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Cat Power!

Hey Nicole,

I changed the marker and I’m happy to show you how I did this. All it took was adding 1 line of code and copy/pasting a url to an external cat image.

Feel free to look through the comments in bold in the code below.

I still haven’t disabled the scroll click, but I will when I have more time.

 

Here’s the javascript code I edited to make it happen below:

// This example puts a marker at RAWR
// When the user clicks the kitty marker, an info window opens.

function initMap() {

// var kitty is the location of RAWR in longitude and latitude

var kitty = {lat: 37.806176, lng: -122.26724};
var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById(‘map’), {
zoom: 15,
// center the map at RAWR
center: kitty
});

// This code is for the info that pops up when you click the kitty
var contentString = ‘<div id=”content”>’+
‘<div id=”siteNotice”>’+
‘</div>’+
‘<h1 id=”firstHeading” class=”firstHeading”>RAWR</h1>’+
‘<div id=”bodyContent”>’+
‘<p>located at 1721 1/2 Webster St ‘+
‘<br>Oakland, CA 94612 </p>’ +
‘</div>’+
‘</div>’;

var infowindow = new google.maps.InfoWindow({
content: contentString
});

// Put a marker where the kitty is

var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
position: kitty,

// Make the marker icon a cat image. You can replace the url below with any link to a png or gif (gif  sadly doesn’t animate) for any image you want. It works best if the image is about 40 x 40 pixels wide.

icon: ‘http://www.animated-gifs.eu/category_animals/mammals-cats-15/0015.gif’,
map: map,
title: ‘RAWR’
});

// This is the thing that pops up the info marker when people click on the cat
marker.addListener(‘click’, function() {
infowindow.open(map, marker);
});
}

Joanna Nuisance

My friends made me listen to Joanna Newsom for the first time. I made this as revenge.

Download the ringtone here. Use it as an alarm, or bear repellent or play it for 24 hours straight, until your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken.

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JoannaNuisance

Indy Writes Erotica

A few months ago, Indy Reads had a open call for ideas that used literature to create innovative civic arts and humanities experiences.

I had an idea that I never got around to submitting / developing but I wanted to share it in the hope of inspiring some creative social justice in Indianapolis / service-oriented sluts.

Let me know if you like it, hate it or (hopefully) steal it.

Continue Reading →

On Stockhausen & AI

Stockhausen, the original crate digger/sampler/art school oddityu

I was listening to Kreuzpiel and Zyklus as I was reading the article.  So that I could experience Stockhausen all the more as I explored his work.

I really enjoyed his discussion about sampling, and tales of visiting the musee de L’homme to sample different ethnological instruments. It was likely revolutionary in his day but for us,a generation raised on MPcs and Emcees, and hip hop and electronic music, his brand of sampling is rather old hat.

Even though Stockhausen has this real art school purity and approach to rhythm and tonality, dismissing repetition and “chords that sound nice” as hackneyed or boring, he and many of the artists he mentions, sych as Senfi and Webern, all share the same crare digging sensibilities as the kind of musicians Stockhausen doesn’t particularly care for.

I call him the original crate digger because in many ways, he’s the proto-snob, the original hipster DJ, thumbing his nose up at the familiar “or western,” forever in search of the new and authentic, and much more driven by the idea of exploration than of creating or enjoying anything simply for it’s aesthetic value.

Zyklus is pretty cool though.

Moving Forward: :30 Photo Timelapse

 

The last 12 months have been a period of intense personal growth, new challenges and more. I couldn’t think of a better visual metaphor than this timelapse I made of SmallBox‘ move from Continue Reading →

How to Convert .Caf Sample Files to .Aiff 100% Free

I wrote an automator app to convert .caf apple loops in Garageband to aif so that I can use them in Ableton etc. It’s the only truly 100% free solution I know out there.

Download it here for free (at your own risk) or below.

100% Free Download

Thanks to Kinetic and Alvin Alexander for letting me steal their code.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Composer | Music Technology

What does a composer look like?

Liszt

Araabmusik?

Nullsleep

Emily Howell

Accessibility and Access in Indianapolis

In 1962, Indianapolis was having an identity crisis. It saw itself as a progressive metropolis but the current city flag didn’t reflect that vision. Plus the city was growing and changing in new and exciting ways.So it was out this situation that the city saw the need to create a new flag. They needed a new identity or symbol around which the city could reunite.

So the Greater Indianapolis Information Committee held a design competition to find a new flag and a new identity. And out of the 200 submissions they received, one stood out, Roger Gohl’s – his design was modern, elegant and patriotic. It symbolized the monument circle, while giving a nod to Indy’s title as the “Crossroads of America” and became the flag we know and love today.

The Soul of a City

>In The Spirit of Cities, Daniel A. Bell and Avner de-Shalit wrote that “the design and architecture of a city reflects its social and cultural values.”

So when Indianapolis decided to rebrand its flag, it was effectively rebranding itself as a city. And by picking Roger’s flag, a design that was modern, beautiful (it’s ranked as one of the top 50 city flags in the country) and timeless, Indianapolis was saying “we are modern, beautiful and timeless.”

Indianapolis was also saying something important about how it values talent, access and opportunity.

Barely Legal

What’s really interesting about this is that Roger was only 18 years old at the time he designed it. The city was willing to get behind his idea because it cared more about the quality of his work than his age.

And even though 50 years have passed since the flag first flew at the City-County Building, Indianapolis has still remained a city of access and opportunity. Since I’ve moved here, I have seen the city nurture and develop many creative entrepreneurs by getting behind their ideas.

It’s because of our city’s climate that Max Yoder was able to bootstrap his startup a few years after college. It’s why artists like Michael Runge from Know No Stranger and Pattern’s Polina Osherov have been able to build creative communities. It’s why we have a Cultural Trail.

 

Indianapolis is a city that supports the development and growth of new ideas and talent. Here, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an 18-year-old art student with a radical new flag design or a passionate photographer trying to build a community of creative, if you’re willing to work hard, this city will get behind your idea.

And that’s one of the things I love most about Indianapolis.
5×5 – Access in Action.

You can see opportunity and access in action tonight at IndyHub’s 5×5 event.

IndyHub, in partnership with several non-profits and arts organizations, will be giving away $10,000 to an innovative new idea that celebrates our city’s history and looks forward to our future.

Along with Indy Reads, Irvington Terrace Neighborhood, the Harrison Center and Mosaic City, I’ll also be presenting a pitch for Indy Full Circle (link here:http://indyfullcircle.com/), a project to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Roger Gohl and his role in our city’s history.

You can rsvp for 5×5 here (link here: http://indyhub.org/5×5).

Roger Gohl: the Father of Indianapolis’ Flag

In 1963, Indianapolis was a city in need of a new identity and flag. The current flag was dowdy, slightly confederate-y (see below) and didn’t represent the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s vision for the city.

So they held a design competition to find a new flag. And out of the 72 submissions they received, one stood out, Roger Gohl’s – a minimal, beautiful design full of meaningful symbolism. Continue Reading →

What I Learned: Jiro Ono, Sushi Chef

Jjiro Dreams of Sushi is an intriguing film about Jiro Ono, an acclaimed sushi chef that has spent his life fanatically improving his Continue Reading →