Image Manipulation with Python
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing
and other cool stuff
The Dragon Bound Quartet
is the reason I put together a website in the first place
and you can find the complete epic at the link above.
Python Image Manipulation
I spend most of my creative time these days manipulating photographs
using Python, openCV, skimage, numpy, and the like with the goal of
achieving surreal effects.
where I blog about such photo manipulation techniques and post links to
my tutorials and sample code along with plenty of pictorial examples.
is where I explore this tool from a non-technical photo manipulation point of view.
And having done that, I then tend to create Photo Fiction (picture
stories) set in alternate worlds and written around the various
photographic imaging effects that I've created, such as:
which uses a sparkly green eye elven filter
which uses a blue futuristic temporal distortion filter
which ranges in scope from the correct syntax and use of select functions
Points & Angles
all the way to full blown graphical effects such as:
Working Compound Pendulum
Full Screen Gradient Animation
or one that is really fun that I simply call
The Rectangle Game
(which views best in Mozzilla)
Having nothing to do with paper.js
Quazy Face of the Prophet
is a wonderful little animation that I made by abusing the YUI graphing library.
And, of course, there's plenty more to be found at
which is where I link all of my coding projects, solutions, tricks, one liners, cheat sheets, and so on.
There is a fine line between coding, writing, and art; and so very
often, the three of them overlap. Ideally, that's the sort of thing I
California Lottery Analysis
What's the Best Game to Play Today
Gilding the Lily
is my first piece of photo fiction.
I followed this up with
What Stays in Chinatown
before switching to photo-manipulation stories.
And though there is more located in this section of my site, the only
other project I shall specifically mention at this juncture is
Mr GigglesWorth Kİrny News
which is a monthly data analysis of corn futures and that rather than
financial advice should be viewed more as a beginning level data
crunching test project.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Projects
I am not locked into the real world. The last 10% of truth is
meaningless to me. Some might say the first 10%, as well. But my code
compiles. And that is Truth enough for me. But whether it leads to
Beauty, who can say?
Or if that's not clear, in younger years, I travelled extensively
throughout the Seven Realms, which, of course, is a lie. I only made it
to two of 'The Realms' (Rigor Pass and an ever so brief stint to the
Island of Gaul -- photographic proof of my journeys Making the Passage
). And if we are going to be honest (seldom that I am), I spent most of
that time sitting on a stool in Lucky's Tavern sipping a Malted Milk,
which is where I met Celli the Happy Go Lucky Celaphopod from whom I
bought the Earthen Vortex publication rights to hisDragİn Bİund
(complete unedited and unabridged)
for the hefty price of 2-1/2 Chocolate Malts per book.
Which reminds me, he still owes me the last book in the series. But
let's be honest, the quality of writing sort of drops off in the fourth
book. And at this point, I'm never expecting to receive the fifth book.
But that second book
a thing of wonder. It's everything that I want in a tome of fantasy
adventure (none of the blood and guts, but jokes galore). In short, it
is brilliant. It is a marvel. It is a Best Seller throughout the Realms
(all of them). And one day, it will be a classic, here, in the Earthen
Vortex, as well.
I hope you get the idea. The only reason I started a website in the
first place was to market Celli's material. That's why my first website (now a spur)
was, is, and shall ever be (so, that's how long forever lasts; anyhow, written stuff can be found at)
Most of the writing content I've acquired over the years is posted there, free for the browsing.
is a science fiction, fantasy farce, written by a would be code monkey.
Posted complete, unabridged, and as I acquired by hacking Kevin's
computer at some point in the future.
by Ian Black and I am Blue
cuts to the heart of Pure Land Zen Buddhism in a delightfully
irreverent way. I mean, if you can't laugh at a religion (yours,
someone eles's, whoever's), then what's the point?
Online walkthrough above or go directly to the download page here
Embracing the Smile
There's a lot more content at Brett Words
but that's what an index and landing page is for. As such, although
there's several more book length novels and dozens upon dozens of short
stories available, I shall only highlight three more links and leave
the rest for you to investigate on your own.
Two quality short stories to wet your appetite are:
And then, of course, there is
Ironically, I find it difficult to write a resume (more compelling than
this webpage) as to why you might wish to hire me as Computer Vision
Specialist (hey, it could happen) or partner with me on some sort of
creative/coding/writing project, but as to crafting a resume so as to
secure a crew position on a UFO, well, I'm all over that.
and speaking of UFO's...
Eddie was more than happy to listen to me reminiscence about my travels
throughout the Realms (and keep a straight face while I did so, I might
add, that's an important part of any friendship), while I was more than
happy to listen to his complaints about working for the CIDC (the less
said, the better), administrative details concerning the travails of
being the leader of a sex-fueled cult (oh, the hardship), and the
difficulties inherent in having one's brain eaten by alien squid-like
beings (our galactic overlords, don't you know), nigh on a decade ago
(which in itself explains a great deal about Eddie's abundant
eccentricities). But alas, he might have been telling the truth about
that last... or maybe the doctors were right and he died of brain
cancer. Who am I to say? Who am I to know? Either way, he was both a
dear friend and a fellow writer. And his dying request to me (made a
good two years before he died, so don't ask me why he didn't just do it
himself) was that I post his life's work online. As such, his full
creative portfolio may be found at:
(I still need to make a logo. I am remiss in my duties as a friend.)
The easiest way to slip into Eddie's work might be to read:
which is a good explaination as you are going to find anywhere as to why Eddie loved his wife. Lucky man, that Eddie.
And from there, check out
which also seems to star his wife (as so much of his work does), and
which also happens to be a novel of pan-galactic proportions... and
utter ridiculousness if ever there was one. I mean, come on, it's a
story that revolves around a clothes shopping adventure: literally
buying a dress forms the basis of this particular mad-cap interstellar
adventure. Thick on plot, it is not. Delightfully diverting, it is.
Or if neither of those strike your fancy (like your reading a bit more fact based, do you?) then you might wish to check out
The Sick: Drugs, Sex, & Celaphopods
about an alien squid brain sucking cult
The UFO Attractors Handbook: Practical Advise for an Impractical Hobby
I do believe the title says it all
Divining the Broken Heart
a thoroughly scientific exploration into the art of reading tarot cards
All this and more may be found at
if you dare to take the plunge.
Starting a blog? Thinking about trying your hand at website design?
Might I recommend a safe topic on which to base your initial projects?
How about something like food?
Ah, I see great minds work alike.
Cuisine ala American Bachelor Foodie Indifferent
'Recipe? We don't need no stinking recipe!'
Before I got into paper.js, I tried to make each page interesting in
some way. As such (and much like any other food blog out there), I've
got your standard issue
Playing for stakes (or should that be steaks) in the Monte Carlo Amusement is completely optional (though highly encouraged).
How dare you accuse me of cheating!
There's more, of course, but with critical acclaim such as:
"You eat that?"
"That's got to be about the most disgusting thing I've ever seen!"
"No, don't bring anything. I'll cook."
I think the content (not to mention my standing as one of the World's Greatest Chef's) pretty much speaks for itself.
But just to show I'm a good guy, I've also included a few
Bizarrely Incomprehensible Recipes
because a witty name trumps taste every time
for the taste of the holidays
Powdered Gnome Balls
get your mind out of the gutter, please
Scrambled French Toast
folks have actually requested this one, go figure
I'VE GOT A CAPS LOCK KEY! AND I'M WILLING TO USE IT!
Or rather, what I mean to say is, have you ever had a discussion with a
relative, significant other, stranger in the elevator, maybe your cat,
and just to shut you up, they say something like, "Wow! That's a great
idea! You should really do something about that!"
Which would be, like, way too hard (doing something), but writing a
short OP-ED piece, well, that I can manage. These then would be those
little glimmerings of truth, straight from my mouth, to the trash bin
contains such gems as
The Truth About Zombies
Zombies are stupid and will decompose
naturally in a few days, so no need to worry. When they come (and come
they will), just lock the doors, relax, and watch a Sienfeld marathon
and when you are done (that really was a long running show, wasn't it),
the zombies will be all gone. And I do believe, I managed to write more
copy here, than I did in my original rant. Go figure.
Why Calligraphy Brushes Make for Great Wands
It's True!!! Pictorial proof included.
A Guide to Speed Reading in 100 words or less
The less said the better. Feel free to skip this rant.
A Review of Park Place Apartments in Walnut Creek
I liked living there. You will, too... or maybe you won't. What do I know?
Marx was wrong! Or rather, Marx was right! And this is why. Of course, in the end, he was still wrong...
Why Tit for Tat Explains Nothing About Altruism
Much like how the game Monopoly has precious little to do with Real Estate Investing
So, basically, I put anything that's gnawing at my soul or has somehow
gotten under my skin, but really isn't worth more than a few lines,
much less an entire web page into Brett Rants
and call it a day. I figure, most of these entries I will one day come
to regret. So, why not lump them together and make them easier for
others to find today?
I should really put a picture of my cat here...
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