I took a vid from youtube. (I had it already for older project). Extracted all ~5600 frames. Converted it from full colorRaster (BMP, xy, pixels, whatever) to 1-bit. (black and white). Then to SVG which is Vector (Lines with angles, filled geometric shapes) Then from Vector BACK to BMP but VERY tiny. (28×64 – that’s 28 across by 64 down: A VERY SMALL smartphone!) THEN back to SVG (making new vectors from tiny ones, which got rid of noise by pushing lines together (got rid of gaps). THEN from Vector back UP in size. So that’s my short code to remind me of my process so that I’ll kow what I did a few years from now.

I took a vid
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67 days without a White House press briefing. Dust. Neglect. I remember various abandoned warehouses I’d been at through the years. Most striking was one in Tampa, Florida. It used to be a sewing factory. We were removing old insulation as it was a health hazard at that point for whoever bought it. Open elevator shafts with ropes dangling. Bathrooms with all stall doors removed and missing half of the plumbing fixtures. Floorboards that were going soft and ready to collapse under our feet. But what struck me most was the dust. There wasn’t much of it. With nobody occupying it for a long time, there were no skin flakes floating in the air, no fabric dust. But the dust that WAS there looked just like this. Third floor was the most surreal. Three large rooms with 25 wooden sewing desks each all set up in 5×5 formations. Perfectly spaced apart. Next week’s work roster still hung from an old clipboard on an empty filing cabinet. So, this is what I see.

67 days without a
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A bit of a lot of things – lots of trial and error. But I settled on a process for now: Paint dot NET is my homebase. a) Have color image. b) Convert it to 1-bit using a little thing I found http://blog.roguecode.co.za/update-for-my-agent-1-bit-image-converter-1bitter/ c) Open in Inkscape d) Control-A (Select All) e)Path:Trace Bitmap “Grays” Turn off Smooth Options: Turn off Smooth Corners f) Path: Simplify (or Control-L) about three times g) File: Export Bitmap. To do: 1) Automate b) – maybe imagemagick “convert” can do it? 2) Maybe shrinking the image to like 64×64 will make thresholding work better? I don’t know. 3) Use potrace instead of Inkscape for tracing. I did and can but as I haven’t mastered potrace at all, I have to learn its options (same problem I have with Imagemagick – I don’t know it well) 4) Find another way to “simplify”. I think potrace can but I don’t know for sure.

A bit of a
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