Bernd das Brot - Wikipedia
'According to himself, he belongs to the species "Homo Brotus Depressivus"' via https://icosahedron.website/@sixohsix/101196240790141671
culture  television  bread 
5 days ago
"MakeHuman is a completely free, innovative and professional software for the modelling of 3-Dimensional humanoid characters."
3d  anatomy  software 
12 days ago
Computer latency: 1977-2017
'If we look at overall results, the fastest machines are ancient. Newer machines are all over the place. Fancy gaming rigs with unusually high refresh-rate displays are almost competitive with machines from the late 70s and early 80s, but “normal” modern computers can’t compete with thirty to forty year old machines.' via https://hax0rz.lol/@hackerfriendly/101147422233416521
interface  computing  history 
13 days ago
Moon Signs – Amaranth Borsuk
"Adapting the doublet we created for our sound installation at King Street Station, we designed a volvelle whose apertures reveal a word ladder composed of 31 words. The gradually changing poem waxes and wanes along with the lunar phases, shown on the opposing side of the dial."
text  poetics  astrology  interface  volvelles 
14 days ago
Takeluma – Typotopo
Takeluma is an invented writing system for representing speech sounds and the visceral responses they can evoke.
type  typography  design  language  poetics  phonetics 
17 days ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Post-REST
"It seems in­evitable to me that, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the world of high-throughput high-elasticity cloud-native app­s, we’re go­ing to see a steady in­crease in re­liance on per­sis­tent con­nec­tion­s, or­ches­tra­tion, and message/event-based log­ic. If you’re not us­ing that stuff al­ready, now would be a good time to start learn­ing."
web  api  programming 
19 days ago
Teletypes in Typesetting
great idiosyncratic overview, has that amazing picture of the teletypesetter baudot variant
type  typography  history  technology  poetics  telecommunications 
4 weeks ago
HOTGLUE.ME :: unique tool for web publication & samizdat
"HOTGLUE is a visual tool for making amazing web-pages!
Simply manipulate pictures, text and video directly in a browser window!
Editing a page looks exactly the same as viewing it, the only difference is that you can move things around!
No programming skills needed!"
blog  cms  publishing  web  programming 
5 weeks ago
Lorraine O'Grady - Exhibitions - Alexander Gray Associates
'Cutting Out CONYT returns to O’Grady’s 1977 work, Cutting Out The New York Times (CONYT), which consists of 26 found newspaper poems made between June 5 and November 20, 1977 from successive editions of the Sunday Times. Building on the 1977 series’ successful transformation of public language into private, in Cutting Out CONYT, O’Grady repurposes the collages to achieve a failed goal of the original work: the creation of what she terms “counter-confessional” poetry. Cutting Out CONYT culls the poems and reshapes the remains into 26 new works that adopt a form the artist refers to as “haiku diptychs.” Each of the haiku takes as its source a single 1977 poem. By concentrating and refining the original series’ voice, Cutting Out CONYT serves as a bridge between O’Grady’s early and later works. As she explains, “Making it has allowed me to maintain the tensions between my more explicit voice and my less explicit voice in a way that feels fruitful to me.”'
poetry  poetics  cutups  collage  art  artists 
5 weeks ago
Cutting Out the New York Times - Lorraine O'Grady
"Cutting Out The New York Times is a series of 26 “cut-out” or “found” newspaper poems made by O’Grady on successive Sundays, from June 5 to November 20, 1977."
art  artists  collage  poetry  poetics  cutups  rwet 
5 weeks ago
Nervous System | Shop
only want housewares and accessories from here from now on thx
shopping  buyme 
5 weeks ago
Let’s pretend this never happened – Rococo Modem Basilisk – Medium
"The Macintosh looms large because it was so influential, but everything good about GUIs came through the Macintosh from the Alto, while almost everything bad about GUIs comes from mistakes that were made by the Macintosh team and later spun by marketing materials as intentional. [...] The most useful thing we can do, when trying to imagine a desirable future for computing, is to try to forget the entire Macintosh legacy and send our minds back to 1976."
computation  computers  history  ux  ui 
5 weeks ago
"A natural language date parser in Javascript, designed for extracting date information from any given text."
javascript  programming  time  nlproc  poetics 
6 weeks ago
The Oral History of ‘Too Many Cooks’, Adult Swim's Weirdest Experiment Ever | Inverse
"I had no expectations. The true way to go viral is to not care. Do your best. Make it as crazy as you can make it and release it into the world. Maybe it will catch on, maybe not. But that’s how that goes."
culture  television  media 
6 weeks ago
Creative Help
"Creative Help is an experimental application intended to help people write stories by automatically suggesting new sentences in the story. At any point while writing, simple type \help\ to generate a new sentence. You can edit, add to, or delete this suggestion just like any other text in your story."
nlproc  text  poetics  interface 
7 weeks ago
Ennigaldi-Nanna's museum - Wikipedia
"... thought to be the first museum by some historians... The curator was Princess Ennigaldi [...] [who] used the museum pieces to explain the history of the area and to interpret material aspects of her dynasty's heritage." via https://elekk.xyz/@noelle/100911787880302780
history  culture  museums  wunderkammer 
7 weeks ago
Words have soul: on the Romantic theory of language origin | Aeon Essays
"[L]anguage is one of those phenomena that arose when human beings engaged with life not so as to survive but so as to participate in the great rush of it that they felt teeming around them. Human beings do not live on bread alone."
evolution  language  poetics  linguistics  history  culture 
8 weeks ago
The Original Hacker's Dictionary
"Many years after the original book went out of print, Eric Raymond picked it up, updated it and republished it as the New Hacker's Dictionary. Unfortunately, in the process, he essentially destroyed what held it together, in various ways: first, by changing its emphasis from Lisp-based to UNIX-based (blithely ignoring the distinctly anti-UNIX aspects of the LISP culture celebrated in the original); second, by watering down what was otherwise the fairly undiluted record of a single cultural group through this kind of mixing; and third, by adding in all sorts of terms which are 'jargon' only in the sense that they're technical. This page, however, is pretty much the original, snarfed from MIT-AI around 1988." via https://cybre.space/@nightpool/100896387491277855
computing  history  lexicography  language  poetics 
8 weeks ago
Arca Musarithmica - Wikipedia
how did I not know about this though. kircher that marvelous son of a gun. via https://fuckonthefirst.date/notice/4466749
history  computation  computationalcreativity 
9 weeks ago
Welcome to polyglot’s documentation! — polyglot 16.07.04 documentation
"Polyglot is a natural language pipeline that supports massive multilingual applications." not sure why I'm not using this and talking about it in rwet
language  nlproc  linguistics  text  poetics 
9 weeks ago
Sans Forgetica
"Sans Forgetica is a downloadable font that is scientifically designed to help you remember your study notes."
type  typography  design  text  poetics  psychology 
9 weeks ago
qgcon-2018 | QGCon 2018 talk
"I did a talk on making small programming languages– for fun as a personal project, or as a helper tool in video games." andi mcclure
programming  language 
10 weeks ago
on terminal control
"a short tutorial on ansi escape codes and terminal control, because you philistines won't stop using ncurses"
graphics  programming  text  terminal  gamedev 
10 weeks ago
Membrane is open source
by jane friedhoff. orig post here: http://nytlabs.com/blog/2015/11/05/membrane/ 'Membrane... is an experiment in permeable publishing. By permeable publishing, we mean a new form of reading experience, in which readers may “push back” through the medium to ask specific, contextual (and constrained) questions of the author.'
text  writing  socialsoftware  interface 
10 weeks ago
yet another "Blazing fast, zero configuration web application bundler"
javascript  dev  programming 
10 weeks ago
The case of the 500-mile email
oh my god this is the most amazing story everrrrrrr (via robin sloan's primes) good reading for materiality of the internet
networking  network  internet  physics 
10 weeks ago
Phonetic Typography — Mark Chan
"By varying typographic forms with fluctuations in speech, users can see how a sentence is said just by looking at it, allowing words to speak for themselves."
audio  speech  language  type  typography  graphicdesign  poetics 
10 weeks ago
What Happens Next: A Gallimaufry | Lamenting The Friend Zone, Or: The “Nice Guy”...
"Well, screw that. The Friend Zone is a fundamentally sexist construction based solely on the idea that women should be penalised for putting their own romantic happiness above that of an interested man." for kindness coins
gender  culture 
10 weeks ago
How to Build a Low-tech Website?
absolutely love this: solar powered, static site, dithers images, uses default font stack, no third-party javascript, battery meter at the top of the page
web  webdev  publishing  sustainability 
11 weeks ago
Artificial Intelligence | Lynn Hershman Leeson
"This interactive continuation of Agent Ruby allows users to interact with DiNA, an animated, artificially intelligent female character with speech recognition and live animated facial gestures. DiNA converses using voice-recognition technology and becomes increasingly intelligent through interaction. She generates answers to questions and collects information globally from users. DiNA can process Internet content in real time and respond to current events as they unfold." 2004. conceptually no art about AI has moved past this imo
art  ai 
11 weeks ago
Are we learning yet?
"A work-in-progress to catalog the state of machine learning in Rust / It's ripe for experimentation, but the ecosystem isn't very complete yet."
rust  programming  machinelearning 
11 weeks ago
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
"For 40 years, as politicians have told us to eat more vegetables and take the stairs instead of the elevator, they have presided over a country where daily exercise has become a luxury and eating well has become extortionate."
health  obesity  food  culture  uspol 
11 weeks ago
Unix is not an acceptable Unix | Affording Play
"The original designers of Unix viewed the “simplicity” of text streams as an advantage. Consequently, they declined to impose any structure on the data that was to pass between programs. This decision, intended to banish inessential complexity, instead managed only to push essential complexity further downstream. [...] Even the earliest version of Unix was ultimately only a particular, flawed implementation of the Unix philosophy. If we want to encourage more widespread acceptance of the philosophy, we should not try to defend the implementation by downplaying its flaws." (via https://eldritch.cafe/@enkiv2/100752583219102878)
linux  unix  computing  interface  ui  history  culture 
11 weeks ago
Sheet Music Singer - YouTube
this is good but I don't think he's being critical enough about the songs he's choosing to put online---cw the racist stuff but still singing along with them :(
music  culture  history  racism 
12 weeks ago
Implementing system fonts on Booking.com — A lesson learned.
-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, “Segoe UI”, Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif
fonts  typography  design  type  web 
september 2018
"They're, well, notebooks — things I find amusing, outrageous, strange or otherwise noteworthy; notes towards works-in-glacial-progress; hemi-demi-semi-rants; things I want to learn more about; lists of references; quotations from the Talking Heads where appropriate. If you can help with any of these, I'd be grateful; if you can tell me of anything I can profitably prune, I'd be even more grateful." (via robin sloan on mastodon)
notes  culture  research 
september 2018
The Art World’s Health Care Crisis -ARTnews
"[A]rtists, much like freelance or app-service workers, are often particularly in need of consistent health coverage.... Artists are often among the first to use new industrial materials in ways they were not intended—meaning that a material’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) may not have applicable guidelines for use, or may not yet include key safety information simply because it isn’t yet known. The most famous case of this is the loss of Eva Hesse at 34 to a brain tumor that most art historians believe was caused by her use of fiberglass, latex, and polyester resins. [...] In New York, where many artists live and where real estate is prohibitively priced, I regularly hear of artist friends improvising when it comes to fabrication conditions. Even the immersive installation by the young, trendy artist that you see at a respected gallery was likely fabricated with hazardous materials in spaces without ventilation...."
art  healthcare  culture  politics 
september 2018
Home - Use & Modify
"This is a personal selection of beautiful, classy, punk, professional, incomplete, weird typefaces. Open source licenses make them free to use and modify. This selection is the result of deep search and crushes. This selection is yours."
typography  fonts  opensource 
september 2018
Welcome to SensusAccess | Sensus Access
"SensusAccess is a self-service, alternate media solution for educational institutions. SensusAccess allows students, faculty, staff and alumni to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats. We call that Inclusion Technology."
september 2018
Why “women + nonbinary” is not a good idea | Bogi Reads the World
'“[W]omen + nonbinary” [...] conflates nonbinary people with women, when many nonbinary people are transmasculine / nonbinary men / etc. …leading transmasculine nonbinary people not to submit. [...] [As] a better alternative [...], I tend to recommend “marginalized genders / sexes.” This includes all trans and intersex people, while also including cis non-intersex women. It also includes nonbinary people in general.'
language  gender  lgbt 
september 2018
On Emergent Centralization · Field Notes
"Email is a perfect example of an ostensibly decentralized, distributed system that, in defending itself from abuse and spam, became a highly centralized system revolving around a few major oligarchical organizations. The majority of email sent to today is likely to find itself being processed by the servers of one of these organizations. [...] How we design systems to defend themselves from emergent centralization is, I think, an open problem."
network  culture  socialmedia 
september 2018
Postmodernism didn’t cause Trump. It explains him. - The Washington Post
"[I]f we bother to understand Baudrillard’s thesis — that our impressions of the conflict have been warped by media framing and agitprop — it’s clear that the real enemy of truth is not postmodernism but propaganda, the active distortion of truth for political purposes. Trumpism practices this form of distortion on a daily basis. The postmodernist theorists we vilify did not cause this; they’ve actually given us a framework to understand precisely how falsehood can masquerade as truth."
language  philosophy  politics  culture  postmodernism 
september 2018
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