Technique

2021

Nepantla: Esteban Cabeza de Baca

Sun, 07 Mar 2021

Esteban The Nahuatl (Mexicano) word Nepantla means the thresholds between worlds. This Garth Greenan (NYC) exhibit explores the complex spiritual potential of this space with the paintings (and sculpture) of Esteban Cabeza de Baca. Cabeza de Baca grew up in San Ysidro, the border town between San Diego and Tijuana. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Op Art Messes with Your Head

Thu, 04 Mar 2021

The Op Art from the 1960s was not what a painting was about, but how the painting could fuck with your head, using sly tricks of perception. The new Mary Dill Henry exhibit, Love Jazz, at Berry Campbell Gallery, collects paintings this Op Art pioneer completed between 1965-70. In her 50s by this time, she had reached her signature style, one of oscillating shapes that formed kinetic patterns and optical illusions. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

AI Doesn't Want to See the Big Picture

Mon, 01 Mar 2021

Without Everybody knows Google collects a lot of personal data. And we are all more or less OK with that. But as all this info gets fed into the mighty Google machinery for creating artificial intelligence (AI), a lot of bad human instincts get mixed in with the results. Trace elements of racism, hatred, and violence which are all embedded in the models Google uses to appeal to our sympathies, i.e. to influence our behavior. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

We Shall Live Again

Sat, 20 Feb 2021

Patti Fifty years ago this month, Patti Smith read her poetry for the first time in public, at St. Mark's Church New York City (near Astor Place), inviting friend and record store clerk Lenny Kaye to add some biting guitar. Thus was born the Patti Smith Band and, to a certain extent, punk rock itself. Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Shepherd, Allen Ginsberg, Todd Rundgren, Lou Reed, Sandy Pearlman and others attended. This 50th anniversary virtual show kept the low key intimacy of a poetry reading, honoring those in attendance that night who have since passed, but also offering hope for the future: we will live again, we will live. It was a powerful performance for a challenging time. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Tech Notes January 2021: Maximum Insights-Per-Minute!

Wed, 17 Feb 2021

My Measures that become targets cease to be measures; AI confused by jumbled sentences but can make avocado chairs. Why Optimization is forever at odds with efficiency; Configuration-as-code is better than Infrastructure-as-Code; The dangers of equating emotion with weakness; Strange spatial dimensions and time-striped event horizons; Genetic Assertive Mating... Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Solved! iTunes Play Date Tag Numeric Mystery

Tue, 16 Feb 2021

The About 10 years ago, I embarked on a project to parse the contents of the hulking XML file that iTunes creates to hold all the metadata about the music I listen to. There is a ton of interesting info buried in there about my listening habits. Interesting to me, at any rate. And this project is where I learned how to decode the nine-digit Play Date tag, and how the format follows a tradition that goes all the way back to the birth of the Apple Macintosh itself. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Fix the iTunes Album Ratings Bug (& Decry the Current State of Digital Music)

Tue, 09 Feb 2021

Fix First of all, Fuck Apple, for what it did to the music business. For those of you wondering how to fix the problem of the proliferating shadow album ratings (which has been a problem in iTunes for a decade), Imma get to that in a minute. But first I want to say Fuck Apple for promising to save the recorded music industry in 2001 with its iPod, only to relegate music to just another neglected feature on the iPhone two decade later. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Apache Server-Side Includes: The Lost Guide

Mon, 01 Feb 2021

Apache In many ways, picking through the documentation for the Apache HTTP Server is a bit like wandering around an advanced and slick, though recently-neglected, spaceship. There are great capabilities buried underneath the dusty control panel, but there is not much immediate guidance on how to make it all work. So you copy and paste your way to a working runtime, fingers crossed. Or, at least this is what it feels like for Apache Server-Side Includes (SSI), an ostensibly handy feature to embed bits of logic or text files within a web page. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Tutorial: Launch a Linux-based Web Server on DigitalOcean

Mon, 25 Jan 2021

Build Once you have set up some infrastructure, which is to say you have a virtual machine (or even a real one) running a Linux OS of some sort, the next step is to identify this machine as your own on the Internet. You need to connect your domain name to the server Internet address (IP number). And you need to have software to serve up your pages when visitors call -- the job of the Apache Web server in this tutorial. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Audrey Stone, Marking Time

Wed, 20 Jan 2021

Audrey Painter Audrey Stone uses color gradients to mark time, each color signifying a slow, methodical labor. According to the gallery, Stone would sometimes devote an entire day to painting a single color band. She worked on this series of 18 paintings following the death of her mother. Click to Read More...

		
		
		


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