Vera Molnar. Hommage à Dürer – 400 aiguilles, traversées par un fil.
Acrylic on untreated cotton cloth (plywood), cut needles, approx. 40 m thread (knotted once) . diptych, ½, 1989/2004, 84 x 84 cm.
Heroine of algorithm.
plotter drawing, ink on paper, Computer: IBM; Plotter: Benson
40 1/2″ x 40” framed.
the new app Spreadsheets heats things up by giving users a tool to apply Quantified Self principles between the sheets. Created by Danny Wax and Tyler Elick, the co-founders of Ardenturous Labs, Spreadsheets uses an accelerometer and analysis of coital sounds to track the data of your sex life. Having first set its calibrations based on the type of mattress you own (inner spring? memory foam?), it measures the duration, number of thrusts (if applicable), and loudness of sex. But Wax and Elick, who met through a mutual friend at the University of Denver and started developing the app in March of this year, are quick to clarify that they’re not trying to tell people how or how often to have sex.
A real god game, Molyneux said, is an open world based on simulation and emergent gameplay that lets you “find ways to play this game that us as designers maybe have never thought of.” Indeed, the sheer level of simulation in Godus seems to border on the obsessive. (via Godus preview: Ambitious, expansive, and “absolutely crazy” | Ars Technica)
So the article asks, what about building something like that. Well, we did.
Metaplace predated the novel. But really, the book describes basically what we built, and which is now gone. (The tech survives, within Disney, but isn’t used in this fashion anymore). (via Raph’s Website » The Ready Player One MMO was Metaplace)
Our data about MOOCs says that they’re not working. So, belief in MOOCs is “ineffable.” It’s about having warm feelings for technology and the hopes for its role in education.
I spent a significant portion of this past week performing the identity of an expatriate Colombian citizen. In an effort to reclaim talent drained away by the War On Drugs and by the fifty-year-long internal conflict with the FARC, Colombia established a “born Colombian always Colombian” policy. I have dual citizenship. My documents, my papers, my bureaucratic manifestations of identity, had fallen – or were about to be – out of date. I had to present myself at the consulate in person to ensure that I was witnessed to be the being represented by the documents. Fingers were printed, photographs were taken, data was added to the base, fees were paid.
Meant to post this here.