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"Intercapillary Space": Caleb Whitefoord: The Cross Reading, a Modernist Poetry Avant la Garde
"Whitefoord seems to have been the first person to notice that reading [narrow newspaper column] lines across the page, instead of downwards, produced some interesting results."
news  poetry  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2016 by kevan
The Aleph: Infinite Wonder / Infinite Pity
"I wanted to present a version of what [Borges'] The Aleph might look like now, designed as an endless stream of descriptive passages pulled from the web. For source texts, I took the complete Project Gutenberg as well as current tweets. I searched for the phrase 'I saw.'"
writing  random  borges  via:waxy 
march 2013 by kevan
The history of AOL as told through New York Times crossword clues - Quartz
"Below, I’ve compiled nearly every appearance of AOL in the Times crossword from 1997 to 2011, taking the company on a journey from “Prodigy competitor” (Jan. 14, 1997) to [...] ”Company with Patch Media” (Oct. 9, 2011)."
history  crosswords  business  via:waxy 
december 2012 by kevan
Random Shopper — Randomized Consumerism
"Every time I run [Amazon Random Shopper], I give it a set budget, say $50. It grabs a random word from the Wordnik API, then runs an Amazon search based on that word. It then looks for every paperback book, CD, and DVD in the results list, and buys the first thing that’s under budget. If it found a CD for $10, then the new budget is $40, and it does another random word search and starts all over, continuing until it runs out of money, or it searches a set number of times."
shopping  random  via:waxy 
november 2012 by kevan
Life in life - YouTube
"A video of Conway's Game of Life, emulated in Conway's Game of Life."
emulation  meta  via:waxy 
october 2012 by kevan
Highlights from EA's lawsuit against Zynga | Joystiq
"As demonstrated in the chart below, The Ville uses the same precise RGB values for its skin tones as does The Sims Social."
games  colour  via:waxy 
august 2012 by kevan
pareidoloop
"1. generate random polygons. 2. feed them into a face detector. 3. mutate to increase recognition confidence."
mutation  random  faces  emergence  via:waxy 
august 2012 by kevan
Millefiori
"[These pictures] are created by mixing ferrofluid with water color and putting it into a magnetic field. [...] When put under a magnetic field, the iron particles in the solution start to rearrange, forming the black channels and separating the water colors from the ferrofluid."
magnets  paint  via:waxy 
june 2012 by kevan
Technology - Alexis Madrigal - The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol' Dial-Up Modem Sound - The Atlantic
"What you're hearing is the way 20th century technology tunneled through a 19th century network; what you're hearing is how a network designed to send the noises made by your muscles as they pushed around air came to transmit anything, or the almost-anything that can be coded in 0s and 1s."
history  sound  computers  phones  via:waxy 
june 2012 by kevan
Pixel-fitting by Dustin Curtis
"The Hulu logo is a gooey, blurry [anti-aliased] mess that is seen by millions of people every day. Because it is at the top of every page on the entire site, it sets the tone for the quality of the experience. It should have been pixel-fitted."
design  via:waxy 
may 2012 by kevan
Descriptive Camera
"The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene." Using Mechanical Turk.
photography  writing  paper  technology  via:waxy 
april 2012 by kevan
subpixel | F.A.T.
"subpixel is built from laser-cut acrylic, rubber bands, and nine razor blades. In two quick swipes, it transforms a small patch of subway advertisement [into] an 8×8 grid of pixel stickers, ready for two-way interaction with the public."
advertising  paper  mutation  via:waxy 
april 2012 by kevan
Screenshots of Despair
"This is a tumblr cataloguing online messages that evoke feelings of despair."
depression  design  via:waxy 
march 2012 by kevan
Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme - YouTube
"These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments."
robots  music  via:waxy 
march 2012 by kevan
Playfic
"Playfic simply takes the game source you enter and passes it to the commandline Inform 7 compiler, and views it in the browser using the open-source Parchment interpreter that plays the games. Playfic's just the social glue tying them together."
if  games  via:waxy 
february 2012 by kevan
Search by Image, Recursively, Transparent PNG, #1 on Vimeo
"search by image, recursively. starting with a transparent png (400×225px). 2951 images, 12fps."
videos  images  web  via:waxy 
january 2012 by kevan
College Misery: Henchminion Sends In the Tale of "The Magna Carta Essay!"
"Discovering the proliferation of websites where student plagiarists could copy essays, I wrote a Trojan horse paper about the Magna Carta and seeded it on a few plagiarism sites. [...] Every once in awhile, I google a few phrases from the paper to see how it's getting along in the wild."
education  lies  via:waxy 
january 2012 by kevan
In 2011 Kickstarter raises $1.1 Million for Board and Card games | Purple Pawn
"This year 61 games, which includes board games, card games, RPG, and dice games have successfully been funded with another 17 currently attempting to successfully fund."
games  money  board  cards  via:waxy 
december 2011 by kevan
VIDEO: OWS Occupies Movie-Set Replica Of Itself, for Real | Mother Jones
"A few hours after television producers set up a replica of Occupy Wall Street for the filming of a new episode of Law and Order Special Victims Unit, the real Occupy Wall Street announced plans to occupy the fake one."
society  illusions  television  via:waxy 
december 2011 by kevan
Hacking Carbon Emissions into Minecraft
"Plant a tree, and AMEEconnect will work out how much carbon was taken up by the tree growing and reduce the tracker by that amount. After a long day of mining and smelting, you’ll have to go plant a few trees to keep the weather nice."
games  simulations  fire  pollution  via:waxy 
november 2011 by kevan
Creative Review - 24 hours in photos
"This installation by Erik Kessels is on show as part of an exhibition at Foam in Amsterdam that looks at the future of photography. It features print-outs of all the images uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period."
photography  art  via:waxy 
november 2011 by kevan
Are you listening, Steve Jobs? « BirdAbroad
A fake Apple Store in China. "We struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple."
shops  illusions  delusions  via:waxy 
july 2011 by kevan
You are listening to Los Angeles
Playing LAPD police radio over random ambient music from SoundCloud.
music  police  radio  sound  emergence  via:waxy 
march 2011 by kevan
Observations on film art : Watching you watch THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Eye-tracking heat maps. "This subtle movement is enough to cue three of the viewers to shift their gaze to Daniel, registering their silent exchange. [Its] significance can be registered by viewers only if they happened to be fixating Fletcher at the time he glanced at Daniel."
films  eyes  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
Seed Drawings: Visual Emergence using Mechanical Turk - information aesthetics
"Each small drawing is produced by a single individual with no knowledge of the overall forms and structure within the larger drawing."
emergence  art  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code | Magazine
"Srivastava’s startling insight was that he could separate the winning tickets from the losing tickets by looking at the number of times each of the digits occurred on the [unscratched] tic-tac-toe boards."
money  maths  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
“Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog
"‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space."
art  computers  secrets  via:waxy 
november 2010 by kevan
ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS on the Behance Network
Adverts for 1970s versions of modern gadgets. "I've learned that there is no greater design element than the anachronism. I've learned that the strongest contrast isn't spatial or tonal but historical. I've learned that there's retro, and then there's time travel."
design  history  advertising  time  via:waxy 
june 2010 by kevan
DESIGNER NOTES » Blog Archive » “Fear and Loathing in Farmville”
"At multiple times during the conference, James expressed his serious ethical qualms over the path social gaming was laying for the industry. So many of the methods for making money are thinly-veiled scams that simply exploit psychological flaws in the human brain."
games  design  brains  business  via:waxy 
march 2010 by kevan
This Is a Mosquito Getting Killed By a Laser - Gizmodo
Tracking mosquito movement and burning their wings off with a pinpoint laser. "The idea behind the 'Death Star' laser is that it could be used to control mosquito populations in developing countries in hopes of reducing the number of deaths due to malaria."
insects  light  death  pestilence  technology  via:waxy 
february 2010 by kevan
MC Frontalot :: Dorknotes :: How to GM Your Own Habit Abatement Campaign
"Whenever you feel like smoking, that means the GM (you) is trying to poison your character (also you). Time for a saving throw! [...] Fifteen days into the campaign, I will only be allowed to smoke when I roll a natural 1."
cigarettes  dice  psychology  via:waxy 
december 2009 by kevan
Volpin Props: Big Daddy (Bioshock)
Making a Big Daddy costume. "I started with a 24'' smoked security camera dome off of eBay. This came from a demolished shopping center, and are actually hard to track down these days."
games  clothes  design  art  via:waxy 
november 2009 by kevan
cyoa - One Book, Many Readings
Mapping and analysis of Choose Your Own Adventure books. "The Cavern of Doom is resolutely single-threaded, with a spine of near-universally travelled choices seen in the thick arcs moving left to right. Notably there is only a single choice that goes back to an earlier page."
books  games  via:waxy 
november 2009 by kevan
cabel.name: Kashiwa Mystery Cafe
"At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered."
food  mysteries  art  japan  shops  via:waxy 
october 2009 by kevan
Online Dating Advice: Exactly What To Say In A First Message « OkTrends
"Our program looked at keywords and phrases, how they affected reply rates, and what trends were statistically significant." [...] "The worst 6 words you can use in a first message are all stupid slang."
language  love  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan
How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff - The NewsCloud Blog
"On August 15th, Ratliff disappeared. According to the contest rules, the first person who photographed Ratliff and said the word "Fluke" to him received a password to claim the $5,000 prize. The winner was Jeff Leach of Naked Pizza in New Orleans."
mysteries  puzzles  travel  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan
Infomercial Hell from Everything Is Terrible! - Video
"Are you tired of the ever present toxins that come from the backbreaking struggle of modern life?" A continuous edit of all the life-without-our-product build-up from bad infomercials.
advertising  television  lies  shopping  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan
codepad
"codepad.org is an online compiler/interpreter, and a simple collaboration tool. It's a pastebin that executes code for you. You paste your code, and codepad runs it and gives you a short URL you can use to share it."
programming  via:waxy 
august 2009 by kevan
Vanish: Enhancing the Privacy of the Web with Self-Destructing Data
"Prior to the timeout, anyone can read the encrypted/encapsulated message. After the timeout, no one can read that message, because the encryption key is lost due to a set of both natural and programmed processes. It is therefore impossible for anyone to decrypt/decapsulate that email after the timer expires. "
communication  cryptography  time  via:waxy 
july 2009 by kevan
Significant Objects | …and how they got that way
"A talented, creative writer invents a story about an object. Invested with new significance by this fiction, the object should — according to our hypothesis — acquire not merely subjective but objective value. How to test our theory? Via eBay!"
writing  money  via:waxy 
july 2009 by kevan
Grumpy Gamer - Stuff and Things and Monkey Island
Ron Gilbert's commentary on a Monkey Island playthrough, 20 years on. "OK, I'm going to admit that I was completely stumped by the grog puzzle. [...] I found several puzzles would give me pause because I'd remember some previous unimplemented version of them and it would throw me off track."
games  if  history  nostalgia  design  via:waxy 
june 2009 by kevan
IDEO Labs » Amazing 3D immersion technology
"IR-sensitive cameras use [markers on 3D polarised glasses] to determine the precise location of each eye within the room. From those positions, stereo images for each projector are calculated and rendered on the fly, and the result is absolutely amazing."
eyes  illusions  technology  via:waxy 
may 2009 by kevan
Ian Bogost - A Television Simulator
"Here you see not only how much more realistic the car sprite would have appeared on a [1970s] television, but also how the multiple colored lines on the horizon would have blended with one another, creating a more credible sunset."
games  emulation  history  television  via:waxy 
april 2009 by kevan
Sarien.net - Instant adventure gaming
Multiplayer browser versions of old Sierra games. "You play your own singleplayer game. Other players do the same, and when you are in the same location, you can see and talk to each other. Note that the game status such as doors and events are not shared."
games  if  hacking  via:waxy 
april 2009 by kevan
Online Age Quiz Is a Window for Drug Makers - NYTimes.com
"The drug companies can even use [the 'what's your real age?' quiz] answers to find people who show symptoms of a disease - and begin sending them messages about it even before the people have received a diagnosis from their doctors."
drugs  medicine  advertising  email  camrad  via:waxy 
april 2009 by kevan
Conficker Eye Chart
"If you are blocked from loading the remote images in the first row of the top table above (AV/security sites) but not blocked from loading the remote images in the second row (websites of alternative operating systems) then your Windows PC may be infected by Conficker (or some other malicious software)."
viruses  via:waxy 
april 2009 by kevan
4chan Memes, circa 1889 / taint.org: Justin Mason's Weblog
"When a disputant was desirous of throwing a doubt upon the veracity of his opponent, and getting summarily rid of an argument which he could not overturn, he uttered the word Quoz, with a contemptuous curl of his lip, and an impatient shrug of his shoulders."
language  history  via:waxy 
march 2009 by kevan
As Jurors Turn to Web, Mistrials Are Popping Up - NYTimes.com
"[Jurors] are required to reach a verdict based on only the facts the judge has decided are admissible, and they are not supposed to see evidence that has been excluded as prejudicial. But now, using their cellphones, they can look up the name of a defendant on the Web or examine an intersection using Google Maps, violating the legal system’s complex rules of evidence."
law  web  society  phones  via:waxy 
march 2009 by kevan
S.F. may crack down on 'flash mob' antics
"[Pillow fight] feathers also filled the Vaillancourt Fountain and threatened to jam and burn out its pumps. [...] DPW assigned three extra cleanup shifts - a total of 69 employees and an extra street sweeper truck - costing about $19,000."
society  law  litter  pollution  via:waxy 
march 2009 by kevan
Pacific NW | The Game | Seattle Times Newspaper
A 2002 ARG that left a player paralysed. "The suit, filed in Las Vegas, confronted a unique question: What exactly was The Game? Was it like an extravagant softball league, where a player who blows out a knee sliding into second base assumes responsibility? Or was it akin to a bungee-jumping business, where the owners have a duty to avert risk?"
games  design  args  law  via:waxy 
january 2009 by kevan
Google Flu Trends
"We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems."
pestilence  maps  web  via:waxy 
november 2008 by kevan
Double Fine Action News - Just One More Grim Thing
"In a temporary fit of Cake-induced Grim [Fandango] nostalgia, I dug up the old puzzle document for the game. It’s 72 pages long and this file is 2.3M so it’s not for the feint of heart, or low of bandwidth."
games  design  if  via:waxy 
november 2008 by kevan
julianoliver.com - LevelHead
"LevelHead deploys three small (5x5x5cm) plastic cubes with a unique image (marker) on each face. [Software] on the host computer is trained to recognise the marker such that it can overlay 3D content on a per-face basis."
games  illusions  via:waxy 
october 2008 by kevan
314 - Watch the Road: World’s Earliest SatNav << Strange Maps
"The [Routefinder] consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ’scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking."
maps  travel  history  technology  paper  via:waxy 
october 2008 by kevan
By the numbers: teens and video games | csmonitor.com
"97 percent of teens play video games. There’s a slight gender divide: 99 percent of boys compared to 94 percent of girls."
games  society  via:waxy 
september 2008 by kevan
Audio Puzzler - Intro
"In the process of playing the game, players contribute transcriptions of snippets of video - the better the transcription, the more points the player earns."
games  puzzles  sound  via:waxy 
september 2008 by kevan
Instant-Messagers Really Are About Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon - washingtonpost.com
"With records of 30 billion [MSN] conversations among 180 million people from around the world, researchers have concluded that any two people on average are distanced by just 6.6 degrees of separation."
society  science  emergence  via:waxy 
august 2008 by kevan
The Mundaneum Museum Honors the First Concept of the World Wide Web - NYTimes.com
"In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or 'electric telescopes,' as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files."
computers  web  history  technology  paper  via:waxy 
june 2008 by kevan
Parchment
Javascript z-machine interpreter. "Below is a list of z-code based interactive fiction titles made available by The Interactive Fiction Archive. You can click on an entry to start playing it." Good to see a load of click-to-play z5 URLs, finally.
if  via:waxy 
may 2008 by kevan
Linkbait at any Cost? - CopyWrite
"If producing highly successful linkbait requires nothing more than fabricating a salacious news story, then online marketing presents a serious danger to the integrity of online news."
news  hoaxes  camrad  via:waxy 
may 2008 by kevan
Ten Thousand Cents
"'Ten Thousand Cents' is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task."
art  money  via:waxy 
april 2008 by kevan
Al Jaffee - Mad magazine - Comics - Art - New York Times
"I have this idea, I think it’s a funny idea, but I know you’re not going to buy it. But I’m going to show it to you anyway. And you’re not going to buy it because it mutilates the magazine."
interviews  art  comics  history  via:waxy 
march 2008 by kevan
Dolores Labs Blog » Blog Archive » Where does “Blue” end and “Red” begin?
"We showed thousands of random colors like this to people on Mechanical Turk and asked what they would call them. Here’s what they said."
colour  psychology  via:waxy 
march 2008 by kevan
Emptyage - Please, Do Not Be Alarmed.
"I do not have a MacBook Air, I do not use my iPhone in flight, and I have never, ever, called myself a Web Communities Strategy Developer. Or a Social Web Applications Design Strategist."
humour  via:waxy 
march 2008 by kevan
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
"A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living."
business  money  society  via:waxy 
march 2008 by kevan
EnerJar | The do-it-yourself power meter
"The EnerJar is an open source watt-meter. It measures the amount of energy an appliance is using." [...] "Our primary goal is to make these as accessible as possible so we will work on making it simple."
electricity  technology  via:waxy 
february 2008 by kevan
How You See It
Overlaid news. "What How You See It hopes to illuminate is how news broadcasts, far from daring reporting or varied approaches has regressed to pantomiming each other, creating a cacophony of sound and images that are no different from one another."
news  art  videos  via:waxy 
february 2008 by kevan
Halfbakery: Mass Games Human Computer
"For the monitor you could simply utilise the usual brigade of 60,000 schoolchildren sitting on the spectator benches, each of whom can hold up a red, green or blue card (yielding a quite decent resolution of 200x300 pixels)."
computers  simulation  via:waxy 
february 2008 by kevan
Game Innovation Database
Browsable history of videogame ludemes and innovations, explored through a somewhat unusable Flash interface.
games  design  history  technology  via:waxy 
january 2008 by kevan
Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark's clock | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"[They] set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building's famous dome. Under the supervision of [a] professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s."
secrets  paris  time  crime  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
FOODPAIRING
Mapping the overlapping flavour components of ingredients. "So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel."
food  science  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
The Morning News - The Laptop Club
"Parents may want to delay their children’s computer use, but here they are drawing their own designs. It reminded me of taking away toy guns and seeing the kids make guns out of sticks instead."
computers  children  simulation  paper  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
Alex McLean » Blog Archive » ASCII Rave in Haskell
"I've been playing with using words to control the articulation of a physical modelling synthesiser based on the elegant Karplus-Strong algorithm. The idea is to be able to make instrumental sounds by typing onomatopoeic words."
language  music  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
MTV Multiplayer » The Story Behind That "Portal" Song
"We had a choice between [Jonathan Coulton] and Ben Folds and we feel we made the right choice." [...] "[Coulton] can see a future when songs are more important in games. He can even see a day when there are video game musicals."
games  interviews  music  via:waxy 
october 2007 by kevan
Human Brain Cloud: Play
A springy Flash map of word association. "The cloud started with just one word, 'volcano'. All other words were submitted by visitors to this site."
language  flash  via:waxy 
july 2007 by kevan
N. B. Horvath's Blog: Inform 7 Code Poem Challenge
"In comments, post a poem that compiles to a working Inform 7 game. Haiku code is good. Limerick code is better. But any form is fine, as long as it's not free verse." [...] "Winter is a room. / Instead of going southwest / end the game in death."
if  poetry  via:waxy 
july 2007 by kevan
Text Adventure Forums [Beta] - Idle Forums
"This forum is for playing text adventure games! Our resident super computer Ziggy serves up the current move, and all you have to do is reply to the thread with the next move, such as 'Go north'. Ziggy will then respond." They died in Zork I.
if  emergence  via:waxy 
june 2007 by kevan
Hackety Hack: the Coder's Starter Kit
An introductory programming language, from the writer of the Poignant Guide to Ruby. "The point is: programming just isn't available to people like it was with the Commodore 64."
programming  education  children  download  via:waxy 
may 2007 by kevan
papafuji's DS Adventures Page
Homebrew text adventure parsers for the Nintendo DS, including a Frotz.
games  if  ds  todo  via:waxy 
march 2007 by kevan
FPSBANANA > CSS - Counter-Strike: Source > cs_fawlty_towers
A perfectly detailed Counter-Strike map of the Fawlty Towers hotel. Don't mention the war on terror.
games  simulation  architecture  terrorism  via:waxy 
march 2007 by kevan
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