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December 3, 2013

Five Links Part 1

Some memories can be passed down genetically, and I’m pretty sure there was an X-Files episode based on this,

For creepy ways to analyze your family’s Thanksgiving photos, “relational social image search” algorithms for quantifying the relationships between people using image tags and meta-data,

File under wants, a “Scent Camera” stores smells in tiny perfume bottles. Citrus can be captured in a few minutes, whereas human skin may take several hours,

File under just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you, as many as 1 out of 4 ‘activists’ may be corporate spies,

Lastly, Amazon Prime members get free 2-day shipping on this $40,000, 84” 4k TV from Samsung. Sarcastic Internet commenters at their finest,

October 28, 2013

Some photos from an inspiring Laurie Anderson lecture at EMPAC on alternative instruments, circa February 2013.

September 24, 2013

How to make money in a gold rush

On the Smithsonian Channel, tips on how to make money in a gold rush,
“People made a lot of money in the west during the gold rush [selling goods & services to pioneers], but very few really made substantial amounts of money in the gold fields.”

Also from the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode with Joel Hodgson,
“So many people think they have a good idea for a restaurant, and the guy who makes all the money who sells the equipment, just like the guy who sells the guitars.”

April 8, 2013

Cubic Limit' (1973-1974) by Manfred Mohr

Often after working with modern graphics computing languages it’s usually a good idea to reflect on where real-time graphics were at in the early ages of computers, and even the earlier days of print making.

As a quick exercise, I set about trying to replicate some of the range of capabilities demonstrated in Manfred Mohr’s experiments with 3D cubics from 40 years ago in a Quartz Composer patch that you can download here: ‘Cubic reLimit.qtz
(watch a preview Cubic reLimit on vine -

More great examples of modern day remakes of classic computer art can be found on the ReCode project website.

April 7, 2013

The Dells - I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

Forgot about all about this cover to this classic soul song. At about 1:10, this becomes the best version of some of the most amazing, most romantic words ever put to musical arrangement.