All posts by Michael Connor

About Michael Connor

Front-end Developer with 7 years experience OOP coding Flash applications. Experience with coding javascript, HTML 5 canvas. 15 years image, video, audio, production. 5 experience as a journalist and field engineer for public radio.

Piledriver

Here’s an awesome tune I’ve never heard.  Great for late night driving, thinking, and hatching of schemes.  I know noting about Dennis the Fox, but i love his haircut and serial killer glasses.

Temple of Grace – Flickr group

I’ve made an attempt to gather photos of all the Burning Man temples over the years – with better success that some. This past years is doing better than most.

Temple of Grace – Burning Man 2014 – Flickr Group

These are photos submitted by the public. The rights and resolution on each photo are whatever the user submitted.

The attempt here and has been to archive photos in high-resolution.  If you have some photos of the temple or of its production, please, do a little photo editing, and  submit the best ones.

Dreary Coast

Rehearsing for The Dreary Coast
Rehearsing for The Dreary Coast

Back in Brooklyn for the month of Oct. to perform in a play called The Dreary Coast.  Written and produced by my old friend Jeff Stark.

The play is set on the Gowanus Canal.  To be clear, the audience and actors will be in boats and on the shores of the Gowanus.  Lop off the G-O-W on the name and you pretty much have an onomatopoeia.  The challenges of this production are many.  I’ve been on a lot of crazy complicated art projects.  This is cracky-crazy.

The Gowanus canal  is a special wild part of Brooklyn that is transforming before our eyes.  A super-fund clean up site with a Whole Foods on the embankment… and under construction, a beer garden and federal prison transfer station.  NY changes in the blink of an eye for better and worse.

The story and setting of the play are epic.  You can read about it in the Gothomist.

What am I doing?   I’ll be driving a boat…and singing with a band behind me in one scene. Guess who?  You’ll have to come see.

See you at the show. Don’t fall in the water.

Temple of Grace Campaign by Black Rock Arts Foundation.

grace_2400

This year David Best and the Temple Crew return to the playa to build the Temple of Grace.  If you have a few extra bucks, please show some love by sending them some.

I’ve worked on Petaluma aka David Best crew on four different temples. They’ve set the standard for pulling off big art. The process is as important, if not more, than the results. We aren’t making blinky tall things to burn.  We are giving birth to a healing being from another dimension.  In the end, we throw our tools in the truck and get out the way.  The community comes in and breathes life into it.

Circumstances being what they are, I may or not, be able to join this years crew.  If you make it to the desert, bring something to the temple that you can share and let go of.  A photo, toy, poem. There’s no better place to let that happen.

 

requireJS – got it

Continuing efforts to get more better at modular javascript.  Used requireJS to my Oscillating Dom elements animation.

This set up pulls in jQuery, TweenMax off of a CDN.

The dependency injection appears to work a lot like AngularJS.  I found the docs a little confusing in regards to configuration and just had to play around with it but trying different setups and checking what loaded in Chrome Tools confirmed my set up.

Happy to have this awesome tool in my kit.

Osciallating Divs – Looking back at old code

I went back and looked at some old code in an experiment with the GSAP (aka Greensock) animation library.
I and i thought – oh, wow, that’s how I coded javascript a few months ago. With a bunch of globals.
So I cleaned up the code hiding that nastiness away. And the code is now on github.

View the animation here on you desktop, tablet or phone.

Note that the animation plays  choppy on older mobile devices when the alpha is tweened.