Van Gogh Flow

Introduction

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh Flow is a small program written for Windows 10-based computers which overlays your display with semi-transparent visualizations while you work.

The visualizations are pulled from YouTube and are user-configurable.

In addition to just being fun and beautiful, Van Go Flow is designed to help you be more creative by gently inducing connected flow states.


But don’t just take my word for it!

Download Van Gogh Flow, try it for yourself, and take your creative output to a whole new level.

Video Example

(no video example is currently available; i don’t think this program is compatible with screen recording software.)

Theoretical Background

In the language of the Lightning Path, this program can probably be regarded as a simple example of a connection appliance, and as such is a powerful technique for enhancing your ability to be creative.

Implementation Notes

Van Go Flow is a simple program implemented in C# using Visual Studio 2019. The program takes advantage of the compositing window manager present in recent versions of Microsoft Windows. It uses the cefSharp wrapper around the amazing Chromium Embedded Framework to render the YouTube videos. (The youtube videos themselves were chosen by me because I found them beautiful, but I did not create them.)

Conclusion

Modern programming (and life in general) is a matter of standing on the shoulders of giants.

It is my hope that this simple offering can help others find enhanced creativity to utilize the treasures offered by the vistas we can now survey.

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