Hi, I'm setting up this account to talk about culture, computers, and art.
I spend most of my energy as a grad student studying online communities, but I also like spend time hacking on creative projects (music tech interests: modular synths, SuperCollider, BitWig, MPE).
Fun fact: I wrote a senior thesis on livecoding culture.
The article has been super popular and it seems using old machines for a very long time is a quite common practice but one that people also feel insecure about. A cursory reading of comments across the web tells me that part of the attraction to the article (or at least to commenting on it) is the recognition or validation of other people doing the same.
Here's an interesting statistic from the web logs: 10% (~7k unique visitors) of all traffic to the article has used a machine with OS X 10.1 Puma. That is an OS from 2002. I believe that is the last generation of #PowerPC #Apple computers, but I might be mistaken. It seems to good to be true though but I can't really think of a reason why this number would be wrong..
Massive use of user agent switching should lead to way more even distribution of other uncommon OSes as well? Does anyone know what could be up?
folks here might be interested in https://scanlines.xyz, a community forum for diy audio and video started recently with a few friends:
"this forum was created as a friendly place to discuss diy video and audio projects, electronic-based art, and related interests. it is hosted on our own servers running discourse, rocket.chat, and peertube, and is intended as a refuge from large corporate social media sites. as a community run space, we hope to facilitate sharing of information and encouragement among newcomers and old schoolers alike."
Now here is the reason for posting this all: how do I treat the wood in a way that maintains both the pale and matte quality but will also protect it from staining through use?
Most of the things I've seen tend to darken the wood, colour it, or make it very shiny. What do people use when they want to prevent that but also protect the #pine wood?
I proceeded #sanding off the old whitish and worn laquer with 60grit paper. This really made the dark grain stand out of the light wood which I liked quite a lot. They also became really matte which also improved the look. After that I followed up with a round of 120 grit to get rid of the sanding marks and finally did a 240 grit on the areas most likely to be touched. I used a sander for the rough work and did the finer grids by hand.
First step was to redo the #upholstery. It was the first time I did that. Found a nice fabric, watched some YT tutorials and got started together with my partner. Doing it was waaaay easier than imagined, four hands and a stapler go a long way. We finished all four seats in a few hours. This was already an improvement. The fabric is funny because the colours come out differently in every photo. #diwo
this is a deep deep deep tragedy
📄 Lori Emerson, “Did We Dream Enough?” THE THING BBS as an Experiment in Social-Cyber Sculpture, 2020 https://rhizome.org/editorial/2020/dec/16/did-we-dream-enough-the-thing-bbs/
“… with a PC, the right software, a phone line, and a modem, in theory anyone could not just participate in but help build this consensual hallucination. And perhaps it’s exactly this vision of cyberspace that we can bring back to 2020: small, vibrant online communities—like those exemplified by mesh networks—that are independently/communally owned and managed, whose technical infrastructure is intentionally modest, and whose slowness is fully embraced.”
How can minimal technologies maximise a learning experience?
The session will be about, with and on an Etherpad.
13th of December 2020, 11:00-13:00
I do projects on/with/about computers, networks, infrastructures. he/him
Welcome to post.lurk.org, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.