Picturing the Ghost in the Machine: Pixel Drifting, Data Bending & Glitch Art.

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Like ghosts captured on digital film between worlds, somewhere between the past, the present and the future, these are the haunting snapshots of transitionary moments that we were never meant to see. Straight out of the playbook of a William Gibson novel, these jarring images shock, jolt and seduce. There’s a bunch of different ways to achieve some of these results, without having to resort to inter-dimensional time travel. You can glitch up photos by opening them in Notepad, deleting or adding random data, then re-opening. If you want to go the animated gif route, you can use something like After Effects. There’s also a program called Pixel Drifter where you can chop up images in real time with jaw dropping results. Want to check out more? There are tons of lovely abstract ones here, a facebook group and even a tumblr devoted to dirty glitch over here (nsfw…

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Fun and Food App!

CentralTX Fun and Food is an app to share photos and suggestions to unique places to visit in the area of Central Texas as well as delicious food spots to eat at with family and friends! Simply post a picture of your food or attraction and tag in your location for other users to add to their list of Places to try. The location will also be linked to the actual website of food or attraction that you wanted to check out to get more information.

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Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds

We all know it’s the time of year to dress up as whoever you want to be! You guessed it… Halloween is approaching! I went with my friend to this popular costume store in Austin located on South Congress called Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds searching for a costume. I was thinking about dressing up as a black butterfly or even Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers but I wasn’t for sure that I wanted to dress as that for Halloween. I walked into the costume store and felt like a kid in the candy store. The store had so much lively character from the awesome customer service to the vibrant colors all around the store. I’m so used to finding regular costumes at Party City but this place had literally everything in multiple sizes for costumes. If you are in the area and looking for a costume I really recommend that you check it out. They are even having a sale going on for renting the costume! Even if you aren’t buying a costume for Halloween I would go in there just to try costumes on!

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We also stopped at this restaurant walking distance from the costume store called Hopdoddy. The burger was so juicy and tender and they have some of the best fries I have tasted: light and not too greasy!

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Medieval Memories

So this past weekend I went back home to see my dad in Houston! I was so excited just to spend the weekend relaxing with him since its been over a month that I have seen his face. Little did I know he had bought tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival for us. I had been wanting to go for a long time now so I was stoked when he told me. The Texas Renaissance Festival is basically a festival that highlights the medieval eras in history through food, music, games and shows. It’s such a sight to see because everyone dresses up in the medieval costumes and has a great time! Here are some of the fun things to do at the festival:

  • Get fat off of delicious food from different cultures
  • Drench the Wench (basically a dunking contest)
  • Ride the elephants
  • Shop at the kiosks surrounding the festival

Oh and if you decide to go the Texas Renaissance Festival then I must suggest to you the giant turkey leg.

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Graffiti Park

This weekend my friends and I decided to head up to Austin and check out Graffiti Park on Baylor Street. At first I was curious to know how much graffiti we would actually get to see since that’s illegal but I was told from other people at the park that you can bring your spray paint cans and add to the awesome, vibrant and colorful art already displayed! For artists in the area, I would highly recommend you stopping by and adding to this beautiful canvas! I wouldn’t call it a park because it’s really an abandoned building lot but this canvas definitely gives Austin the personality that it’s known for: “Keep Austin Weird”. Besides all of the cool art you can also look out and see a nice skyline of the city! If you decide to stop by I suggest that you bring some shoes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty and your camera for memories!

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It’s always mandatory to work up an appetite after sight seeing right? Trudy’s was perfect! If you love Tex-Mex this is the place to be. This well known restaurant in Austin has many different locations and has great prices. Trudy’s is no fancy dress up restaurant so come in your casual clothes with your appetite for good food. I ordered the fish tacos because who doesn’t love tacos?

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About me

Hello! My name is Valarie Kiel and welcome to my blog! I am a student attending Texas State University in the lovely city San Marcos, Texas, or as I like to call it, San Marvelous. I am currently studying Advertising in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

I have always loved to go on adventures and find new things to do so most of my posts will be of me going to see popular attractions and of course eating delicious food in the area of Central Texas with my family and friends! I will also be posting through Instagram so feel free to follow me!

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