Location-aware homebrew for the Sony PSP. Built using a serial GPS device and a PSP “Go! cam”.
“You’re inches away from death every time you go on a mission. How much older can you be at your age?”
The Canadian Copyright Consultation ended in September. The submission from the Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is quite enlightened, the submission from Don Hogarth of the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association of America) is not.
Meanwhile, Canadian officials are taking part in negotiations concerning a top-secret copyright treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that could see families barred from the Internet for a year if someone in the household is suspected of illegal downloads. [source]
Even though copyright was created to protect the commercial interests of content creators, the ACTA includes provisions for the criminal enforcement of “willful copyright and trademark infringement even where there is no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain.” [source]
Might I one day be jailed for making mixtapes or posting my mixes to the net?
Listen, I’ve said it before, I’m not a pirate I just grog a lot.
Six or seven years ago I had the idea to “write” a book where every sentence was copied from another work of fiction. This video is the movie equivalent in the form of a music video.
“The Mud Tub is an experimental organic interface that allows people to control a computer while playing in the mud.” (Set the video to Fullscreen by clicking on the monitor icon.)
I’m guessing that the red lines and arcs you see are future moves the AI is choosing from. Moves could be selected by ranking their potential outcomes. A move’s score increases for positive outcomes like landing on solid ground, squashing an enemy, moving closer to the goal line, or headbutting a |?| box. The score decreases for negative outcomes like being killed by an enemy or falling in a pit.
Winnipeg city council has approved a city land-swap with developer Andrew Marquess of GEM equities. 59 acres of unserviced city land in the Parker neighbourhood will be traded for nine acres of serviced land in the Fort Rouge Yards. The city wants the Fort Rouge land for a future rapid transit corridor. Marquess wishes to build 3500 townhouses on the Parker land.
Nearly half of the Parker land being given to Marquess is forested. I spent a few afternoons in the summer of 2006 exploring the Parker Forest and I have returned to it often since. Here’s how I described it back then:
The forest is triangle shaped, with an estimated area of over 100,000 meters squared (or .1km2), and is composed of tall prairie grasses, dense forest (mainly Trembling Aspen with some Bur Oak), and (presently dry) wetland. It sits on what I believe to be CN land, south of Taylor Ave.
I discovered this forest during a Glutton University field trip in 2003. It remains my favourite secret forest in Winnipeg. It appears that I’m not alone; after following some human tracks we spied a campground, their tent fire red, camouflaged by the afternoon sunlight.
Hopefully this land is never sold for development.
The debate is complex. In-fill housing development is preferable over sprawl, especially if the housing is affordable. But the land they need to build this housing is of particular beauty and importance. Urban forests play a role in our communities as spaces of leisure, sport, relaxation and socialization. Most importantly they are home to numerous wild plants, insects, and animals. I’ve spied fire-files in the Parker grasses at night and local residents have spotted everything from deer to lynx.
The density of the proposed housing is also very steep. If we alot 5% of the land for roads, infrastructure and public space that leaves us with 56 acres. To accommodate 3500 townhouses they would need to build 63 townhouses per acre. (One acre is a little smaller than an American football field.)
Here are some excerpts of recent Winnipeg Free Press Letters to the Editor on the subject:
A Lot to Lose
If you woke one morning to find bulldozers tearing down the park that your kids play in to build a fire hall and had to open the paper or be called by a neighbour to find out what’s happening, would you be upset?
I live on Parker Avenue. I have a lot to lose. Collectively, our neighbours have a lot more invested in our neighbourhood than any developer or any elected official. I believe we have a right and a duty to speak out.
In Fill Instead of Sprawl
[The proposed development is] “infill” instead of sprawl. It is dense housing, compared to single housing farther to the south. And if rumours are true, it is low income housing, something the city needs more of desperately.
I hope city council will consider things like a linear parkway, bike paths and green space paralleling the busway, and I look forward to more decisions that recognize the value of building on lands inside the existing city instead of the constant sprawling so-called developments that left such areas vacant for so many years.
[T]his protest, for me at least, has nothing to do with keeping out low rentals. What it has to do with is the fact that nobody at city hall bothered to ask any questions before agreeing to this land swap. Nobody asked: What kind of community are we infringing on; what is on the current site; how is the current site being used; what would be lost if it was bulldozed; what is it really worth on the open market; is it even developable?*
All of these questions must be asked as part of a due diligence process, but were never asked. The people of Winnipeg deserve better.
Ted Baryluk’s Grocery - John Paskievich, Michael Mirus, 1982, 10min 19s
Ukrainian-Canadian Ted Baryluk’s grocery store was a fixture in Winnipeg’s North End (Point Douglas) for over 20 years.
With enough votes for our video we’ll be able to present at the conference later this month in Amsterdam.
The toolkit presentations continued after lunch.
Processing - Presented by co-creators Ben Fry and Casey Reas
Should the concept of literacy be expanded to include programming fluency.
Max / MSP / Jitter - Presented by Luke Dubois
Max / MSP / Jitter is a graphical programming environment for music, audio and media. A patcher based languages that shares roots with Pd which was demoed in the morning.
I guess I’m a FLOSS snob; although this environment looks much more polished than Pd, I gave it less attention because it’s a commercial product. (There’s a 30-day trail version, but the full bundle costs $699 USD.)
Also, check out Hello World, The Song (in Max/MSP)
VVVV - Presented by Sebastian Oschatz
Vvvv is a video-synthesis toolkit. The programming interface is similar to the patch-base language we’ve already seen (Pd and Max/MSP), graphical function-blocks connected with wires. For a more detailed look read Ctrl+B For Concurrency.
Of the visual languages presented at the conference, vvvv is the only one I downloaded and experimented with. Oh I do wish for infinite time to play with all these wonderful tools.
Read the vvvv licensing page, commercial vs. non-commercial uses.
This language doesn’t contain any explicit looping structures.
Nerdy VJs would go wild for this.
And then we had a cookie break.
AIR & Extendscript - Present by Dr. WooHoo
Reminder to check out In the Mod.
openFrameworks - Presented by Zachary Lieberman, Theodore Watson, Arturo Castro
openFrameworks is a C++ library for creative coding. It was described as a glue languages wrapping together several commonly-used open-source multimedia libraries. Minimal Design: There are very few classes, and inside of those classes, there are very few functions.
Evening - Dorkbot @ Brillobox
The Dorkbot Pecha Kucha at the Brillobox was fun. I presented early having greatly under-estimated the length of my presentation. The 10 minutes were over quickly, and I fear my last few minutes were a muddle.
Delicious beers were consumed. I chatted with some wonderful people.
Monday - The Warp Up
My Art and Code overview continues… (See: Part I)
Sunday - Toolkit Overviews and Dorkbot @ Brillobox
Sunday was a day of presentations. From 8:45 to 17:45 we were treated to 45 minute demos of various arty programming toolkits. In the evening there was a Dorkbot Pecha Kucha-ish gathering at a pub called the Brillobox.
Some notes I jotted down during the presentations:
Alice - Presented by CMU’s Don Slater.
Alice is a 3D programming environment for creating animations, games and videos. 3d models of objects and characters are programmed visually by dragging/dropping/connecting various Instruction-Tiles together.
Five Fundamentals of Programming
- Data Persistence (Variables)
- Methods (Modular Abstractions)
Pd - Presented by Hans-Christoph Steiner
Pd or Pure Data is a graphical programming language for audio and video programming. Data (most often audio signals) flows through various specialized transformation or generation nodes/objects which are visually connected together by the programmer using “wires”.
1000 words == Picture
Closed tools split creators from consumers.
We need to think about programming as something every does / will do.
Scratch - Presented by John Maloney and Evelyn Eastmond
Scratch is a graphical programming environment for children ages 8 and up. Like Alice, the programs are created by snapping graphical blocks together.
Remixing of Scratch programs is encourage via their website.
There appears to be a nice learning path from Scratch through Processing to Java. Perhaps we could use Scratch as an introductory programming language at the college. David Malan has been using it for a intro comp sci course at Harvard.
Scratch is implemented in Squeak Smalltalk.
May 16th is Scratch Day.
Hackety Hack - Presented by _why
Why claims to be a freelance professor, in other words, half-way between a scarecrow and a seeing eye dog.
A logic/programming card game called kaxXxt is also in the works.
The ASCII sword-fighting program stirs-up long dormant memories of Monkey Island.
And then we ate lunch. To be continued…
It’s about time I wrote an overview of my Art and Code experience.
Saturday - Workshops and Church Brews
The day began with a walk by the Cloud Factory followed by two programming workshops with lunch between them. There were 9 simultaneous morning and afternoon workshops. Choosing just two was frustrating. Another day of workshops would have been delightful.
Information Visualization - Ben Fry
Ben Fry along with Casey Reas created the Processing language “for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions.” I first discovered Processing (aka p5) in January of 2004. One of my first sketches stitched together MRI brain-scan images into an interactive animation. (See: my early p5 sketches and a more recent sketch.)
Info Viz Workflow:
- An Important Visualization
- It’s easy to lie with statistics and maps [pdf].
- Using Cartoon Faces to Represent Multi-dimensional Datasets (More: Chernoff Faces and Face Saver)
During the experimentation part of this workshop I began working on the Marvel “Social Network” visualization.
Lunch was tabbouleh salad, hummus, pitas and an apple.
Hackety Hack - _why
Some Notable Features:
b = Bloops.new b.tempo = 320 # Where s1 is a bloopsaphone sound that can be # generated for you or created by you. b.tune s1, "f#5 c6 e4 b6 g5 d6 4 f#5 e5 c5 b6 c6 d6 4 " b.play sleep 1 while !b.stopped?
- A vim-style (aka modal) drawing tool.
- Integrated mail client for sharing code.
- A Dingbat sprite library for game creation.
- IRC-like chat channels for human or programmatic communication. (For example, we wrote “chat” apps that allowed us to communicate by colour. Each rectangle in this image represents someone in the room.).
- Embedded Try Ruby
- Built in Tutorials / Lessons (Similar to the original Hackety Hack)
- Database (sqlite?) tables for data persistency.
The kid sitting to my left (maybe 12 or 13 years old) was new to programming. He was enthralled by the Hackety experience. I could almost hear his brain rewiring as he started to grok Ruby. Okay, I could literally hear it too, as he asked me a number of great programming questions.
After the workshop I spent some time chatting with Why and a group of fun and friendly Ottawarians. (Is that the right term for someone from Ottawa?) We eventually found our way to Church Brew Works (a restaurant and micro-brewery inside an old church) for a lovely dinner with some lovely beers. It took a while to obtain a table for 13, but good times were had by all.
I’m very excited to announce the launch of our new website, BabyLolly.com. For the past year I’ve been working along with my friend Andrew Burton, my sister Colleen Geske, and her husband Moses Faleafaga, on this online babybook and social network for families.
Today we were featured in the business section Winnipeg Free Press.
BabyLolly.com is an online babybook for parents to capture & share their baby’s precious moments with family and friends.
- Photo/Video Gallery: no more cumbersome emailing of baby photos. Store and organize all your photos and videos and share them with family and friends.
- Baby Journal: keep an online journal of your baby’s experiences and developments.
- Baby Milestones, Firsts & Favourites: never forget an important milestone again! Capture and share all your baby’s important firsts & favourites.
- Connect & Collaborate: give family and friends the opportunity to fully contribute to the babybook by leaving notes, uploading photos & videos, and sharing in each and every precious moment.
- It’s a private site (so only people you invite will see your babypage) and best of all: it’s 100% free!
We’d love for you to sign up if you have a young family. You can also view a demo account for a fictional family.
If you have friends with babies share the link with them and let them share the joy of their baby! We would really appreciate your support!
I look forward to hearing your feedback on BabyLolly.
(sleeping) Enter command: inventory You are carrying: a theorem. an axiom. a postulate. a hypothesis. (sleeping) Enter command: examine postulate. It's a basic fact. (sleeping) Enter command: think You thought of an idea (sleeping) Enter command: examine idea The idea is very vague and not fully developed. (sleeping) Enter command: develop idea The idea developed into a contradiction. (sleeping) Enter command: examine contra It is true and false, but neither is correct, and both are right. (sleeping) Enter command: examine supposition It's an almost proven fact. It is not proven. (sleeping) Enter command: Prove supp With what? postulate Somehow a contradiction keeps coming into the proof. (sleeping) Enter command: drop contra OK. (sleeping) Enter command: prove supp With what? postulate The postulate is now a lemma. (sleeping) Enter command: examine lemma It's a rather specialised fact. (sleeping) Enter command: examine hypothesis It's a complicated statement. It is not proven. (sleeping) Enter command: prove hypo With what? lemma The hypothesis is now a theorem. Suddenly, a hyper-spatial cliff passes by and the lemma leaps to its demise. (sleeping) Enter command: examine theorem It begins:
Daceybassyrappyhappy - Choons from 2007/2008 that made me smile and dance around.
- Marlena Shaw - California Soul (Diplo / Mad Decent mix)
- My Robot Friend - Robot High School
- Mark Ronson feat. Lily Allen - Oh My God (Chris Lake mix)
- The Ting Tings -That’s Not My Name (Tom Neville mix)
- Calvin Harris - Merrymaking At My Place (Kissy Sell Out mix)
- Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor
- Z-Trip - Something Different feat. Charlie Tuna
- GoldieLocks - Learning To Brap
- Ricardo Villalobos - Enfants (Olin Fix)
I’m not a pirate, I just grog a lot.
Julia Nunes - All My Loving, The Beatles
“yeah i know, no one can cover the beatles”
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.”