Monthly Archives: August 2014

Expresii: “State-of-the-art digital watercolor”

I was so enthusiastic about Nelson Chu’s original MoXi research 10 years (!) ago that I posted it as a video at jnack.com/BlowingYourMindClearOutYourAss*. We had Nelson come to the US from Hong Kong & intern on the Photoshop team, but we could never quite shoehorn his advanced, GPU-heavy algorithms into the old girl’s hide. Anyway, following some years at Microsoft developing what became Fresh Paint, Nelson is back on his own & has revealed Expresii:

[YouTube] [Facebook]

*Back when men were men, YouTube didn’t exist, and to share a video you had to hollow out a log, stretch your own custom FLV skin over it, and fire-harden it for hours.

Ultraviolet photography: “How the sun sees you”

Sitting in the dermatologist’s office (the curse of the Irish—well, one of them), I’m intrigued & a little unnerved by this project. As Colossal explains,

Artist Thomas Leveritt recently setup a special UV motion camera in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with the intent of filming random passersby. Ultraviolet rays have the ability to expose not-yet-visible changes to human skin, namely freckles, that turn even the most unblemished faces into dark explosions of dots.

[YouTube]