Roguelikes have something that games like Skyrim and The Witcher lack – an ASCII interface. The visuals are unimportant, almost an afterthought. Sighted players must learn how to see through them, and use their imaginations to fill in the % signs and capital Bs as carrion and beetles. For many, this barrier is too high, but Moritz has never lacked imagination. For him, ASCII interfaces are a foot in the door, because they can be read aloud by screen readers – and he can picture the rest.
MLTSHP (pronounced “malt shop”) is a volunteer-run effort to transition the community to a new home under a new name. Amber and Andre gave the code, assets, and anonymized database to a small workgroup of volunteers, who open-sourced the code with permission and raised over $3,000 in a fund drive to cover startup costs to get it off the ground.
A couple of years ago someone attempted to make a list of every video game ever made, and put it in a 6.5MB flat file. Like any sensible person, I used it to train a recurrent neural network.
Dwitter – JS/Canvas sketching in the space of a tweet.
Making a demo in just 256 bytes would be a formidable challenge regardless of platform. A Mind Is Born is my attempt to do it on the Commodore 64. In the absence of an actual 256-byte compo, it was submitted to the Oldskool 4K Intro compo at Revision 2017, where it ended up on 1st place.
In the programming classes, we studied programming the “dry” way: using paper, pencil and eraser. In fact, this method was so important that students who forgot their pencils were sent to the main office to ask for one. It was extremely embarrassing, and we learned quickly not to forget them.
We’re a new museum focused on educating the world about design. We’re based in San Francisco, but don’t have our own gallery space. We’re a distributed museum with exhibits & events all over town.
La Tabla is a magical table—put things on it and they come to life. Make music and animations. Play games. Design your own pinball tables. Use your body, your friends, paper, drawings, game pieces—whatever strikes your fancy.
[Ai] Yoshihara: And the last scene where the mom hugs her daughter at the grave, that was weird to me. Because Japanese people, we don’t hug, especially mom’s generation. Maybe an intense look instead.
[Traci] Kato-Kiriyama: They’d be crying. And they wouldn’t be looking at each other, they’d be looking down.
If you were ever in doubt about the carnivorous nature of advertising, then this Pepsi ‘spot’ says it all. It so insults everyone’s intelligence that it’s disturbing, what is this culture that we choose to live in that engenders such naked cynicism, is advertising the pornography of capitalism? Vanillarizing our expressions of outrage, cashing in on the very frustrations that this system creates. Right now big business is laughing, clutching our hard earned dollar and hard earned dignity all the way to the bank. Our love, our sweat, our beauty is being sold back to us, two for the price of one.
LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems – doodle dynamic systems diagrams in the browser.
Eventually, I came to terms with the hardest (yet most obvious) lesson in design:
IF YOU HAVE IT, SHOW IT. IF YOU CAN’T SHOW IT, DON’T HAVE IT.
Therefore, if I couldn’t easily show positive & negative, then I shouldn’t have positive & negative. I threw that out, made all the nodes positive-only, and LOOPY was so much better for it.
This is a collection on some of the research I’ve done to scout the field of cards around MethodKit. Analogue workspaces are boring. They often consist of whiteboards, flip-charts and post-its. Cards have the possibility to transform analogue work and meetings in both structured and creative ways.
Pink Trombone – the QWOP of speech synthesis.
Fortunately, before he died, Morash had been working with Tung on a horizontal slice of Shard that showed how the game played out from beginning to end. That means his plans for the entire game are outlined in this in-progress demo. But there’s still a lot that remains to be done, and it’s too early to say how much will realistically be available in the released version of the game.
Glitch – collaborative coding/remixing web apps.
Glitch (formerly Gomix, see below) is the culmination of a few years of work from our team, focused on a simple goal: making the easiest way for coders to create and collaborate, whether professionals or novices. Glitch works like this:
- Create any app you can imagine, by remixing working code into exactly what you need.
- Invite your friends and colleagues to collaborate with you, so you can code together in real-time.
- Your app is automatically running and ready for the world to use.
This is a two-team versus affair, Ruhnke says, because analysts need to be aware of how their targets work. “It’s a real brain-on-brain affair,” he says. “The fugitives we’re analyzing, they’re analyzing right back.” While I, unfortunately, didn’t get to explore all of the methods that each team uses to react to the other in this game, I did spy a “facial surgery” option on the board for Chapo’s side—which goes to show that Ruhnke’s game has made room for a vast range of response possibilities.
The Best Art is an ongoing artistic collaboration between the computer (MacBook Air, 13-inch, early 2015), and the human (Nicole He). The computer queries the universe and uses an algorithm to objectively calculate the best art for any given moment in time. The human executes the commands.
Authenticity is the holy grail of every fan object; the goal of every marketing platform. It’s the glue that allows a group of otherwise completely normal people to devote parts of their lives to an inherently commercial object. Whether that object is a celebrity, piece of media, or product, fandom relies on a belief in the good intentions of its owners. By buying into what Manic Panic means, fans are trusting its makers with a very personal piece of their identity. It’s a hard bond to fake, and an impossible one to fake for very long, not even with vast amounts of market research and funding. And it’s totally impossible to “sprinkle some authenticity” over a product whose origins and ownership are suspect. “People really like that it’s a company that’s founded by punk rockers, not some business people who want to cash in on a trend,” says Snooky.
Rock’n’roll music is made to be played in pubs and bars, where amplification is needed to be heard over the crowd. And playing with amps and loud drum kits requires musicians to have access to a space where noise can be made.
The space where this typically happened was so universal that it defined an entire genre: the garage band. So what happens when there are no more garages?
If we assume Byrne is right, you’d expect two things to happen. One, that the loudest music of our age to not come out of inner cities anymore. And two, that the music from cities will not be rock music.
From Doo’s perspective, PB&J’s were a far better option than players seeking out, say, greasy junk food from arena concessions. “It was a win-win for everybody,” he says. But as the Garnett-Paul Pierce-Ray Allen Celtics steamrolled to a 66-win season and an NBA title, the secret to their success, so cleverly disguised between two pieces of white bread, was eventually leaked.... In time, as visiting teams swung through Boston, opposing players caught wind that a new day had dawned.
If you’ve been a big Twins or Red Sox fan sometime in the past thirty years, you’ve probably heard of the “Mayor’s Cup.” Roughly speaking, it is a coveted trophy passed between the Twins and the Red Sox each year during spring training depending on which team beat the other more times in their exhibition games. Or, rather, the Mayor’s Cup was a coveted trophy. After nearly decades of fighting over it, the entire thing seems to have been completely forgotten.
The study authors considered several alternative explanations for the low numbers of women in those fields.... “The more a field valued giftedness, the fewer the female PhDs,” the study found, pointing out that the same pattern held for African Americans. Because both groups still tend to be “stereotyped as lacking innate intellectual talent,” the study concluded, “the extent to which practitioners of a discipline believe that success depends on sheer brilliance is a strong predictor of women’s and African Americans’ representation.”
The biggest problem with Zootopia is that the simplest version of its idea – “different animals living together as a metaphor for modern racism” – is already pretty gross, for the simple reason that race is not biological. It’s a complete myth, a cultural concept that we made up. A white guy has as much in common with a black guy as he does with a white guy with a different hair color. (Biologically, anyway. I have no idea what their favorite Pokemon are.) Every scientist in the world agrees with this, except the racist ones.