Friday, September 30, 2011

Someone should make a movie in the "thriller" genre about this.

Police in Poland have been left puzzled by the discovery of a collection of 300 paintings worth "millions of euros" in an outhouse belonging to a 92-year-old former bricklayer.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


This BBC documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop makes some interesting observations about the relationship between creativity and technology. Before synthesizers, electronic music was made with tape loops. The observation is made that the tape music was more creative because it was manipulated on a deeper level, whereas playing a synth was like picking off of a menu. I see this as a expression of the modular / monolithic divide that exists in many technologies. (Link.)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Proper Computing

Fuseli, Henri. "The Artist Moved By the Grandeur of Antique Fragments" 
I found these items illuminating:

  • Software Carpentry is an old site that I recently discovered. I recommend the tutorials on using the shell, if you use Mac or Linux. (Link.
  • The developer of the indie game Braid gave a talk at Berkeley about the Herculean effort that game programming requires. (Link.) (Via.)

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Wonky Urban Planning Post

Effective urban concentration.

This is one of those topics that gets me all riled up.