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Here's an album that includes many photos of LISA artists' work, hosted by galleries at Art Silicon Valley/Art San Francisco in San Mateo this past weekend.
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IKEA smacks down IKEA Hackers, it would seem we don't own our BILLYs, just as we don't own our phones - no modding allowed.

Ok, so the official issue was that the site used the IKEA name and visual elements (never a good idea) and had ads. But it's hard not to think that the modding was the key factor. #drm   #hacking   #ikea  

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This situation highlights a growing problem online.
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"It's really difficult to drop a brick on another kid's head, because you have to figure out the hypotenuse. Luckily, I'm Chinese." Master Lee on +The Moth 
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Remember Scriptographer? Basil.js works similar magic for InDesign, enabling computational graphics, semi-automated layouts and scripted typographic shenanigans.

Created by Ted Davis, +Benedikt Groß and Ludwig Zeller at Academy of Art and Design Basel. #javascript   #generative   #adobeindesign  
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Be conflicted if you will, this +Art21  video of the construction of Kara Walker's "A Subtlety" is still fascinating. It details the use of styrofoam blocks to construct the sphinx-like sculture as well as the casting of the "sugar babys" from sugar and starch. 

Bonus fact: A "subtlety" is a sugar sculpture.
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Random +Quora question: What is the most compressed file ever (it's ZIP files all the way down, apparently) 
Answer 1 of 18: There is a zip bomb called 42.zip The file is 42.374 bytes when zipped, and 4.503.599.626.321.920 bytes (4,5 petabytes) when unzipped That is...
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i love that it blows up virus detectors... of course! haha
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18.7 GB of NYC taxi fare and trip data (+ a nifty vizualization) is now available thanks to +Chris Whong, who made a Freedom of Information request to get it. Thanks, Chris!

For now, the best download link looks to be the one provided by Andrés Monroy: http://www.andresmh.com/nyctaxitrips/

If you've always wanted to make lush geodata visualizations à la Eric Fischer, this could be your chance. Speaking of which, go see his 1.5 million +RunKeeper  tracks viz already:  https://mapbox.com/blog/runkeeper-routes/#9/51.5002/-0.0934. (done with +MapBox

#geo   #data   #opendata   #infoviz   #viz  
Update 6/16/2014: Many people have asked for this data since I published this post, and like a non -forward-thinking government, I've come up with a lot of excuses for not sharing it. Here's a couple of torrents. Happy hacking! 2013 Trip Data (11.0GB) · 2013 Fare Data (7.7GB) ...
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My slide deck from  Eyeo 2014: Field Reports From The Trenches Of Art & Technology - Inconvenient truths about (digital) art, hard-earned insights from the curious intersection of art, design and startup culture.

#art #design #creativecode #eyeo2014
Pro tip: Download the PDF to get usable embedded links. 
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The first part of the eighth chapter of "The History of Computer Art" is now online in the English translation. The missing last chapter VIII.2 will follow.
Chapter VIII.1 on three modes to use computing processes in Computer Art: URL: http://iasl.uni-muenchen.de/links/GCA-VIII.1e.html
In what follows three modes are presented as characteristics of procedures used in computer art: Relations between the humans at interfaces, programming and computing processes are shaped by generative, hypertextual and modular procedures. In Evolutionary Art (see chap IV.3.1, ...
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This is important (to me, at least): Paying Artists, survey and critique of the ability of artists to make a living. The survey is UK-specific, but the principles are universal.

See also: Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) http://www.wageforwork.com
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Wanted: Analytics / viz tool for IMAP email activity - messages received / sent, most emailed contacts etc. Data export would rock, too. Tips?

The lack of good tools for email analytics has been on my WFT list for years. Email remains the de facto backbone of business and intra-personal communication, yet there are no common tools to analyze or understand how we use it?

I'm resisting the urge to make my own tools, I've invented enough wheels to learn that other people probably have done it better already. 

ps. The JavaMail API (https://java.net/projects/javamail/pages/Home) is a likely option, and  MailDB (https://github.com/kallaballa/MailDB) looks promising too.
API Documentation. The JavaMail API is defined through the Java Community Process as JSR 919. The JavaMail API documentation is available here and the JavaMail specification is available here. The following documents summarize the API changes in each release of the JavaMail API specification: ...
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Thanks for the gmvault tip, I might give that a go. Still not a solution for handy quick analytics, but interesting from a data viewpoint.

My email system is byzantine, consisting of more than 5 mail accounts on different domains accessed through IMAP. I recently moved from Thunderbird (local files) to Inky (http://inky.com, cloud + IMAP) to make my email workflow more portable and manageable.

Inky has helped me a lot, not just because it's portable but also due to some basic innovations on email workflow. It's far from perfect, but since it's all based on IMAP I can transition to another tool later.
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3*5*7*11*13*17*23*29*31*37*41 = 8006585882295. I guess I won't be rendering all the frames in that sequence after all.

Partial animation of the sequence shown by Prime Hex B light installation: https://www.flickr.com/photos/watz/11185542913
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