Meditation X (Final Project)

For the final project, a culmination of the semester, I choose to incorporate both the bot lesson and the Intervention lesson. I made a twitter bot incorporating the work of Søren Kierkegaard and Elliott Smith called the @TheEitherOrBot, a bot that spat out tweets that followed the pattern of “Either/Or: (quote from either Kierkegaard or Smith).” The connection between the two, of course, is each respective artists’ Either/Or. Kierkegaard’s Either/Or was a 1800s philosophical tract while Smith’s was a 1990s pop/rock/alternative record, of which the latter’s content was based off the former.

Getting the Elliott Smith lyrics from http://www.sweetadeline.net, a Smith fan’s ultimate resource, I plugged each track off Either/Or into TextEdit and followed by selecting an equal number of lines from Kierkegaard’s Either/Or to follow. After randomizing them via the BulkGenGen tool, I plugged them into an application producing a twitter bot: @TheEitherOrBot.

https://twitter.com/TheEitherOrBot

The second part of my project, incorporating intervention, involved me going around the city and writing various tweets from @TheEitherOrBot in chalk around the city (I got off at the W 4th St. subway station and walked around from there, finding fitting places for intervention). I documented this by taking picture of each intervention and posting them to an accompanying Instagram account, @theeitherorbot.

https://instagram.com/theeitherorbot/

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I really enjoyed this project, and I feel like it properly encapsulates a lot of what I got out of the course. Incorporating multiple lessons learned from the course into one succinct whole was something I felt might be an issue, but I believe I pulled it off. Taking text and skewing it in different forms was a major theme throughout the semester, and while I left the text itself unchanged, I decontextualized and re-appropriated it in a way that makes the text interesting in an entirely different way. Kierkegaard is a brilliant writer, and putting his text in this format brings out a poetic nature of his writing that may go unnoticed otherwise. Something that makes his writing so poetic at times is the hard-hitting, one-off lines that can be found throughout his work, making him similar to Elliott Smith, a writer Kierkegaard had profound effect on (enough to name an album after a work of his). Seeing each of their one-liners decontextualized on a twitter feed is both slightly mystifying and potentially inspiring. There is mystery to the origin of some individual tweets (“Either/Or: against god we are always in the wrong”could surely be the work of either Kierkegaard or Smith, though in this case it is Kierkegaard), and this makes the bot consistently enticing. Making an Instagram commemorating the public intervention, or more accurately advertisement, of the tweets puts on display this interesting use of classic text, yet further decontextualizing it. All said and done, I think the joint twitter and Instagram accounts accounting this new way of viewing otherwise stagnant text is something worthwhile, and a justifiable way to conclude my time in this course. Thank you!

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Meditation 8

I made two bots for class (the first one may be a tad over the line for class). The first bot I made was called NBA Greats Traded (@NBATradeCenter), the premise being a twitter feed following NBA players getting traded or signing with a member of the European Union in exchange for something bizarre. The source of the players came from Basketball-Reference.com’s list of the top 25 players all-time. The bot tweets out every 10 minutes something like “Charles Barkley just got traded to Denmark in exchange for the proverbial pile of trash. He said of the move, “Fuck.”” or “Kobe Bryant has signed with Ireland in exchange for the proverbial sack of shit. He said of the move, “Fuck.”” It is a total impossibility that any of those things could happen, but I like the idea of a retired player getting told he had to go to Austria because someone traded him for a liter of methane. I was hoping to poke fun at modern sports media.

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I made another bot running in-line with this idea, making a twitter for boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, commenting on the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paquiao. Basically, Atlas tweets that either Floyd or Manny were just working out in some way (benching, squatting, punching, etc. something completely random, like the experimental hip-hop group Death Grips, or an autographed picture of the cast of Cheers). This would preface a quote on the upcoming fight that varied in sensibility (they would saying anything from “I ain’t scared” to “Freud smoked cake”). Honestly, this did not come together too well. I had to shorten a lot of what I had due to the limitations of 140 characters, and this certainly damaged what I had originally liked about making a GenGen-type generated text. Despite the output of Atlas twitter not being great, I still enjoyed the process of making a bot. I only focused on more comedic stuff but I would love, in the future, to attempt to do something with a twitter bot that isn’t intentionally comedic or ridiculous. Since it spits output with regularity, it offers a really interesting method for communication that I would love to further investigate.

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https://twitter.com/teddy_atlas_

@teddy_atlas_

https://twitter.com/NBATradeCenter

@NBATradeCenter

Meditation 7

I chose to disturb the peace on the internet by “writing on site” with Twitter. I made an account called Pittsburgh Daily, portraying a daily photo blog based in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each update features a picture of somewhere in Pittsburgh is accompanied by a short description, usually just the area/address/etc. However, every picture is of New York City, the only thing being from Pittsburgh being the description of the picture. Here is a list of every tweet/source:

https://twitter.com/pittspixdaily

-The Duquesne University security building is really a Fordham University building.

-Ridge Ave is really Flushing Ave in Brooklyn.

-The Allegheny Iron Works is a shot of smokestacks of the Brooklyn Naval Yard from afar.

-The Fort Pitt Bridge is the Williamsburg Bridge (and features the Empire State Building)

-The Riverfront Industrial Park is the Brooklyn Naval Yard.

-The Aberlie House in Central Northside (a neighborhood in Pittsburgh) is the former home of the head surgeon of the Navy, within the confines of the Naval Yard.

-525 William Penn Place Is a skyscraper on (I believe) Flatbush Ave.

-The “marvelous” real estate of the Regent Square neighborhood is really Joralemon St.

-The Epiphany Catholic Church is really a church on Clinton Ave.

-Frick Park is Fort Greene Park.

-Frank Curto Park is really the campus of Pratt University.

-The Dollar Bank is Weylin B. Seymour’s, and event venue on Broadway.

This project came to be as I had to go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a class field trip and later, a concert in Williamsburg. I knew that I would have plenty of photo opportunities over the course of the day and thought this would be a great opportunity to do this meditation. So as I went on the tour and walked around the city, I would take pictures of what I found to be vague, homogenous city spaces throughout my day and portray them as if they were in another city. I figured if you had never been to that specific part of Pittsburgh or that specific part of New York City, it was possible that the picture would fit the description well enough. For example, Flushing Ave could be Ridge Ave to an unsuspecting customer, right? After each picture I took I would Google, for instance, “historical landmark homes Pittsburgh” for the decrepit house. Therefore, my phone was about ready to die at sundown, and did die mid-concert.

I thought this was an interesting way to intervene on the internet, satirizing by way of coyly lying. I wanted to take stereotypical social media platforms, of which “daily” “photoblog” “city of your choice” would fit, and mess with it. However, it was important to do something a casual follower would not expect, and more importantly not notice at a slight glance, which is seemingly all most people give to Twitter, Instagram, and the other social media darlings of the day. Due to the relatively poor quality of the photographs, not a ton could be instantly recognized as New York (unless of course you really know the city). I think spaces like this need some messing around with. Most things on Twitter or similar social media forums are so blatant, so black and white. However, acting in this way, trying to catch people in a lie, accepting what they read on the screen as truth, is really a simple social commentary on our mindless obsession with the technology we have and the connectedness that we maintain. This is a cool meditation because its nature is pushing us to push the envelope in a space (the internet) that we are all too involved in).

Being on Twitter, this is obviously intended to be seen by the public, so I followed quite a bit of people (275). I currently have 4 followers. I would like this type of thing to be widespread, and I think it would receive a fair amount of positive commentary, but probably more negative commentary. If anything, I would like it to encourage people to keep looking, read closely, always inspect, because you never know when you are being tricked.

Meditation 6

For Meditation 6, I decided to “write on site” on a wooden foot bridge near my house. I thought the foot bridge would be a good place to write text as it was relatively out of the way, does not maintain a ton of foot traffic, and is very moldy/dirty, making it easy to write on without physically damaging public property. I wrote on the side panels of the bridge, carving through the dirt and mold with the blunted screwdriver, writing from left to right.

I think this is the type of space that requires intervention because the foot bridge, in theory, is simply a means of transport. It is used expedite the process of getting from one place to another. A foot bridge of this nature has, to me, no aesthetic value. So, offering a blasé wooden bridge crossing a pseudo-swamp a parcel of text means more than it would offering that same text to a more aesthetically pleasing bridge, such as the Golden Gate Bridge. A simple, serviceable bridge like this seemed perfect, and for a source text, I choose (the very beginning of) a brief writing I was reading for philosophy, “The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number” by Jeremy Bentham. The passage reads:

“Greatest happiness of the greatest number. Some years have now elapsed…”

This passage opens what is a concise summation of the Utilitarian theory. I wrote basically the first line of the page, despite there being plenty more room on the bridge to write more. I did so because I think leaving this message would be very intriguing to a passerby. The first sentence is a very plain philosophical dogma, while the second in a seemingly unrelated cliffhanger. I can imagine a passerby going “…since what? Some years have now elapsed since what??” attempting to connect this with the previous statement. I think that each statement is independently thought-provoking yet obviously related, potentially imposing intrigue on an unexpecting passerby. All together, I think this was a interesting example of intervening in public space with text. The pictures are below.

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Meditation 5

I began by choosing a song (Alter Ego by Tame Impala) and pasting the lyrics in the Input Text section of eDiastic. I made the seed text my favorite line from the song, “the only one who’s really judging you is yourself.” I messed around quite initially with different song lyrics and seed texts, and once deciding on these two texts, quite a bit more with the components, changing directions, character methods, etc. I settled on:
-reading in a backwards direction
-cycling through the Input Text
-matching all characters in the Seed Text
-not considering upper/lower-case differences
-not adding Seed Text words to the output
-capitalizing Seed Text Characters
-replacing the Output Text

Input Text:

Said the voice from afar, don’t you know it doesn’t have to be so hard?
Waiting for everyone else around to agree
Might take too long, might take too long
When it won’t be so hard (it won’t be so hard)
Well it’s true, yes but you won’t get far telling me

That you are all you’re meant to be
When the one from my dream
Is sitting right next to me
And I don’t know what to do, oh alter ego

Get them to love you while they may depending on your words and wealth
The only one who’s really judging you is yourself
Nobody else, nobody else
If I could part it wouldn’t be so hard (it wouldn’t be so hard)
Well it’s true, yes but you won’t get far telling me

That you are all you’re meant to be
When the one from my dream
Is sitting right next to me
And I don’t know what to do, oh alter ego

Seed Text:

The only one who’s really judging you is yourself

Output Text:

To wHat drEam
One oNe onLy theY
Oh kNow drEam
When tHat toO doeSn’t
Right bE meAnt telLing realLy nobodY
Judging bUt anD judGing sittIng telliNg waitinG
You dOn’t yoU’re
It’s iS
You wOrds yoUr eveRyone yourSelf you’rE yourseLf yourselF

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For the second part, I used charNG and after much experimentation, I settled on 600 characters from 10-gram model following Markov chaining. I put it at a 30% chance of inserting a newline after a word and 10% chance of inserting 4+/-0 initial space. For the source text I went on to Wikipedia and clicked on random article, immediately finding an article on the band LAL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAL_(band)). Here is the entirety of their info:

“LAL is a Toronto-based collective of musicians representing Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, and India featuring vocalist Rosina Kazi, laptop musician, Nicholas “Murr” Murray, and bassist Ian de Sousa, since 1998. The group has developed a sound over the last decade fusing South-Asian roots, West Indian fruits, and melancholic vocals with jazz sensibilities, hip hop influences, down tempo grooves, broken soul, and electro. Weaving their sound with lyrical, socially conscious poetry, LAL has produced two full length albums, Corners (2002), and Warm Belly High Power (2004), which was awarded the best soul album in 2004 by Exclaim!.[1] They have also performed in a wide variety of festivals and impressive venues across Canada, Europe, and Pakistan, and have been recognized with support from the Canada Council for the Arts for composing and recording in 2006/2007. LAL’s third album is Deportation.”

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I generated two distinctly different texts using the same exact data, which I found fascinating, so I included both. The first is hypnotic and repetitive, and I really enjoyed reading it. The second was very coherent, which it well appreciated given this type of exercise.

1:
representing
Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, and India
featuring vocalist Rosina Kazi, laptop musicians
representing
Uganda, Bangladesh,
Barbados, and
India featuring vocalist
Rosina Kazi, laptop
musicians representing Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, and India featuring vocalist
Rosina Kazi, laptop musicians
representing Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, and India featuring vocalist
Rosina Kazi, laptop musicians
representing Uganda,
Bangladesh,
Barbados,
and India featuring vocalist
Rosina Kazi, laptop musicians representing
Uganda,
Bangladesh,
Barbados, and India
featuring vocalist Rosina
Kazi, lapto

2:
Europe,
and Pakistan, and have been recognized with support from the Canada Council for the
Arts for composing and recording in 2006/2007.
LAL’s third album is Deportation.up has developed a sound over the
last
decade
fusing
South-Asian roots, West
Indian fruits, and
melancholic
vocals with jazz sensibilities, hip
hop
influences, down
tempo
grooves, broken soul, and
electro. Weaving their sound with lyrical,
socially
conscious poetry, LAL has produced two full length
albums, Corners (2002),
and Warm Belly
High Power (2004), which was awarded the best
soul
album in 2004 by Exclaim!.[1]

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All in all, I felt surprised by the output every single time, which removes some of the responsibility I would tend to feel at “creating” poetry. Even though I set all of the standards by which the poems were made, they all felt like the computer had produced them. If poetry is the main goal here, I think the first generator, eDiastic, was the better choice (though I think the capitalization takes away from the aesthetics, the poem itself is more poetic).

Meditation 4

For the first part of the meditation, I strolled up Fordham Rd. to 2 Bros. Pizzeria. I have an audio recorder on my phone and I pressed record when I got to the block 2 Bros. is on. Throughout the course of the recording, I walked up the block, waited in line at the pizzeria, ate pizza on the corner, crossed the street and took a picture of the establishment (and the surrounding area). The audio lasts 5 minutes, and my transcription reads below.

[Horns honking, wind blowing, general city noises play throughout]

X1: “…do it for the vine, y’all know we gotta get the…”

Drake, playing over radio in the pizzeria:

I got my eyes on you, you’re everything that I see

I want your hot love and emotion endlessly (X2: “Excuse me.”)

I can’t get over you, you left your mark on me

I want your hot love and emotion endlessly

Cuz you’re a good girl and you know (X3: “Ehhhh…”) it

You act so different around me

Cuz you’re a good girl and you know it

I know exactly who you could be 

Just hold on, we’re going home

Just hold on, we’re going home

It’s hard to do these things alone

Just hold on, we’re going home

I got my eyes on you, you’re everything that I see

I want your hot love and emotion endlessly

I can’t get over you, you left your mark on me (X4: “Daddy, get the drink.”)

I want your hot love and emotion endlessly

Cuz you’re a good girl and you know it

You act so different around me (X4: “Daddy, that one right there.”)

Cuz you’re a good girl and you know it

I know exactly who you could be (X2: “Thank you.”)

X5: “…eh, sample sample sample, (in Spanish, unintelligible)

X6 & X7: “(in Spanish, unintelligible)

X8: “Has is been a hour yet?…like an hour…”

X9: “No, not like that..I betcha don’t even…whatcha doin.”

X10: “Who..throwin a baby shower…I don’t want no handouts.”

X11: “No, we gunna throw you a baby shower.”

Here is the audio clip: https://soundcloud.com/agilebeastiii/2bros

I choose to make every audible character the letter X and the number they were within the entire audio clip, and put everything in the order it occurred. A big decision, I think, was to add the lyrics of the song “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake that was playing in the pizzeria. But I decided any discernible vocalizations that were picked up by my phone deserved to be part of the transcription, because the song is as much a part of the “Fordham Rd. experience” as hearing two women discuss an impending baby shower. The transcription reads bits and pieces of people’s lives completely decontextualized, which is a pretty nice thing considering both our proximity to Fordham Rd. and our complete unawareness of what is like to be a “character” on Fordham Rd., or in a greater sense, the vast majority of the Bronx.

For part two of the meditation, I took a picture of the block that 2 Bros. is on, and transcribed the photograph (pictured below).

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PRETTY GIRL PRETTY GIRL PAYLESS DR. JAYS DR. JAYS DR. Platform NYC 2 Bros. Pizza 2 Bros. Pizza Pretty Girl Space For Rent (732) 660-1400 Chera 40, period Nationwide 4G LTE metroPCS 203 203 Juniors-Plus-Shoes-Bags-Accessories Juniors-Plus-Shoes-Bags-Accessories Shoesource 30% Sale 30% Optical Burger King Popeyes CON

Every piece of text in the photographs were advertisements and are, by the average person, merely glanced at. With that in mind, the bigger the text the more likely it is to stick in one’s mind. This is how the text read in my mind, straight text without punctuation, ordered according to size or grandiosity of display. The picture, and the transcription, much like the audio clip, says a lot of the surrounding area. There is a lot of noise and pomp and excitement from afar, and this can be seen in the photo. But the audio also gives an idea of how everyone around here has their own lives, children, stories, etc.

Meditation 3

For the first part of Meditation #3, I went on iflscience.com and choose an article of interest, entitled “Black Hole Winds Might Regulate Size of Galaxy.” (Here is the link: http://www.iflscience.com/space/black-hole-winds-might-regulate-size-galaxy) I converted it to plain text in TextEdit. I then went on TextMechanic.com and went about altering the text. I began with the “Add/Remove Line Breaks” tool. Here, I removed all line breaks and then made a new line break every 18 characters, keeping words complete (Change 1; see below). I then removed all spaces between each word (2) and proceeded to pick 10 lines at random (3). I then did my best to make a coherent poem out of the random lines. I tried the random sentences procedure a few times before I came up with the final product (4).

Process (1-4)

1.

Supermassive

black holes still

hold a great deal

of mystery. While

they are commonly

regarded as giant

entities that

gobble up all

matter that comes

too close, it has

also been

presumed that

they kick out a

considerable

amount of x-ray

wind, as well.

The presence of

this wind has

been confirmed

for the first

time, and

astronomers have

even been able to

decipher the

shape of the

wind. This

discovery was

made by the

respective groups

working for

NASA’s Nuclear

Spectroscopic

Telescope Array

(NuSTAR) and and

ESA’s XMM-Newton

telescope. The

results were

published in

Science.

“We know black

holes in the

centers of

galaxies can feed

on matter, and

this process can

produce winds.

This is thought

to regulate the

growth of the

galaxies,”

NuSTAR’s

principal

investigator

Fiona Harrison

said in a press

release. “Knowing

the speed, shape

and size of the

winds, we can now

figure out how

powerful they

are.”

Image credit: NASA

This paper

examined the

winds coming out

from the quasar

of the

supermassive

black hole in the

galaxy PDS 456,

located about 2

billion

light-years away.

The speed of the

winds was clocked

about a third of

the speed of

light. This wind

is so powerful,

it is blasting a

considerable

amount of gas

from the galaxy.

As this gas is

needed to make

new stars, the

wind could be

affecting the

future of stellar

formation in a

galaxy.

Image credit: ESA

“This is a great

example of the

synergy between

XMM-Newton and

NuSTAR,” added

Norbert Schartel,

who works with

the XMM-Newton

telescope. “The

complementarity

of these two

X-ray

observatories is

enabling us to

unveil previously

hidden details

about the

powerful side of

the universe.”

The galaxy’s

proximity to our

own has made it

incredibly easy

for researchers

to study. They

suspect that

these winds allow

the black holes

to regulate the

size of the

galaxy by

limiting star

formation. Much

more research is

needed to support

this idea, not

just in PDS 456,

but a variety of

other galaxies as

well.

“For an

astronomer,

studying PDS 456

is like a

paleontologist

being given a

living dinosaur

to study,”

explained

co-author Daniel

Stern of NASA’s

Jet Propulsion

Laboratory. “We

are able to

investigate the

physics of these

important systems

with a level of

detail not

possible for

those found at

more typical

distances, during

the ‘Age of

Quasars.’”

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2.

Supermassive

blackholesstill

holdagreatdeal

ofmystery.While

theyarecommonly

regardedasgiant

entitiesthat

gobbleupall

matterthatcomes

tooclose,ithas

alsobeen

presumedthat

theykickouta

considerable

amountofx-ray

wind,aswell.

Thepresenceof

thiswindhas

beenconfirmed

forthefirst

time,and

astronomershave

evenbeenableto

decipherthe

shapeofthe

wind.This

discoverywas

madebythe

respectivegroups

workingfor

NASA’sNuclear

Spectroscopic

TelescopeArray

(NuSTAR)andand

ESA’sXMM-Newton

telescope.The

resultswere

publishedin

Science.

“Weknowblack

holesinthe

centersof

galaxiescanfeed

onmatter,and

thisprocesscan

producewinds.

Thisisthought

toregulatethe

growthofthe

galaxies,”

NuSTAR’s

principal

investigator

FionaHarrison

saidinapress

release.”Knowing

thespeed,shape

andsizeofthe

winds,wecannow

figureouthow

powerfulthey

are.”

Imagecredit:NASA

Thispaper

examinedthe

windscomingout

fromthequasar

ofthe

supermassive

blackholeinthe

galaxyPDS456,

locatedabout2

billion

light-yearsaway.

Thespeedofthe

windswasclocked

aboutathirdof

thespeedof

light.Thiswind

issopowerful,

itisblastinga

considerable

amountofgas

fromthegalaxy.

Asthisgasis

neededtomake

newstars,the

windcouldbe

affectingthe

futureofstellar

formationina

galaxy.

Imagecredit:ESA

“Thisisagreat

exampleofthe

synergybetween

XMM-Newtonand

NuSTAR,”added

NorbertSchartel,

whoworkswith

theXMM-Newton

telescope.“The

complementarity

ofthesetwo

X-ray

observatoriesis

enablingusto

unveilpreviously

hiddendetails

aboutthe

powerfulsideof

theuniverse.”

Thegalaxy’s

proximitytoour

ownhasmadeit

incrediblyeasy

forresearchers

tostudy.They

suspectthat

thesewindsallow

theblackholes

toregulatethe

sizeofthe

galaxyby

limitingstar

formation.Much

moreresearchis

neededtosupport

thisidea,not

justinPDS456,

butavarietyof

othergalaxiesas

well.

“Foran

astronomer,

studyingPDS456

islikea

paleontologist

beinggivena

livingdinosaur

tostudy,”

explained

co-authorDaniel

SternofNASA’s

JetPropulsion

Laboratory.”We

areableto

investigatethe

physicsofthese

importantsystems

withalevelof

detailnot

possiblefor

thosefoundat

moretypical

distances,during

the’Ageof

Quasars.’”

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1.windscomingout

2.

3.importantsystems

4.TelescopeArray

5.hiddendetails

6.billion

7.tostudy,”

8.supermassive

9.Spectroscopic

10.

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4.

billion

windscomingout

hiddendetails

tostudy,”

importantsystems

TelecopeArray

Spectroscopic

supermassive

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For the second part, I altered a .jpg (because I couldn’t upload an mp3). I choose the Devo album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, pictured below. I was always creeped out by the album cover, so I thought it would be the perfect picture to heavily distort. I added in Text Editor for the album cover, random snippets of the band Devo and a picture of “space junk.” Here’s how it came out:

 downloadAre_We_Not_Men_We_Are_Devo!

These were the photos that were put into the original album cover. Amazing that they could make such a difference!

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This was a fun exercise. I definitely felt more in control with the first part, changing the text. When using the Text Editor to change a picture, you’re not quite sure what is going to change, if anything. This can be difficult to adjust to, artistically, but if one can get behind the idea that they’ll let the computer really take charge, this is an exciting process to undertake.