I began working on a little Raphael powered painting app on the train in Japan a few weeks ago. I ended up doing quite a lot of work on it at Railscamp last weekend. I’ve registered the domain itsapainting.com and hope to chuck it up there shortly, but for now it’s living on Github. Here’s a little screencast of it painting something absolutely gorgeous.
I understand the need for conformity. Without a concise set of rules to follow we would probably all have to resort to common sense. Discipline is the key to conformity and it is important that we learn not to question authority at an early age. Just this week I found a Sue Townsend novel in Seb’s bag that I do not believe is on the school approved reading list. Do not concern yourself about it making its way to the school yard though as we attended a community book burning last night. Although one lady tried to ruin the atmosphere with comments regarding Mayan codices and the Alexandrian Libraries, I mentioned to the High Magus that I had overheard her discussing spells to turn the village cow’s milk sour and the mob took care of the rest.
Regards, David.” —I am able to move small objects with my mind.
Setting: a conference call discussing the latest site updates.
You know the picture of the black man on the site, the one in rotation with the other pictures?
Yes, we know the one - what’s the matter?
Well he’s just not quite black enough.
We want a shiny black man on our website.
- Simon: Anyone else would be able to see the opportunity I am presenting but not you. You have to be a fucking smart arse about it. All I was asking for was a logo and a few pie charts which would have taken you a few fucking hours.
- David: Actually, you were asking me to design a logotype which would have taken me a few hours and fifteen years experience. For free.
- Source: http://www.27bslash6.com/p2p.html
That said, having participated in this bad behavior, I noticed something else about the way it felt to put something on that wall. The twitterwall subverted twitter’s more symmetric conversation model of communication. Posting to the wall was like creating and sharing a public secret about the speaker (a little like political grafiti except it wasn’t anonymous).
The wall made a spectacle of the crowd’s impatience and anxiety feeding on the speaker’s inability to respond. That spectacle united us not as a single group receiving challenging ideas from a thoughtful orator but as quite separate individuals struggling to listen, read, respond, and make sense of the event. We moved from web conference to twitter circus.” —apophenia: spectacle at Web2.0 Expo… from my perspective