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"PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges.


Display:128x128 16 colours
Cartridge Size: 32k
Sound: 4 channel chip blerps
Code: Lua
Sprites: 128 8x8 sprites
Map: 128x32 cels
Controls: D-pad + 2 buttons

The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, encourage small but expressive designs and hopefully to give PICO-8 cartridges their own particular look and feel.

Creative Tools
PICO-8 has tools for editing code, music, sound, sprites, maps built right into the console. Create a whole game or program in one sitting without needing to leave the cosy development environment!

Shareable Cartridges
PICO-8 cartridges can be saved in a special .png format and sent directly to other users, shared with anyone via a web cart player, or exported to stand-alone HTML5. Binary exporters are coming soon!

Get PICO-8
Become a registered user of PICO-8 and receive access to DRM-free downloads for Windows, Linux, Mac, and Raspberry Pi along with all future updates. You can buy PICO-8 separately, or included with Voxatron (see below)."

[See also:

"Schools and Workshops

All Lexaloffle products, including Voxatron and PICO-8, come with a standard license allowing users who are teachers or administrators at a school, workshop, or other educational institution to install and use the software on any number of on-site machines in that space.

Individual take-home licenses are also available at an 80% discount from the non-sale price. These can be redeemed once by each student, and used off-site for things like homework, or to continue working on projects after a course has completed. Take-home licenses are otherwise identical to regular ones and provide access to future updates and multi-platform downloads.

If you would like to purchase take-home licenses, please contact us to discuss your requirements."]

[See also: ]

[via Robin Sloan on Twitter:

The PICO-8 "fantasy console" ( ) is such a sleeper hit. It makes me realize how amazing it would have been, back in the '80s and '90s, to have had an open console—no license required. Video game culture would be different today. Better.

A couple of years ago, when the PICO-8 first came out, I spent a day making this cart. I am very pleased with how the lil goblins move. It is a parable about greed. Also, it crashes sometimes 🤓 "
via:robinsloan  games  gaming  videogames  development 
november 2017 by robertogreco
Your Name - Wikipedia
"Your Name (Japanese: 君の名は。 Hepburn: Kimi no Na wa.) is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai and produced by CoMix Wave Films. The film was produced by Noritaka Kawaguchi and Genki Kawamura, with music composed by Radwimps. Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies. The film stars the voices of Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, and Etsuko Ichihara. Shinkai's novel of the same name was published a month before the film's premiere.

Your Name was distributed by Toho, it premiered at the Anime Expo 2016 convention in Los Angeles, California on 3 July 2016, and in Japan on 26 August 2016. It received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised the film for its animation and emotional impact, and was also a major commercial success, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the 7th-highest-grossing traditionally animated film, the highest-grossing anime and Japanese alike film and the 5th-highest-grossing non-English film worldwide[note 1], with a total gross of more than $355 million. The film won the 49th Sitges Film Festival, 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and 71st Mainichi Film Awards for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as receiving a nomination for the 40th Japan Academy Prize for the Best Animation of the Year. A live-action remake is currently in the works."
anime  towatch  japan  film  animation  via:robinsloan  makotoshinkai  srg 
november 2017 by robertogreco
"For National Novel Generation Month, a superposition of ten translations of a book of the Bible: "

"On refresh, each sentence of the supertranslation is drawn randomly from one of ten translations of Ecclesiastes. It's very likely that no two people will read the same book!

Put differently, this book is sampled from a distribution over possible understandings of Ecclesiastes, like a more random Septuagint.

The code and corpus can be found here:
h/t @tinysubversions for starting NaNoGenMo!"

[from :

"The new revised international KJV-ASV-DRB-DBT-ERV-WBT-WEB-YET-AKJV-WNT version of Ecclesiastes.

Each sentence in this translation of Ecclesiastes is drawn uniformly at random from one of ten translations of the Bible on every refresh. Study the text. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Refresh the page and you'll never see it again.

Put slightly differently: this book is sampled from the distributions of possible understandings of Ecclesiastes, like a more systematic Septuagint. You haven't really understood the text until you've studied the nuances of each of its variations.

Made for National Novel Generation Month 2017, Ecclesiastes (KJV-ASV-DRB-DBT-ERV-WBT-WEB-YET-AKJV-WNT) runs to 10k words per translation, but as it draws its strength by consuming ten (slightly) different translations of the Bible, the hyperobject weighs in at well above the threshold of 50k.

Much thanks to the King James Bible, American Standard Version, Douay-Rheims Bible, Darby Bible Translation, English Revised Version, Webster Bible Translation, World English Bible, Young's Literal Translation, American KJV, and Weymouth New Testament.

Different translations are optimized for different qualities, such as "thought-for-thought" or "word-for-word." Here are three comparisons (1, 2, 3) and a page on the Douay-Rheims Bible.

I'd be curious to see a quantitative study on the qualities of the translations, such as where the mean words lie in an embedding space."]
via:robinsloan  ecclesiates  bible  translation  nanogenmo 
november 2017 by robertogreco
against consequentialism – Snakes and Ladders
"If we have a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, should we not also have memorials to the unrecognized and unthanked workers of charity and kindness?"
2016  alanjacobs  kindness  charity  via:robinsloan  consequentialism 
november 2017 by robertogreco
SF's Homeless Problem: How Did We Get Here? « CBS San Francisco
"Wilson Walker takes a look at San Francisco's homeless problem, and how it developed over time. (6/26/16)"
sanfrancisco  homeless  homelessness  history  via:robinsloan  2019  video  documentary  wilsonwalker 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Viriconium FAQ | the m john harrison blog
"(1) Read as one book, not as three novels followed by a collection of afterthoughts.

(2) Freely intersperse the short stories between the novels.

(3) The novels can be read in any order, but order of publication makes a kind of sense if you are bound by expectations of linear time & causality.

(4) Start with “Viriconium Knights” if you need a readily-assimilable f/sf rationale for what’s going on in the rest of the book.

(5) Other rationales are available.

(6) Random dipping is just as effective an archeology. All beginnings are endings. Every reiteration is the (not an) original iteration.

(7) It is a metafictional critique of “epic” fantasy.

(8) It is a deconstruction of “epic” fantasy.

(9) It is a conscious disruption & abjection of the American ideological overmyth “Hero with a Thousand Faces”.

(10) It hates story. It hates the idea of character as fixed & causal. It hates relatability. It hates reader-identification. It hates the idea that because the real is disordered, fiction’s duty is to provide order; it hates the anodyne mouth-feel & simultaneous shrill desperation of ordering fictions. It hates immersive texts because immersion defuses political & social dissatisfaction.

(11) Read “A Young Man’s Journey to Viriconium” last. Or see (14).

(12) Titles, epigraphs & chapter headings are often significant parts of the text, so if you’re reading something framed as The Floating Gods, you aren’t reading Viriconium.

(13) Every available edition is problematical in terms of content, organisation & packaging.

(14) There is a new, as yet unpublished story."
mjohnharrison  linearity  storytelling  linear  nonlinear  novels  stories  via:robinsloan  2016  organization  time  sequence  viriconium  non-linear  alinear 
march 2016 by robertogreco
"Concept Character Art, Character Model Sheets from Games, Movies, Comics, Toys and Animation. Some good Fanart too."
tumblrs  art  characterdesign  comics  television  film  animation  games  videogames  gaming  toys  via:robinsloan 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Dictionary Stories
"Very short stories composed entirely of example sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary. A project by Jez Burrows."

"Almost every word you’ll find in the dictionary will be accompanied by an example sentence. These sentences—researched and written by fearless lexicographers—are intended to demonstrate the most probable usage of a word, in order to help you use it correctly.

All the stories collected here are written entirely using example sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary, with nothing added except some punctuation to piece them together. The words that spawned each sentence are underlined.

Dictionary Stories is a project by Jez Burrows, a designer and illustrator and human man living in San Francisco, CA. You can yell at him on Twitter, or berate him over email. "
language  words  dictionaries  stories  storytelling  jezburrows  via:robinsloan  usage  english  dictionary 
august 2015 by robertogreco
Tumblr Staff — prismatic-bell: atomicairspace: copperbooms: ...
when did tumblr collectively decide not to use punctuation like when did this happen why is this a thing

it just looks so smooth I mean look at this sentence flow like a jungle river


This is really exciting, linguistically speaking.

Because it’s not true that Tumblr never uses punctuation. But it is true that lack of punctuation has become, itself, a form of punctuation. On Tumblr the lack of punctuation in multisentence-long posts creates the function of rhetorical speech, or speech that is not intended to have an answer, usually in the form of a question. Consider the following two potential posts. Each individual line should be taken as a post:

ugh is there any particular reason people at work have to take these massive handfuls of sauce packets they know they’re not going to use like god put that back we have to pay for that stuff

Ugh. Is there any particular reason people at work have to take these massive handfuls of sauce packets they know they’re not going to use? Like god, put that back. We have to pay for that stuff.

In your head, those two potential posts sound totally different. In the first one I’m ranting about work, and this requires no answer. The second may actually engage you to give an answer about hoarding sauce packets. And if you answer the first post, you will likely do so in the same style.

Here’s what makes this exciting: the English language has no actual punctuation for rhetorical speech–that is, there are no special marks that specifically indicate “this speech is in the abstract, and requires no answer.” Not only that, it never has. The first written record of English (actually proto-English, predating even Old English) dates to the 400s CE, so we’re talking about 1600 years of having absolutely no marker whatsoever for rhetorical speech.

A group of teens and young adults on a blogging website literally reshaped a deficit a millennium and a half old in our language to fit their language needs. More! This group has agreed on a more or less universal standard for these new rules, which fits the definition of “language.” Which is to say Tumblr English is its own actual, real, separate dialect of the English language, and because it is spoken by people worldwide who have introduced concepts from their own languages into it, it may qualify as a written form of pidgin.

Tumblr English should literally be treated as its own language, because it does not follow the rules of any form of formal written English, and yet it does have its own consistent internal rules. If you don’t think that’s cool as fuck then I don’t even know what to tell you."
language  tumblr  internet  english  grammar  via:robinsloan  pigdin  linguistics 
august 2015 by robertogreco
Elise goes East: How NPR’s new Seoul bureau chief is using Tumblr to complement her reporting » Nieman Journalism Lab
"Since moving to South Korea in March, Elise Hu has been using Tumblr to document everything from the serious to the silly — and expand her voice beyond the NPR airwaves."

"“I don’t know that I would have room to share that somewhere else besides that platform,” Hu told me by phone from Seoul.

Hu has used the blog to post her stories from East Asia, share information that didn’t make it into her NPR pieces, and to just make observations — both serious and silly — about what it’s like to be an expat living halfway around the world. She moved to Seoul in March, and the blog has attracted more than 7,000 followers, already exceeding her goal of 5,000 for the first year.

In her nearly two months in South Korea, Hu has published a wide array of posts, from an extended Q&A with a professor about Japanese–Korean relations to a series called This Exists, which highlights objects unique to Asia that Americans might not know about. Not to mention this YouTube video that showed her listening to a voicemail message from an irate listener.

The Tumblr has brought Hu tips and feedback from readers — both in the States and in Korea. When she posted her story on the stresses South Korean students face, she received a number of responses from readers who shared stories from their own experiences as students.

“This allows me to have more of a bloggier voice and is more linked to me personally,” Hu said. “It allows me to sort of jump around in the idiosyncratic way that I might just exist as a person, because our more formal blogs don’t have that similar flexibility or voice, so I’ve really appreciated that.”"

[Elise Goes East!

"Elise Hu opened up NPR’s first permanent Seoul bureau in March 2015, on the same day the American Ambassador to South Korea was knifed in the face. (That was an interesting day.) The bureau is responsible for both Koreas and Japan, so expect to see behind-the-scenes from the peninsula and the island.

Previously, Elise covered technology for the Washington, D.C.-based network, helped start The Texas Tribune, and reported for several commercial TV stations. She began her journalism career reviewing bars and nightclubs in Taipei, which was a jolly good time. She’s eager to connect with you."]
elisehu  tumblr  npr  journalism  blogging  2015  blogs  asia  korea  southkorea  eastasia  reporting  via:robinsloan 
may 2015 by robertogreco
How I Became A Minor Celebrity In China (After My Stolen Phone Ended Up There)
"This really weird thing happened to my phone and an even weirder thing happened after. A continuation of: Who Is This Man And Why Are His Photos Showing Up On My Phone. Updated on March 18. Bro Orange and I are hanging out RIGHT NOW!"

{Continues here: ]
internet  mobile  phones  china  weibo  via:robinsloan  twitter  web  2015  smallworld  renrousousuoyinqing  人肉搜搜引擎  humanfleshsearch 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Article: Rise of the Risograph, Part One / Features / Nothing Major
"Once marketed to schools as a cheap copier, the Risograph has become a fave of graphic designers, artists, zine publishers, and arts institutions. Part one: Rise of the Machine."

[Parts two and three:

"So, now that we know what a Risograph is, who's using it, and how?"

"This week, we're checking in with art institutions to see how they use Risographs." ]
risograph  print  printing  mattputrino  via:robinsloan  design  openstudioproject  lcproject  classideas  zines  glvo  srg 
march 2015 by robertogreco
80 Days at GDC (with images, tweets) · laurajnash · Storify
"Recaps and Livetweets of Meg Jayanth's (@betterthemask) presentation."

Taking Risks

"On #80Days, @betterthemask: "my job was to tempt players into making bad choices." Oh, and also writing those 500,000 words ;)

.@betterthemask: "our goal was to teach players that making a bad strategic decision can lead to a better story" omg I'm in love

.@betterthemask talking about tricking players into making foolish decisions "because it's more fun winning by the skin of your teeth"

"It's the near-misses, the catastrophes, the daring escapes that players remember." This 100%. via @betterthemask

The Dark Stuff

.@betterthemask: Don't avoid sensitive topics, but do think ethically and politically about what you're saying. #GDC2015

.@betterthemask: Slave-catching expedition is not a mechanics punishment. It's a narrative consequence for a narrative decision. #GDC2015

.@betterthemask: 80 Days deliberately deconstructs the classism, racism, and sexism of Verne's novel and steampunk in general. #GDC2015

Playing the Sidekick

.@betterthemask: The world of 80 Days turns, but it doesn't turn around you. Not being the most important person is liberating. #GDC2015

I liked the idea of the world not revolving around the main characters in the 80 days talk #GDC

Props to @betterthemask for that - playing as a minor hero was a refreshing bit of humility from the god complex of too many games n gamers.


.@betterthemask: Romances in 80 Days are important to players, but those narratives are unpredictable. Can't game the romance. #GDC2015

#gdc .@betterthemask on the value of romances that aren't skill checked and cannot be gamed


I love @betterthemask’s description of approaching 80 Days as “a machine for telling stories”.

It's about READING #gosh #gasp @betterthemask

"Talking about mechanics and narrative as oppositional completely misses the point."
- @betterthemask

@betterthemask, wonderful talk about building a strong narrative foundation while embracing constraints and collaboration. #GDC2015

On getting lost in research - 80-90% of the research @betterthemask did never made it into the game; rabbit-holes not avoided on 80 Days.

.@betterthemask: In games, you have to create your own editing process. Find a first reader & redraft. Protect redrafting time. #GDC2015

Writers: think ethically about your game writing, what you leave out is as critical as what you put in. seek criticism- @betterthemask

.@betterthemask: Hire writers early and involve them in the process! (I couldn't agree more.) Use each other's strengths. #GDC2015

.@betterthemask: Make efficient design choices; figure out how to be as lazy as possible. It's a necessity. #GDC2015

Things I didn't know about 80 Days:

.@betterthemask: 80 Days has more text than the LOTR trilogy (but not as much as the first five ASOIAF books). :) #GDC2015

.@betterthemask: Europe is all introductory. Asia adds complexity. Americas ramps up the tension. #GDC2015

So it turns out you can die tragically in @betterthemask's 80 days. Kinda stunned here


Narrative and design insights from 80 Days' writing lead

ICYMI @_shortgame on 80 Days, we pile on praise, mock “evocative”, fail at French and hype camels, drag, romance… "
via:robinsloan  80days  games  gamedesign  videogames  gamedev  gaming  storytelling  writing  megjayanth  edg  srg  research  process  howwework  reading  howweread  text  interactivefiction  collaboration  constraints  tension  complexity  gamedevelopment  if 
march 2015 by robertogreco
The Root [Image of the Black Archive & Library]
"The Image of the Black Archive & Library resides at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The founding director of the Hutchins Center is Henry Louis Gates Jr., who is also co-founder of The Root. The archive and Harvard University Press collaborated to create The Image of the Black in Western Art book series, eight volumes of which were edited by Gates and David Bindman and published by Harvard University Press. Text for each Image of the Week is written by Sheldon Cheek."
via:robinsloan  art  history  arthistory  blackness  race  collections  henrylouisgatesjr  davidbindman  sheldoncreek 
february 2015 by robertogreco
REDEF (Interest Mix): A FashionREDEF ORIGINAL: A Q&A With Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens, Founders of Outlier
"Q: When I say wearable technology, what's the first thing that comes to mind?

Abe Burmeister: Um. I'm gonna go take a nap.

We spend a lot of time reading about the history of apparel, and the Industrial Revolution started with spinning jenny machines to power cotton mills. None of that stuff ended up in your clothes. It changed how clothes were made radically, but there's no motors in your clothes, right? Like, almost none of it actually made it into the clothes. Velcro is a very simple machine. A zipper is really the main thing that came out of it that made it into your clothes.

So, there's an information revolution going on, and it's going to radically change how clothes are made, but whether it ends up inside your clothing, who knows? A lot of people are trying, and I think some interesting stuff will happen, but we'll have to wait and see.

I don't see any of it as inevitable. It's inevitable that it will change the environment around apparel. We'll see about the watch. Ringly just got a bunch of funding, maybe that's something.

Personally, I'm trying to eliminate as many beeps and buzzes from my life, so, it's interesting. I'm probably going to buy an Apple watch just to see what it's like. But, at the same time, I'm like, "You know what? I'm trying to turn off as many of those buzzes as possible, not get them closer to me.""

"Q: If you guys had to bet on one of these information revolution era technologies to vastly change how we are producing clothing, whether that's 3D printing or VR fitting rooms, what would you put your money on?

Tyler Clemens: For me, I think it has something to do with health. So, if there's a way to put—

Abe Burmeister: To me it's been, and I'm surprised this wasn't Tyler's answer, actually, but we've been looking at bonding technology and how garments are actually put together. It's super labor intensive.

We make most of our stuff in the U.S. We visit the factories where we're fairly certain people are getting paid at least minimum wage, they're treated well, they're not locked in, you know, things like that.

That was a really early lesson when I started visiting the Garment District. I was like, "I have no idea what a sweatshop is." You have this vision in your head, like, sweatshop, but when you actually start going into the ground, you don't know what it is.

It's immigrant labor. There's never been any success in getting anybody but the bottom rungs of the economic labor market to sew on a mass level, right? So, you even see it in China. People don't want to be sewing anymore. The market's moving to Vietnam. And there's also fantastic, really beautiful, high-end factories emerging there, which is great.

But to me, chasing the labor to the bottom rung... We're less price-sensitive than more commodity-driven companies, but if our factories said, "Hey, the price doubles tomorrow," we wouldn't be happy. Even though we'd be happy the workers would be getting paid more.

Eventually, if the world is going to keep developing in a positive way, we need to eliminate this kind of drudge-type labor that's very repetitive. I'd rather have a world where people weren't running the same garment through the machine every day, the same stitch. That's the kind of job that would be great if it disappeared, right?

There is a pleasure in making a garment. You know, you're producing something real. But, at the same time, I'm not lining up for a job at a sewing factory. Almost nobody with fluent English capabilities is in America. I think you get the same kind of echoing throughout other countries as well. Italy, they're bringing workers in from China to make "made in Italy" garments.

And in China, we've talked to factories that are like, "Yeah, you know, the people just don't come back. They go away for Chinese New Year and half of them don't come back. They want jobs where they can sit at a computer all day now."

The bonding technology's interesting. The 3D printing, I think, is a long way off. Maybe one day it emerges.

Some people actually try to call it 3D printing, but the more advanced knitting technologies can pretty much just print out a sweater, which is pretty cool. So, stuff like that, I think, is where I would like to see the change happen, and where we're putting some energy in."

[via: “Very interesting interview w/ the founders of @Outlier. ⌘F "sewing" for a provocative section…


“takes while to get going but this interview is interesting as hell via @robinsloan ” [+screenshot of the question and opening lines about wearable technology] ]

[Some follow-up:
“@doingitwrong @robinsloan Thanks for this. Thinking about our family relationship to sewing. ”

“@doingitwrong @robinsloan But also thinking about pockets as wearable technology. Joinery. Access.”

“@rogre @doingitwrong Wow I would love to read your extended thoughts on this! Grecolaborativo & sewing as social media (??)”

“@robinsloan @doingitwrong On it.

For now…
1. @vruba … and @bldgblog

“@robinsloan @doingitwrong
2. visual stimuli

3. mending

“@robinsloan @doingitwrong
4. @LangeAlexandra “3D printers have a lot to learn
from the sewing machine”

“@robinsloan @doingitwrong

5. tailoring (no refs, other than if falling under the solarpunk umbrella) ]
abeburmeister  tylerclemens  outlier  intervies  clothing  wearables  via:robinsloan  via:timmaly  2015  manufacturing  repetition  labor  sweatshops  glvo 
february 2015 by robertogreco
454 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011—2157
"Anonymous asked: do you want to be famous?

In 1928 the architect Mies van der Rohe was commissioned to design a pavilion representing Weimar Germany at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. The building ended up becoming justly famous as the most eloquent definition of what was later gathered into Modernism. This definition would be something like, ‘Not only doing way more with way less, but becoming so good at it that you could thread a way out of the bewilderment and perversity which gnaw at modern lives of otherwise unparalleled bounty and convenience.’

The pavillion was designed to be doorless and mostly made of glass. In almost every way a building could be optimistic for the century it wanted to predict, this one was. The evidence for class oppression that great houses bear, like backstairs and basement kitchens are gone. Blank walls on which evidence of wealth could be displayed have been replaced by windows. Reality is the thing that transparent walls force your attention to confront. The pavillion even does away with the convention of a ‘front’ or a ‘back.’ Without a face on which to project how we want to be seen, duplicity becomes more difficult than simply being honest. The building hopes that without anything to hide behind, the very ideas of secrecy and guile will become too cumbersome to survive.

But in the very temple of delight. There was one place in the pavillion that showed a terrible shadow on the 20th century. Beyond the main room there was a reflecting pool. In the middle of the pool stood a statue of a nude woman. This choice to place a statue at a remove from anyone who would look at it is as elegant a definition as anything else in the building, but what is being defined is hideous. The fact that a statue has been taken out of the round and put in a position that allows only one point of view is an example of something our era has done on an industrial scale—the reduction of volumes to images. A statue by definition fills a volume, but limiting our perspective makes it flat. An image.

The act of reducing the freedom to see from whichever perspective suits you, down to only one, is as old as the allegory of the cave, where statues were reduced to their shadows. But the pavillion predicts that this process will come to dominate everything the statue represents: Art, diversion, beauty, and eventually, people themselves. All of us will buy, favor, love and appreciate from across an impassable distance. We will be segregated from everything we admire and from everything we want, because images are all we are presented with and flatness cannot be embraced.

Over and above every other example of this process is fame. If we are tricked by advertising into buying a phantom, wanting to be famous is wanting to become the phantom. It’s a desire that mistakes isolation for rarity, loneliness for exceptionality, and distance for height. The popular desire for fame is the crowning achievement of a hundred year campaign to iron out any aspect of being alive that calls for a complex and irreducible expression of humanity.

So no."
2012  via:robinsloan  game  humanity  complexity  freedom  reality  advertising  miesvanderrohe  modernism  duplicity  honesty  images  imagery  perspective  pointofview  power  control  flatness  art  diversion  beauty  distance  phantoms 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Interview: Teju Cole « Post45 -
"TC: Anyone who writes is lucky. The idea that one will be read, whether by a few or by many, is a basic expectation that makes me happy. In a somewhat childish way, I can't quite get over the mystery of written communication. When I'm writing, I'm mostly thinking, "Some other human being will read this, and probably comprehend all or most of it in just the way I intended, or in a way I will find believable." That's what I think about, and so I really leave no space for brooding about the death of the author. The author, if not dead yet, will die. The reader will die and be replaced by another reader. But literature itself—its peculiar form of communion—is a deeper miracle. You're reading Song of Solomon. That's a thing you can do. You're reading Stendhal. That's another thing you can do. I know I'm being a nerd about this, but it honestly amazes me. I refuse to get over it."
tejucole  2015  interviews  aaronbady  writing  technology  via:robinsloan  communication  atemporality 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Carolyn VanEseltine - This is a Real Thing that Happened
"A work of interactive fiction.

This is a Real Thing that Happened was created with Inform and has IFID 018D8F92-81E4-476A-B184-C14D9C821F45. To play a work like this one, you need an interpreter program: many are available, among them Zoom for Mac OS X and for Unix; Windows Frotz or Windows Glulxe for Windows. Or you can play without downloading anything by following the 'Play In-Browser' link, using the Quixe interpreter. You'll need to have Javascript enabled on your web browser."

[Play in browser: ]
interactivefiction  via:robinsloan  if  carolynvaneseltine  inform7  inform  srg  games  gaming  winning  losing  play  dwarffortress  rules  2014 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Marvel Developer Portal
"The Marvel Comics API allows developers everywhere to access information about Marvel's vast library of comics—from what's coming up, to 70 years ago."
api  comics  fiction  marvel  universe  via:robinsloan 
december 2014 by robertogreco
SWAPI - The Star Wars API
"All the Star Wars data you've ever wanted:

Planets, Spaceships, Vehicles, People, Films and Species

From all six Star Wars films"
starwars  swapi  api  via:robinsloan 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Citymapper- the ultimate transit app- New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Milan on the App Store on iTunes
"The ULTIMATE TRANSIT APP! * 2013 Apple's App of the Year (runner-up) * Apple Editor's Choice * Grand Prize Winner of MTA NYC App Quest 2013 * Best Overall Mobile App 2014 (GSMA/Mobile World Congress) * Designs of the Year 2014 - London Design Museum * Essential App of the Year- Stuff Magazine *

Live in: San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Washington DC, Boston. London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome. (more coming)

- "Citymapper is quite simply the best travel app to be introduced to New York City"- NYTimes
- "The most useful app I have on my Phone."
- "Its reason alone to get an iPhone. It's that good."
- "Life changing. This app really changes the way you travel."
- "I never thought I could love an app so much."

Citymapper is reinventing the everyday urban transit app and making the large complicated city simple and usable. A to B trip planning, real-time departure data on all modes of transit where available, weather, alerts, disruptions, cab booking through Hailo and everything you need and may not even realize that you need to manage your life in the city."

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ios  iphone  applications  maps  mapping  cities  android  via:robinsloan  transit  tripplanning  publictransit  publictransportation  weather 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Manomet Banding (@ManometBanding) | Twitter
"Banding station at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Tweeting about the birds we catch during spring and fall migration. Going strong for 48 years."
twitter  birds  via:robinsloan  manometcenter  2014  nature  photography 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Michael Lista, On Poetry: Accepting the Disaster, by Joshua Mehigan | National Post
"Joshua Mehigan is one of the few living poets unfashionable enough to still be writing poems. He didn’t get the memo. While his contemporaries have been busy fine-tuning their algorithms, tweaking their genomes and re-mystifying their obscurantisms, Mehigan has been perfecting his lucid, plain-spoken, perspicuous ear worms that scan and rhyme and stick to your rib. His second book, Accepting the Disaster, is the most generous, deeply felt, and technically ingenious collection to appear in English in years.

As the title suggests, the author of Accepting the Disaster has taken Samuel Beckett’s advice to young writers to heart: “Despair young and never look back.” Mehigan’s world is populated by the overworked and underemployed, the sort of people who can sum up people: “No one is special. We grow old. We die.” But before that, there’s work to be done, at “The Smokestack,” which “was older than stop signs, / It would always be there,” or “The Cement Plant”:

The thing was blind to all its own ends
but the one. Men’s ordinary lives,
measured out on a scale alien
to that on which its life was measured,
were spent in crawling the junk machine,
fitting new gaskets, screws, and bearings,
deceiving it toward the mood required
for it to avail and pay. Somehow
it did. None cheered it. It sustained them.

Home from the factory, after a worker “ate his cube steak and drank his milk,” he’ll dream of work in “Dream Job,” then wake to return to it. Philip Larkin, who famously crowed “deprivation is to me what daffodils were to Wordsworth,” would be impressed with Mehigan, who can write an exquisite psalm to the fundamental attributional error:

Grant me, Lord, the wretchedness
to attribute each success
wrung from air with strength and skill
to your paranormal will

and to credit grief, disease,
poverty, catastrophes,
shortfall, pain, and death alone
to some failing of my own.

For Mehigan, “life, this passing unendurable fever,” is “a world of pain, a glint of joy.” That glint of joy is art, poetry’s ability to both recreate and redress the insults and depredations of a world that doesn’t much care for us. In the book’s centrepiece, a 16-page ballad called “The Orange Bottle,” Mehigan takes us into the mind of a schizophrenic who stops taking his antipsychotics. “‘Don’t take me!’ cried the clozapine. / ‘Don’t take me!’ cried the pill. / By ten he was feeling restless, / with a whole day left to kill.’” Where lesser poets would use the subject matter as license to wallow into the brackish logorrhea of Gertrude Stein, Mehigan does the opposite, deploying the singsong rhyming form of the ballad as a formal analogue for the specious meaning-making of schizophrenia:

Why should he go to his workplace?
Who was his supervisor?
He had a sickening feeling
that he was becoming wiser.

His room filled up with interest.
He had begun to think!
He thought of the knives in the kitchen
and the bottles under the sink.

Though not schizophrenic, Mehigan has written about his own battles with mental illness in a brilliant essay for Poetry magazine (where many of these poems, including the issue-bogarting “The Orange Bottle,” first appeared). “Face to face, if I trust you,” he wrote, “I’m rambling and far too open. Impulse control is a problem. I’ve deliberately avoided this mode in my writing. At least there I have the power of revision.”

Mehigan therefor represents a vital alternative to the canard that the only way to faithfully represent the messiness of contemporary life is with messy writing, the pseudo-profundity of the self-indulgently obtuse, a pathologically American idée fixe that’s dominated the last hundred years of poetic thinking and can be traced from T.S. Eliot through Gertrude Stein, John Ashbery and so many MFA theses. “Because forethought and discretion rarely appear in my personal life,” Mehigan writes, “I like to cultivate them in my poems.” It’s precisely because Mehigan is so well acquainted with disaster and disorder that he records them so painstakingly and precisely, according them the memorability they deserve."

"Ultimately, though, the enduring value of Accepting the Disaster is in the lines and poems that are impossible to forget: “Of darkness, there was only ever one kind, / and our pupils grew in it and eclipsed our irises.” “Whether pain looks more like death or life / depends upon your personal preferences.” And every syllable of “Believe it,” an instant classic:

Hard to believe that, after all of it,
in bed for good now, knowing you haven’t done
one thing of any lasting benefit
or grasped how to be happy, or had fun,

you must surrender everything and pass
into a new condition that is not
night, or a country, or a sleep, or peace,
but nothing, ever anymore, for you."
joshuamehigan  poetry  poems  michaellista  via:robinsloan 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Joshua Mehigan’s 'Accepting the Disaster' is The Real Thing | New Republic
"A poem is like a rocket: Either it achieves liftoff or it falls to the ground. And since contemporary poets have largely discarded the tools that have traditionally helped poems aloft—meter and rhyme—it’s not surprising that they rarely take flight.

Joshua Mehigan’s Accepting the Disaster is the rare new book of poetry that is entirely alive, entirely aloft. No allowances have to be made for these darkly lucid, sad, and humane poems; they are the thing itself. Robert Frost spoke of “the figure a poem makes,” and Mehigan’s poems do what the best poems of the past do: They make utterly individual “figures” out of sentence rhythm, metaphor, tone of voice, and point of view. Yet Mehigan’s individuality does not take the form of eccentricity or egotism. Instead, he achieves a kind of limpid, epigrammatic speech that, while retaining the inflections of his voice, creates the illusion—common to the best poetry—of a poem speaking itself. “Believe It,” a poem of eight lines, speaks about death with the kind of authority that cannot be assumed, only created by verbal precision:

Hard to believe that, after all of it,
in bed for good now, knowing you haven’t done
one thing of any lasting benefit
or grasped how to be happy, or had fun,
you must surrender everything and pass
into a new condition that is not
night, or a country, or sleep, or peace,
but nothing, ever, anymore, for you.

This poem, which rivals Philip Larkin’s “Aubade” as a totally unillusioned, modern response to death, displays several of Mehigan’s strengths. Because his language stays close to the colloquial, to speech order and rhythm, it is totally unpretentious; yet if you listen closely, that language is deeply alive with subtleties of meaning and effect. For one thing, this is a poem about death that never mentions the word death. The dead person is only “in bed for good,” a childishly literal euphemism that captures our permanent childishness in the face of mortality. The second stanza labors to define the “new condition” in which the dead exist, but only manages to pile up negations—death is a mode of being that is nothing, and so the poem enacts the impossibility of speaking even as it speaks."
joshuamehigan  poetry  poems  via:robinsloan 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Taptalk: Photo & Video Messaging on the App Store on iTunes
"Tap a friend’s profile picture to quickly send them a photo or video. Welcome to the 21st century!

Main features:
- 100% personal and private, every photo or video you receive was sent to you and you alone
- Send a picture (tap) or video (tap and hold) to your friends
- See the photo or video location
- Add a caption before you tap
- You can view photos and videos only once"
via:robinsloan  ios  applications  chat  iphone  messaging 
april 2014 by robertogreco
How Has Twitter Changed the Role of the Literary Critic? -
"You’d think. And in the case of the medium’s best publishing-industry practitioners — people like Kathryn Schulz, Maud Newton, Laura Miller and Ron Charles, who marry reverence for Literature with a capital L with a breezy, personal tone — it is. But among others, I suspect there’s more at work than discomfort with the form’s limitations. It may not be a coincidence that in contrast to the shameful gender ratio endemic to so many literary publications, some of the most widely read critics on Twitter are women. One might argue that many critics’ outright dismissal of the technology is directly related to their feelings of privilege. “Some of these people don’t need to be on Twitter because they already have all the access they need,” the fiction writer and critic Roxane Gay told me."
twitter  via:robinsloan  access  writing  adamkirsch  philgyford  samuelpepys  annaholmes  jonathanfranzen  robinsloan  roxanegay 
october 2013 by robertogreco
iOS 7 colors
"Below I have collected a few gradients and colors inspired by iOS 7.
When you hover over a block the HEX color codes will show."
color  colors  design  ios7  via:robinsloan  gradients 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come | The Getty Iris
"Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We’ve launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible.

The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.

These are high-resolution, reproduction-quality images with embedded metadata, some over 100 megabytes in size. You can browse all available images here, or look for individual “download” links on the Getty Museum’s collection pages. As part of the download, we’ll ask for a very brief description of how you’re planning to use the image. We hope to learn that the images will serve a broad range of needs and projects.

We plan to release many more images of works of art in the public domain over time, both from the Museum’s collection and from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute. We’re conducting a thorough review of copyright and privacy restrictions on our holdings to identify all the images we can make available.

In a future step, we’ll look at additional content we can add to the Open Content Program—both other kinds of images, such as documentation from the Getty Conservation Institute’s field projects around the world, and knowledge resources, such as digital publications and the Getty Vocabularies."
art  getty  images  opencontent  opencontentprogram  open  via:robinsloan  2013 
august 2013 by robertogreco
National Geographic Found
"FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public.

We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location.

If you have insights to share about an image, please let us know.

This is just the beginning of a great adventure. We will be adding new voices, stories, and artifacts as we go. We look forward to sharing this experience with everyone, and hope you make FOUND your home for inspiration and wonder.

The FOUND Logo

The typeface used in the FOUND logo is Ludwig Light, designed by National Geographic cartographer Charles E. Riddiford in the 1930s and 40s. A humanist serif typeface, Ludwig’s calligraphic sensibilities offer a nod to the behind-the-scenes work of FOUND’s curators and editors. Its deep connection to National Geographic’s rich history make it a great choice for FOUND’s logo.

For more on National Geographic’s cartographic typefaces, read this piece by geographer Juan Valdes."
nationalgeographic  tumblr  archives  via:robinsloan  photography  history  photos  tumblrs 
april 2013 by robertogreco
RoboFont | The UFO Editor You Have Been Waiting For ;-)
"RoboFont is a UFO based, mac only, font editor.

Written from scratch in Python with scalability in mind.
The editor allows full scripting access to objects and interface.
The application is a platform for drawing and modifying
typefaces and much more... 


The tools you choose influence your creative process."
fonts  mac  python  software  typography  osx  via:robinsloan 
april 2013 by robertogreco
A Vast Machine
"A Vast Machine is a historical account of climate science as a global knowledge infrastructure. Weather and climate observing systems cover the whole world, making global data. This infrastructure generates information so vast in quantity and so diverse in quality and form that it can be understood only through computer analysis — by making data global. These processes depend on three kinds of computer models: data models, used to combine and adjust measurements from many different sources; simulation models of weather and climate; and reanalysis models, which recreate climate history from historical weather data. A Vast Machine argues that over the years data and models have converged to create a stable, reliable, and trustworthy basis for establishing the reality of global warming."
books  via:robinsloan  climate  simulations  climatescience  science  weather  computing  globalwarming 
march 2013 by robertogreco
"What is

A web and iPhone application for copying the ‘hidden’ characters that comes with the computer’s typefaces, to be pasted into emails, tweets, text documents, forums and whatever else you might need to spice up with an extra ♔, ฿ or, ❒.
Copy Paste Character is developed in St☃ckholm, Sweden, by Konst & Teknik & Martin.
If you have any questions, feedback or praise, feel free to send us a tweet (@copypastechar) or email.
Oh, and we of course welcome any PayPal donation you would want to send our way — thanks! Or get the official mug here."

"Click to copy — press down ❮alt❯ for multiple"
via:robinsloan  characters  reference  tools  typography  web  symbols  copypaste  onlinetoolkit 
february 2013 by robertogreco
A brave new world: science fiction predictions for 2013
"With the novel Empty Space in 2012, M John Harrison concluded his Kefahuchi Tract trilogy begun with Light in 2002 and Nova Swing in 2006. Empty Space and its precursors paint their drama across a canvas reaching from the infinite scale of space-time, down through the quantum universe and into the depths of the human heart. Harrison's masterpiece is the outcome of a decades-long project to fuse the conceptual strength of SF with the human insights of literary fiction. Robert Macfarlane, chair of the Booker prize judging panel in 2013, picked Empty Space as his book of the year recently, and it's unlikely to be the first plaudit as more literary readers discover M John Harrison's remarkable writing."

"Space is SF's new black: Once upon a time our imagination populated outer space with exotic alien civilisations, and the space race inspired thousands of SF novels through the 60s and 70s. But when exploration revealed nothing but a barren solar system and infinite vacuum, space fell…"
scifi  predictions  trends  mjohnharrison  via:robinsloan  robinsloan  sciencefiction  books  2013  space  from delicious
january 2013 by robertogreco
BioLite CampStove - BioLite Stove
"No fuel to buy or carry

Our stoves cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use.

Charge your gadgets

By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, our stoves will recharge your phones, lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite CampStove is a true on-demand source.

Stay Green

By using renewable resources for fuel instead of petroleum, you're reducing your carbon footprint. You'll also keep fuel canisters out of the landfill.

Be prepared

The CampStove isn't just for camping; it's great to have on hand when the power goes out in a storm or other natural disasters. You'll be able to cook and keep electronics charged while power lines are down.

Support a better world

We're using the same technology inside the CampStove to bring clean, safe energy access to families across the developing world."
campstove  biolite  gear  renewable  emergencies  cooking  charging  gadges  via:robinsloan  biofuels  biofuel  fuel  mobile  camping  from delicious
november 2012 by robertogreco
Photo by sgoralnick • Instagram [Same station that I got gas at the night before Sandy.]
"Here are a few things that I've never considered: New York is a harbor. Makes sense. We get a lot of stuff on boats. Especially big imported tanks of stuff. Like... gas. With that harbor closed due to a crippling storm that churned up the water and left all sorts of debris, deliveries get much more difficult. And a city normally so dependent on public transportation turns to cars as the main (and sometimes only) way to get around since the subway is flooded. In combination, these two simple factors have led to a massive problem: there is now a gas shortage in New York. This Hess station in my neighborhood seems like one of the few left where you can still get any. An entire lane of McGuiness Boulevard is now devoted to the line of cars waiting for their turn at the pump. Another is devoted to people arriving on foot with gas cans, hoping it will be faster or easier than clogging the road by waiting in their car. Side streets have been barricaded off by police so that people do…"
2012  deliveries  harbors  order  waiting  queues  lines  fuelshortage  shortage  greenpoint  brooklyn  nyc  gasstations  glvo  via:robinsloan  fuel  gas  sandy  hurricanesandy  from delicious
november 2012 by robertogreco
Honor and Folly
"A small-scale, design-focused Detroit inn, Honor & Folly is reminiscent of the way folks used to travel: a few beds above the village pub or restaurant with a hearty breakfast. You'll be immersed in the oldest neighborhood of Detroit - smack in the middle of one of the most thriving blocks in the city. You'll sit next to locals at the bar downstairs—or the coffee shop—and learn about the city from people who live here. Detroiters are a pretty friendly lot.

There's plenty to absorb inside, too. Decorated with Detroit and Midwest-made goods (much of which is also for sale), the space tells a story about the designers, artists and artisans who helped bring it to life."
history  interiors  materials  travel  lcproject  honorandfolley  openstudioproject  glvo  srg  detroit  lodging  hotels  cafes  via:robinsloan  b&b  from delicious
september 2012 by robertogreco
Shoji Kawamori's Spring & Chaos - trailer - YouTube
"TOKYOPOP Presents the anime art film Spring & Chaos by esteemed anime director Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne). This beautiful piece was created exclusively for Japanese television in Iwate Prefecture and is based on the life-story of Japan's most famous modern poet Kenji Miyazawa.

This is NOT a robot-battle, teen-schoolgirl, ninja or samurai anime (not that those aren't awesome) - so if you're looking for that type of anime, keep moving. Instead, this is a moving, dramatic look into early 20th century Japan and how Kenji Miyazawa, a teacher and poet, touched the lives of many students, challenging their view of the world."

[Film available on Hulu (for now): ]
cats  biography  mindchanges  mindchanging  howweteach  worldview  teaching  poets  kenjimiyazawa  shojikawamori  japan  animation  anime  via:robinsloan  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
"What is lets you create micro-apps for mobile devices which are lightweight and easy to write. Engage with your fans and users by creating micro-apps that allow you to interact in a much richer way than tweets, ads, or email.

Overview micro-apps run on the mobile app for Android and iOS. You can use our API to interact with users, present a simple UI, and retrieve feedback. For instance, a simple activity that allows users to create and answer challenges for photos around a theme is around 100 lines of code.

By making a few calls to our API, you can connect to humans running the mobile app, who will get a UI that allows you to present content or request information. These UI elements return data in an easily handled way- for instance, the camera widget returns a URL for a hosted image."
via:robinsloan  api  micro-apps  applications  android  ios  iphone 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Teaching Tales
"A collection of teaching stories, fairy tales, and koans drawn
from the world’s great cultural and spiritual traditions."
koans  fairytales  teachingstories  references  culture  storytelling  stories  via:robinsloan  from delicious
may 2012 by robertogreco
s e a n v i l l e
"My daughter is rad. She often will say things to me that are so befuddling that they shake me into the realization that I am alive. She may be a living Dada exhibit."
children  2012  jostle  perspective  wonder  life  makingitstrange  parenting  via:robinsloan  from delicious
march 2012 by robertogreco
Varsity Bookmarking
""Instead, the human story goes somewhat like this “sitting in caves, coming up with language, figuring out farming, inventing steam + electricity, creating the Internet.” The Internet is that important."
Albert Wenger, in his talk opening the Turing Festival"
via:robinsloan  history  internet  online  albertwenger  language  classideas  bigideas  invention  gamechanging  from delicious
october 2011 by robertogreco
Audrey Tang - Wikipedia
"Audrey Tang (born April 18, 1981; formerly known as Autrijus Tang) is a Taiwanese free software programmer, who has been described as one of the "ten greats of Taiwanese computing."[1]

Tang showed an early interest in computers, beginning to learn Perl at age 12.[2] Two years later, Tang dropped out of high school, unable to adapt to student life.[1] By the year 2000, at the age of 19, Tang had already held positions in software companies, and worked in California's Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur.[2] In late 2005, she changed both her English and Chinese names from male to female ones and began to live her life as a woman, citing a need to "reconcile [her] outward appearance with [her] self-image".[3] Taiwan's Eastern Television reports that she has an IQ of 180.[1] She is a vocal proponent for autodidacticism[4] and individualist anarchism."
audreytang  womenincomputing  women  computing  compsci  computerscience  autodidacts  deschooling  unschooling  dropouts  via:robinsloan  programming  gender  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
UbuWeb Sound :: Jorge Luis Borges
"These are the six Norton Lectures that Jorge Luis Borges delivered at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 and spring of 1968. The recordings, only lately discovered in the Harvard University Archives, uniquely capture the cadences, candor, wit, and remarkable erudition of one of the most extraordinary and enduring literary voices of our age. Through a twist of fate that the author of Labyrinths himself would have relished, the lost lectures return to us now in Borges' own voice."
literature  borges  lectures  1967  1968  via:robinsloan  poetry  metaphor  ubuweb  sound  tolisten  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
"The ur-game for computers — Adventure — was originally written by Will Crowther in 1975 and greatly extended by Don Woods in 1976. I have taken Woods’s original FORTRAN program for Adventure Version 1.0 and recast it in the CWEB idiom.

I remember being fascinated by this game when John McCarthy showed it to me in 1977. I started with no clues about the purpose of the game or what I should do; just the computer’s comment that I was at the end of a forest road facing a small brick building. Little by little, the game revealed its secrets, just as its designers had cleverly plotted. What a thrill it was when I first got past the green snake! Clearly the game was potentially addictive, so I forced myself to stop playing — reasoning that it was great fun, sure, but traditional computer science research is great fun too, possibly even more so.

Now here I am, 21 years later, returning to the great Adventure after having indeed had many exciting adventures in Computer Science"
adventure  history  1977  programming  fiction  interactive  via:robinsloan  willcrowther  cweb  coding  games  gaming  videogames  cyoa  filetype:pdf  media:document  if  interactivefiction  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco @mention constellations
"What you're looking at is a small section of a larger graph showing Twitter users mentioning other Twitter users. Each vertex is a Twitter account. Each directed edge is a mention of one account by another. In this image you can see some accounts which get mentioned a lot (lots of inbound arrows to a central point) and accounts which do a lot of mentioning (lots of outbound arrows from a central point). The latter are mainly automata.

To me, in this presentation, the many distinct configurations look like galaxies. Or perhaps viruses. Can you recognize the basic phyla in this ecosystem? Some commonality, a lot of diversity; it's a menagerie of conversational molecules akin to the patterns one finds in Conway's game of life.

I'm working with GraphViz to produce these images, and I have hopes for Gephi although it's not there yet."

[Blogged here: ]

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isaachepworth  twitter  visualization  via:robinsloan  networks  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  diatoms  nature  biology  electroplankton  conwaysgameoflife  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
tuesday :: 7-11-06 – The Show :: Replay [A favorite episode revisited]
"I think the genesis of the concept of brain crack came from the synthesis of a couple of things that I was thinking about for a while. There is a wonderful excerpt from Anne Lamott’s “Bird By Bird” which warns against fantasizing about accolades that might come with writing…

For about a year, from 2002 to 2003, I was in the practice of realeasing a new project every day. I began to notice that there was a list of projects that began to build up that I never executed, but considered my favorite nonetheless. When I would actually start to tackle these projects a serious disappointment would set in as the work came out rough and without the sparkle that it had in my mind. I wound up overworking them…trying to save them when they shouldn’t have been saved, all because I had given them so much value in their soft & nebulous idea stage."

[Original post: ]
zefrank  ideas  procrastination  excuses  execution  doing  making  creativity  sharing  trying  braincrack  via:robinsloan  classideas  perfectionism  failure  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
The National Mall: A Location-Aware App-Album | Underwire |
"Two musicians from Washington, D.C., who go by the name Bluebrain have put together a location-aware album called The National Mall.

It comes in the form of an iPhone app, which you download to your handset and then open up while you’re standing in the National Mall — the green space between the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol building. As you move around the area, the music changes."

[See also: ]
music  dc  washingtondc  applications  ipos  soundscapes  musicforairports  brianeno  nationalmall  location  location-aware  sound  soundtracks  bluebrain  ryanholladay  2011  via:robinsloan  bluebrains  from delicious
may 2011 by robertogreco
DESIGNING GEOPOLITICS · Jun 2+3 2011 · La Jolla, CA > D:GP The Center for Design and Geopolitics
"How does a digital Earth govern itself? Through what jurisdictions, what rights of the citizen-user, what capacities of enforcement, and in the name of what sovereign geographies? In fact we simply do not know. But in the face of fast-evolving cyberinfrastructures that outpace our inherited legal forms on the one hand, and a multigenerational arc of ecological chaos on the other, we need to find out quickly: we need to design that geopolitics."
via:robinsloan  geoffmanaugh  bldgblog  vernorvinge  caseyreas  levmanovich  mollywrightsteenson  teddycruz  ucsd  events  2011  togo  benjaminbratton  ricardodominguez  jamesfowler  hernándíaz-alonso  triciawang  peterkrapp  normanklein  sheldonbrown  joshuakauffman  metahaven  edkeller  elizabethlosh  kellygates  manueldelanda  renedaalder  jordancrandall  adambly  charliekennel  naomioreskes  larrysmarr  mckenziewark  joshuataron  danielrehn  tarazepel  calit2  geopolitics  design  architecture  computing  cyberinfrastructures  geography  emergentgovernance  governance  interdisciplinary  computationaljurisdictions  publicecologies  from delicious
may 2011 by robertogreco
Search Home - Search Yale Digital Commons
"Cross Collection Discovery (CCD) provides a way to search across Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale's institutional identity and contribution to scholarship. The content searchable in CCD will grow as additional University departments make use of the service to share Yale's collections with the Yale community and the world."
via:robinsloan  education  art  history  books  photography  naturalhistory  maps  audio  video  archives  search  primarysources  events  libraries  digitalcommons  yale  museums  prints  from delicious
may 2011 by robertogreco
Don DeLillo Biography
"This biography is largely an oral auto-biography, stitched together from the various interviews. All the passages below that are in quotes are from DeLillo himself, and the other text is from the interviewer noted below each entry."
dondelillo  biography  writing  writers  via:robinsloan  quotes  interviews  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
95% of People Who Say They Need Five Hours of Sleep Are Wrong - National - The Atlantic Wire
"Bill Clinton, Leonardo Da Vinci, & Albert Einstein are among the notable historical figures to weave sleeping less than 5 hours a night into their personal mythologies. Odds are you know someone who makes similar claims. The odds are even greater they have no idea what they're talking about.<br />
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In an interview in today's WSJ, former American Academy of Sleep Medicine president Daniel J. Buysse says only 5% of people who claim to be "short sleepers" (read: people who can legitimately function on limited amounts of sleep) actually are. The other 95% "end up chronically sleep deprived, part of 1/3 of U.S. adults who get less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night."<br />
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Plus, there's no way to train yourself to be more like a Clinton, Da Vinci, or anyone else in the nighttime overclass…Geneticists say the short sleeping trait is caused by a genetic mutation, not practice & Red Bull. Scientists at UCSF first discovered the mutation responsible for short sleepers 2 years ago."
sleep  via:robinsloan  health  myth  rest  human  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
How the Paperback Novel Changed Popular Literature | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine
"Classic writers reached the masses when Penguin paperbacks began publishing great novels for the cost of a pack of cigarettes"
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april 2011 by robertogreco
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 108, William Trevor
"INTERVIEWER: What is your def­i­n­i­tion of a short story?<br />
TREVOR: I think it is the art of the glimpse. If the novel is like an intri­cate Renais­sance paint­ing, the short story is an impres­sion­ist paint­ing. It should be an explo­sion of truth. Its strength lies in what it leaves out just as much as what it puts in, if not more. It is con­cerned with the total exclu­sion of mean­ing­less­ness. Life, on the other hand, is mean­ing­less most of the time. The novel imi­tates life, where the short story is bony, and can­not wan­der. It is essen­tial art."<br />
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march 2011 by robertogreco
Jonah Lehrer: A Herd Makes Money on Wall Street | Head Case -
"For too long, we've subscribed to an overly individualistic model of success. If a trader is particularly effective, we tend to assume that he or she must have some special talent, some uncanny ability to decipher the market. But that's probably not the case. This research reminds us that the best traders can only be understood as part of a network. Fish make sense of the world by coming together. So do we."
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march 2011 by robertogreco
The Secret Law of Page Harmony | Retinart
"The perfect book. This is how designer-genius Jan Tschichold described this system. Not the ok book, nor the pretty good book, but the perfect book.

This method existed long before the computer, the printing press and even a defined measuring unit. No picas or points, no inches or millimeters. It can be used with nothing more than a straight edge, a piece of paper and a pencil.

And you can still use it. This is a system which is still as valid, beautiful and elegant with ultra-modern design as it ever was for the work of the scribes, Gutenberg and Tschichold."
books  design  layout  typography  bookdesign  via:robinsloan  from delicious
february 2011 by robertogreco
Curveship: Interactive Fiction + Interactive Narrating
"Curveship is an interactive fiction system that provides a world model (of characters, objects, locations, and things that happen) while also modeling the narrative discourse, so that the narration and description of the simulated world can change. Curveship can tell events out of order, using flashback and other techniques, and can tell the story from the standpoint of particular characters and their perceptions and understandings.<br />
The system has been developed up to this point with advanced users, such as researchers and programmer/authors, in mind. Some understanding of narrative theory, some understanding of interactive fiction, some ability to program in Python, and a willingness to use a command-line system are important to effective use of Curveship at this point. While I hope that Curveship, or components of it, will eventually be of use to a wide variety of users and developers, my initial goal has been to develop a system that will be of value to these groups of people:"
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february 2011 by robertogreco
William Zinsser’s 5 tips for becoming a better writer | Poynter.
"Learn to take readers on a journey…Think of writing as a process, not a product…Write for yourself, not others…Have confidence in yourself as a writer…Don’t take yourself too seriously"
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january 2011 by robertogreco
Google Shared Spaces
"Click "Create a Space" next to each gadget to get started w/ your shared space; Yes/No/Maybe Gadget: Useful for gauging interest…RSVPs…Users select yes, no or maybe & provide custom responses; Map Gadget: Collaborate on map of placemarks, paths, & shapes w/ other participants…for planning events & trips; Draw Board: white board for drawing simple images & diagrams together; Waffle: easy way to plan event. Just choose few dates & all participants vote; Shared Sudoku: Solve challenging Sudoku boards together & see who's best; Browse Amazon: search for Amazon products together w/ friends; Travel WithMe: Travel WithMe allows groups of people to plan trips together in real time; Listy: for list needs - share w/ family, sort list automatically, print & take it to store…; Map Cluster Gadget: Add your location to map, & see where everyone else is from, using cluster visualization; ConceptDraw MindWave: Real-time collaborative mind mapping & brainstorming w/ other participants"
google  collaboration  tools  googlesharedspaces  onlinetoolkit  via:robinsloan  classideas  whiteboards  amazon  sudoku  maps  mapping  planning  trips  travel  mindmap  mindmapping  drawing  rsvp  events  lists  brainstorming  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
Freedom - Windows and Mac Internet Blocking Software
"Freedom is a simple productivity application that locks you away from the internet on Mac or Windows computers for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom frees you from distractions, allowing you time to write, analyze, code, or create. At the end of your offline period, Freedom allows you back on the internet. You can download Freedom immediately for 10 dollars through either PayPal or Google Checkout."
productivity  software  mac  windows  distraction  attention  focus  applications  via:robinsloan  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Among your lessons learned as a young entrepreneur, which are the greatest? - Quora
"It's usually better to have a cofounder than go it alone.<br />
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Being an entrepreneur is not about being in love with an idea, it's about being in love w/ running a company.<br />
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Having a highly homogeneous (background, education, values, preferences, etc) very early team is better than not — cuts down on time-wasting arguments.<br />
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You can have successful teams where people hate but deeply respect each other; the opposite (love but not respect among team members) is a recipe for disaster.<br />
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If there is any doubt about hiring a candidate for your first 5-6 positions, there is no doubt — do not.<br />
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You cannot hire a cofounder.<br />
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All compensation information eventually becomes public, & usually eventually—very quickly.<br />
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In many cases "working from home" is not really working.<br />
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Leadership by example is the most effective type. If you expect the troops to crank through nights & weekends, better be there yourself…"
lcproject  via:robinsloan  management  leadership  business  startup  advice  administration  maxlevchin  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
"PhoneGap is an open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps. Build apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of core features in iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, Google Android, Palm, Symbian and Blackberry SDKs."
ajax  android  apple  applications  development  mobile  crossplatform  palm  symbian  blackberry  iphone  ios  via:robinsloan  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
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