Bram Pitoyo, Etc.

Tweet: An Apple Alert Sound

Good afternoon,

Last night, when we worked on cleaning up the audio cutoffs from our Hazelnut Tech Talk Episode 8’s interview with Sarah Lacy, we made an Apple Alert Sound.

It came rather accidentally, when, in a desire to test just how well can Audacity’s “Remove Noise” filter works, we apply it to a small segment of the audio.

And now we can introduce to you: The Tweet Sound (right-click and direct download it.)

Instruction: (here’s Apple’s official instruction)

  • Go to Finder
  • Hit Apple+Shift+G or click on the menu “Go → Go To Folder…”
  • Type “~/Library/Sounds”
  • Drop the Tweet.aif file into the newly opened window.
  • Go to System Preferences → Sound

The Tweet Sound should be located on the bottom of the list.


Bram Pitoyo, Links, Typeface Identification Around Portland

Typeface Identification Around Portland: Covers Of Books About Music

All photographed at Hawthorne Powell’s Books.

Black Postcards by Dean Wareham

Black Postcards by Dean Wareham

H&FJ Gotham by Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones

1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs

1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs

FF Meta Officina Sans by Erik Spiekermann (thanks to Marc Roman.)

Born In The Bronx by Johan Kugelberg

Born In The Bronx by Johan Kugelberg

Akzidenz Grotesk by Günter Gerhard Lange

The iPod Playlist Book by Cliff Colby

The iPod Playlist Book by Cliff Colby

TheMix (a shorthand for ‘Thesis Mix’) by Lucas de Groot

The Rough Guide by Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather and Brian Priestley

Jazz: The Rough Guide by Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather and Brian Priestley

Rotis Semi Sans by Otl Aicher

The Sinatra Treasures by Charles Pignone

The Sinatra Treasures by Charles Pignone

Neutraface Display by Christian Schwartz

Bram Pitoyo, Interlude, Links

Barack Obama’s Vice President Pick: A Twitter Conversational Analysis

Here’s a Neoformix analysis of Twitter conversations that happened yesterday and today about Obama’s running mate.

Evan Bayh:
Neoformix analysis of the keyword Bayh

Joe Biden:
Neoformix analysis of the keyword Biden

If I understand correctly, Neoformix only analyzes a set quantity of Tweets (I don’t have the specifics.) Knowing that this number is the constant, we have something to analyze everything else by.

For example, note how:

  • More tweets are made about Bayh (higher number on y-axis) less frequently (longer period on x-axis.) Conversely, less tweets were made about Biden more frequently.
  • Bayh’s Tweets “exploded” during the early part of the afternoon (this was tied to yesterday evening’s bumper sticker debacle) then remained small (when Obama announced Biden’s pick,) while Biden’s Tweets was relatively stable throughout the night.
  • Bayh’s Tweets often mentioned the other two potential candidates (Biden and Kaine,) while Biden’s mention his first name and Obama’s—with bits of McCain here and there.

My theory: in predicting political candidate, a Twitter stream’s relative stability is a much bigger factor than its quantity.

But this got me thinking. Could this also mean that the factors lined out above can be used to predict who McCain’s running mate will be?

Joe Lieberman:
Neoformix analysis of the keyword Mccain and Biden

Tom Ridge:
Neoformix analysis of the keyword Mccain and Ridge

I’ll leave the thinking part to you.

Bram Pitoyo, Etc., Interlude, Links

An Interview With Tyler Jackson Of Ghost Toast

On Friday the 9th, Amber (@caseorganic) and I attended Art Comp Live 2008 at Backspace.

Art Comp Live 2008 at Backspace

Joining us were our friends Sarah O’Brien (@moneteva) and Derrek Wayne (@derrekwayne.)

Derrek Wayne, Amber Case and Sarah O'Brien, Pedicabbed On Waterfront

The event was impressive, to say the least, and Sarah wrote a recap more extensive than what I could hope to capture.

But somewhere along the night, an artist caught our attention.

(Note: All images of the artist are

uploaded by Chris Faulkner.)

To my regret, he did not finish his work on time nor win the money prize. But the three-hour that he spent working on the toy showed that he was more than a craftsman.

So we bid him to send pictures of the finished product—

Front View Of Wooden Toy Made By Ghost Toast's Tyler Jackson

Side View Of Wooden Toy Made By Ghost Toast's Tyler Jackson

Back View Of Wooden Toy Made By Ghost Toast's Tyler Jackson

—and then to answer several questions so you, gentle readers, get to know more about him.

Here we go.

About Me:
I am originally from NH but I claim Hendersonville, North Carolina as my hometown because I went to high school there and basically my oldest friends only go back that far. I am the eleventh child in a family of fifteen children (9 boys, 6 girls). I had an amazing childhood and although we were dirt poor I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I moved to Portland in 2003 to finish my degree at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and when I graduated my wife Emily and I just could not leave. We have a great group of friends here and the opportunity to make art was very compelling in our decision not to leave.

Q: How did you came into woodworking?
Actually, I started making wooden toys quite recently. My wife and I had a baby in April and I am already really excited about making things for him. I have done quite a bit of casting of plastic figures in the past, but I really wanted to get away from this for several reasons including cost, safety and environmental impact. I wanted to make something that I wouldn’t mind my kid sucking on. I started messing around with some wood shapes, drew up some sketches and created some characters I liked but I never actually made a wooden toy until the night I participated in ArtComp. Since then I have made several more and I am becoming comfortable with the process.

Q: When you look at a piece of wood, or a dowel, or anything, do you think about what you can build with it?
These things are coming to life in two ways. The first is a very organic process. I have shapes of wood and as I hold and study them something pops into my head. I begin to combine shapes and eventually I have a toy. I sketch out my idea and then I make it. The sketches are not fool-proof. Often things don’t go together like I imagine they will, or they look weird so I improvise a solution.

The second is exactly the opposite of this. I draw a character I like and then find the pieces to make it happen.

Q: Could you send a list of tools you use? How many different sizes of drill bits? How do you get the pieces to fit together?
The tools are developing just like the process, bit by bit. I have a couple tools that are staples of the work. A miter saw, a drill press, a scroll saw, a drill, a dremel, and a nice big vise. Everything else I generally get as I discover I need it. I live close to a Fred Meyer so I often just ride over to their tool section if I need something.

(Below are questions blatantly ripped off Portland On Fire’s)

Q: What are you up to?
I work as an interactive designer for Downstream in Portland although I am definitely a little more dreamy and not quite as anal as most great designers are. Personally, I just make stuff. I have a very short attention span so I am working on like fifteen projects at once, which has its ups and downs.

Currently I am working on three big projects including a series of large-scale photos about a fictional character named Sir Bishop Jenkins (who is stranded on an island with a group of men all of whom are all living beyond death hoping to leave the island). I also just finished writing a children’s book about a wrestler named the Incredible Skull and I am working on the illustrations right now. And finally, I am making wooden toys.

Q: What are your passions?
Art has always been my biggest passion. I have been drawing and making things for as long as I can remember. I like to play sports. I play soccer, basketball, dodgeball, softball and I also run a lot as well as some snowboarding during the winter. I have a lot of energy to expend. I am passionate about my friends as well. They are a very important part of my life and, since I live so far from my family, they are very much my second family.

This may sound stupid, but I am really into the Gabriel García Márquez book, One Hundred Years of Solitude. I read it at least once a year, sometimes more. I probably have read it between 10-12 times. It is one of my greatest pleasures.

Other than that, I am really into my work. It is always nice to meet people or have people tell me that they like my artwork, or want to buy something I have made but I would still be doing it even if no one cared. I guess that’s passion to me, doing something even if its only reward is what you find in it.

Q: Share your thoughts and feelings about Portland.
I love Portland. It is just a great city to live in. I like the size of Portland a lot. I like the fact that I recognize people I don’t even know because they go to the same places, events, and seem to move in the same circle that I do. I like riding my bike, so you can’t really do better than Portland for that. I also feel that politically Portland is well aligned with my personal beliefs, generally open and accepting of people. Plus, the food here is great and I like rain.

Q: How can we connect with you?
I have an online portfolio site,, which I am currently rebuilding. It has taken me several months to get it going and I still haven’t finished all of the pages. Being on the computer for my job, I am not very motivated to spend time on it when I am home. This means my site never has my latest work up, which is something I really want to be better about.

I don’t spend much time on the internet. I wouldn’t say I am disconnected, but that’s just not how I spend my free time. To me the computer is a tool just like any other. I use it when I need to for finding reference images or whatever, but when that task is done I am off. There is just so much for me to do that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a monitor.

Tyler’s email is

Bram Pitoyo, Links, Typeface Identification Around Portland

The First In A Series Of Posts In Which I Will Attempt To Utilize My Typography Skill To Identify The Typefaces That Ephemera Around Portland Is Being Set In

Starting with an advertisement I took on the 82nd and Division bus shelter, then two pictures I shamelessly stole from a brilliant local blogger, Lelonopo, on her Signs Of North Portland series.

Here we go.

Smokey Poster Commits Typographic Sin


The Portland Ice Cream Company by Lelonopo


The corner that gentrification forgot

Cactus Flower

Good night.

Bram Pitoyo, Links, Portland Creative/Tech Event Review

Beer and Blog – Narrative Techniques For Blogging: An Event Review

Beer and Blog – Narrative Techniques For Blogging

When: Friday, August 8, 2008, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Where: Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub

What It’s About: Surely, if you ever read Silicon Florist or Portland Creative/Event Review series you’ve heard of this “Portland tech community” deal going around town.

Beer and Blog is undoubtedly the best way to meet members of this growing community in an informal, relaxed environments—if by “informal” and “relaxed” you mean “meeting local Tweeters and bloggers that you followed and subscribed to 24/7, but could only see in 48×48 pixel avatars.”

This session feature Melissa Lion, noted author and Recovering Californian.

To the notes:


Sure, you can blog about aprons every single day, but people want to see something more. They want to see the humanity of it. At the same thing, though you shouldn’t hit that ‘humanity’ every single time.

What is your voice?
How are you doing it?
And is there humanity behind that blog?

Rick Turoczy talked to me before I went to talk to you guys: in my blog, I’m known as this potty mouth individual who talks about sex all the time. Well, this is my character. On your blog, the way you write every post is your character.

Also, who are commenting on your blog? They are your characters, too, because they come into your life. Don’t forget to respond to every comment; and if you can blog your reactions—even better. People love a shout out, and it adds to the blog’s character.

And don’t forget to comment on other people’s blog. I have to admit that I haven’t done this regularly. It’s really important.

There is humor, and then there’s irony. It’s a touchy thing, but try irony a little bit. Irony is simply when you say one thing and mean the opposite.

There’s also setting. My blog is set in St. Johns. Need an idea for setting? Look outside your blog—literally: outside your window.

For example, Lelonopo devotes one day out of the week to take photographs and blog about signs in North Portland—and nothing else. I love it.

The other blog that I love is boos on powerlines. The blog contains nothing but this guy in his late 20’s, who fixed his motorcycle and was pissed at her girlfriend who just broke up with her—nothing else. To me it’s compelling to see the movement of his motorcycle. It’s almost as if you really want to know what’s going on with the person that day.

The other thing that is really important: shiny things. People love shiny things on their blogs.


Translation: Geek talk happened before and after the presentation.

Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: The principles that Melissa Lion talked about apply universally.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Rick Turoczy was a literary agent.