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 […]

852

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 […]

Propaganda: Processing Begins

The Image Processing Division of Bundito Heavy Industries reports success in analyzing the first batch of Propaganda tiles. Terminal output attached as proof of life. UPDATE (19:03) I’ve crunched through all 19 (or is it 18.5?) volumes of the Propaganda tiles and stored all the color information in a SQLite database. I’ve got the three […]

The Propaganda Tiles, Math Edition

UIn the previous entry in the Propaganda Tiles series, I wrote about the history of the tiles, and my plans to sort them by color. It turns out this requires a dramatic amount of mathematics, almost all of which are miles above my head. The primary field that works on this kind of image processing […]

The Propaganda Tiles

This is a Propaganda tile. It’s one of about 1,000 different square images that can be tiled edge-to-edge for a seamless effect. They make great desktop wallpaper. They were created around 2001 by a Linux advocate named Bowie J. Poag. He wanted to prove the point that a Linux desktop could be every bit as […]