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 – It’s of an artistic Electronic Voice Phenomena recording project, a kind of digital seance. Read the review to find out more…

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

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

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

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

Aesthetics, Statistics, Social Software

The problems of colour psychology for advertising – learning algorithm gallery – Popularity algorithms – A Twitter trend prediction market – Experimental aesthetics – A study of colour names, created using AMT –

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 -

Code Stencils

Pall Thayer rules. And stencils. Cut out the stencil and spraypaint code on the walls. “Beneath the bricks, the source code.”

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.


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”