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Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the but-they-offered-it-a-blindfold dept.

Christmas Cheer 72

CyberKnet writes "Some enterprising folks over at Google have collaborated via Google Documents to create holiday art using cells in a spreadsheet as the pixels. A time delay video was taken and is available over at YouTube and the result is pretty spectacular. More info on how they did this is available behind the scenes. They're inviting people to share their own masterpieces or post a video response over on YouTube."

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Excel can do even more! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859385)

3d Graphics engine in Excel previously on slashdot:
http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/03/06/1732220&from=rss [slashdot.org]

Anime in Excel (2, Interesting)

zalas (682627) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859785)

Speaking of Excel, I came across a bunch of clips the other day on NicoNico Douga [nicovideo.jp] where they used Excel to draw video. Here are some YouTube mirrors of those videos, since the original site is Japanese and registration-only:
ToraDora! OP in Excel [youtube.com]
Higurashi Kai OP in Excel [youtube.com]

Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents (3, Funny)

Kagura (843695) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859427)

Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents

Jesus christ, so much for "do no evil"!

Re:Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents (4, Funny)

rvw (755107) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859481)

Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents

Jesus christ, so much for "do no evil"!

I believe He was executed as well. I don't know if we can blame Google for it.

Re:Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents (2)

ettlz (639203) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859529)

I believe He was executed as well. I don't know if we can blame Google for it.

Kinda like this [google.com] ?

Re:Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents (3, Funny)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859617)

You are thinking of Easter - this is Christmas!

Re:Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860809)

No, No. Reindeer and bunnyrabits. No scary birth and resurrection stuff. (Closes eyes, puts hands over ears) "La, la, la". Is the scary religous holiday gone yet? Yes? Yaaay! Let's go shopping.

This is NOT Christmas. (2, Funny)

Rhodri Mawr (862554) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861341)

This is NOT Christmas. It's not even Advent yet. Admit it, you're in Marketing aren't you.

Re:This is NOT Christmas. (1)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862697)

No, I'm not in marketing. I was referring to Christmas 2008, not 2009.

Re:Holiday Art Executed In Google Documents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25865789)

HE was feeling lucky!

Ackbar (-1, Troll)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859435)

"It's a TRAP!" - Ackbar. Don't submit your artwork for their own profit.

"For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels." Source [youtube.com]

Re:Ackbar (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859517)

The article is about google docs not youtube and what's so wrong with the youtube license anyway?

You keep your copyrights however you need to grant them rights to distribute your videos, otherwise you can sue them for copyright infringement.

Some people are just complete morons and should stick to programming.

Re:Ackbar (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859793)

Sure, but why don't they give you the ability to revoke their rights if and when you decide to remove the video from their service?

Re:Ackbar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860513)

> Some people are just complete morons and should stick to programming.

s/programming/management/

Re:Ackbar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25861579)

most morons would be intellectually incapable of being a programmer

thats probably why the person you were responding to is probably an artist or something because art requires no intellectual minimum to be achieved and why its a safe haven for people who are otherwise unemployable due to their cluelessness

its also probably why her comments are so utterly idiotic

oh and I agree completely the youtube license is just fine and makes sense for the reasons you said

Re:Ackbar (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862429)

don't knock artists. Da Vinci was a fucking genius. He invented the helicopter. He also painted the mona lisa. The safest form of air transport in the world and the most expensive (read: priceless) portrait in existence.

I'm a fucking genius as well. 98th centile* (or as smart as Descartes, Einstein, Shakespeare, Goethe, Newton or Spinoza) - assessed nine weeks ago using the WAIS-III test, as it happens. I'm also very creative. I haven't invented any sci-fi-type transportation system or painted any portraits lately, tho... actually, I'm between cold-fusion-in-your-pocket and warp drive for your car. ;)

*and no, I am NOT nor do ever intend to be a Promethian. Or a member of MENSA. I just... don't do labels. K?

Re:Ackbar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860747)

"It's a TRAP!" - Ackbar. Don't submit your artwork for their own profit.

The video was made by Google. (This whole thing is a promotional stunt for Google's spreadsheet). So by posting on YouTube they give some rights to ... themselves. Somehow I don't think they care about that.

Did they need to collaborate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859455)

It doesn't seem like they actually needed to collaborate on the spreadsheet... one lonely person could do it just as well as four maladjusted web 2.0-ers. Maybe this is just some early viral marketing, taking advantage of the birth of the Savior to obliquely inform the public that collaboration is possible in the Google Spreadsheet.

Either way, I'm left feeling a tad Bah Humbug-ish.

Re:Did they need to collaborate? (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859479)

They each had a different color that they were drawing; seems pretty logical to me. And I certainly can't blame Google for showing off their collaborative features. I've never seen multiple people able to work on the same doc/spreadsheet at once.. the different color cursors is a brilliant idea.

Re:Did they need to collaborate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859819)

I certainly can't blame Google for showing off their collaborative features.

But CyberKnet and timothy certainly didn't need to pass along this tripe. If those guys really think the result was "spectacular", they should check out some cross-stitch patterns.

Re:Did they need to collaborate? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859663)

Show me any mention of December 25th in the Bible. It's kind of odd how your fake savior's birthday lands on an extremely popular pagan holiday that predates Christianity...

Re:Did they need to collaborate? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859683)

Maybe this is just some early viral marketing, taking advantage of the birth of the Savior

Huh? Barack Obama was born August 4th. Anyhow, this isn't novel. GIMP could save images as html tables last century. It shouldn't be too much work to convert an image to an OO spreadsheet (or OOXML) with color formatted cells.

Awesome (4, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859487)

This is the sort of coolness that I like about technology - the fact that you can use to create something not quite mainstream, yet very interesting and very cool.

And these are the moments when I really enjoy reading Slashdot. Reminds me of how back in the day, Slashdot used to post something small but interesting done by a geek in a garage...

Except... this is clearly a PR piece (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859611)

Your comment about "small but interesting done by a geek in a garage" is clearly not true. This was posted by Google PR, an $83bn outfit. That's one heck of a garage.

Re:Except... this is clearly a PR piece (1)

Almahtar (991773) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859751)

Well, he didn't say it was a small garage.

Re:Except... this is clearly a PR piece (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859909)

For one, I said it reminded me of those days, not that it was the same as those days.. For another, this was done by a few people at Google, which doesn't necessarily mean that the entire muscle of Google was behind them.

Well, he didn't say it was a small garage.

Amen.

Re:Awesome (1)

high_rolla (1068540) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861263)

I think they may have copied the idea from us. Take a look at this page http://www.engcom.net/component/option,com_grid/Itemid,59/ [engcom.net] It never really took off on our site (most likely because we never got a critical mass of visitors, but that's another story). Still if they did, it's gratifying to see the idea taken and implemented successfully. (Also, if they did then some recognition would be nice)

marketing (1)

mestar (121800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859493)

Gee, this is just an obvious PR piece.

Re:marketing (1)

A_Lost_Frenchman (1034456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859655)

It all began when Google enabled us to find relevant data in a few seconds.
They should have known that being confronted to this see of data (especially all those lies) everyday, we would come to see them as what they are : yet another advertising company. __ just passing through

Re:marketing (1)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863611)

Come on. Granted, Google does many, many, good things. But this piece clearly is just a PR piece, and kind of a hokey one at that.

Google doesn't need to sell itself to me. I'm already buying it. The bit at the end where the person types in 'Create, Callaborate, blah blah docs.google.com' struck me as in the same vein as the Microsoft "I'm a PC" ads.

Re:marketing (1)

CyberKnet (184349) | more than 5 years ago | (#25876885)

That's funny... I submitted it, and I thought it was an interesting thing to read/see, even if it was a bit PR-ish.

That's the way these things work. What you see as just a press release could be what I see as an interesting art show.

All generalizations are a bad thing.

Poor Art (1)

FreshKarma (1333201) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859495)

He so loved the Holidays. Now, his eternal soul is property of Google. He really should have read the Terms and Conditions.

Nice, however... (1)

g253 (855070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859501)

what would be really nice is doing this sort of "drawing in a spreadsheet" thing with a bunch of formulas. Fractals or something.

Re:Nice, however... (4, Funny)

ettlz (639203) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859551)

Huh, yeah. Let's have some boobs instead. Oh, God, I foresee a wave of Spread-em-sheet porn...

Re:Nice, however... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860019)

I invoke rule 34. And/or 35.

Re:Nice, however... (5, Funny)

RJFerret (1279530) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860135)

Huh, yeah. Let's have some boobs instead. Oh, God, I foresee a wave of Spread-em-sheet porn...

Okay, not exactly porn, but you inspired me to produce a nude... [google.com]

Re:Nice, however... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862205)

Thanks dude, that gave me a Leisure Suit Larry flashback!

music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859533)

the music in that youtube video has been very definitely ripped off of some other song I've heard, but I can't seem to put my finger on it. anyone else have an idea?

Re:music? (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859619)

the music in that youtube video has been very definitely ripped off of some other song I've heard, but I can't seem to put my finger on it. anyone else have an idea?

I'm not quite sure what you mean by ripped off but the comments section of the video in question mentioned that Google Programmer had created the song.

Re:music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25864423)

the music in that youtube video has been very definitely ripped off of some other song I've heard, but I can't seem to put my finger on it. anyone else have an idea?

It's a track from GarageBand.

-AC

Idle? (3, Insightful)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859807)

Wow. A grid-based system capable of colouring grids can be used to do pixel art? Clearly the term "enterprising" has changed in meaning, but leaving that aside I have to ask why this is in tech? It quite clearly belongs in idle.

Re:Idle? (2, Informative)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861091)

The point was to show real-time collaboration as a promo for their service. I would hope that Slashdotters would talk about the collaboration angle in Goole Docs and how it stacks up to other services.

p.s. I'm using only Google Apps this month as an experiment.

How fitting ... (5, Insightful)

Lazy Jones (8403) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859811)

Using a spreadsheet as a graphics program is about as efficient as using a browser to run office applications ...

Re:How fitting ... (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859827)

Not only true, but apt, precise and funny. n1 :)

Re:How fitting ... (2, Insightful)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859941)

Yes, because it's so much more efficient for everyone to be using different versions of the software AND the document, unless you want to also deal with setting up a collaborative document system.

But opening a browser window and clicking a link - that's just too much effort.

Re:How fitting ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860067)

Efficient in terms of cpu cycles, not mouse-miles

Re:How fitting ... (2, Insightful)

Lazy Jones (8403) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860285)

That - and it adds a whole layer of instability on top of your OS (browsers/JS need to be stable too).

All those lemmings who advocate running applications inside a browser (completely ignoring the fact that networking is available outside browsers too and you don't even need to hand over all your data to a 3rd party for groupware applications) should go apologize to Microsoft, who took a lot of flak for considering the browser part of the OS ...

Re:How fitting ... (1)

crf00 (1048098) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860465)

The point is not of using Google Spreadsheet as a graphics program, rather as an ajax collaborative game to have some fun with your friends in this holiday. I'd expect a better Ajax apps come out just for this.

Re:How fitting ... (1)

Lazy Jones (8403) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860721)

graphic guestbooks for the web are about 13 years old ... they actually work better for this type of "fun".

[Offtopic] Why is this in tech? (2, Insightful)

empaler (130732) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859831)

Not that I dislike the story - I just think it should be in Idle, not in Tech.

Re:[Offtopic] Why is this in tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860053)

Confirmed: Tech is the new Idle

Re:[Offtopic] Why is this in tech? (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861111)

Based on how much you work in your tech job, I agree completely. ;)

New Possibilities (1)

Virtually Sane (1168935) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859871)

OK - from what I saw (watched the video - easier than reading how to do it ;) ), its using the google spreadsheet like a basic version of MS paint.

On the other hand, what about getting formula derived holiday art - a random snowflake generator? (I'll leave that to the math geeks)

Or for something OTT, use this to generate cels for animation, probably itchy and scratchy level of animation, but its their server time, not yours :)

*yawn* (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859977)

ASCII porn is *so* 1970's.

Wow. (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860103)

wonder what a flashmob could do...

Pixelated art (1)

nozzo (851371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860211)

yawn... I was doing this on my ZX Spectrum over 20 years ago.

Re:Pixelated art (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860491)

Yeah, but this was 5 people collaborating over the internet. I don't think you were doing that on your speccy 20 years ago. They were good, but not that good!

Heard round the net: (1)

atraintocry (1183485) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860225)

Spreadsheets or GTFO!

Re:Heard round the net: (1)

nog_lorp (896553) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861309)

*Ahem*

Spreadsheets or it didn't happen.

I predict ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25861379)

WTF?

Flu tracker?
Spreadsheet pixmaps?

We're *sick* of Google. I wonder if they can predict that.

You could do this with a Perl script in 15 minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25861517)

Read the image pixel data with Image::Magick, write a .xls file with Spreadsheet::WriteExcel, and import it in Google Docs.

CAD by Excel (2, Funny)

FRiC (416091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861861)

A few years ago, a newly hired engineer at work complained that he couldn't find any drawings done by the previous engineer that had just quit. I looked and the guy that quit had several thousand Excel files and his drawings were all done using tiny cells and cell borders. They were complex drawings of mechanical parts and some were even done in 3D perspective.

The new engineer ended up spending the next few months recreating all the drawings from A3-sized printouts using a real CAD program.

Re:CAD by Excel (1)

Televiper2000 (1145415) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862619)

I've done some fairly complex embedded system block diagrams in Excel. I would use the cell frame feature for the boxes, arrows for the bus lines, and then snap everything to a square grid. The beautiful thing about Excel is that everything expands naturally with the 'add entire row' and 'add entire column' features. Labelling is a simply matter of filling in a spreadsheet cell and justifying the text. Some would force me to make drawings in Visio because they were too weak willed to edit my excel drawings (stuff that would take me 10 seconds) and it felt like a real setback.

Saying that, how anyone could do a 3D drawing in Excel is beyond me. The embedded drawing program is nice if you want to do a quick mechanical mock-up with accurately sized blocks.

Re:CAD by Excel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862661)

You are, as we say in the business, a fucking nightmare of a coworker.

That is all.

Not Really New..... (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862037)

Back in high school, some of us had some pretty 'adult' pics that had been translated into ASCII characters. What was even cooler was that you couldn't see what they really displayed. If you didn't know the correct font, type size, and justification, the file just displayed a bunch of number/letters/symbols.

Heh heh heh.....worked pretty well.

Yawn..Let me know when it can do this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862243)

Retarded Slashvertisement (1)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862669)

It appears that anything a Google employee does these days is considered revolutionary even if it's lame, unoriginal and uninspired.
That being said, here is some real 3D spreadsheet graphics: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3563/microsoft_excel_revolutionary_3d_.php [gamasutra.com]

Where's the script? (1)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863017)

I'm just surprised that no one has written a script to convert an image into one of these documents yet, even if it was considered cheating.

Re: (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 5 years ago | (#25868201)

Not only true, but apt, precise and funny. n1 :)
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