Distributed Search Engine

Yacy is a distributed open source search engine.  Interesting as a way to avoid the censorship, surveillance and centralized control of Google & co.

Brendan Sunday 31 January 2010 at 7:29 pm | | Notes |
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Python Qt with PySide

PySide is a new set of Qt bindings for Python.  LGPL licencsed and supported by Nokia.

Brendan Sunday 31 January 2010 at 7:25 pm | | Notes |
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Encoding Ogg Theora From a Webcam

ffmpeg2theora seems like the easiest way.

gstreamer is pretty doable as well.  some tips here and here.

Brendan Sunday 31 January 2010 at 6:53 pm | | Notes |
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Embedded Web Fonts with WOFF

Firefox 3.6 supports WOFF embedded fonts.  Designers rejoice!  You can finally stop using Verdana for everything.  Now be prepared for a flood of web sites with bubble letters.

Brendan Saturday 30 January 2010 at 10:36 am | | Notes |
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Packaging Python Apps with Libs

Virtualenv is a tool for building batteries-included virtual environments for python.  Looks like it will be very useful for packaging up PyCessing for the Mac and MSWindows.

Brendan Saturday 30 January 2010 at 10:23 am | | Notes |
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Image Resizing in Python

Scale images and make thumbnails using PIL.

Brendan Saturday 30 January 2010 at 10:18 am | | Notes |
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Art Object that Sells Itself on eBay

Caleb Larsen's A Tool to Decieve and Slaughter is a device and piece of conceptual contract art that automatically sells itself on eBay.  (via slashdot)

Brendan Monday 25 January 2010 at 4:55 pm | | Notes |
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Socialist Computing

Article, in German, about the DDR (former East Germany) computer industry.  The slideshow has some fantastic photos, even if you can't read Deutsch.

Brendan Friday 22 January 2010 at 09:59 am | | Notes |

Alternative Libraries for Video in Processing

  • jmcvideo - uses OpenGL and Java Media Components - seems very fast
  • gsvideo - uses GStreamer backend and allows for crazy arbitrary pipelines

Brendan Friday 22 January 2010 at 09:46 am | | Notes |
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ASCIImeo

Watch Vimeo videos through rendered with colored text instead of pixels.

Brendan Thursday 21 January 2010 at 07:45 am | | Notes |

Mechanical Copying and Parallel Motion

Of several historic methods for copying documents, one of the oldest is the Pantograph.  The device finds its modern incantation in the Autopen device which is designed for the mass production of sincerity.  Artist Theo Jansen applies the same principles of mechanical tranlation of motion to produce strange air powered beach creatures.

Brendan Thursday 21 January 2010 at 06:53 am | | Notes |

Friendship and Web 2.0

William Deresiewicz has written a polemic arguing that the whole social networking thing has a tendency to debase the meaningfulness of friendships as well as being symptomatic of a general modern tendency to turn all relationships into "friendship".  Now go twitter about it.

Brendan Wednesday 20 January 2010 at 3:52 pm | | Notes |
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Avoiding the New Big Brother

Two interesting approaches to avoid giving up privacy every time you search or look at a map:

  • TrackMeNot - plugin that tries to overload the search machine with noise
  • GoogleSharing - another plugin that uses proxies to anonymize searches, maps, news and other google services.

Brendan Wednesday 20 January 2010 at 08:44 am | | Notes |
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Linux and Web Fonts

Some good suggestions with comparisons of standard web fonts and typical open source alternatives installed on most Linux distros.

Brendan Wednesday 20 January 2010 at 08:40 am | | Notes |
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Pipelining Futility

Rube Goldberg | Chindogu > Fischli & Weiss

Brendan Monday 18 January 2010 at 09:49 am | | Notes |
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Cool, FLOSS Friendly FPGA Board

This board is from a little company here in Germany.  They support open source development.  Quite a decent price too.

Brendan Monday 18 January 2010 at 09:23 am | | Notes |
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Simple PWM Motor Control

Simple design with just a few cheap parts.  Works for dimming lights and other

Brendan Sunday 17 January 2010 at 2:04 pm | | Notes |
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Blown Out Hits

30 15 Moog - music blog with lots of blown out 70s synth jams, library music, bad-but-good new age stuff, etc.

Brendan Sunday 17 January 2010 at 1:43 pm | | Notes |
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Joystick Input in Python

Two approaches to catching joystick events:

And here's a good overview on hacking MIDI/Joystick ports on standard PCs:

Brendan Saturday 16 January 2010 at 08:03 am | | Notes |

Yuppie Go Home

Even handed essay on gentrification, post real estate crash.

Brendan Saturday 16 January 2010 at 07:34 am | | Notes |
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Communications Theory Background

Wayne Clements has a nice explaination of Markov Chains.

Claude Shannon's original paper "A Mathematical Theory of Communication".

Brendan Friday 15 January 2010 at 10:17 am | | Notes |

Synth Circuit Plans

Music From Outer Space has quite a few plans, boards, etc for various modular synth components.

Brendan Friday 15 January 2010 at 09:35 am | | Notes |
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Minimal Orientalist

Quite a dancefloor hit at the moment; Blaue Moschee (Blue Mosque):

Brendan Friday 15 January 2010 at 08:10 am | | Notes |
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Ethics or Aesthetics

Very clever argument for the notion of marriage, specifically, as relates to the debate on gay marriage.

Brendan Wednesday 13 January 2010 at 6:53 pm | | Notes |
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Console Interfaces in Python

Nice HOWTO on using the built in curses library in python.

Brendan Wednesday 13 January 2010 at 6:48 pm | | Notes |
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Paranoid Steganography

Amazing article in Playboy (yes, er, actually) about some crazy dude who conned quite a few powerful US officials into thinking that he could pull secret messages out of Al Jazeera's satellite TV feed.  The desire to believe these phony results was great enough, among high ranking officials, to result in several major Orange Alerts despite there being no corroborating intelligence.

steganography defined

Brendan Tuesday 12 January 2010 at 5:37 pm | | Notes |

Extemporaneous Boat Building

Some Australian friends have gotten into doing experiments building boats, in the bustling seaport of Linz, Austria!?  They have a nice blog about their research and travails.

Brendan Tuesday 12 January 2010 at 5:26 pm | | Notes |
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AVR USB Open Source Firmware and Boards

Update: more links from Martin Howse:

Brendan Monday 11 January 2010 at 6:57 pm | | Notes |
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The Drop Shadow Talks

My esteemed colleague Johannes Osterhoff has put together an amazing set of talks at the BTK on the collision of design, interface and pop-culture:  The Drop Shadow Talks.  If you're in Berlin, don't miss it.  And get the T-Shirt!

Brendan Monday 11 January 2010 at 6:49 pm | | Notes |

Cheapo 8-bit Computing Platform

Uzebox is an 8-bit RISC computing core with an NTSC video output signal.  It was designed to be an Open Source NES/SNES equivalent 80s video game console but folks seem to be into hacking it all sorts of different ways.  There's even a black and white version that only needs a cpu and a few external parts.

Brendan Sunday 10 January 2010 at 3:05 pm | | Notes |
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mplayer remote control with slave mode

Very hackable.  Roll your own TV studio.  Thanks to Linda Hilfling for the idea and instruction (via pickled_feet/micro research).  Relevant mplayer docs are here.

Brendan Sunday 10 January 2010 at 12:11 pm | | Notes |
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Part-of-speech Tagging in NLTK

Docs here.

Brendan Friday 08 January 2010 at 8:25 pm | | Notes |

The Hedonistic Imperative

So reassuring to see that extropian nutso stuff is still on the internet.  Come to think of it, in 1994, half the web pages on the Internet were like this.

Brendan Friday 08 January 2010 at 08:46 am | | Notes |
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Hiding and Showing Elements with jquery

For reference.  Some good tips here.

Brendan Friday 08 January 2010 at 07:28 am | | Notes |
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Amazing Illustrations

Bibliodyssey is a fantastic little blog that collects and links scans of often uncany scans from old illustrated books.

Brendan Thursday 07 January 2010 at 4:56 pm | | Notes |
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Resources for Grants

Warhol Foundation

Creative Capital - Arts Writers Grant Program

NY Foundation for the Arts

The Foundation Center

Brendan Thursday 07 January 2010 at 2:47 pm | | Notes |
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The Sound of North Jersey

Tony Humphries, true old school master of garage and house.  He's still going strong.

Brendan Wednesday 06 January 2010 at 5:22 pm | | Notes |
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How to Set Up a Python Package

Quite useful post on how to organize a proper Python module package.

Brendan Tuesday 05 January 2010 at 3:23 pm | | Notes |
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Nuclear Powerplant Posters

Very nice.

Brendan Friday 01 January 2010 at 8:39 pm | | Notes |
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