Month: September 2009

CIAC’s Electronic Magazine

I have a review in the new edition of the Canadian online art journal CIAC's Electronic Magazine -'s of an artistic Electronic Voice Phenomena recording project, a kind of digital seance. Read the review to find out more...
Posted in Aesthetics, Projects

Free Software Debate Antipatterns

A collection of fallacious arguments commonly encountered in debates about Free Software.Clean Hands"I don't want to restrict the freedom of users of my software so I'm not going to copyleft it."This confuses use of software with economic exploitation of source code. Failing to protect the former in order to protect the latter privileges control over…
Posted in Free Culture

Nominato Ergo Blog

Careerism means not letting art production get in the way of promoting yourself. Actually doing things takes away valuable time that could be spent on schmoozing and self-promotion. The oh-if-I-must artistic pseudo-practice of choice squeezed in (and out) during spare moments by early 21st century careerists is cretino-nominative art. They tend to blame Duchamp for…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing

And So But No

Infinite Jest is a train-wreck of a novel but quite deliberately so. The problem is that it is also a train-wreck of a consciousness-raising gesamtkunstwerk generated as a negative form by the narrative narcolepsy of that novel. Its attempt at giving the reader an imaginative lifeworld to render beyond the novel, the same as, you…
Posted in Aesthetics

Open Source Befuddlement

Talking about "Open Source" rather than Free Software can lead people to concentrate on availability of source code rather than protecting freedom. And to concentrate on the developers who write that source code rather than all the users of the software that it represents.There were two particularly clear examples of this today.Columnist Matt Assay argues…
Posted in Free Culture

Aesthetics, Statistics, Social Software

The problems of colour psychology for advertising - learning algorithm gallery - algorithms - Twitter trend prediction market - aesthetics - study of colour names, created using AMT -
Posted in Aesthetics

Notes Towards Free Culture

Apple claim trademark on shiny speech bubbles - trademark battle over duck whistles - American Football league have banned Twittering - are pushing for a single global patent system -
Posted in Free Culture

Code Stencils

Pall Thayer rules. And stencils. out the stencil and spraypaint code on the walls."Beneath the bricks, the source code."
Posted in Art Computing

Crank Aesthetics

I reviewed David Galenson's self-refuting marketarian art history on this blog last year. Galenson had an earlier book applying statistical methods to art history, comparing early and late blossoming artistic innovators. You can find an exert of a review here. The claims of amazing new discoveries phrased in incoherent terms along with accusations of rejection…
Posted in Aesthetics


There are a few packages for handling colour mathematically in R -Colour Schemes"Create colour-scheme functions for fine control of colours driven by your data."Colorspace"Functions for computing coordinate conversions between colorspaces."colorRamps"Builds gradient color maps"
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing