistry and BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking. Recently I have become interested in digital media. When I get a webpage done I will post the info
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Re: Too Much Information!!! j/k, LOL

Well if I survive my doctor's appointment, he says sounding
as ominous as possible, I will try to make up a set of explicated
links to various scientific visualization tools. It is interesting
because the same things are happening there. People oh and ah over
the "VISIT" technology which is great when one has a big group
right there to talk to, but doesn't work as well with real distance
learning. It is interesting that the old "Slides with a lot of
explanation" technique has its probelms. This improvement seems
to leave a little to be desired, its pretty obvious to me that
it was used in situations where topics like "cyclogensis" were
often discussed and knowing all the steps were second nature.
It doesn't do as well with "distance learning" where people perhaps
haven't thought about the details of the process until knowing it
is second nature. So lots of animations and some overlayed maps
don't help as much unless you have an instructor pointing out the
"easy to see" and "obvious" features.

In the case of actually teaching something that people have to know
well I don't think one can be quite as dismissive as "let's leave that
to the undergrads and go onto something I think of as neat and
interesting" but I am indeed mixing at least Lemons and Oranges
and all their levels of meaning. I guess I should ask "praytell what
are these more interesting topics." Anyway let's see if I call rustle
up some links for people to look into, and then maybe those of mystical
bent will start about what they see in the clouds.;)

The VISIT homepage:

The Cyclogenisis Talk (requires a bit of memory;)
has nice "clouds in the coffee" water vapor imagery.
One of the "baroclinic leaves" on water vapor looks
like some little homonuceulus(spelling?) to me!;)

This page has various imaging related to current weather:

NEXSAT Pretty Pictures (that alas are seldom current, you can
look at the map for Monterey and know why I am in a bad mood
as of late.;)

Note night mode is partucularly pretty and makes a good
desktop. The images/pictures here are apt to not be up
to date, so all the old imaging stuff is still useful.

Anyway...Have Fun,
Sends Steve

> On Oct 6, 2004, at 5:28 AM, Pall Thayer wrote:
>> From where I'm standing, it looks like there's *a lot* going on both
>> in the fields of practice and theory.
> I agree, and certainly more is happening in Europe, but I still see a
> gap in criticality. Works which leverage the latest technology receive
> the most discussion, and ideas often take a back seat to the
> enthusiastic rush to be the first to make the widget do X.
>> When work is based on data that is converted to an abstract
>> representation, that *is* quite a radical commentary on the state of
>> our world right now.... It's akin to the famous photo of a hippy
>> putting a flower into the barrel of a soldiers rifle, converting the
>> ominous killing machine into an ornamental vase.
> Thank you Pall, for providing a model for viewing these works. I remain
> unswayed though; not to bank everything on your final analogy, but
> often a data-fed work would look the same if it were fed random
> numbers, whereas "hippies" putting flowers in random locations would
> have a very different effect; those flowers were guided missiles. The
> question becomes, why bother feeding it real data if you need to be
> told what the work is [assimilating/reprocessing]? Just use random
> numbers! The conceptual statement about data overload remains the same.
> In fact, everything remains the same except the stale non-novelty that
> the work is drawing from live data. Just something to think about.
> Further, who is actually interested in the amount of data flowing
> around us constantly? I mean really interested. Is "too much
> information!" a viable platform for artistic activity, or is it a
> stalling tactic while one thinks of something more substantive to say?
> At a certain point, to comment on the sea of data is like commenting on
> the weather. Backbone traffic is high today, with a 30% chance of rain.
> Personally, I would hope we could leave this topic to the first-year
> New Media undergraduates and move on to something -- anything -- more
> intriguing.
> with optimism,
> - ben
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What I want from Linux is....OSes and Art and Visualization....

For its denizens to leave 1977 and embrace the modern
world which overall they/we have.;) My problem is I haven't
found a replacement for many Windows or MAC graphics tools.

THer GIMP would be great with improvements and if the
Windows version was $79.00US, then my giftie version of
Photoshop CS bought by a friend still is a bit better.;)

Yeah it would be nice if things worked in as many browsers
and across platforms as much as possible and have it work
everywhere. Alas I have not got to the point where I can ban
anything from my from desktop. Since I actually use my computer
to do stuff other than OS wizardry I can't be cavilier about
doing things that would say smash the MBR and many Linuxers but
that in the "Stuff happens categorey."

Interesting idea spun off by thia, is how much effort and
cost would it take to make a Linux or BSD art system that would
be as good as a reasonable costing MAC plus software. I know in
the PC world if you are good at throwing things together it is
indeed possible to beat Gateway or Dell at their "let's build
one for you" game. Although Gateway did do a good thing with
the old system I had back in the Ohio Valley. I liked the COREL
stuff they had.

Right now I do lots of visualization stuff for "science" purposes
like meteorology and its intreresting. Lots of the number crunchy
model stuff is all Linux and (giggle) Fortran 7x-20xx+. A lot depends
on having movie players and the like to do animation. So they pretty
much use Windows platforms because they are what's around.

It would be nice to have nice Linux desktops that worked well for
science and art and where you could write the reports on them too.
I notice that some of my fun Linux books were typeset for publication
using windows. Note well the GIMP books weren't. So there is
potential to do things there. My big problem is that not all of us
are well off artists.;) Some of us are less well off whatever we ares.;)
I think Linux could really help in such a place.
Have Fun,
Sends Steve


Re: [greatbiggroup] Re: correction to Message 3

It's interesting how so many things as of late have concerned
articles of faith. I know in the "New Age Community" or what
has evolved from it, has a number of aphorism that get repeated
quite often. Of course this might be a normal "religious" thing
as a lot of Catholicism was sort of enforced with aphorisms.
Whereas the only thing Evangelical Protestants said was "Scripture
Only" but they then proceeded to use a questionable translation
produced for an Elizabethan monarch with an agenda.

While I am wondering around that area...I saw a trailer for
Celsuis 41.1 (well I was always told it was 42C was the most
that most human brains could deal with in fever for brief periods).
If the movie holds true to the trailer and the spokescreature's
statements it is pretty much a huge ad hominem attack on the Left
via claiming the Left's members have cooked their brains.

Whereas Farenheit 911 made some attempt to claim there were just
a lot of weirdness going on with the whole September 11th scenario.
So I'd give Moore a "pass" on the "gee this is weird approach".
I will probably get to see 411 (which is also a cute trick to
imply it has "real information").

Of course I don't think this will all go away anytime soon...The whole
MAC vs. PC vs. Homebrew with the Windows vs. Linux thing thrown in
as a subtext seems like something that comes out of the religious world
with the various sects fighting amongst each other. Whereas they completely
ignore "Saint Violet and the Anti-Comp Sect" ... See "Free Press Death

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

> --- In, Allison Crouch
> wrote:
> > Oh no, there are no accidents, merely the subconscious punishing
> > us for some bad bad thing we've done that we feel guilty about.
> There are too such things as accidents. There's such a thing
> as 'randomness', and maybe - MAYbe - even something that could be
> construed as 'free will', if you stretch the term far enough...
> -John
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[Fwd: Re: in a very strange way... and interesting differences in language]

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Re: in a very strange way... and interesting differences in
language From:
Date: Thu, August 5, 2004 7:13 pm
To: "Basic and applied design (Art and Architecture)"

I never thought of "ASAP" as having any feeling of
being immediate or being like "stat" in the medical
sense, but more of like finding the perfect moment
when everything is just right.

I wonder if Digital Photography will revive this type
of stuff. One can watch things on the little LED screen
and hit the shutter button when perfect moments and
compositions arise.

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

> was also relatively unknown for the public he wanted to
picture/portrait/ because very few pictures were available showing his
own face.
> as his Leica, he was very discreet.
> Original Message -----
> From: Howard Ray Lawrence
> Subject: Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.
> Cartier-Bresson shot with a Leica, the quietest of cameras, working only
> with black and white film, and notably, without a flash. Thrusting a
subject in the limelight, he once said, was a sure way to destroy it.
> He also opposed cropping pictures, saying it diluted the picture's
> meanings.
> in fact, he choosed and published, as any good photographer, the good
> ones.
> the "cadre" he re-acted to picture was choosen by him, or happened by
> chance, talent or any other combination of events, but if you have the
opportunity to include all the visual elements you feel necessary and
sufficient to be in the "cadre" in front of your lens/eyes/brain, it


[Fwd: Google News Alert - Critical Art Ensemble] --- for comment

I use the "News Alert" feature of Goggle and I set it
to topics I want to watch. Every once in awhile it comes
up with something interesting. I think the article is
pretty interesting. It has a good criticism but it has
some of the alternative world's quick dismissal of things
that didn't work on day one as if they will never work
and all that distbin of history stuff. Same the "X is
dead" stuff it can be equally shortsighted.

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Google News Alert - Critical Art Ensemble
From: "" <>
Date: Mon, August 2, 2004 11:23 pm

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