I started reading this a couple of nights ago. It tells the story of Josh Harris, an internet mogul who founded a web media & tv portal, called himself “The Warhol of the Web”, threw extravagants parties that culminated with the BigBrother-like / art project / social experiment / New Year 2000 Eve Party “Quiet”, where about 100 people were gathered in a discarded warehouse, provided with food & entertainment, and streamed online for a month (until authorities put a stop to it).
Eventually he disappeared “off the grid”, made a come-back in 2007 with an online streaming platform, then disappeared again, off to Ethiopia.
That all sounded so extraordinary that I was unable to tell if Josh Harris was a real person, or a kind of caricature of the 90s. Being (strangely) not familiar with the guy and his companies, I was leaning toward “parody” - almost finding it exaggerated.
I’ll need to read more.. another slice of internet history to explore!
And now for something completely different: simulated walking… things!
The PhD research of Geijtenbeek is about using Genetic Algorithms and physics simulation to train bipedal characters to walk.
"The total optimization time depends on the character model and the type of experiment; the number of evaluated generations varies between 500 and 3000. On a standard
PC, optimization time takes between 2 and 12 hours.”
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Another curious video of simulated puny humans
Let’s look at more simulated humans
(the first part would have been very satisfying to watch during the world cup)
”(…) I call it the “Graffiti of Exposition”. Sometimes when game designers want to get something across to players, but aren’t sure that we’ll really “get” it, they use props or other visual cues – a bit like writing: “THIS IS A SATIRE LOL” on the front of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal”
Do people on Twitter still do that #followfriday thing? I’ve never seen it on Tumblr, though, and it’s a shame. But nothing we can’t change :p
My suggestion of the week is http://urbantypo.tumblr.com - it’s hard not to enjoy this if you like (vernacular) typography - in this case mostly Belgian (there might not be a strong “Belgian typographic identity”, but the general feel is definitely familiar)