Author Archives for John Carmody

Deep-Zoom Image: The Five Points, 1827

October 3, 2018 6:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Deep-Zoom Image: The Five Points, 1827

Five Points (or The Five Points) was a 19th-century neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It gained international notoriety as a densely populated, disease-ridden, crime-infested slum that existed for well over 70 years. I'd been reading a history book about the Five Points and found a woodcut of a notorious intersection. I cleaned and up-sampled it in Photoshop, and used VIPs to create the image tile pyramid for the OpenSeaDragon library. A nice piece of history and art and open-source software.


Graphic Design: Custom T-Shirts

August 22, 2018 2:08 pm Published by Comments Off on Graphic Design: Custom T-Shirts

I designed the "We Can Moo It" T shirt for the 2017 Walk To End Alzheimers. The shirt company gave me a lot of grief about copyright, despite the image being owned by the National Archives; despite my changing 25% of the main text, and despite a font change in the main headline. Legal heads prevailed, and the shirts were a big success.


Interactive Story Map: Family Burial Plots

January 12, 2018 3:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Interactive Story Map: Family Burial Plots

Here is a co-mingling of genealogy, design, development and data: an interactive tour through family burial plots at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC.


Interactive Deep-Zoom Image (DZI) Batch Image Processor and Gallery

May 6, 2015 1:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Interactive Deep-Zoom Image (DZI) Batch Image Processor and Gallery

I recently built a custom PHP- and mySQL-based WordPress automation system for batch image processing and deep-zoom image creation (DZI). Click here to see it in action. Using open-source JavaScript libraries in the front-end to guide visitors on a pleasing journey through the thousands of images in the collections, this responsive solution also simultaneously automates custom SQL INSERT statements, adding 1,000s of hi-resolution TIF & JPG image records to a database all at once.


AgIS Capital LLC

July 23, 2014 6:31 pm Published by Comments Off on AgIS Capital LLC

AgIS Capital is a Boston-based firm that makes opportunistic investments in farmland and private equity investments in farmland-rich enterprises. I delivered AgIS Capital an online identity reflecting the firm's dedication to perfection based on their insights, knowledge of emerging opportunities within the agricultural investment arena and conceptions of how best to capitalize on them.


LaBokay Natural Resources

October 8, 2014 4:16 pm Published by Comments Off on LaBokay Natural Resources

LaBokay Natural Resources is a Louisiana investment company that owns mineral rights on 270,000 acres in some of the most productive areas in western Louisiana, exclusively focused on leasing oil and gas rights for exploration and development by others. I delivered an online identity highlighting LaBokay's success in realizing the full potential of its oil and gas assets.


Gonzaga College High School Archives

July 23, 2014 8:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Gonzaga College High School Archives

I was part of a select team granted access to the archives of Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC, to organize and evaluate the school's large and historic collections and artifacts. Dating to 1821, the archives include relics and remnants of Gonzaga, Notre Dame Academy, St. Aloysius Parish, the Swampoodle and Sursum Corda neighborhoods and old Washington DC before, during and after the Civil War.


Vietnam Photography

August 14, 2012 8:50 pm Published by Comments Off on Vietnam Photography

Journalist Robert Hodierne covered the Vietnam war from the DMZ in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south, from the Central Highlands to the coastal plains, photographing soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen & civilians caught up in the war.


Graphic Design: Content Portability & the Information Hierarchy

January 9, 2015 6:57 pm Published by Comments Off on Graphic Design: Content Portability & the Information Hierarchy

There are many ways to say the same thing. I designed and coded these examples for my students to demonstrate the idea of "portability of content", to get them thinking about the information hierarchy and simultaneous uses of data in layout design. For each design, there are the same 7 sections in the information hierarchy. The HTML in each of these designs is 100% the same - all that changes is the CSS.


Interactive Temporal Map, Family Journeys, 1730 – 1960

April 4, 2015 6:55 pm Published by Comments Off on Interactive Temporal Map, Family Journeys, 1730 – 1960

Part of a multimedia genealogy project, this interactive temporal map shows residence and migration patterns of ancestors from Europe in the 1730s to America starting in the 1820s.


Interactive Map: Ireland 1850 Census > Family Households by Parish

February 17, 2015 5:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Interactive Map: Ireland 1850 Census > Family Households by Parish

This interactive map shows where people of specific surnames lived in Ireland in the 19th century, according to parish records. I scraped a static dataset from the Irish Times website, and built a much more interesting way to view the same information, with additional insights provided by clustering of semi-opaque colored markers. The dataset has 4 pieces of information: latitude, longitude, name of parish and number of family surnames in that parish.


Interactive MP3 Player With Animated SVG Kaleidoscopic Logo

February 21, 2015 7:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Interactive MP3 Player With Animated SVG Kaleidoscopic Logo

I digitized my great-grandfather's 78rpm Victrola records dating back a hundred years or more. I then built this HTML5 mp3 player combining CSS3 transformations & custom JavaScript to create a beautiful experimental kaleidoscopic SVG-animated logo.


Goodbye My Baby

July 26, 2014 12:51 pm Published by Comments Off on Goodbye My Baby

ORIGINAL SONG: People of a certain fortunate generation grew up idolizing the guitar riff and guitar solo. This song is a reflection of that. A power-pop rocker, "Goodbye My Baby"  is performed here by one of my bands, The Revellaires. (words/music © John Carmody, Washington, DC).


Arbor Day

December 5, 2015 3:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I was listening to The Jam and The Buzzcocks quite a bit when I wrote this one...

...it's hard to get a song in under 2 minutes, I came close, but...

recorded by The Revellaires.

(© music by John Carmody, words by John Carmody & Kevin Johnson)


The Lady Vanishes

February 27, 2014 4:42 pm Published by Comments Off on The Lady Vanishes

"The Lady Vanishes" combines dynamic sampling and a high-octane performance engineered & mixed with a fierce attitude. This instrumental was influenced a lot by the Stone Temple Pilots, Soul Coughing & Cheap Trick. Here it’s performed by one of my bands, Down With Meyers. This version is a live take - play it loud.


Olde Town Crier

March 8, 2014 12:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Olde Town Crier

This song was influenced a lot by Supergrass, ELO & later-career Beatles. The cello section (for 3 parts) was composed and arranged by me. "Olde Town Crier" is performed here by one of my bands, Down With Meyers.


A Real Moral Let-Down

July 26, 2014 1:03 pm Published by Comments Off on A Real Moral Let-Down

When I wrote "A Real Moral Let-Down", I was listening to a lot of Louis Jordan, the La's and Social Distortion. It’s performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain, and features a couple of smoking guitar solos backed with a tight rhythm section and a girl singer.


Mailbox

March 8, 2014 12:50 pm Published by Comments Off on Mailbox

A pretty waltz I came up with in a moment of bleakness. I wrote the words & music and composed & arranged the string quartet. "Mailbox" is performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain.


Mary What’s Her Name

July 26, 2014 1:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Mary What’s Her Name

A pretty song written by me for Mother’s Day. It’s in 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4, and was influenced by the Beatles, Grant-Lee Philips and Simon & Garfunkel. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)


Kid From Kansas

December 5, 2015 12:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This song combines elements of surf, pop & psychedelia in a lamentation about commuting to work and wishing you were in an idealized place instead. Influenced by XTC, The Who, The Beatles, Crowded House, REM and Dick Dale, it is performed here by Casey's Brain (audio only.)


Half-Carved Heart

December 5, 2015 3:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A brooding, pretty piece about being a kid during World War II, and then going back to your 50th grade school reunion. Influenced by Crowded House, Simon & Garfunkel & REM, this song was performed by Casey's Brain (audio only)


The Strange Rage of Boris Yeltsin

June 11, 2014 12:37 pm Published by Comments Off on The Strange Rage of Boris Yeltsin

This piece is a soul-patch'd treatment of 2 bass guitars and obscure samples from a 1960s record collection. I made all the samples, played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)


Your Polite Applause

December 5, 2015 3:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A song about not getting what you need when you could've used it, "Your Polite Applause" was influenced by the Everley Brothers, the Cars, the Osbourne Brothers, The Who, the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. Recorded by Casey's Brain. (audio only)


JavaScript Count-Down Timer with Full Page Map

November 13, 2014 4:52 pm Published by Comments Off on JavaScript Count-Down Timer with Full Page Map

Happy 150th Birthday, Cornelius J. Carmody!My great grandfather had his sesquicentennial birthday recently, so I whipped up this interactive prototype as part of my genealogy museum project. It features Javascript, PHP, mySQL, CSS3 and Google Maps APIv3.