It’s been about a month since I came out of the closet as a desultory Python studier, and I’ve been thinking that I should have included in my plans a commitment to post about what I’m learning, at least once a week. I’ll try to do that, going forward. Less sweeping saga, more this:
I started this blog as a sort of “developer notebook”. If you look back at the first ten or so posts, they are titled “Weekly Noise”. I was interested in learning Node.js (the hotness at the time) so I just wrote about what I learned each week and what I was planning to do next week.
—Matt Swanson, “Do things, write about it,” August 11, 2013 Continue reading How the studying is going
For many months now, I’ve been telling people I’m “learning Python,” when in fact what I’ve been doing, and not nearly often enough, is reading about Python and then not actually doing anything in it. Continue reading More than one way to skin a Python
Okay! I’ve got basically one month left in which to do my thesis project, so I’m thinking I should try to blog about a little something every day, to force myself to process some of this stuff. Perhaps call it BroTheBloPoMo—Brooklyn Thesis Blog Post Month.
Continue reading Hyphenation in Stanza
The following is the first draft of my thesis proposal, more or less as posted to ITP’s internal project database on Thursday morning. I wrote this in haste and have (still) not had the stomach to reread it, so be hereby forewarned that it may be incoherent, ridiculous, or, of course, both.
Every newspaper article on ebooks, in tweet form:
Article: ‘Ebooks might be okay?’
Comments: ‘PAPER SMELLS NICE I READ IT IN THE TUB’
—Liza Daly (@liza), 7:11 PM Dec 15th, 2009
Continue reading PAPER SMELLS NICE I READ IT IN THE TUB
I’ve decided to go with the less impossible, more amusing of my two Wearables project ideas: The Party Dress.
Assignment: Project description
Write a description of your project (one page minimum) – describe what your prototype will look like, what it will do, and how it will be used. List your influences, goals, intended users, and provide a use scenario. Continue reading Simplicity
Above is the PowerPoint slideshow that Diego made for our in-class presentation. There is also copious supporting material at the following locations: Continue reading Digital Graffiti Glove: Documentation
This is the second smidgen of the code for our final project. It pulls RGB values and color names from a tab-delimited text file (which is, itself, based on the actual Krylon color options) and outputs this grid of swatches. The swatches don’t do anything yet—just drawing them took me, like, two days, thank you very much, and that was with some very helpful help from Shawn. Partly this is because I apparently can’t keep in my head for more than thirty seconds how arrays and objects work, and partly it’s because I just. can’t. focus. And partly it’s because I apparently have no idea what the fuck I’m doing.
I’m beginning to really like Diego’s Plan B, as proposed over the weekend:
Fake our own deaths.
Continue reading Baby steps
So then . . . The other day I was talking about the glove project with my friend Rose, and I rhetorically asked what the hell this kind of low-fi, large-format drawing setup would be good for. Rose’s answer was immediate: graffiti.
Continue reading Assistive Tech for Asbo Avoidance
Ever since we started putting the actual glove together, I’ve been thinking about how the software side of this project should take into account what I expect to be a pretty low-resolution input system. Continue reading Mittenability