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     Boxes Have Babies  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mike
     Dated:  Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 08:40 AM
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    ArtSo I thought I'd take a moment and explain a project I'm working on outside of the academic setting. In our Interface Major Studio, we were tasked with making 50 boxes from a set pattern. We didn't have to physically construct all of them, but the pattern I was assigned turned out to be really simple. My idea for creating the whole batch was to list out the attributes that people responded to: color, opacity, and size. Then I worked out a scheme to get that info encoded in an 8-bit number, 0 through 255. So the first bit is red/not-red, the second blue/not-blue, etc. I was able to come up with a pretty impressive range of boxes.

    In the first round, I generated 16 of the little bastards and then went around home and school, asking people to pick eight they liked. I tallied all the responses, picked the 8 most selected, and "bred" a new generation by feeding in their "genomes" (remember, numbers in the 0 through 255 range) into a python script. The script then mates each one with another random winner and produces 8 more boxes. Then I take the 8 winners and their 8 children (16 total) and do another survey. So on and so forth.

    I've just run the script to make a fourth generation. So far, "clear" boxes are extinct, they definitely tend to be smaller, and green is a small percentage of the pool, though it might be growing. Not sure what the final result will be, but it's been an interesting experiment.


     Checking In  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mike
     Dated:  Mon Aug 7, 2006 at 07:16 AM
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    Art

    I'm keeping pretty busy in art school. Can ya tell? At any rate, this is my personal site, my class's blog, and my sketchbook that I keep up.


     Awesome Interactive Mid-East Hate Chart  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Ravi
     Dated:  Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 11:14 AM
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    ArtCourtesy of Slate.

     Back To School  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mike
     Dated:  Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 07:52 AM
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    ArtFirst day at art school starts in just over an hour.  Rock!

     If Microsoft Designed the iPod Box  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mike
     Dated:  Wed May 24, 2006 at 06:05 PM
     Viewed:  1,029 times   
    Art

    If they did, they would do it badly--but badly in that particularly Microsoft way in which they seem to do everything badly. The way that makes you roll your eyes and think, "Jesus God damn! They have a permanent pole up their ass! Just let it go, you wankers!"

    Oh, I do so love viral video, and this one is a real gem.


     Geek Graffiti  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mike
     Dated:  Fri Apr 7, 2006 at 11:35 AM
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    Art

    There are many reasons I'm stoked to go to Parsons, and their graffiti class is one of them. A school that teaches you to be maladjusted (rather than just doing it by accident) is alright by me. If I had a tagger handle, it would be bit bucket.


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