Precious Plastic explores alternative ways of living, looking for inspiration for their Kamp project. This time in a Krishna temple.
@focus404 Attention is a helluva drug.
I get tempted sometimes too but I always come back to thinking that the biggest beneficiaries are the already wealthy people who get paid to put ads next to your post. And I don't want to run my life like a PR manager, lonely in the din, competing for attention.
Thinking out loud: I sometimes feel like I left platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Github too soon without telling people why I did it, why I think it's important to think about what this kind of platform really is. I'm now thinking about publishing bits of my work on Instagram, and re-publishing my code on Github, to reactivate the social aspect that goes with it. What do you think about all this, how do you deal with this dilemma? if you're facing it as well.
The fablab I've been working at for this past year did a little fabacademy-themed inteview with my instructor and me (en/it):
Back to C++ and OpenFrameworks thanks to Lewis Lepton's tutorials > https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4neAtv21WOlqpDzGqbGM_WN2hc5ZaVv7
To be truly countercultural today, in a time of tech hegemony, one has to, above all, betray the platform, which may come in the form of betraying or divesting from your public online self.
19-21 February, there'll be a weekend full of live coding streams from TOPLAP nodes + friends from around the world https://transnodal.toplap.org/
Illustrations of hands labelled with figures on the fingers to calculate the date of Easter and perform mathematical calculations (British Library, Egerton MS 3314, f. 73r, detail) / British Library, Public Domain
I spent parts of January working on a new kind of search engine. Instead of indexing the unfathomable internet, it focuses on enabling search for neighbourhoods of related websites—webrings, or other kinds of topically similar sites.
The User Condition: a conclusion
[Dynamicland](https://dynamicland.org/) is a "non-profit long-term research group in the spirit of Doug Engelbart and Xerox PARC." Their goal is to invent a new computational *medium* where the user doesn't interact only with symbols on screens but with material objects in the physical space. Few lines ago I stated that a serious discussion on computer literacy can't ignore the issue of time. Well, Dynamicland's time-frame is 50 years. What follows, then, will come as no surprise: one of the founders is the frequently aforementioned Alan Kay (the other one is programmer Bret Victor).
The new computational medium envisioned by Dynamicland is not a device but a place, an environment. This environment is both physical and virtual. It looks like a beautiful, communal mess. Within it, users (kids, adults, the elderly) interact with paper, toys, pens and, of course, with each other. Because togetherness and participation is valued by the folks at Dynamicland. Borrowing from gaming, they say that's "as multiplayer as the real world."
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.