Month: August 2008

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mac Operator

The way artists make art often reflect the means of production of their age. The artist of feudalism was an artisan or alchemist, the Renaissance artist was adept at mathematics and geometry inspired by trade and war, and Andy Warhol's factory embodied the spirit of mass production.If you looked in the jobs pages in the…
Posted in Aesthetics, Culture, Personal

On Hipsterism

Adbusters have noticed hipsterism:http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.htmlWe are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generationApparently The The aren't on Gnutella.K-punk has a good critique of the article and Hipsterism in general that is well worth reading in full:http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/010588.htmlthe problem with "hipsters" is precisely…
Posted in Aesthetics, Culture

Adam Frisby » Blog Archive » OpenSim, C#, Standards, Patents and you.

http://www.adamfrisby.com/blog/2008/08/opensim-c-standards-patents-and-you/A brilliant blog post that answers many of the concerns I raised about OpenSim's use of C#.A couple of points.If Microsoft decide to add new extensions onto .NET (which they have done with every major release), the OpenSim developers are content to wait until those extensions are available under Mono (which moves fast enough that…
Posted in Free Culture

k-punk: I am angry, I am ill and I’m as ugly as sin…

http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/010588.htmlWhereas I would say the opposite: the problem with "hipsters" is precisely that they are pathologically well-adjusted, untroubled by sexual anxieties or financial worries.I don't resent web 2.0 kiddies doing what net.artists used to. I object to careerist net.artists using them as human shields.
Posted in Aesthetics

huge and important news: free licenses upheld (Lessig Blog)

Excellent news:http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/huge_and_important_news_free_l.htmlI am very proud to report today that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (THE "IP" court in the US) has upheld a free (ok, they call them "open source") copyright license, explicitly pointing to the work of Creative Commons and others. (The specific license at issue was the Artistic License.) This…
Posted in Free Culture

Surgical Strike Free Software

"Surgical Strike" was a 1996 art computing project concerned with the social history of art computing. "Surgical Strike Free Software" is a 2008 reimplementation of the original project.Computing has trickled down from military applications through corporations to universities and finally into art practice. This history is present in the language and social assumptions of computing.…
Posted in Art Computing, Free Culture, Generative Art, Projects, Satire

Free Culture Failage: Wizards Of The Coast

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is the original and still the most popular role-playing game. At the end of the 1990s the original publisher of D&D collapsed and the game was bought by a new publisher, Wizards of the Coast (WotC). Part of their strategy for rescuing the game was a mixed copyleft-with-uncopyable-sections licence called the…
Posted in Free Culture

Tom Moody

Tom Moody is a talented New-York-based visual artist with a penchant for bitmap imagery. He can draw more expressively in Microsoft Paint than I can with a box of soft pastels, and his use of this skill in such a restrictive medium to pull in fine art and low culture references is good stuff. Solving…
Posted in Aesthetics

Free Culture Failage : Girl Talk

Why does Girl Talk, the hipster Jive Bunny, have an NC licence on his latest work? NC for sampling musicians is fail, doubly so when they are selling the work.
Posted in Free Culture

Running Your Own OpenSim Sim

I've found it surprisingly easy to get started running OpenSim. Here are some good guides to going beyond just starting a sim.http://gwala.net/blog/2008/08/resources-for-running-your-own-opensim/A good collection of resources.http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/other-grids-virtual-worlds/13507-howto-get-opensim-running-osgrid.htmlHow to get your own OpenSim hosting for 15USD a month.http://opensimuser.wordpress.com/2008/07/16/opensim-mysql-install-guide/How to use OpenSim with MySQL.
Posted in Art Computing, Free Culture, Generative Art, Howto