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Or maybe this [Aug. 25th, 2005|06:05 pm]
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Make the text move too?

Each letter independently on its own path, speed, and fading in and out would be cool too.

[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2005-08-26 01:06 am (UTC)
This makes me think jameth. ;)
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[User Picture]From: killhamster
2005-08-26 01:20 am (UTC)
what is WRONG with that guy?
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[User Picture]From: jameth
2005-08-26 01:35 am (UTC)
I would also like to know.
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[User Picture]From: popcultureicon
2005-08-26 01:07 am (UTC)
this just keeps getting better.
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[User Picture]From: popcultureicon
2005-08-26 01:10 am (UTC)
Each letter independently on its own path, speed, and fading in and out would be cool too.

and if the letters could only be read as a magic eye....
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[User Picture]From: remark
2005-08-26 09:02 pm (UTC)

... something tells me that a magic eye (stereogram) wouldn't be such a good idea.

and I assure you, it does say "CAPFUH".
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[User Picture]From: daunity
2005-08-27 03:17 am (UTC)
I guess you're implying those Magic Eye pictures that I will never be able to figure out due to my lack of depth perception from issues with eye dominance.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-08-26 01:19 am (UTC)

Just thinking out loud (in type)...

Wouldn't the animation actually make it easier for computers to read? Every new sample gets you a collection of probable edges and their position relative to other probable edges. After a couple of samples, you throw out the ones that don't fit in any cluster, and you've got your letters.

Now maybe a nice ripple effect... *eg*
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[User Picture]From: phil
2005-08-26 01:29 am (UTC)
Quick! Patent the idea.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-08-26 01:34 am (UTC)
At least I just demonstrated prior art.
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From: photwenny
2005-08-26 05:47 am (UTC)


I'm not sure that's true, unless you patent it.

Prior art searches just look at what has been patented. Its the job of the Patent Office to issue patents. If nothing like this is patented, and someone presents a patent, they pretty much get it (at least these days).

You could challenge the patent with your prior art, but that costs money so you won't do it unless the patent holder sues you. I mean why waste your money disputing some guy's worthless patent (worthless because you have prior art that we've all seen... the "technology" itself is pretty bitchen), especially if he hasn't sued you... yet.

You have demonstrated the futility of the patent system (which moves at a pace of 17 years) in the world of computers and such: there is no lengthy, expensive research and design cycle. You've added a novel feature to your prior "invention" a mere hours later. Probably another in the time its taken me to write this, and a couple more in the comments. There's no waiting for fab, no waiting for parts to arrive, no waiting for... well, for anything except for your bladder to takes its goddamn, sweet time emptying itself in the toilet before you forget how to fix that last bug!

But I digress...

Come to think of it, an early version of the empeg (www.riocar.org) car stereo software had a screensaver similar to your effect. There was random static with the "message" as the overall brightness flickering to the music. It was really cool, but then they said it was a bug or something, and eliminated it from future versions. Much to my dismay.
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[User Picture]From: j7xz49br3m93xrr
2005-08-26 01:30 am (UTC)
What you using to do this? Perl and ImageMagick/GD?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-08-26 01:34 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ansley
2005-08-26 01:33 am (UTC)
Ahhhh! I think I'm gonna barf.
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From: photwenny
2005-08-26 05:52 am (UTC)
I'd love to see it, if brad hasn't already found better things to do with his time (or if he posted the code so others could start playing where he is :), but I expect that would make it harder to track the letters, since your eye wouldn't be able to count on it being roughly the same size and location each time.

Perhaps small random increments or decrements to the font size would work, but I think Times to CopperPlate to Helvetica to Arial (haha) to Comic Sans would have enough diffs at each step that the message might just disappear in the randomness.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-26 01:00 pm (UTC)


Put each letter on a different frame, and see if you can some sort of persistence of vision effect going on.
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From: legolas
2005-08-27 08:58 pm (UTC)
strange, that actually makes it easier to read (for humans)!
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