Someone’s small intervention at the airport


There are apparently a lot of these stickers going around in airports lately; I saw this photo posted on different sites several times this week. It’s amazing to me how putting an official looking logo on something makes people feel it’s more relevant – several of the people who reposted it were genuinely outraged that the TSA would say such a thing . . .


The pay to use bench

I just remembered this exists, and it reminds me of the equally weird euthanasia machine from our discussion this week. It’s basically an elaborate attempt at keeping homeless people off park benches while simultaneously making money for the park owners – and presumably one which although it is not currently in use is real enough that it makes you wonder.

One-to-Many and the film industry

I found this article earlier today about an interview with S. Speilberg and George Lucas about the future of the movie industry and the course that they expect it to take.

They touch on a lot of the points about diversification of media and the shift from a few major ideas to many smaller ones; which reminded me a lot of the discussion yesterday.

Apophysis – Fractal Generator


Since we started working on the Processing project, I’ve been hunting for a piece of software I stumbled upon years ago, and I finally found it earlier today. Apophysis is a relatively old program – it’s been around since well before processing and being open-source will probably exist, if un-updated, for years or decades to come.

You can view it as a more specific version of processing, in a sense – it is designed to create fractal and colorize and permute them based on user rules, allowing the user to influence the output by emphasizing or de-emphasizing traits in the fractal so that those trails are more or less visible in the subsequent iteration, often called a “generation” since there is a sense of inheritance or evolution as the fractals are generated.

Anyway, you can check out the software at the link, but be aware it’s very old and the interface represents that – clunky and kind of slow, but it’s a classic.