Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In Which I Look Back

When it comes to my computer, I like to keep things organized. I have folders for just about everything I do, that way I know exactly where to look if I'm trying to find something. Back in early 2008 when I started this blog, I created a folder to have a place to put the images I upload. Over the 28 months that have gone by and the 450+ posts that have been posted since then, I have amassed 243 pictures.

Occasionally I will browse through them when I'm feeling nostalgic. Sure, I've got copies of all those images uploaded online to Photobucket (since I had to host them to post them), but I feel good knowing that I've got them safe and sound, nestled into their own properly labeled folder. Perhaps I'm a little OCD about it, but I don't think there's anything wrong with having a system.

I was taken over by one of these waves of nostalgia recently... and then I was struck with an idea. I'm sure you've seen those photo mosaics, where the image of someone or some thing is made from strategically placing related images of that person or thing as if they were pixels? As (probably more clearly) explained in this Wikipedia entry? I thought I'd find a way to do that with the images I've collected over the years, and see what I could make.

Here is the result:

Impressive, eh?

I honestly didn't expect it to turn out as well as it did. I didn't think I had enough of the right pictures, or the right colors in those pictures to make it work. For what I had to work with, I think it came out pretty awesome.

If you're interested in trying this out for yourself, I used the freeware program AndreaMosaic (PC only, sorry Mac users). It's an easy program to use, and considering what it does, it works very quickly. Be sure to share your results!

P.S. You can view the full-size, high-resolution version of the Badass Geek Mosaic by clicking here.


Deidra said...

That is ridiculously amazing. How difficult was it?

Anna said...
Today's politics and pop culture from a young liberal's perspective! I follow back=) -love your blog btw

TARAism said...

Hey. I just started following you


/awkward smile

I always try and organize my photos into nice, neat folders, but somehow I get a virus and it's all lost. You should feel lucky to have accumulated such a large amount of pictures! The mosaic came out really awesome

Saurus said...

How awesome is that!! and i think having a system is a great idea!

Nej said...

That is completely amazing!!!

Nyx said...

Very nice BAG. I'd done this a few times, but always wanted to shoot myself by the end of it (I didn't use a program...I hand-placed the photos).

My hard-drive is a mess. I keep telling myself I'm going to organize it. My last computer's photos were highly organized - by subject, then location, then date. This a mish-mosh of photos and document folders everywhere.


Chuck said...

That is freakin' awesome. I am downloading that program now! I'll share when I get one done. Thanks!

Didactic Pirate said...

Oh sure, give me yet one more thing to do instead of work.

Ms. Random said...

How freakin cool is that? I am sooo going to try this!

Juliette said...

That. Is. Awesome.
I've always wanted to make one of those!

-Juliette WhereForArtThouRomeo

Jasmine said...

That is definitely really cool. For some reason, I'm too afraid to even attempt it.

Nes said...

Oh my goodness! How did you do that? No don't answer that you already told us you used that freeware. But still! I am utterly amazed Badass. You have outdone yourself!

Badass Geek said...

Deidra: Not very difficult at all.

Anna: Thanks!

TARAism: Thank you kindly!

Saurus: It works for me.

Nej: Who knew, right?

Nyx: I wouldn't have done it if there wasn't a program to do it for me. I would have obsessed about it until it drove me crazy.

Chuck: Awesome, please do!

Didactic Pirate: You're welcome. =)

Ms. Random: Yay!

Juliette: Give it a shot, it's wicked easy.

Jasmine: Nah, it's not that hard to do with the software.

Nes: I didn't know that was possible. Wow.

TechnoBabe said...

Well shoot, I have an iMac. I think this is pretty cool.

ForeverRhonda said...

That's awesome. I think I will have to try that.

carissajaded said...

Seriously!!! That is awesome! I am extremely impressed.. and I've missed stopping by here daily, though I'm trying to fix that now!

Maggie said...

Woah that's cool! I think I'll have to try it!

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