Adding color to old photos with @Colorize_Bot

I recently heard of a twitterbot called @colorbot which will use AI to automatically colorize black and white photos. It sounded rad, so I decided to give it a try:

And here’s another try:

Both of these photos were shot by me on black and white film over ten years ago, so it’s crazy to see them in color now.

SF yo-yo meetup

Yo-Yo Meetup in the Mission on July 31st

I’m hosting a yo-yo meetup in San Francisco next weekend in Dolores Park. The meetup will probably run from 2-5pm and we’ll be near the center of the park.

BTW, I made this flier using The Print Shop, an emulator of a classic Apple II printing program.

Testing the sketch block in WordPress

Since this blog is powered by WordPress, I thought it would be cool to test out Automattic’s new Sketch Block. This is a Gutenberg block you can install that allows you to create a drawing using your mouse or stylus. Here is the result:

If you are viewing the post on DocPop.org, you probably see some pink and blue lines, that is because the Sketch Block doesn’t fill in the background. A lesson I learned the hard way. (update: if you are viewing this post via RSS, the sketched image won’t show up at all). I’ve also captured a screenshot and used that as the featured image at the top of the post.

I tested out the Sketch App on my laptop, but it really works best when used with a stylus. For this experiment I used an iPad with an Apple Pencil. My biggest thoughts are:

  • An undo button would be nice
  • There should be a way to add background color (transparency is nice, but shouldn’t be the default)
  • The block should show a border so you know where you can draw (I constantly broke the entire image by dragging my stylus too far down)
  • Sketches don’t show up for RSS viewers
  • It’s a really cool idea though, very unique
  • I’m sure this is still a work in progress, so I look forward to seeing more updates

For more information, check out this clip from last week’s Torque Social Hour, where I tested the Sketch Block out and shared my feedback. Segment starts at 33:20.

Bacon and Egg Musubi

During the pandemic there was a crazy demand for SPAM. I could still find plain SPAM and some generic versions, but I had to wait a full year before Safeway finally had some Bacon SPAM in stock again.

Now that I have it, you know I had to try making some bacon and eggs musubi.