Vermeer’s Science & Art

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Vermeer painted light like no one.  David Hockney first speculated that Vermeer achieved his effective effect via optics.

Quick Hockney detour:

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Enter Tim Jennison.

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Tim Jennison was obsessed- OBSESSED- with the idea that Vermeer achieved this effects using a combination of a camera obscura and mirrors.

To investigate the idea he created a precise replica of the original setting. Which as the founder of Lightwave he was able to in a way few could.  He also started NewTek, maker of the Video Toaster (largely made obsolete by After Effects).

Kiki detour:

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This is Kiki Stockhammer– she redefined the 90s “booth babe.” Heinous phrase but that’s what it was. Kiki was the face of the Newtek Video Toaster. What distinguished Kiki is she could tell you, in as much technical detail as you cared for, absolutely anything you wanted to know about the Video Toaster and the Amiga it ran on.

Back to Tim. Tim’s obsession included making, by hand, 16th century style windows.

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His work produced an amazingly Vermeer-like recreation of Vermeeris iconic “The Music Lesson.”

Vermeer,~1662, on the left; Jennison, ~2012 on the right.

Fantastic documentary of Tim’s process by Penn. Ignore the vulgar ads.

Tims Vermeer (2013) Full Movie – HD 1080p BluRay

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.


The movie angered art historians, it disrupted their conception of what painting is. They confused art cricism with art making. Personally, I think the fact the he devised technology to render his view on life makes the work and the art even greater.

Hockney’s view:

David Hockney on Why ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Doesn’t Make the Artist Out to be a Fraud

Tim Jenison, a wealthy entrepreneur from Texas, had never had an art lesson when he sat down to reproduce Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece, The Music Lesson. After four months employing nothing more than a dentist mirror, a brush and oil paints, the result is nearly as breathtaking as the original painting by the 17 th-century Dutchman.

Hockney-Falco thesis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hockney-Falco thesis is a theory of art history, advanced by artist David Hockney and physicist Charles M. Falco. Both claimed that advances in realism and accuracy in the history of Western art since the Renaissance were primarily the result of optical instruments such as the camera obscura, camera lucida, and curved mirrors, rather than solely due to the development of artistic technique and skill.

808 on 8/08

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Genre defining instrument making.
Foundational 808 rhythms and music.

TR-808 Drum Machine Flashback – Roland U.S. Blog

Author: Oz Owen and Roland UK Features Team Let’s kick this off with a little bit of trivia: the TR- 808 has been used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Read that again. This simple fact is made all the more improbable when you look back at the inauspicious launch of the TR-808.

808: The Movie

808 | The heart of the beat that changed music

When Encryption Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Are Encrypted.


Which for a moment makes a kind of sense until you think for half a second. Then it’s obviously stupid the way insuring privacy can be violated is obviously stupid.

What makes more sense is, “when encryption is outlawed, only outlaws have encryption.”

There is always the panicked rush to give terrorists the victory of Americans voluntarily giving up basic rights. In this case the right to privacy.

That we voluntarily give the technomedia companies our data does not mean we should enable doing so involuntarily. If a government backdoor is created, a backdoor will have been created, and it will be exploited.

And it’s hardly unimaginable that there would be  encrypt enabled devices to fill that glaring market hole.

Game chats are not encrypted. SMS is not encrypted. Both have been used to coordinate terrorist plots. Experience says terrorist activity doesn’t require encryption.

We’re looking to machines to solve the problem. The answer is people. Fire the bloated useful Homeland Security and intelligence mega-community that’s been over built. Put those resources instead into people who know what’s happening on these networks because they’re participants.

Thank you Tim Cook for being a leader on the issue. Also thanks for fixing my Mac for free because you used crap solder to keep the GPU in place.