Live Web Wk 8: Pixel Manipulation


Excited for pixel manipulation! Didn’t have much of a strong concept behind this assignment, just wanted to play around and implement some features. A couple of functions I wanted:
a.) sliders to control different aspects of the color and pixels
b.) a way for the image and video to be downloaded
c.) a record button that doesn’t have a preset time but is determined by when user clicks stop and start

Was able to tackle the above features. Test codes here. One compromise, I couldn’t figure out how to get the video to be downloaded locally. Currently, it just saves to server and the captured image shows up on a new window. Something to improve upon. Also, this is way too laggy!

Originally, I actually wanted to make a slit-scan video capture because it’s such a cool (even if cliche) effect. Well, did some research, tried a few things out but ended up not figuring it out. It’s possible that looking at all the javascript example code for slit-scans psyched me out. Hoping to try again at some point…so keeping these reference links for future self.

References for slit-screen:

General References:

Notes to remember:

class*="col-"   /* means select class that contains this text
em is relative to the font-size of its direct or nearest parent, rem is only relative to the html (root) font-size.


  • why are none of my apps showing up when I try “forever list” on the terminal? the apps are all still running though.
  • the window is very laggy, not exactly sure why. My guess is the threshold equation. I wonder if there is a way to minimize the lag.
  • how can I download the video blob locally when user stops recording?

Data Art Wk 5-7: Text Archive

View live:

Code here:

***Not very mobile friendly! Will really aim to get better at responsiveness!


I am interested in the connection between language and emotional well being. Is there a way to spot the signs of depression, anxiety, or suicidal tendencies based on the words we use and how they are used? In verbal communication, I think people often don’t say exactly how they feel for the sake of keeping it together. But is there a subconscious way people who are depressed use words that subtly indicates their mental state? Is there a way we can spot who is struggling even if they don’t explicitly say they are? I just want to know if there is a way to read between the lines for depression.

My hypothesis: there is a language to depression. By looking into the work of writers who have killed themselves, I am hoping to test if this theory rings true. Could be wrong, who knows… but curious to see what the text analysis will show.


Many thanks to Genevieve for the conceptual feedback and technical resources! The brainstorming session and references were so helpful.

a.) Research and reading:

I’ve been looking into different articles about the connection between words and depression. Many findings suggest the importance of pronouns, absolutist words and auxiliary words in helping to indicate depression. There is less of a link between specific words and suicide, but was able to take the top 35 words used when people called/texted about a specific mental health issue. Based on these findings, I chose key words that I wanted to use for filtering the poets’ work.

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b.) Deciding writers + text:

Then, I chose my 3 writers, decided to stick with only poets because the word count between novelists and poets is just too off. I wanted to include Hemingway and Ingrid Chang, but using one of their books just created such a curve in the word count. Eventually ended up choosing 3 Confessionalist poets (Sexton, Plath, Berryman) who suicided. Kept it to be American poets just because who knows what gets lost in the translation of poems. Very thankful for and for providing a database for us all.

b.) Concept and design:

There was a lot of information I wanted to put on this site that didn’t make it into the coded version. I had hoped to show the correlation between what was happening in these poets’  personal lives and with the content in their poems. This required keeping a timeline of both their life and work. The tricky part is that these poems don’t have great time stamps. Unlike novels, poems often get published in a collected poems type book and don’t have exact years of when they were written. Some poems were even published into a book after their death. In the end I decided to omit using years as an extra data point (though I really wanted to show the correlation) and just include a biography timeline. Not sure if this is working though.

c.) Coding it! 

I followed along with the Shiffman’s A-Z tutorials on concordance and sentence histogram to get a better understanding of how to work with text. Here are some of the test codes.

I compiled all the poems I wanted to use into txt files. Using RiTa.js documentation, I was able to find key words in context. “kwic()” splits the sentence into 2 halves at the word. The word is it’s own variable and the phrase before the word gets pushed into one array while the other gets pushed into another.

Questions (No Answers Yet):

  • When using RiTaj’s kwic, it would give me a duplicate of the array. Also there are some weird things with “undefined” showing up when there are no special characters in the text.
    • managed to hack it and put the duplicate data into an empty string, so it doesn’t print out twice but would like to know what is really going on here? Why is it printing a duplicate version of the array?
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Resources regarding the connection between language + depression:

Helpful resources for text analysis:

Resources for coding (in general):

Understanding Networks Wk 5-7: Packet Sniffing

 STEP 1: Packet Sniffing With Wireshark (~5 Hours)

I used Wireshark to capture and analyze the traffic on my home network. I left it running while I worked on other projects that required me to look up a bunch of sites for help (youtube, stack overflow, random blogs, unity’s documentation site). This step was done so I could get an overview of what a typical working session looks like on my home network. After this, I exported the data (which was way too large – a total of around 1 million data points, 300 MB) as a CSV. Then I used excel to do a little data analysis.

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snippet of excel sheet with summary

a.) With Excel, I grouped all the protocols then got all the unique values.
There are 22 unique protocols.

  • ARP: address resolution protocol;  “is a procedure for mapping a dynamic Internet Protocol address (IP address) to a permanent physical machine address in a local area network (LAN)”
  • Browser
  • DB-LSP: Dropbox LanSync Protocol,
  • DB-lSP-DISC: Dropbox LAN Sync Discovery
  • DNS: Domain Name System; “the phonebook of the Internet; DNS translates domain names to IP addresses so browsers can load Internet resources.”
  • EAPOL: “Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) over LAN (EAPoL) is a network port authentication protocol “
  • H1: “is a bi-directional communications protocol used for communications among field devices and to the control system”
  • HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol
  • ICMP: “(Internet Control Message Protocol) is an error-reporting protocol network devices like routers use to generate error messages to the source IP address when network problems prevent delivery of IP packets.”
  • ICMPv6: v6 of ICMP
  • IGMPv3: “Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) is the protocol used by IPv4 devices to report their IP multicast group memberships to neighboring multicast devices. “
  • MDNS: “multicast DNS protocol resolves hostnames to IP addresses within small networks that do not include a local name server.”
  • NBNS: “stands for NetBIO Name Service, which is a protocol for name resolution.”
  • NTP: ” is a networking protocol for clock synchronization between computer systems over packet-switched, variable-latency data networks. “
  • OCSP: “Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) is an Internet protocol used for obtaining the revocation status of an X.509 digital certificate”
  • SSDP: “(SSDP) is a network protocol based on the Internet protocol suite for advertisement and discovery of network services and presence information.”
  • SSLv2: “is an obsolete version of SSL that has been deprecated since 2011 due to having security flaws.”
  • TCP: Transmission Control Protocol (explained elsewhere in blog)
  • TLSv1.2: TLSv1.2 is the newest SSL protocol version
  • TLSv1.3: rewrite of TLSv1.2.
  • UDP: User Datagram Protocol (explained elsewhere in blog)

b.) Then I filtered and organized the destinations (outbound).
There are 981 unique destinations.

The top 3 destinations are:

  1. emilys-MacBook-Pro-1798.local
  2. iMac.fios-router.home
  3. (Verizon Business/ ISP: Edgecast Networks)

c.) I did the same for the source (incoming).
There are 970 unique sources.

The top 3 sources are:

  1. emilys-MacBook-Pro-1798.local
  2. (Verizon Business/ ISP: Edgecast Networks)
  3. (akamai is a content-provider/CDN)

d.) HTTP traffic: 

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  • Observations from HTTP Packets:
    • Total HTTP Packets: 18457
    • Of the 18457, Response Packets: 779 (4.22%); Request Packets: 17512 (94.88%)
    • Of the 779 Response Packets: 3 Client Errors, 115 Redirection, 661 Success
    • I’m noticing the info HTTP/1.1 200 comes up a lot. Found out that “200 OK” means that everything went well and I was able to connect to the server.
  • Definitions (for personal understanding)
    • HTTP found at Layer 7 of OSI model (Application)
    • When I upload data to a web server, I am creating a POST packet. This requires 3 way handshake: from client to server then back again. 
    • Burst: the maximum number of packets sent per interval of time. 
    • Burst start: the time when the maximum number of packets sent occurred.
    • GET: Used when the client is requesting a resource on the Web server.
    • HEAD: Used when the client is requesting some information about a resource but not requesting the resource.
    • POST: Used when the client is sending information or data to the server—for example, filling out an online form (i.e. Sends a large amount of complex data to the Web Server).
    • PUT: Used when the client is sending a replacement document or uploading a new document to the Web server under the request URL.



STEP 2: Specific Activities Captured on Wireshark

After capturing hours of data (Step I), I then ran a couple of experiments to see what would show up if I performed specific internet activities such as going to streaming services, uploading files, downloading files.

a.) What would I find if I uploaded a video onto vimeo?

  • I noticed that when uploading to Vimeo (I know this because the source says: “emilys-MBP….”) the protocol is usually UDP. This makes sense because the video is a large data file so would benefit from the faster speed of UDP. However, how is it possible to ensure that my video data gets transferred reliably, since that is one of the main drawbacks of UDP? I’ve usually had good success with uploading to Vimeo and don’t have any issues with not getting my data sent. Is there a way they ensure it is transferred properly? Read on the below site that: “Although it (UDP) still has certain drawbacks that prevent it from being used in all applications, there have been great advancements in improving its stability and reliability.” Perhaps UDP file transfers are improving and that is why I rarely experience Vimeo issues?(*Reference for UDP/TCP:
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Screenshot of source: my network | destination: vimeo

  • When vimeo is sending to my network, the transfer is using TCP or TLSv1.2. This does make sense since vimeo isn’t sending me a large file back.
    • TLSv1.2: TLS stands for Transport Layer Security. It is a way to transfer information securely. (*Reference:
    • The TLSv1.2 version was required for any site by PCI (payment card industry) on  June 30, 2018. Apparently, PCI requires sites to upgrade to newer version our sites risk putting user’s data at risk. Wow, who knew?!
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Screenshot of source: vimeo | destination: my network

b.) What would I find it I downloaded something from the browser?

Then I wanted to see what packets would appear if I downloaded a file from the internet. So, I went to a course github page and downloaded that repo. I chose not to use SSH. I wonder if this would’ve made a difference?

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results from downloading a file from github

  • Most of the Protocol is with TCP. And in the info section it is often says [TCP Keep Alive]. The sources that come up consistently on github’s side are “” and “
    • Fastly is a CDN (Content Delivery Network) so there is no need to worry.
    • When looking into, I found this helpful page: According to their site, all API access is over HTTPS. All data is sent and received as JSON. The page also mentions: “By default, all requests to receive the v3 version of the REST API.” This leads me to my next question…
  • What is REST API?

c.) What would happen if I visited sites of other countries?

I was also curious what would happen if I tried to visit a website from another country like Taiwan or Iran. I first checked this taiwanese design site:

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For Iran, I checked this site: This is what immediately came up in Wireshark.


what came up immediately when I went to this Iranian site

  • “” came up a lot when I clicked. Discovered that us-U.Openx.Net is a high-risk domain. It acts as a browser hijacker infection. It can invade your system when you visit a risky web site, install unsafe freeware or open spam email attachments. That’s not good.
  • “” came up many times as well and wanted to check it out. According to this site:, if your browser is constantly redirected to this site, then it is possible that you have an adware program installed on your computer. It’s a malicious program that once installed in your program, your browser may get many unwanted ads or pop ups. Beware!

d.) What’s with all these different types of TCPs? Observation from these step: what is TCP Dup ACK? What does TCP Out-of-Order, TCP Keep Alive, and TCP Retransmission mean? It seems to always be colored in black when it is related to TCP, but not just a normal TCP, there is always a message in the “info” section. She helps break it down:

  • TCP will judge the need for retransmission based on the RTO or the retransmission timeout. If the packet never receives a packet in a given time frame, it is retransmitted. If it is constantly showing TCP retransmission that means that there was no acknowledgement received.
  • TCP Duplicate Acknowledgements means that they received order packets out of order. All TCP connections start with a initial sequence number (ISN) and each packet after that will go up by the size of its data payload. Ex: If my computer has an ISN of 1000, I send a data with 200 bytes, then my acknowledgment should be 1200. Next ISN should be 1200.
  • TCP Keep Alive: two main purposes for keepalive is to check for dead peers and to prevent disconnection due to network inactivity.
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Example of the TCP Dup ACK


Super basic questions just to help me understand Wireshark, packet sniffing, and this assignment:

  • What is Wireshark? What exactly is it doing?
    • Series of data are considered frames, which are considered packets
    • Wireshark can detect and decode the packets for analysis.
    • Data is converted into packets when it passes through your network interfaces. Wireshark hunts for those packets in the TCP/IP layer during transmission and keep what it finds.

Other resources stumbled upon as I researching: 

Live Web Wk6: Midterm

Both are a work in progress, hoping to have a better “play” page soon: 

Code with socket io:

All code versions, including the mini tests I did for the oscillating sine waves + sound. ( i know i’m not using github properly, but this really helps me keep track of the different vs in a tangible way. will aim to use github better in the future):


Biggest thank you to Professor Shawn for helping me squash many bugs and explaining things so well! So much appreciation.

Screenshots of Process:

a.) Preliminary research online. Found some helpful diagrams.

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b.) First tried to code oscillating sine waves with varying frequencies. Also included a make frequency sound on hover function. Very bare bones test.

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c.) rough Sketch design for the site.

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d.)Tried a bunch of things out with making sine waves, used the web audio api, and really tried to understand how socket io works. I worked on the html, css + js part first before doing the socket io stuff. I definitely need to work on the “play” page more.

Questions + Answers:

  • Why does the oscillator.stop() work when I do mouseout? Read somewhere that you can not call the “start()” function for oscillators more than once? True???
    • Answer (Thank you Professor Shawn!): yes! need to create oscillator each time! also need to go through for loop to stop all elements.Screenshot 2019-10-15 12.15.49.png
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  • I was trying to make the sine waves animate when user clicks. The “clearRect()” in javascript allows for animations because it redraws the background BUT it makes a white background. So I couldn’t overlap the sine waves without having the white background cover up the previously drawn one. Is there a way to get a transparent background with “clearRect()”? Or what’s a good work around?
    • Answer: have to add all sine waves into one canvas. No way of overlapping canvases with animation over it (without getting the background).
  • Trying to access a variable within a function to have as a global variable. Why won’t it work though? I added a “return” but it keeps saying it is undefined when I console.log it outside of the function.
    • Answer: didn’t have much to do with making a global var. had to do with adding a removing my click event listener. Have to remove the event listener if it is not the one clicked on. Shawn wrote the snippet below!Screenshot 2019-10-15 12.19.15.png

Bits of Research:

  • A source
  • The highest frequency that most humans can hear is 20,000 cycles per second or 20,000 Hz.
  • “Sound travels much slower than light. The audible sound spectrum consists of sounds between frequencies of 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. These waves are very large and very slow compared to light waves. Sound waves are approximately 1,000,000,000,000 times larger than light waves.”
  • The pitch of the note A has a frequency of 440 Hz.
  • Sound and color are produced differently. Sound comes from an object that acts mechanically to produce a sound. But objects appear colored because of the interaction of white light with the object. For ex: when light hits an object, the object absorbs certain parts of the light; it absorbs all the colors but blue. The light leaving the object would then contain whatever color is left, in this case blue.

Resources for Web Audio API: 

Resources for JS, Canvas & Animation: 

Resources for Start + Stop Web Audio API Oscillator on Hover (had issues with this):

Resources for Mouse Movement:

Resources for my CSS Wave Animation (Homepage):

Resources for Socket io:

Resources for JS + CSS Animations:

Live Web Wk5: Midterm Concept

Objective: My goal is to visualize the phenomenon of color and pitch frequency. Since both pitch and color use frequencyI aim to show the correlation between the two.

a.) On the “learn” page, when a person clicks/hovers over a section of color, the wavelength of the color will show up and the associated pitch will also be played. For example, if the person hovers over the red section, the pitch played will be lower because red has a lower frequency. This also means a longer wavelength.

b.) There will be another “playground/drawing” page where people click to create wavelength lines. When the person selects a color, the person will be able click to draw that color’s wavelength. The associated pitch will also play.


Understanding Networks All Wk: Reading Notes