Some links

Jun. 26th, 2007 10:50 pm
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Here in the intense, baffling heat of Westchester, NY I have enough mental strength only to propagate these links.

  • You may not find the advice at Dr. Emeril Lazarus' Start Your Own Cult very practical; you will, however, find some interesting ideas about the teleology of cults ("[Dr. Lazarus] has started several cults, and seen at least two through completion and Removal to other Planes of Existance [sic]"), and a truly comprehensive list of David Koresh Jokes (how do you pick up a Davidian girl, how is the Hindenburg like Waco, etc. etc. etc.).
  • Soviet-era Home Computers of Eastern Europe, with delicious technical details and annotations from individuals that owned the computers. Most of these systems were clones of Sinclair Spectrums or Apple IIs, but there is the occasional anomaly like the Pravetz 8M, which had both a Z80 and a 6502 (the programmer, apparently, could choose which chip to use on the fly).
  • Speaking of communism and retrocomputing, here's Hawkeye Pierce hawking Atari.
  • Planet Hiltron is a collection of faces from celebrity photoshopped onto the heads and bodies of the hoi polloi. The effect is eerie and kind of unsettling and I'm not exactly who or what is being lampooned.
  • In my mind, the outpouring of joy and talent (or at least enthusiasm) and the affirmation of a vibrant shared culture offered by 31 people playing the Zelda theme on YouTube is a more than adequate response to the arguments set forth in The Cult of the Amateur. Good ol' Clay Shirky, though, takes a more systematic approach to debunking Keen's polemic which is very much worth reading.


Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:22 am
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  • Ninbento: Visualizing audio with a circuit-bent NES. Screwy, psychedelic, awesome.
  • Knytt: This kept me up late last night—a brilliant (freeware, but Windows-only) platformer, focused on exploration. Plays and looks a lot like "Seiklus: The Lost Levels." (In fact, the designer cites Seiklus as a primary influence.)
  • Cool Bubble's "Elle": A brilliant way of making L-systems interactive. Other applications of L-systems that obviate all other inquiry: Luke DuBois' dissertation. Be sure to watch the video—the guitar is being played live, and a computer translates the notes into instructions for drawing the plant-like structure. Really amazing. (We're studying L-systems in one of the programming classes I'm taking this semester, and all I got out of it was some crappy generative poetry. I sure wish I'd come up with these ideas instead.)
  • Heaven's Gate: The Sequel: LA Weekly's retrospective/follow-up on the Heaven's Gate suicides. I didn't realize that they raised money by doing web design. Or that they ate at Marie Callender's the day before they headed off to Hale-Bopp ("39 chicken potpies, 39 salads and 39 pieces of cheesecake").

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