Propaganda Progress

I finally found some time (and energy) (and motivation) to get back to work on the Propaganda project. Thanks to an inspired suggestion from Bowie Poag, rather than try to find the dominant color with complicated math, I applied a very heavy “blur” effect to each image. The end result is an image with all […]


That’s the official count of Propaganda Tiles, according to Bowie Poag himself. These 852 were created by Bowie; someone else took over and added about 200 more. Those aren’t quite the same quality, so Bowie and I decided these 852 are canon, and the others are not. So my programming project will be focused only […]

The Creator

This morning, I had a lengthy Facebook chat conversation with none other than Bowie Poag, the creator of the Propaganda tiles. He was flattered that someone remembers his work from 20 years ago. I found him through a group for Chicago area Diversi-Dial users. Way back when, a Diversi-Dial (or DDial) was a remarkably versatile […]

Circles Within Circles

“When I cry, I see millions of circles.” – Bob Mould, “Circles” It was supposed to be so easy. KDE has an application launcher that also shows your user account picture (“avatar”). A user submitted a “wishlist” bug to have the normally square avatar cropped to a circle, which would better match other aspects of […]

Kicking the Habit

For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been a devoted Apple user. I have a MacBook (with TouchBar), a 12.9″ iPad Pro, and a 256GB iPhone X. But as of the first of the year, I’ve gotten hooked into KDE and the open source software culture. Being accepted and invited to participate and contribute […]

Downtime, technical and personal

To my millions of devoted readers, I apologize for the recent downtime. From time to time, the script kiddies decide it’s a good time to try breaking into any WordPress sites they can find. This is one of them. Thankfully, my hosting service, (blatant plug), is clever enough to detect these incoming attacks and […]

Training an AI

Artificial intelligence systems aren’t born smart. They have to be taught and trained. If you’ve got an iPhone, you might remember training Siri by repeating a few phrases, like “Hey Siri, it’s me”. That’s how it learns your voice – accurately. I believe Amazon’s Alexa has a similar feature. But these guys have a head […]

Patching Plasma’s file manager

My latest patch for KDE was purely cosmetic, but it was to a key component: the system file manager, known as Dolphin. A user reported that, when increasing the system font size, the icons would lose their horizontal centering. It’s not a huge deal, but KDE takes a lot of pride in producing a professional […]

Praise The Blue Steel

Updated this page’s header image with something a little less monotone. Of course, it’s a Propaganda tile, called Praise-The-Blue-Steel-1. I ran it through GIMP to wash out the colors a little and tile it to the appropriate size. The original is on the left. I’ve had some partial success with my project to write an […]

Fig. 5

From the days when cool and unusual things were drawn by hand, I present you with Fig. 5: It’s part of a patent for the use of the HSL color space in computer graphics terminals. You don’t have to understand it. Just look at it. It’s spectacular.