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Computer code is not yet art, but it could be. At RailsConf 2010, Neal Ford discusses aesthetics, constraints, creativity, and why the Ruby on Rails community is closer to art than other programming communities.
Code differs from art in that art is ambiguous, while code can't be. Painting became more artistic when photography eliminated the need for realistic painting. Code must always compile and execute to be worthwhile. Some of his characteristics for art are that it demonstrate expertise, that it's for enjoyment's sake, that it has a recognizable style, and that it has a special focus outside of ordinary life. People in the Rails community have creative drive, recognition of excellence, and a distinct style, which makes them closest to realizing this idea of code as art.
This link recently saved by agahran on December 06, 2010
"Five years ago, Chris Batty, until this week Gawker’s vice president of sales and marketing, was looking to fill un-purchased ad space on the site. He wanted to forgo the “horrendous creative” of ad networks that litter sites with penny stocks and would keep his sales teams pushing buttons instead of building relationships. Batty sought something prettier, more intimate, more unique for the company’s growing real estate. She didn’t act on Batty’s inspiration, but he did — bringing images of artists’ work to stand alongside Gawker’s blog posts.
"The result was a workaround that gave Gawker full control over its pages’ aesthetics. Born as a stopgap to complement blog posts, Gawker Artists is now taking on an unexpected life of its own — it became a standalone site in 2006 — in large part by thinking of art not merely as a pretty placeholder for text but as something that could survive on its own."
This link recently saved by agahran on October 20, 2010
"Author Alain de Botton talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. How has the nature of work changed with the increase in specialization? Why is the search for meaningful work a modern phenomenon? Has the change in the workplace changed parenting? Why does technology become invisible? These are some of the questions discussed by de Botton in a wide-ranging discussion of the modern workplace and the modern worker."
This link recently saved by agahran on June 22, 2010
1. Text your location to 416-662-3408. Locations should include the city and province and must be in Canada. For example: "100 queen w, toronto", "baffin island", "m6j 2y8", "laurier & elgin, ottawa". 2. In response, you will receive a custom-generated haiku evoking nature at your location. The poem reflects the local geography, season, weather, time of day, plants, and animals. Every poem is unique. It's free to participate, you pay only your normal text messaging charges.
This link recently saved by agahran on June 12, 2010
"The ART Mobile Lab is a research initiative of the Banff New Media Institute at The Banff Centre. The lab was created in 2005 to enable research into mobile and location-based media design, art, technology and cultures of use. In particular, we focus on media created for outdoor spaces and communities - innovative technologies, interactions, and experiences designed for remote locations from cultural heritage sites and wilderness areas to urban parks. Our primary activities include technical R&D (mainly software development for mobile devices), content creation, design research, participant ethnography and audience evaluation, and mobile media outreach and training."
This link recently saved by agahran on December 09, 2009
This link recently saved by agahran on November 12, 2009
"Apple’s rejection letter notes that the app contains content that “ridicules public figures.” If you follow the link above, you will see that these drawings are not defamatory nor ridiculing. They are simply caricatures. Big heads, exaggerated features. Do we really think that lawmakers, who deal with talk radio, bloggers and TV talking heads calling them all sorts of heinous things day in and day out, really care about a drawing?
"This looks like a private company protecting public officials by refusing to allow drawings of them to be shown on mobile phone devices. Apple is lobbying Congress on a number of issues and has already spent over $1 million. Perhaps, they are treading too lightly to keep from disrupting their legislative activities."
This link recently saved by agahran on June 08, 2009
Last week we looked at the emerging world of real-time cellphone data, via the projects of the MIT SENSEeable City Lab. This lab has been producing interesting analysis and visualizations of cellphone data in urban centers, a.k.a. "digital footprints." We also spoke to Andrea Vaccari, a research associate at SENSEable City Lab, about a project as yet unpublished on their website. This project analyzed the economic impact from tourists, via cellphone data, of a huge art project the city of New York helped sponsor in 2008: four man-made waterfalls hosted around NYC from June to October.