Links for October 7, 2019

Is MacPaint the Most Underrated form of Outsider Art?

He also brings up the holy grail of MacBook literature: 1984’s Zen & the Art of the Macintosh by Michael Green, a book that was half practical guide, filled with examples of MacPaint illustrations, and half philosophical tome due to the trippy nature of its drawings that sent one resounding message: the era of computers is here, and it’s going to change how we relate to our environment. Michael Green, just like everyone else, was wondering how this new medium would change the balance of our daily lives overall. The Macpaint Gallery is the historical gallery of Macpaint art, preserving the first digital images produced with personal computer software.

Capturing Donald Glover’s Motion

Links for September 27, 2019

How To Pay Attention

Educator Jennifer L. Roberts has described an assignment she’s used in art history classes as making students regard a single work for “a painfully long time.” This seems to mean three hours, which does sound like a challenge.... Roberts argues, persuasively, that it’s a highly useful step. Students resist, but eventually find that looking really slowly forces them to notice things they had initially missed.

How “Peanuts” Created a Space for Thinking

I wonder if Brecht would have loved Lucy best, as I do. Born into “Peanuts” as a “fussbudget,” she soon became a prime mover behind the strip’s conflict and Charlie Brown’s feelings of disillusionment. Lucy is assertive, nervy, confident, stubborn, and manipulative; she can moon over a beau and still excoriate him for his inattentiveness. And, despite her near-constant bluster, she is a person who feels profound pain. In the Sunday strip for June 30, 1963, she feels low and rages, “I’ve never had anything, and I never will have anything!” Linus patiently replies, “Well, for one thing, you have a little brother who loves you.” And Lucy, her reserves spent, cries in his arms.

Links for September 24, 2019

Why We Should Teach Kids to Call the Robot ‘It’

As a new generation grows up surrounded by artificial intelligence, researchers find education as early as preschool can help avoid confusion about robots’ role.

The history of Tetris randomizers

Instead of a bag or history, TGM3 uses a pool of pieces. Starting with 5 of each tetromino, for a total of 35 pieces. When a piece is dealt, instead of removing it from the pool, it is replaced with the most droughted piece. Eventually the pool will fill up more and more with this piece until picked. This solves the issues with bag systems, as well as history systems; the best of both worlds.

The Ghost in the MP3

“moDernisT” was created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song “Tom’s Diner”, famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original. Similarly, the video contains only material which was left behind during mp4 compression.

Links for August 30, 2019

Escher at the Alhambra

But it was Escher’s second visit to Spain, where he revisited the Alhambra as well as experiencing La Mezquita in Cordoba, that appears to have really disciplined his art. From that point on, tessellation is insisted upon more rigorously – but at the same time, it is also treated playfully. In Reptiles (1943), we see a tessellation coming to life. In this marvellous lithograph, there is an open book displaying one of Escher’s reptile tessellations. In the picture, the tessellations are precise but the majority of the reptiles are two-dimensional. But then we see in the bottom left hand corner that the reptiles – like the black and white men in Encounter – are climbing out of the surface. They are no longer mere shapes, but actual lizards.

Codecademy vs. The BBC Micro

Alas, it’s possible that the real problem is that nobody wants to learn about the Jacquard loom. Judging by how Codecademy emphasizes the professional applications of what it teaches, many people probably start using Codecademy because they believe it will help them “level up” their careers.”… Codecademy, which after all is a business, gives these people what they are looking for—not some roundabout explanation involving a machine invented in the 18th century.

Origami Simulator

This app allows you to simulate how any origami crease pattern will fold. It may look a little different from what you typically think of as “origami” - rather than folding paper in a set of sequential steps, this simulation attempts to fold every crease simultaneously.... All simulation methods were written from scratch and are executed in parallel in several GPU fragment shaders for fast performance.

Links for August 28, 2019

How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband

In correctional facilities across America, inmates cluster around tables in the common room to play games like Dungeons & Dragons. And they do it without dice.

MLB leans on longtime mud supplier, not Rawlings, to coat balls

Bintliff harvests the mud himself, using only a shovel and a few buckets, as he has for his entire adult life. The 62-year-old has recently begun bringing a trusted assistant to help him carry the load, but other than that, the process is the same as it has always been. After he collects the mud, he hauls it back to his yard in southern New Jersey, where it sits until he’s ready to pack it up in his garage and ship it out to teams. His wife, Joanne, takes orders and does invoicing. That’s it. There’s no one and nothing else to the operation. It’s increasingly out of place in a hyper-controlled, ultra-competitive, high-tech league, where every detail is calibrated for peak efficiency.

Why the Internet Loves This Pennsylvania Rest Stop

A photo of a strip of fast-food outlets and gas stations is used to critique the sameness of the American landscape. But it could only be one place on Earth.

Links for August 26, 2019

How to run a small social network site for your friends

The main reason to run a small social network site is that you can create an online environment tailored to the needs of your community in a way that a big corporation like Facebook or Twitter never could. Yes, you can always start a Facebook Group for your community and moderate that how you like, but only within certain bounds set by Facebook. If you (or your community) run the whole site, then you are ultimately the boss of what goes on.

Thread by robin on Rosegarden, archived six hours ago

There’s another kind of feedback, called negative feedback. A thermostat uses negative feedback; so does a human body. When your temperature rises, you begin to sweat, which cools you down. When your temperature dips, you begin to shiver, which warms you up. Negative feedback is the feedback of stability and health. These platforms could add negative feedback a hundred different ways.

Private Games

Many of my favorite games to write have been written for specific people. As indie designers, we talk about writing for the market (which involves a lot of guessing, because who can read the minds of the…

doodle place

doodle-place is an online world inhabited by animate doodles. You can wander around and view doodles created by users around the globe, or contribute your own.

Links for August 1, 2019

‘Now pour the tea’: An Aesthetic Evaluation of Picard’s Tea Sets

Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s famous drink order “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot,” is among the Star Trek universe’s most well-known sayings. It’s become synonymous with Patrick Stewart’s Picard. Along with the…

The Trade Journal Cooperative

The Trade Journal Cooperative (TJC) is a subscription service which delivers a lovingly curated niche trade journal to your door every quarter. Our editors painstakingly comb through the back alleys of capitalism to bring you fascinating publications like Pasta Professional, American Funeral Director, and Plumber Magazine.

Tortoise | TNT Full Set

Stereolab live at Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 (Full HD)

Links for July 28, 2019

The Machine Intelligence of Autechre’s Confield

Instead, what we hear transforms the repetitive, rotational gear-grinding of Tri Repetae and Chiastic Slide into a study of complex systems, the sounds of neural networks and telecommunication hubs. Booth and Brown seem especially careful about how they open each of their albums; though it’s unclear what their intentions are here, if they had had any hopes of disruption, then their efforts were a success. The effect — both as an isolated listening experience and with greater respect to their evolution as producers — is jarring.

Where Does Generative Design Belong? Designers Must Decide

“With generative design it’s possible to create structures that we, as human designers and engineers, could never have created otherwise,” said Andrew Morandi, senior product designer, Volkswagen Group. “One of the biggest surprises for me was seeing just how much material you could remove from a conventional wheel structure.”

Word2vec: fish + music = bass

We know word2vec is rather good at certain kinds of analogies… Now let’s venture beyond these solid, stolid examples. We can use it on things that don’t have as clear-cut answers as do country capitals or past tenses. We can use it on cloudier concepts, and the results we get are occasionally surprising and appealing!

30 Weird Chess Algorithms: Elo World

Links for July 22, 2019

How to Draw a Stick Figure: a Complex Guide

With that remarkable skill, your dreams would come true! Imagine people approaching you on the street and asking you to draw a stick figure for them! You could become rich and famous! All you need to do to make it come true is to follow this life-changing tutorial. Let’s get started!

Krazy Kat Comics

This page goes into detail on how I used Machine Learning to find hundreds of Krazy Kat comics that are now in the public domain. As a result of this project, several hundred high resolution scans of Krazy Kat comics are now easily available online, including a comic that I couldn’t find in any published book!

The Don Martin Dictionary – Alphabetical list of sound effects from the pages of MAD Magazine.

Links for July 17, 2019

Doctor Who theme - Peter Howell’s Masterclass (1981)

Doctor Who | Jodie Whittaker - ’80s Title Sequence

Laverne & Nyssa & Shirley & Tegan