Fun events in SF this week

There’s always awesome stuff happening, but I wanted to give a quick heads up about a few nerdy outings happening this week in SF. If I missed anything, leave it in the comments below. Thanks!

DorkbotSF #93
Dorkbots are always great events and very inspiring to attend. Tonight’s event includes a talk about LIGHTRAIL, a two mile long piece of public art by one of the creators of the Bay Bridge light project. Space is limited to 60 people, so get there early. You can bring food with you from The Hall downstairs.
April 19th from 7pm-10pm
1028 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
FREE

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Street artist paints the Berkeley riot

During a recent riot between alt-right and black bloc protestors in Berkeley, Paige St. John spotted an artist documenting the scene in an oil painting.

The artist’s name is John Paul Marcelo and you can see the final piece on his Instagram page. It even sounds like the piece can be purchased for $400.

Pro/Anti Trump Street Fair 14in x 8in oil on wood Berkeley is so nice… Many fun activities today ! #art #fineart #pleinairpainting #pleinair #painting #oilpainting #oilsketch #antitrump #protrump #american #drama #protest #demonstration #left #right #berkeley #downtown #oakland #sanfrancisco #bayarea #city #cityscape #california #impressionism

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Fixing DC’s Batman wigglegram gifs

DC made an animated gif to promote an upcoming issue of Batman, which also teases a Watchmen appearance. It’s a nice gif that uses parallax scrolling to create the illusion of depth, but it does two things that bug the crap out of me:

  • The animation¬†only pans from left to right
  • The animation alternates from Batman to Flash

So I decided to make my own edits to create a more traditional “wigglegram” effect. I think these look a lot smoother.

batman wigglegram gif 3d

I did the same edit with a Reverse Flash gif, just to show the effect can still work when the image is supposed to convey time. In the original gif, the camera pans left-right as the Flash gets turned into a skeleton. It’s a cool effect, but looks better when you “yo-yo” the animation back and forth.

The Flash Wigglegram gif

Here is the original GIF that DC shared. I think the wigglegram versions feel much smoother.

 

WordPress integration for Alexa

I thought this week’s News Drop, about a WordPress skill for Amazon’s Alexa, was pretty cool. So I wanted to share it here.