Boppers is an artificial life application I vaguely remember running on my first computer . . . it came out in 1993. It runs so quickly on a modern machine that all meaning is lost; today it looks like a great piece of dynamic art.
I've been playing NetHack for about six years, and this morning I beat it for the first time. I made over 100000 moves. I don't think I'll ever play it again.
When I was at UIUC, Square Lake was the student paper's best comic strip. It recently stopped running in that paper, and now has its own web page.
Art Crime: A Journal of Modern Iconoclasm reports instances of art defacement that are intended as conceptual art. While I don't respect these acts as any form of art, someone was going to pee on Duchamp's La Fontaine eventually.
I was thinking today about mobile sculptures, and how they all seem upside-down to me. I realized that someone could design a mobile build with buoyant materials, to be displayed in a large water tank 'right' side up.
The problems with this idea are endless: pre-existing tanks hold fish who might get tangled in art-junk, empty tanks have no currents and thus no motion, I don't know anything about sculpture, etcetera. It's still interesting to visualize.
Last Sunday I drove nine hours to spend five hours at the graduation party of an old friend, whom I parted ways with on bad terms over three years ago. It was worth it: forgiveness all around. I hadn't seen some of the others guests in over five years. Worth every minute of pop radio I suffered in the car.
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Above is very first output from an L-System implementation I finished programming last night. I've written an implementation before (May 20, 27), but this is the first one I've designed well. A single object handles string expansion, and has a function that will execute the string using an array of function pointers. That means that the drawing/interpretation part can be handled by a separate object or even multiple objects. I could, for example, write a drawing object and a sound tracking object and combine their outputs into a movie of a growing L-System with simultaneous visual and audio interpretations.