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Mouse Moving Pictures

cursory colored computer art
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Placing the mouse over a piece of paper and gripping a felt-tipped pen between the index and middle fingers, I clicked with my middle and ring fingers while moving and dragging the mouse over the paper as I used the computer and tried not to be conscious of my hand movements. After 15 minutes and a cramped hand, the abstract sketch seen below was produced.

A penholder to be clamped to the mouse could be fabricated or background software could create mouse movement paintings to be printed or to make constantly changing desktop wallpaper/screensaver. Carpal tunnel syndrome analysis of the squiggles might outrival Rorschach ink blot tests in usefulness.

FarmerJohn, Apr 03 2004

mouse sketch http://www.geocitie...sketchingmice.html?
[FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       you are going to meet a handsome stranger, be travelling over water and come into some money but beware of the three legged dog.
po, Apr 03 2004

       Couldn't you do this throught the computer itself? The hardware has a sampling rate of 100 times per second - would this be enough for a good quality image?   

       ["Background software" - didn't read that bit, thanks.]
Detly, Apr 03 2004

       That's what I meant by "background software". If the mouse moves at four inches per second, 25 dots per inch could be recorded, not much worse than the linked 30 dpi jpeg.
FarmerJohn, Apr 03 2004

       farmer time to get it into the Turner prize, go for a magnum opus, a week at work.
engineer1, Apr 03 2004

       Perusing "A Saturday Morning at the Halfbakery" actually turned out to be a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience than the prior 15 minutes I spent in the Halfbakery.   

       OK, if you need me, I'll be gazing at the sketch.
oxen crossing, Apr 03 2004


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