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How a key works. Brilliant use of an animated gif.
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I did not know how much I had missed A Show with Ze Frank until I just watched the first episode of the new series: I just caught myself waving my hands in the air. Sing it, Brother Ze. Tags: video Ze Frank
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What appears to be a much more coherent exploration of the kinds of issues I've been previously ranting about. Thanks +Golan Levin !!

http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/blog/how-open-source-is-disrupting-visual-art
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1. I'm a bit disappointed you did not bite on the comments regarding using real wind as a metaphor for carrying concepts, like wealth. I hope someone does this... I can see the raw complex beauty of course, but how many of those do we need? Still the ones we have seen are ok, but I still prefer Khan's or even just a laser plane and fog... I suppose I like those better because they are analogue. Just because wind (and many other complex phenomena) are self-similar means that a microcosm may be as interesting as the whole world. I guess I find that if its the complexity of real wind that is interesting, then no digital representation is good enough.

2. Cool you looked into those forecast models. I do think there is a lot of potential for using those algos in generative art, even if they are old. I used to do some work in Chaos math (wrote some PD objects for common algorithms) You know the Lorenz story right? You have very well described that getting down to "realty" is tough! (since no data is reality, its a sampling by definition!) Interesting about radar stuff, I was still thinking along the line of wind direction and velocity over an array of sensors. It is interesting to think of the hardcore research that happens in academia, and how long it takes those ideas to get into engineering, and then how long to get into infrastructure, and then how long to get to the local news. Technology always seems to be a gradient. (It was only after looking into R that it really became clear that stats is just another research discipline, and what is normal to use now (ANOVA, T-tests, etc) are old! No one really uses the bleeding edge stuff, except for stats people! There is some cool Bayes stuff happening in Brain Imaging (decoding), but its very abstract from what brain researchers are used to.

3. "assistant professors"?! Ha! Grad students!!

4. Something is always off, predicting the future is tricky. I tend to look at trends and ignore the details... There was some coverage on our national broadcaster about comparing human and computer weather models, unfortunately those dumb fuckers were comparing human 2 day and computer 5 day models!!! (who would even give such a comparison any attention but a naive journalist) I'd like to see how useful a human is in the 5 day case... Did you hear about the study of "expert" stock brokers? Turns out they are no better than random at buying the right stock to recoup investment. (all their knowledge is apparently mumbo jumbo) I think economics is no better than weather prediction (and they likely use the same tools!). Maybe the real question is why we expect to be able to control and predict the world...
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A great little 40 second video that shows traffic jams forming and propagating.
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Here is a neat art project, based on the same research: https://vimeo.com/33150517
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Can't wait for images...
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Please excuse my strong language in this post about a computer graphics artist.

http://verily.posterous.com/did-jer-thorp-blprnt-piss-and-shit-on-the-911
I ask this as a fairly serious question. I don't know, he might have, or could literally in the future, but if he didn't actually, then I wonder, should he have? Jer is an astounding artist and seemin...
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I'll try again to write lesss.... (I got nothing done yesterday!)

Brain Crack: Its funny, I have notebooks of ideas archived (on the other side of the country!) I should scan them one day.. (I should also move them to my own city one day). One idea was related to this attribution stuff. A system tracks everything a person reads, and uses some heuristics to get a sense of how those previous read posts relate to future posts. (As in assume what people read directly and somewhat immediately effects what they post.) Then you can see what posts inspire other posts. I had this viz in mind where the selected idea is in the centre of a set of concentric spheres, where each sphere is a time slice, earlier on the inwards, later on the outwards. The surface of the spheres represents all posts during that time slice. The posts that are relevant (where the focus/centre post was read before it was posted) are opaque to the degree of relevancy. The posts that are unrelated are invisible (transparent). The next sphere (later in time) is colour according to the relevancy of both the centre/focus post, and the relevant posts in the previous sphere. The idea was to visualise the effect of ideas through a social system. For a highly inspiring post, the surface area of the first sphere would be taken by relevant posts, but as time goes on (spheres get larger) the relevance drops off. Because relevance is to a degree, the result would be a cloud of influence, whose shape reflects the way in which that idea propagates. Now lets say we attach meta-data to those posts, for example emotional tone. Then you can visualise how the idea propagates, but also the emotional dimension of that. Does A hot (angry) post cool off over time? Does it get accelerate and turn into a flame war? (starts soft and gets harder and harder, but perhaps more and more pointed?) I thought that would be an interesting thing to do in the mid 90s, I was imagining it working with listserves! That was so long ago, and still our social networks seem to be missing a lot of that interesting stuff... emotional content, tracking inspiration, etc... Well its out there now, someone do it!

Now I'm working on basically the same project I started in my Masters, the artistic exploration of autonomy and meaning in machines... This is likely my life's work. I've been already working on it since 2006. I think it will never be done, it will be a constellation of works, papers and talks, and maybe any one "work" is really just a prototype, and maybe prototypes are all there will ever be. Having too many unrealised ideas is a heck of a lot better than having no ideas at all.

The whole IP ownership thing is big everywhere in the west. It seems that every developed nation is increasingly a shell of corporate interests. Its funny we think we are "democracies" when neither of us actually have proportional representation! If we had proportional representation, and the free market was not allowed to lobby the government (like a church/state split) it would be a very different world. I heard on the news the other day that India was being super critical of drug patents. Rather than judging the novelty/innovation of a patent based on the structure/methodology/etc. They measured it only by patient data. If a new drug was at all similar to an existing patent, and provided no better patient outcomes, the parent was not awarded. This is part of making drugs accessible to the people who need them, and them not being controlled by monopoly. If we see this kind of thinking in India, China and Brazil, maybe the world will be better off with them being the powerhouses. Or maybe once they have developed as much as us, these interests will stop, and they'll act just like we do. (We pulled out of Kyoto because they wanted all countries to agree to limit polution, ignoring the fact that we benefited from a unregulated growth period, and that is the only reason why we are "developed", so telling China to reduce as much as us is basically saying we're better than you, you don't deserve to have the same golden age of unregulated growth we had) I think they are doing better. I do have to wonder what a socialist-democratic China may look like. I mean proportional representation is socialist, because the majority rules. The majority is poor, not rich (not even middle class). The very fact that we are dominated by special interest in the west is proof that we're not really democratic. </rant>

All my CompSci training is self taught + an one AI (symbolic) and one meta-creation (ML focused) class. I was going to go into engineering/science but ended up not getting into a good school, so I gave up and went to art school. I think it worked out.

I saw another wind visualisation example, I'll share and comment on that one. Will be come food for thought for you. All these recent examples lead me to some insight, which you may be annoyed by, but may be useful in the end.

APRS! My B.F.A. project "Oracle" did use live weather data from a APRS gateway. FYI, my dad is a HAM. I had some ideas about using the local RF context of the installation as some driver of randomness in MAM, but did not get there. Indeed lots of potential in packet radio.

As a guy born in BC (and a mountain trail runner), I find it a bit funny you equate sailing and "nature". Seems to me a sail-boat is a lot of machinery to connect with the world (but I understand allows a kind of connection with the wind not possible otherwise, its a matter of surface area). For me, exercise is a kind of meditation (mindfullness anyway), a way of getting away from abstraction and be totally sensorially present---or at least try to be. Where you're not thinking at all, but just doing. I go on 3 hour workouts and don't even listen to music, the activity is enough...

Indeed if you know the length, position and orientation of a web camera (the question is, can you get all that info for someone else camera) then some analysis of wind direction is possible (trees are so complex that would be tough, maybe traffic signs... If your just after mean change and not direction, then that would be a lot easier. Seems interpolation is always needed. In the Wind Cascade array those sensors are 1ft apart, and still have very different movement. I would expect wind currents to be self-similar. Reminds me of this: http://www.frey.co.nz/wind#images

I'll skip a step and not read over this again to save time, excuse any errors!
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#videogamestore   #paris  

The floor is actually flat.
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Note, I just sent google "feedback" on this, highlighting the redundancies in my stream. You should so the same.
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For all those who enjoy decay...

I finally put up a selection of images of Ngong Ping along the theme of decay. It was a strange place, the tourist "corridor" is indeed a fair tourist 'trap', after a short discussion with a restaurant host about the meat on the menu it seemed clear this was not the place. We trekked through surroundings that became increasingly decripid. These images are of a single house along the way to the Po Lin Monastery (寶蓮禪寺) where we enjoyed a Buddhist vegetarian (before the vegan switch) meal in a very authentic environment (not a lot of tourists went in there!).
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From Titanic, the water-focused Avatar sequel and now this deep-sea expedition, James Cameron sure loves the ocean.
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