Dan Paluska


18 months of timelapse movies, and raising money for another 6 on the farm…

mirrors on brinno doodle
I carried a small timelapse camera that looks like a shampoo bottle around for a little more than 18 months. Each day became a ~3minute timelapse movie. About 300x normal speed. Five minutes of life becomes about 1 second of movie.
Each month is about 90 minutes of footage. I put together six months into a single film that has six panels laid out like this.
[ JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC ]
Here’s a sample from the first six month movie:

So I have now made 3 compilation movies. Each movie is about 90 minutes long and covers six months of my timelapse movies. From Mid 2009 to Jan 2011. To me, they are something like fishbowl or fireplace movies. A texture or pattern of life. Is there a narrative?

And here is timelapse version of the third episode compressed into 3 1/2 minutes.

All the individual movies and the compilation movies are public domain so you are free to reuse as you please.

But maybe you want a copy of the full lengths on DVD? I am happy to put them together for you with some custom art and mail it to you.

What did i take away from all these movies? I think mostly it made me think about plants and slowness. After all this time filming myself I figured it was time to spend some time filming something shared like our food supply so I am working with a couple small Boston area (Concord) farms to create a public domain movie about the 6 month growing season. Roughly late April to late September. $99 and you will get some timelapse movies, some handdrawn art and the bonus of helping fund a public domain movie about food.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464315496/timelapse-farm-a-source-code-for-food



a trip to the emergency room in massachusetts
April 13, 2011, 9:18 pm
Filed under: information | Tags: , , , , ,

For most of the last 5 years, I have had no insurance or catastrophic coverage only ($10,000 deductible) so I haven’t been to the hospital in a while. In November, I started getting real insurance from my part time employment with HStar Technologies.

Woke up with a wicked fever about 4 in the morning sometime last December and decided to give the hospital a try. Took a cab (Thanks e.w.) to the nearby Mt. Auburn Hospital. The staff was really nice. Got an IV of some fluids, some ibuprofen and nice words. They ran some tests, nothing major. Sent me home. On my way out I asked the desk person how much it would be. They had no idea what the cost was and told me I would get a bill. I was required to pay the $100 copay before I left.

A series of documents began to arrive over the next month or so. Multiple non-bills and multiple bills. All said and done, the trip cost ~$1400, of which I paid ~$460.
My monthly insurance premium is about $350 (of which I pay half being a part time employee.)
I’ll leave the rest of the math to you. Insurance in Massachusetts is required by law.

You can click on any of the documents to get a higher res version through the flickr page.

The documents:
mt-auburn-bill-1
: Continue reading



do i need a narrative pyramid?
January 11, 2011, 9:07 pm
Filed under: art, feedback, information, narrative | Tags: , , ,

narrative, consumption doodle

all of these pieces of media i consume, they all have a story associated. a narrative. they contain information about how a series of events leads to a particular conclusion. depending on what type of stories i consume, then my mind is likely to interpret my own options and choices in the world differently.

for food, i can understand that i am what i eat. imw uti eat. imwutieet. when choosing what food to consume i might be guided by the food pyramid (or 40-30-30, local food, etc). basic carbohydrates at the bottom, fruit and veggies just above, meat and dairy after that and finally fats and oils. if i eat too much of the stuff at the top i will become unbalanced, unstable. a lopsided pyramid.

so what about the media i consume? how would i categorize or break down the different common narratives? what is the carbs? what is protein, fiber, fat? my first guess would be that hero narratives are fatty and i(and the rest of the west) have consumed a few too many of these. what should be the basic narrative, the bottom of the pyramid? something like “hard work pays off” or “clear goals and small steps”? or “just be”?

some of what i eat passes through me. some becomes fuel, some becomes muscle, bone, etc. what do the stories become? and how do i feel about my current diet?



piecing together a narrative for service employment… the anxious prop #3
October 5, 2010, 9:37 pm
Filed under: art, information, narrative, randomness, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

the artist as service employee page 1
service employee page 2
produced for and published in the 3rd issue of
http://www.theanxiousprop.org/. A fine artist cooperative publication and event from Berlin. Thanks to Luis for inviting and including me.

i backdated this post because the publication was a few months ago and i just got around to the post…



broadcaster project and brooklynmobile
September 1, 2010, 11:56 pm
Filed under: advertising, art, feedback, information, opensource, plebiandesign

some recent movies for brooklyn mobile.

rocketboom nyc

new people productions

me

and see these videos and videobooths from a school in germany.

update:
a 14m compilation of Episode 4 of the brooklyners:

http://brooklynmobile.blip.tv has several longer compilations that make it easy to watch a bunch of videos in a row.



snips and layers
July 17, 2010, 4:30 am
Filed under: information, software | Tags: , , , , , ,

So much information, how can you get through it all?
Try SNIPS and LAYERS!

Snips (26x)

Layers (26x)

And 3-5 friends hanging out and talking with each other.
Snips (42x)

Layers (42x)

Script files:
Install Sox, FFMPEG, imagemagick.
layer audio script
timelapse audio script
snips and layers video frames
chmod 755 *.sh

Other links to check for more info on scripts and other necessary installs:
https://plainfront.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/experiments-with-timelapse-and-audio/
http://broadcasterproject.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/how-to-layerremix-videos-with-free-command-line-tools/



Record Keeping, Restaurants, and ‘Roids

Banks keep records of every transaction.
Courtrooms keep records of every case.
Sports games are all recorded and statistics published.
News live from the street.
Libraries, academic lectures, music bootlegs and live recordings, etc.
The carvings on an old desk keep some record of those who worked in that spot.

record keepin doodle, click for source code

So now we also keep records through mobile phone transactions, credit cards, twitter, youtube, version control systems, github, server log files, browser histories, and so much more. Are most of our recent records written from private spaces or private devices?

Courtrooms, sports games, on location news, and rock concerts are notable for their group witness to recording. We can trust media more if we have been part of the audience in a similar situation before?
And how about in our day to day lives, do we trust someone from far away with a mobile phone more than someone close without one?
It’s especially interesting in a dense city how many people you walk by each day and don’t talk to. Do you generally need some sort of third party technical reference to trust them? In a village you know (and trust?) your neighbors but in a city, you need a third party institution to regulate trust?

Is there a small service enterprise like a restaurant, barber shop, or bodega, but instead of serving you food or giving you a haircut, it delivers/collects info from you? And this would build trust and collaboration from bottom up as opposed to coming from the top down like current government or corporate trust systems? By putting collected info into the public domain, you are creating a lake instead of a warehouse full of inventory? And this would be a symmetric shared resource, more liquid than exoskeletal?

How would public record keeping change the dynamic between large product driven companies and small service businesses? Could a public history file for a small farm (local food) or a tailor(custom clothes) or any small service professional counteract the advertising dollars (tv, movies, billboards) of large corporate chains with packaged products?

And what do steroids have to do with any of this? What incentives do you create when you start keeping records? If certain transactions are worth big gains (like home runs), then how far will people go to ‘cheat’ the system in order to get that particular spot?
So if you want to avoid steroids and other abuses, what properties do you want your record keeping system to have?



Experiments with timelapse and audio

timelapse audio

After spending all this time making timelapse movies, I had to make some timelapse audio. I wrote a simple script and here are a few samples of the output:

ELP live at the middle east. 60 minutes compressed to about 1 minutes:

A conversation with Bill and Jamie that went from 40 minutes to about 1.5 min.

A performance of Handel’s Messiah from the Brooklyn Pentacostal church (missing the famous ending). About 70 minutes down to 1.5 min.

How do they make you feel? They correctly convey the feelings of being there but don’t really reveal too many details? I will continue to experiment with versions of this. Play with timings, mixings, etc.

This was a shell script implemented with SoX, a free and open source audio toolkit. Download for free from http://sox.sourceforge.net. It requires a little bit of UNIX/LINUX know-how but is pretty straightforward. Check the attached SoX README file on installing the separate LIBMAD and LAME for dealing with mp3s.

Here is the script:
timelapse_audio.sh

The script calls on another script you can get for free from the SoX page as well:crossfade_cat.sh. edit the $SOX line in this file to point to correct location. varies slightly on mac/linux distros.

Enjoy!

also, superbowl 44 in 2minutes:



show me the money

$2.89 pizza for breakfast

openbankdoodle

imagine you’re in a room with 20 people. maybe it’s your workplace, maybe it’s your church group, maybe it’s a holiday dinner or a classroom.

picture the group of people in your head, do you know how much each person is worth? now imagine everyone pulling out a balance sheet from their bag and putting it on the wall, side by side with all the rest. you and the rest mull around the walls and discuss?
how do you react to finding out that so-and-so is much richer or poorer than you expected? how does money change your opinion of the people you meet, be they new connections or old friends?

do you know groups of people who do something like this? would this increase collaboration? or minimize the rat race? how often do you comb your hair or check your clothes in the mirror?

i’m thinking a lot about my own practices with money and how i present my financial information to myself. i definitely pay my share of late fees, atm withdrawals, data overages, etc because i don’t have a good feedback loop for my own behavior. once a month is too infrequent and i don’t even do that.

i tried a picture for every purchase but it was the wrong type of publishing to actually effect my behavior and too much camera work. so i didn’t make it that far.

lately i’m thinking about some type of fridge door/wall calendar/corkboard exercise to place the info more in my physical and visual space. maybe some sort of timelapse whiteboard of my financial state… more on that to come. low tech, hi visibility, small batch, and reward based are some goals for whatever this turns out to be.

in the meantime, the year end signals to collect financial information and pay your duties to our governing systems. you know what they say when you get to the border, “where are you papers?”

anyways, here’s a look at the current state of things.

i’ll update this post with spreadsheets, etc as i get around to organizing the accounts and tallying. flickr set will contain the sources…



guggenheim fellowship application, tv2.0, twvee, public history file for physical space

tv 2.0, twvee, 2 way television doodle

i’m applying for the guggenheim fellowship. it’s due very soon and i’m way behind but the application will be focused around some implementation of the system shown in the tv2.0 doodle above. the doodle currently tells the story in a nicer way than my application but it should change a lot over the next couple days.

about the fellowship:
http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship/

The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded each year.

and from the frequently asked questions:

The average amount of Fellowship grants in the 2008 United States and Canada competition was approximately $43,200. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them…

the application resources:
http://www.gf.org/applicants/application-resources/

So, on to my application.
There are 3 main documents I am working on as google docs.

1. A brief narrative account of your career, describing your previous accomplishments. This account should include mention prizes, honors, and significant grants or fellowships that you have held or now hold, showing the grantor and the inclusive dates of each award.

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcpfp46j_145cvg9tcfm I am focusing on my history and accomplishments through 3 directions: artist(music, sculpture, doodles, timelapse), systems engineer(mech eng, robotics, wikipedia/linux analysis), and community organizer(collision collective, radio show, etc). this is something i have thought about a decent amount but never tried to actually write down so it’s slow and needs some work.

2. A list of work:
Publications, if you are a scholar, scientist, or writer.
Give exact titles, names of publishers, and dates and places of publication.
Playwrights should also include a list of productions.
Exhibitions, if you are an artist.
Include a chronological list of shows, citing dates and places, and a list of collections in which your work is represented. Forthcoming shows should also be mentioned.

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcpfp46j_1469gwzswcf

3. A statement of plans for the period for which the Fellowship is requested. Applicants in science or scholarship should provide a detailed, but concise, plan of research, not exceeding three pages in length. Applicants in the arts should submit a brief statement of plans in general terms, not exceeding three pages in length.

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcpfp46j_147d62kv727 [UPDATE- i actually just turned in 3 doodles, this is actual pdf submission, http://www.scribd.com/doc/26286341/Paluska-Plans-for-guggenheim-fellowship ] My proposal for the project is focused on the ideas of the broadcaster project, twvee, tv 2.0, 2 way television, open systems engineering, open information channels, public history files through video, and distributed systems. Specifically, the proposal is to openly develop and implement an easily accessible public video booth for the Gowanus Public Housing project in Brooklyn, across the street from where I just moved, my local environment. Possibly this would be a short video version and a timelapse installation? The exact details should not be solidified, only the process, goals, and small steps. The exact form of the installation will be determined by working for a couple months with the local community.

see also the broadcaster project proposal to the banff/01sj/sundance locative cinema call. that is viewable here.

various doodles on the general idea of tv2.0, broadcaster project, local news 2.0, etc in this flickr set.

and notes on the broadcaster project.

television 2.o