Month: May 2014

The People’s Platform

"The People's Platform" (TPP) is a frustrating read. An anti-techno-utopian critique of the economics and politics of culture on the Internet, it contains much interesting research and some useful ideas but is hamstrung by a year zero activism approach to the history and current state of the struggle for liberty and sustainability in technology and…
Posted in Free Culture, Free Software, Reviews

ace

ace is a command-line development environment for Ethereum contracts. It's designed to simplify writing and testing contracts. The initial (alpha!) version supports Serpent contracts and local testing using pyethereum. You can get it here: https://gitorious.org/robmyers/ethereum-ace/ For an Emacs mode for editing Serpent code, see here: http://robmyers.org/2014/05/20/serpent-mode-for-emacs/ Bug reports gratefully received.
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serpent-mode for Emacs

serpent-mode is a GNU Emacs major mode for editing and compiling┬áSerpent┬ácode. Serpent is a Python-inspired language for writing smart contracts that compile to Ethereum┬áVirtual Machine bytecode. It adds syntax highlighting and indentation for Serpent code, and allows files to be compiled from within Emacs. You can get the serpent-mode here: https://gitorious.org/robmyers/serpent-mode/ https://github.com/robmyers/serpent-mode Some of the…
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Ethereum Contract Free Software Licensing

Here's a simple example of a contract that is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License: LICENSE = ["Copyright 2014 Rob Myers", "Licensed GNU AGPL V3+"] SOURCE = ["https:\/\/gitorious.org\/robmyers\/", "artworld-ethereum/"] // Make sure we have enough gas to run the contact if tx.value < tx.basefee * 100: // If not, stop stop if msg.data[0]…
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Cryptocurrency Culture

http://thecypherfunks.com/ ""The Cypherfunks" is a network of musicians working individually & together to make music under the same name. A cryptocurrency [FUNK] acts as "stock" in the band. Both the currency & band are completely decentralized. It is a grand experiment in permission-less, internet scale innovation in music, collaboration, and technology." http://www.monegraph.com/ http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/09/monegraph/ "monegraph helps…
Posted in Art, Art Computing, Culture

Artworld Ethereum – Identity, Ownership and Authenticity

Ethereum is a distributed computing system for writing and executing smart contracts. Inspired by Bitcoin, it's currently in development with a planned late 2014 release date. The term "smart contracts" was coined around 1993 by computer scientist Nick Szabo to describe computer-readable code that replaces lawyer-readable code to describe agreements and obligations between people. It's…
Posted in Art, Art Computing, Howto, Projects

Monkeycoin

Monkeycoin is the follow-up to Facecoin. It is a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency that uses trying to write the complete works of Shakespeare as its proof of work. You can find out more here.
Posted in Art, Art Computing, Free Culture, Generative Art, Projects, Satire

Pome

pome "(Poets Are|Poet Is)" pome "Poets? Must" pome "(Poems Are|Poem Is)" pome "Poetry Is" pome "Best Poetry" pome "Good Poetry" pome "Bad Poetry" pome "Worst Poetry" I have a piece of work in the latest issue of Truck, curated by Alan Sondheim: http://halvard-johnson.blogspot.com/2014_04_01_archive.html It's a Bash script called Pome, you can read it and its…
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