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Couple of Blogs
Since things have been quiet, I'd like to point out a couple of resident Theory.org blogs.
Both are very much worth checking out.
In April, brainsik will hopefully be debuting a new art project involving smell for National Sense of Smell Day at the Exploratorium, in San Francisco.
A sound piece created for Repeat After
Me, Hear Beer is an audio interpretation of the homebrewing
process. Each of the five movements -- cleaning, cooking, fermenting,
bottling, consuming -- is constructed of samples collected from or about
the corresponding homebrew step. Hear Beer is about 16 minutes long and
is meant to played over speakers in a gallery setting.
The Neighborhood Project
An "experiment in collective knowledge", Matt Chisholm's Neighborhood Project
draws a map of neighborhoods based on the opinion of the people renting,
selling and living in them. The difference in opinion leads to overlap and
fuzzy boundaries and provides a sense of where people think they live.
Aaron Clauset and Jeremy Avnet simulate a Cnidarian,
Hydractinia, a colonial marine hydroid. The Hydractinia's allorecognition
behavior is thought to be representative of an early immune system. Aaron and Jeremy
show evidence that their agent-based simulation successfully mimics the phenomenon of
colony growth, fusing, rejection (both active and passive), morphological and
genotypic mutation, competitive exclusion and the unexpected phenomenon of
Hydractinia simulation is available as
Complex Systems section.
Richard Cochinos' Continuum was begun 3/4 of year ago when he was working as a
"Having an extensive collection of resources, I began looking for patterns within
the nature of artists and art making. This video is an attempt to answer vague
questions such as: How do you define art? What is the relationship between artists
and society? and How does art effect? My only criteria in editing were the quotes
had to come from the artists themselves; they could not be attributes or
paraphrased. It is my hope this video will serve as a resource for inspiration and
Continuum is a quicktime video available in the
Art Projects section.
Matt Chisholm's (email: matt at theory.org)
is an attempt to determine a number of things about the shapes of letters in several
different writing systems. Alphabet Soup hypothesizes a set of basic building blocks
that all letters are built up from as well as a set of rules (grammar or syntax) which
define how those pieces combine. Generate your new corporate logo today!
Excerpts from Richard Cochinos' (email: polar at
theory.org) four hour piece detailing human intervention in
Art Projects Section Created
Richard Cochinos (email: polar at theory.org) has
submitted the Interview Project. Its a "public artwork .. archive of
ideas .. study of the dynamics of conversation and individual
philosophy". The interviews began "as a way of understanding [his] own
transition as an artist away from painting." A new section for art projects was created for this type of
New Home for Theory
Since Theory.org's inception, we have always been running off of DSL
connections. This has changed with Theory's move to a real colocation
facility. In honour of this event, Theory's hostname has been changed from
Crystalfield (as in Crystalfield Splitting Theory) to Chaos. Go rejoice by
downloading the quaternion fractal
animation at a decent bitrate!! :)
djukebox 0.0.0 released
The venerable Brian Martin has released his long awaited
software. "Djukebox is a distributed MP3 jukebox, designed to manage
large music collections spread across a bunch of computers. It is
implemented as a set of distributed components around a PostgreSQL
database." It is the successor to mpserv. This release has also been
Theory.org was down last night during a hardware upgrade. We now
sport an AMD K6-2-350, bigger, faster drive, bigger, faster RAM and
some other little upgrades in between. Hopefully the encrypted web
server will move at a decent pace now. Enjoy!
At last we have new user-friendly packages of
libquat, bfe, and qfe. This all part of a switch to autoconf and other
good things such as libtool and ltdl. We also have an anoncvs server set up on theory.org now as well.
If you have any problems please send me mail @ brian at theory.org.
New IP Address
Theory.org has been moved to a new physical location. This resulted
in a change of its IP address. A machine on the old IP address is in
place to reroute connections to the proper address. Fortunately, it
appears that the new address has propagated to many nameservers
Unfortunately, the new network connection, a 128K ADSL upstream,
is 1/3 the speed of the previous 384K SDSL upstream. There is a
possibility the connection will be upgraded, but it is expensive and
I'm not sure about spending that much money.
Theory.org was unavailable from roughly Sun @7am
until Mon @1pm due to network outtages.
Welcome to the New Design
If you have visited before you will have surely noticed quite
a radical change in the design of Theory.org. We have moved away
from the cumbersome single page index to a more structured format.
We hope that this allows for better navigation, exploration and room
We have upgraded the machine. No longer are we running out of a
green milk crate, but now have a computer with a case! (though
this one has no video card). It's a Pentium-150 with 32M of RAM
and 2.4G of slow IDE storage. A step up perhaps from the K5-133 VLB,
with 16M of RAM and half-as-fast 424M of storage.
This move wasn't entirely expected, so we haven't had time to move
everything over yet. If you find broken links EMAIL US:
We are trying our best to move everything over. For reference, you
can access the old index page as /oldindex.html (no link so the
web crawlers and robots don't index it).