GLOSSARY, Live Graphics Nightly
2012 by Fred Lakin (back to book site:
non representational cinema in which the only content is pure forms like lines, shapes, and colors.
See Jordan Belson, Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye. [more at http://iotacenter.org]
Académie de Graphique Improvisé (Academy of Improvisational Graphics)
established 1952 by Jean Paul Lagrange in Versailles, France[http://academiedegraphiqueimprovise.org].
Adobe Visual Jazz Master
software instrument for improvisational graphics from Adobe,
based on JP Lagrange's 1952 work, the S&M synthesis; often bundled with the GIG plugin
(Gallic Interface Generator). [http://adobe.com/visualjazzmaster]
Algèbre Visuelle (Visual Algebra)
virtually unknown monograph written in 1910
by the famous geometrcian Henri Poincaré; truly an algebra on and of images, a
powerful para geometric formal tool for describing the structure, relation, quantity and quality
of regions in a visual field.
high performance one hand typing glove using Engelbart's binary
chording code; manuf. in Germany by spin off company from SRI's Augmentation
Research Center; usually called the "Augment Blitz" or just "Blitz glove"
1. Something, such as a program or a computer, that fails to work, or works in a
remarkably clumsy manner. "This text editor won't let me make a file with a line longer than 80
characters! What a bagbiter!" ... The original loading of these terms was almost undoubtedly
obscene, possibly referring to a douche bag or the scrotum ... [from:
wrap around tablet input device, from the Académie; aka input barrel, chest touch
panel, chest plate; usually wireless as shown.
person who performs graphics via projector, ie "throws a beam" of light
sleezy little finger syncers who faked performing graphics for a brief period in
2002 before being caught, exposed, humiliated and forgotten (delete this entry and disremember
you ever saw it)
Beamers without Borders
volunteer graphicists who use portable rigs to help facilitate
communication in third world countries, especially diagrammatic conversations for situations in
which the participants have little or no spoken language in common.
[ http://www.beamerswithoutborders.org ]
Belson, Jordan (1926-present)
American pioneer of Abstract Film. Check out:
"Samadhi" (1967), "Thoughtforms" (1987), "Epilogue" (2005).
Big Throw Street Projector
the bad boy mo'jector from Crate. "The BT delivers 50 watts
of portable power for throwing beam where electrical outlets may not be available 8000 blazing
lumens, razor sharp focus, fine quality glass with wide angle for 20 foot images from 15 feet and
farther. Battery powered, now you can take your imaging anywhere with the Crate BT and play
for up to 8 hours. The BT provides beamers everything they need to perform when far from any
source of electricity. Plus, the BT comes with a wall charger and 12v adapter for operation or
re charging from your car battery. This street projector is for anyone who requires portable,
Native Resolution: HD2 1280 x 720 via
chip 0.8" DLP
Power Requirements: Internal 12VDC power
supply, 18 VA; 12V vehicle lighter adapter
Size and Weight:
14.25"H x 15.75" W x 14.5" D, 33 lbs.
Also bit decay. Hypothetical disease the existence of which has been deduced from
the observation that unused programs or features will often stop working after sufficient time
has passed, even if "nothing has changed". The theory explains that bits decay as if they were
radioactive. As time passes, the contents of a file or the code in a program will become
increasingly garbled. There actually are physical processes that produce such effects ...[however]
The notion long favored among hackers that cosmic rays are among the causes of such events
turns out to be a myth; see the cosmic rays entry for details. [from:
when two or more performers operate the same screen at the same time; how
performing graphicists play together.
Disgusting in design or function; esthetically unappealing. This word is seldom
used of people. "This keyboard is bletcherous!" (Perhaps the keys don't work very well, or are
misplaced.) See losing, cretinous, bagbiting, bogus, and random. The term bletcherous applies to
the esthetics of the thing so described ... [from:
Blondy, Alpha (1953-present)
an African Rasta from Cote d'Ivoire; with12 piece band
Solar System does reggae beat of African bent; political activist. Check out: "Science sans
Conscience" (1982), "Apartheid Is Nazism" (1985), "Who are you" (2002).
Caballeros del Plan G, los
hip hop group from Monterrey, Mexico. Check out:
"Más Rap Bien Hecho" (1998); "Mo's Infalsificables" (2002).
Calcul Visuel (Visual Calculus)
defined by Jean Paul Lagrange, truly a calculus on and of
images, and as such, a powerful formal tool for describing visual rate of change in one image
relative to another; finally completed to rigorous definition in 1994. Poincaré's visual
algebra was limited to image statics; only with the notions of a calculus could JP deal with
change and thus the image dynamics at the heart of both film and performing graphics.
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
legendary bar located just off Route 25A in Suffolk County on
Eastern Long Island. Sadly, now defunct.
graphic performers trained at the French Academy, so entitled
after serving a 3 year apprenticeship and then being found worthy; aka Knights Visual.
A notional unit of computing power combining instruction speed and storage
capacity, dimensioned roughly in instructions per second times megabytes of main store times
megabytes of mass storage. "That machine can't run GNU Emacs, it doesn't have enough
computrons!" This usage is usually found in metaphors that treat computing power as a fungible
commodity good, like a crop yield or diesel horsepower .... [from:
still waiting on this one ...
Q: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"
A: "Not by performing graphics, that's for damn sure."
style of Mexican music, now in popular revival, featuring the accordion and based
on polka and corridos; heavily influenced by German immigrants to Texas in late 1800's; see
hip hop group from Monterrey, Mexico. Check out "Mexican Curious" (1997),
"Humanos Mexicanos" (1997), "Toda la Casa," (2004).
Cray, Robert (1953-present)
blues singer out of Georgia, Oakland, France. Check out:
"Smoking Gun" (1986), "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" (1988), "Renew Blues" (2001).
input device, worn near the crotch; usually hung vertically from a belt; shown
for right hand drawer with gunslinger keyboards on wireless belt.
[from Maxwell's Demon ...] A program that is not invoked explicitly, but lies
dormant waiting for some condition(s) to occur. The idea is that the perpetrator of the condition
need not be aware that a daemon is lurking ... Daemons are usually spawned automatically by the
system, and may either live forever or be regenerated at intervals. [from:
digital tagger; associated with gangsta graphics and vizrap. Not a graphicist; B&E cracker
connotation, some daggers deface web sites. See "web banging".
Dead Graphics. Pre recorded images shown to live audience. Derogatory.
Big Ed sez, "Any jank poser pulling the D.G. should be killed."
Ever generous, FMG´ simply sez: "You know, I've seen both, and, myself, I just prefer the L.G."
someone possessing the rare ability to draw with one hand and type with the other at the same
time; all known dualies are left handed, drawing left and typing right.
Eli's Mile High Club
famous blues bar in West Oakland, established 1974 by Eli Thornton
(~1934-1979); this historic blues venue has recently reopened
world's most agile (except for NLS) and most programmable text editor.
Written in, of, by, and for lisp. Also great for prose. Neal Stephenson: "... emacs, focused
with maniacal intensity on the deceptively simple seeming problem of editing text. If you
[don't worry] about how your words are formatted and printed emacs outshines all other
editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is
not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish."[from:
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning was Command Line Neal Stephenson/dp/0380815931].
[from Editing MACroS] The ne plus ultra of hacker editors, a programmable
text editor with an entire LISP system inside it. It was originally written by Richard Stallman in
TECO under ITS at the MIT AI lab [from:
Check out: Stallman, Richard: "EMACS, the Extensible, Customizable Self
Documenting Display Editor",
MIT AI Memo 519a, March 1981
[ftp://publications.ai.mit.edu/ai publications/pdf/AIM 519A.pdf]
[ AM: Get yours today: http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs.html ]
Engelbart, Douglas C. (1925-present)
founded the Augmentation Research Center at SRI
in 1961 where he developed the NLS system for augmenting the human intellect (in the course
of which he also invented the mouse). "Humans use external symbols to help them think and
that's when engineering comes in," DCE (1971). Check out: AUGMENTING HUMAN
INTELLECT: A Conceptual Framework (1962); A RESEARCH CENTER FOR
AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT (1968), a truly amazing live demonstration of
performing graphics in front of a thousand people, sometimes called "the mother of all demos"
and still cool after all these years [see:
http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/1968Demo.html]; and "Enhanced a2h: Moving
AUGMENT files and browsing functionality onto Bootstrap Web," (2001).
Eat shit, bats. Illegitimi non carborundum. To assert one's worth in the face of detractors.
gaudy performing graphics hardware of the European lineage; also, a performer
who uses such a rig.
Fabulous Thunderbirds, The
blues band out of Austin, TX. Check out: "Tell Me Why"
(1981), "Can't Tear It Up Enuff" (1982), "Why Get Up" (1986), "Takin' It Too Easy" (1995).
Flashmaster Grandé (1970-present)
aka Melvin Gómez Williams; invented
Hip Op, San Jose, CA, July 23, 1996. FmG´ named himself after his hip hop hero,
Grandmaster Flash ("vizualized" version of the name). Check out: "Street Lights" (1996),
"Throwin' beam like a dream" (1998), etc, etc.[http://flashmastergrande.com]
[ AM: Yes, his name seems to be a cognate of the Macromedia and now Adobe "flash"
animation software. And, yes, it is true, almost all vizrappers just love flash; look at their web
sites. But FmG´ most emphatically does not
he chose the name to evoke flash
the burst of light, and not that particular brand or style of software. In fact, he doesn't like it,
considers it too restrictive, won't use it. Instead, his preferred tool for performing is vizraptran
Federation International d'Improvisation Graphique. Much despised wanna be
international ruling body for which no real graphicist gives a fig. Sends out cease and desist
emails to all major public performing graphics events informing them they are not "FIIG
sanctioned", and demanding exorbitant licensing fees. FIIG has been headed since its inception
by the egomaniacal Bernard Ficklestein.
sync to fake the live performing of graphics by moving one's fingers over input devices
in synchronization with playback of pre recorded imaging (see Milli viz Vanilli).
Fischinger, Oskar (1900-1967)
German pioneer of Abstract Film. Did his early work in
Germany in the 20's and 30's, then emigrated to Los Angeles before WWII. Invented the
Lumigraph visual instrument. Check out: Allegretto (1936), Motion Painting No. 1
a shape which is recursively structured and thus looks similar at different levels of
scale, as if constructed by the same rule at each level; often found in nature, such as coastlines,
tree branches, and the edges of clouds (and also in many traditional mandala forms used for
visual meditation; Oakboy is right). The Koch Snowflake shown here is one of the earliest fractals
to have been described; see also recursion.
digital chest tablet for input, hung over shoulders like a Zydeco rubboard; aka
input fratoire, rubmouse. Usually wireless as shown although can also plug directly into a
mobile performing rig like the Apple Walkabout. Manufactured by PGC in South Palo Alto,
Bon Ton 'Ripherals Division; patent application important.
/abrev for frobnicate/ To manipulate or adjust, to tweak. One frequently
frobs bits or other 2 state devices. Thus: "Please frob the light switch" (that is, flip it), but also
"Stop frobbing that clasp; you'll break it".
the dark side of vizrap (which is in turn the less well lit side of hip op)
rasta imaging, almost always with music
multi processor rig which uses the guts from old laptops set on edge
and arranged side by side in a home made case; sometimes a plastic milk crate is used for
the case, hence "blades in a crate"
ingenious use and re use of computer components by denizens of the inner city
Williams, Melvin FmG´
street graphic, graffiti; not to be confused with bar charts
graphicist of the Mexican lineage
Grandmaster Flash (1958-present)
aka Joseph Saddler, from Barbados via the Bronx.
Check out: "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" (1981), "The
Message" (1982), "Flash Tears the Roof Off" (2002).
person who does graphics, especially performed live (term first coined by
Alvy Ray Smith circa 1980, later co opted toward live imaging by FmG´)
first online magazine covering the performing graphics scene, still
definitive in spite of Left Coast bias [see:
establishment that serves liquor and performing graphics, patrons usually
of the working class (see also visual salon)
graphic computrons, i.e a notional unit of graphical computing power
dimensioned exactly in number of pixels times number of colors times variety of operations
times operations per second. Graphitrons are also a function roughly of computrons on the
graphics card times frame buffer size on the graphics card plus computrons on the motherboard,
only roughly because fashion regularly redefines those two components and their relation.
Finally, this usage is always found in metaphors that treat graphic computing power as a fungible
commodity good, like pork bellies or SAE torque.
input device consisting of very split keyboards hanging from a wide
belt, one key module on each hip, positioned where hands fall when arms hang in the "gunfighter
position". Good for walking around during performance as well as being wicked fast; also
thought by a leading ergonomics expert (cf. Dr Hand) to put the least strain on arms and hand
(to be very clear, Dr H endorses the position, not the keyboard). Shown wireless with crotch
tablet. Manufactured by PGC in South Palo Alto; patent applications are important.
Guy, Buddy (1936-present)
legendary blues singer and guitarist, from Louisana via
Chicago. Check out: "The First Time I Met The Blues" (1958), "My Time after While" (1966),
"When My Left Eye Jumps" (1967), "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (1968), "It's a Jungle Out There" (2001).
[originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe]
1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their
capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary ...
2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than
just theorizing about programming. ...
6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example. ...
8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around.
... The correct term for this sense is cracker.
"To programmers, `hacker' connotes
mastery in the most literal sense: someone who can make a
computer do what he wants
whether the computer wants to or
not." [from: http://www.paulgraham.com/gba.html].
Hancock, Herbie (1940-present)
very influential jazz pianist & composer, from Chicago
via Oakland. Herbie brought rock, funk, soul and hip hop into jazz (and vice versa); also a
practicing Buddhist of the Nichiren school. Check out "Takin' Off" ('62), "Future Shock" &
"Rockit" ('83), "Future2Future" ('01).
aka Robert E Markison, MD. Noted hand surgeon, artist, and jazz musician; also
inventor, machinist, cobbler, and tailor (for real; his only serious competitors in the Renaissance
guy MD category are Doc Savage and Buckaroo Banzai). Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at
UCSF School of Medicine. REM sez interface users are "small muscle athletes". And that all
such tool users should take a more active role in crafting those tools. "Are we too stupid to design
happily to maintain brain hand linkages in a divine, precious system? ... The metaphor of
shoemaking is so important to me because I'm building my ease with comfort from the ground
up, 'cause that's ... my interface, the shoe, between me and the ground" [ from
Justin Hall's great interview: http://www.links.net/vita/corp/manu/markison/]. Check
out: The Injured Hand by Robert Markison (Editor, 1990), Powerful Seeds (music
for poetry jazz CD, 2002), "A Creative Collaboration between Doctor and Patient" (article,
Heidegger, Martin (1889
1976) German philosopher who did careful description of human
consciousness as, first, simply "Dasein" "there being" thanks to which then "there be"
people, places, things. It's a ground/figure thing: Dasein is the self illuminating clearing that
knows itself and thus what appears in it. From this orientation Heidegger investigated tools, drawing
the distinction between "ready to hand," an object perceived as a tool thing we can use, ready to
handle; and "present at hand" when a object although yes a tool is yet not ready to handle, i.e.
broken or behind glass, etc. [ AM: And what about "already in hand", the immediate handling
activity, tool in use not separate from user? ] Check out: BEING AND TIME (1927)
Op the original performing graphics street projected artform invented by FmG´ on
July 23, 1996. That visual singularity event opened the door (into mainstream popularity) for
many different styles of live beam throwing, and Hip Op with generosity of spirit welcomed
Hood Lights, The
San Jose based hip op crew with a growing national following.
Check out: "Rizzle Vizzle" (1998), "I Got the Big Pixzzels, Baby" (2003).
graphicist, old school
Interhood to Wu
Tang Wang Clan Cluster deleted to reduce load on server;
see full text LGN.
Mac OS X, what can I say? It rocks. Sweet GUI on the outside, sour
Unix on the inside, so good together. Very handy when I disagree with the
GUI, which is often
Plus, X11 for OS X is amazing. Thanks to X.org for continuing this
venerable window system, the folks at Apple who make it work for OS
X, and the always helpful members of the Apple X11 users mailing list
Carnegie Mellon University Common Lisp, great
http://www.cons.org/cmucl I said it at
the beginning, but it bears repeating her, much grattitude to the implementors/maintainers
of CMUCL and GNU software. Thanks to them and to Wade, vmacs lives and I used it to
draw write this tale.
And, yes, Neal Stephenson is right, emacs does outshine all other editors
in the same way that the noonday sun outshines the stars
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs. rms and the rest of the GNU crew,
I owe you.
Which is why I live there. Or in visual emacs
2012 by Fred Lakin (back to book site: