Dutch students “release a Firefox extension that made it easy for people who were browsing books, music and movies on Amazon to download the same products free through the Pirate Bay, the illicit BitTorrent site.”
Amazon serves a take-down notice. Students comply.
Student defend their work as parody:
“[Amazon and the Pirate Bay] might look like opposites, but are actually quite similar in regards to the mainstream media content they provide. Our project demonstrated this practically. So it’s a parody of any kind of media consumerism, whether corporate or subcultural.”
The students weren’t hosting or providing pirated media. They were pointing the way. Will this eventually lead to world governments enacting legislation that limits certain types of linking on the net? Might it eventually be illegal for me or Google to link to the Pirate Bay?
Processing is a free open-source programming language for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It was created with artists, designers and hobbyists in mind.
After seven years of alpha and beta testing version 1.0 of Processing was launched yesterday.
I first discovered Processing in late 2003 and started coding sketches in February of 2004. Since then I’ve logged countless hours geeking out with this wonderful tool. I published my early sketches online, but I think the last sketch I shared on StungEye was a crystal growth simulator back in October of 2007.
Lately when I want to do some experimental coding I pull out my Ruby Shoes, but I have started teaching some of my students how to write programs for their cellphones using the mobile version of Processing.
I also own an Arduino, the electronics-hacking version of Processing. Next week Andrew and I are going to use an Arduino to build a random number generator. Why? Well, for use as a consciousness field resonator to test the existents of the Noosphere, of course. :)
If you want to learn Processing you can get started by following the tutorials and the API reference. You can learn from and be inspired by other peoples code. I also recommend the book Learning Processing by Daniel Shiffman.
Douglas Hofstadter’s academic pursuits centre on the connection between recursion and consciousness. Hofstadter maintains that our brains are recursive in nature, our consciousness born amongst the strange loops of our thoughts about thinking.
A recursive definition of recursion: “If you already know what recursion is, just remember the answer. Otherwise, find someone who is standing closer to Douglas Hofstadter than you are; then ask him or her what recursion is.”
Linguist Noam Chomsky has theorized that there is no limit to the expressive nature of English (and other similarly structured languages) due to the recursive device of embedding sentences in sentences.
This is the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.
Previously on Stung Eye: Recursion through definition.
The copyright amendment bill (C-61) tabled a few months ago “died on the table” when the 39th Canadian Parliament was dissolved prematurely for the upcoming election. Sadly, I’m sure it will be back in one form or another (especially if the Conservatives win a majority).
- You’re My Ghost - Indie-tude from 2007-2008ish
- Triangle Waves - Bass-Heavy Mini-Mix (with a dash of dirty)
You’re My Ghost
- Speck Mountain - Girl Out West
- Seachange - Glitterball
- Rilo Kiley - Asshole
- White Hinterland - Dreaming of the Plum Trees
- The Ginger Envelope - Drift
- Peter and the Wolf - Better Days
- Silje Nes - Dizzy Street
- Grey Reverend - The First Place
- Yelle - Tristess / Joie
- Constantines and Feist - Islands in the Stream
- John P. Strohm - Where is my Mind
- Birds Fled From Me - The Resisted
- Marco Polo - Nostalgia feat. Masta Ace
- The Black Ghosts - Tears from a Gun
- She & Him - Black Hole
- Cut Copy - Feel the Love
- New Pornographers - Myriad Harbour
- Reverie Sound Revue - Passes & Passports
- Kate Nash - Fluorescent Adolescent
- Atmosphere - Shoulda Know
- Judi Chicago - Chick Feel A
- Midfield General - Disco Sirens (MR GASPAR Remix)
- LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous (Soulwax Mix)
- Sebastine Tellier - Divine (Danger Mix)
- Mylo - Sweet Child of Mine
I’m not a pirate, I just grog a lot.
Contributions cut this week by the conservative government:
- $300,000 cut from the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, which archives and makes available for distribution film, television and musical recordings.
- $1.5 million cut from the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, which helps top up the budgets of independent films and triggers private investment.
- $2.5 million cut from the National Training Program in the Film and Video Sector.
Federal programs canceled this week by the conservative government:
- The ProMart program, an artists’ travel support fund. ($4.7 million)
- The Trade Routes program that supports film and music exports. ($9 million)
- The Stabilization Project and Capacity Building program, which provides financial and administrative support to art groups.
Ideology played a role in decision, spokesperson acknowledges.
Want a ‘culture of innovation’? Fund our artists. — Globe and Mail:
First we have Bill C-10, the bid to deny tax credits to what the Heritage Minister calls “indecent material.” Meanwhile, other art forms have been told they are insufficiently “mainstream” and their funding has been cut through the cancellation of Trade Routes and PromArt.
‘Left-wing’ writer denies applying for travel grant — Globe and Mail:
The cuts to arts programs hit on a favourite theme of the Tories - cutting spending that appears wasteful and elitist - to gain political advantage in some target markets.
Translators note from A Thousand Plateaus:
“This is a book that speaks of many things, of ticks and quilts and fuzzy sub- sets and noology and political economy. It is difficult to know how to approach it. What do you do with a book that dedicates an entire chapter to music and animal behavior—and then claims that it isn’t a chapter?”
Read them in PDF:
Stung Eye is born again. This is version 3, a lifestream.
This site is now continually (and automatically) generated as I interact with various web services.
- To share a link I tag it in my del.icio.us linkstream.
- To share a photo I tag it in my flickr photostream.
- To post a blog entry I use Tumblr.
- Comments are handled by Disqus which in turn provides a commentstream.
I feel so… aggregated.
The site runs on a custom platform that uses CodeIgniter and the Tumblr API. The code is based on a pre-release version of SweetCron. Currently the theme is a slightly tweaked version of the default Tumblr theme. This will change with time.
Various flavours of RSS feeds are available:
If you find any bugs, please let me know. Thank you kindly.