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Please don't preorder/buy a digital edition of the live coding book coming out at the end of Nov on MIT press. It's open access and will be freely available as mobi, epub and pdf. They're also selling digital editions separately (despite us paying an open access subvention with public funds).
The ebooks will be free to download, edit and share under a CC-BY-SA license on their website, but hidden under the 'resources' tab. We're discussing how to make this clearer..

sometimes making art means coding lockfile handling for a custom web server.

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What I imagine when people say open hardware, but it's never that.

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Can You Afford to Be an Art Worker?

"If art work is recognized as labour, as I argue in Art Work, it becomes a strategic political tool that can help artists demand and struggle for workers’ rights and fair payment – it doesn’t take away from the excellence of their work. Quite the contrary, artists today are increasingly recognizing that labour discourse is their solution."

utorontopress.com/blog/2021/11

Talk about the book Art Work with Katja Praznik and Silvia Federici on Sept 23:

buffalo.zoom.us/meeting/regist

have i mentioned lately how much i love command lines and shells? and how much fish has increased my love of working primarily on the command line? it's true.

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I think a lot about how white fatalism permeates tech, expressed as 'the crunch,' which describes the torturous conclusion of a software project to get it over the finish line. As if suffering increases the quality of the product and should be looked at as a badge of honor.

In reality, the best work is produced when one has their needs met and has space to have a life away from work.

I think a lot about how much we've accepted suffering as a necessary part of our existence instead of something we could alleviate with a bit of cooperation.

If you happen to be in Toronto -- This wednesday (Sept 21) from 5-7pm I'm having a launch reception for a new series of multiples at Art Metropole.

Check them out at the Art Met website: artmetropole.com/search?q=Matt

Computational relationships can be fraught with anxiety and stress. Love Letters transform the way you digitally communicate – no longer trapped wondering what to say, how to say it, or in the endless possibilities of the entire alphabet. Tired of frantically replying to email or typing vitriolic social media posts? Instead, tell your computer that you love it using one of these Love Letters. Each multiple in the series is a functional keyboard containing only the letters needed for a short poem, including any duplicates, and automatically adds spaces as needed. Love Letters continues artist Matt Nish-Lapidus’s examination of computational culture and the potential for poetic concepts of computing. ⁠

Each keyboard is an edition of 2 (+1 AP), comes packaged in an anti-static bag (pink!), and includes a USB cable.⁠

@JulianOliver @GuyBirkin yes, precisely. not only that, but trying to build the level of storage, processing, data modelling, etc that they imagine is needed for this doomed endeavour will accelerate climate change faster than they will make any progress.... the current technical concept of "ai" is doomed from the start because it is entirely based on processing massive (gargantuan) amounts of data for statistical models. ...

it is always already failed. the required computation and storage is untenable ... and the method doesn't lead to anything actually like 'intelligence', just a shallow pale mirror of historical internet culture.

@JulianOliver @GuyBirkin all of this reads like a Culture novel that takes itself seriously and forgets that it was, in fact, social satire.

@JulianOliver @GuyBirkin not only do they ignore malware etc, but there's no attention paid to climate catastrophe, which seems like it will likely shut down much of our data infrastructure long before agi or 'digital being' ... it's definitely dangerous and cult-like.

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It is with great excitement that I share these photos of the John Cage Room at Musikfestival Bern, which runs in Bern Switzerland from September 7 through September 11. Longtime Disquiet Junto participant Tobias Reber, who works for the festival, shared these photos, and many more, as he worked on arranging the display in advance of the festival’s start. Included are listening stations and graphic-score visuals of work that the Disquiet Junto music community did this year when taking up three composition prompts developed in collaboration with the festival. These included responding to a conversation between composers Cage and Morton Feldman, being inspired by everyday randomness, and building on a drone from a chord by Cage — which became a lengthy, nearly two-hour mega-mix, thanks to Tobias’ edits.

finally started Elden Ring. loving it... the closest to playing a table top rpg that a video game has made me feel... part of that is the lack of guidance in the game, and complete lack of tools to track progress/locations/etc. i actually keep a paper notebook while playing.

some good news! i just received a research and creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to begin a project that brings together Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes, Cornell University's 'Cornell Box', machine learning critique, and AI in science fiction. will definitely share more as i dig into the project.

alc photo 

@calcifer //
whoa! who makes these? and where can i get some? :)

@thegibson

@neauoire i also get these constantly about design work, which i more or less entirely stopped doing about 5 years ago.

small project revelation -- i need to put the timing *outside* of the script itself.

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It's 3am, you just biked back after finishing your shift working at some fast-food chain, you're now playing Quake II railgun-only maps, listening to DI.fm hardcore, you're 17.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaJA-FHy8DU
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While imperfect, anyone working in or with AI/ML needs to read Joseph Weizenbaum’s “Computer Power and Human Reason”…

Streets for cars should only ever be two lanes wide

Today I am taking a full-on “do nothing day”

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