cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Felix Morgner My experience went very smooth signing up for healthcare via the Affordable Care Act (which is the legal name of the law; any thimblebrains who keep haranguing about ObamaCare are flame throwing herrings). Too smooth. I enrolled online early February, selected a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona plan, and sent off my payment by mid February, so my new plan would start March 1. I got a lot of paperwork in the mail, and my new card. All set. Well, until Saturday when I opened my mail. There was a refund check from Blue Cross Blue Shield and all it said on the attached receipt was NOT EFFECTIVE. Getting a check in the mail is nice, but not what I wanted. When I logged onto my account at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona it said my […](see the full barking...)
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Open Education Week…. It’s so hard to be open? Not around this dog house. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine(see the full barking...)
My family calendar, now on Google, reminds me that tomorrow is the day my mother’s father passed away, in 1957, years before I was even born. I guess you can say he would have been something like 112 years old. I hardly know much about Harry. He emigrated from Poland in the early part of the 1990s. If I understand right, he might my mother Ida, herself a Lithuanian immigrant, through some local Baltimore matchmaker. That’s how things were done then. He was a shoemaker, and my mother, her mother, her three sisters and one brother grew up in a house above the shop on Aisquith Street in Baltimore. Harry must have been scrappy to support his family through the Depression, an era my Mom (born in 1929) does not remember except through the normal playful eyes of a child. Harry, and his son Harvey (my uncle) apparently lost their […](see the full barking...)
cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by Jack Zalium I’m slinging the axe, and going deep into the mine, building a new syndication site for my colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University. It’s a bit under wraps, or so I guess, so I can be deliberately vague. But the idea is to document what we are doing, even if vague, as we do it. Syndicate it in. Mix it up. Spin it back out. The key word is… thought vectors So far all you find for that is comic bubbles. By the way, that image aboce? a google image search? Saved to an image easy with Image Quilts (go with Tufte). Is this some sort of lorem ipso mumbo jumbo? You betchya.(see the full barking...)
cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Scott Maxworthy It’s almost ready to share. I’ve been working on and off since August (a project I thought I could do in a month) on turning the ds106 Assignment Bank into a customizable WordPress theme that could be used for any kind of collection of “Things to Do”. But I’ve done all I can, and just squashed a few nagging details and formatting. A big one over the last 2 days was updating from using as a parent theme the previous WP-Bootstrap theme (based on Bootstrap 2) to the most current one based on Boostrap 3. If that sounds like gobbledy goop, do not worry. The parent theme provides the base functionality of the site, and I am using one based on Twitter Bootstrap “the most popular front-end framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.” […](see the full barking...)
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by mylerdude There’s is nothing like a successful, joyful leap. Mine today was accomplished within the space of my programming editor (still BBEdit, the same text editor I started my first web pages with in 1993). I have to say one of my most favorite things made is pechaflickr which I usually described as a mashup of pecha kucha, Powerpoint Karaoke, and flickr. The way it works is you enter a tag to use as a source of flickr images; if you toggle open the advanced options, you can change the default number of images (20) and interval between (20 seconds). You can check the box that forces images to come from different people, so you don’t see a bunch of repeats from the same person. The player opens in a new window, and after a splash screen as a warning 9with […](see the full barking...)
Technologies: ART EEPROM burner, DASM 6502 BSD, data projectors, NBASIC BSD, Nintendo Entertainment System, RockNES, Super Mario Brothers Nintendo cartridge, video distributor
Current URL: http://www.coryarcangel.com/things-i-made/SuperMarioClouds
Wikibook Chapter: https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/display/MarkTribe/Cory+Arcangel
Not a web-based art form, but yet a compelling example of hacking a console game, Super Mario Clouds presents an example of creation by deletion.
It’s just clouds scrolling by, WTF? But check out what Cory Archangel did to make it
To make Super Mario Clouds, Arcangel hacked Super Mario Brothers, a classic video game that made its debut in 1985. He replaced the program chip from an old Nintendo Entertainment System game cartridge with a new chip that he programmed himself (by borrowing code he found on computer hobby scene Web sites) to erase everything in the original game except the clouds.
Just look at the jagged cuts to get to the chip, and the masking tape labels!
I cannot speak much to the artistic references in the book chapter:
Arcangel’s process of visual subtraction evokes Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), in which the artist famously erased a composition by Willem de Kooning to create a new work of art. Super Mario Clouds suggests a similar sensibility, simultaneously conveying a stripped-down aesthetic and a rebellious, bad-boy attitude that challenges conventional notions of artistic integrity and authenticity.
but the notion of creation by deletion is intriguing for the way it runs 180 degrees to our assumption of what creativity means- making stuff, right? But look at Austin Kleon’s Blackout Poetry- its not just haphazard erasing to make a poem from existing works by erasing portions (maybe easier than hacking a NIntendo cartridge).
While many new media artists fetishize emerging technologies, Arcangel eschews the graphic realism of contemporary game titles like Grand Theft Auto, celebrating instead the crude “dirt style” imagery of early video games
Cory Arcangel provides a detailed illustrated guide to his hack — like
The first thing you will need to get is an original Super Mario Brothers cartridge. Not a “Duck Hunt+Mario Brothers” cartridge, but just a plain old Super Mario Brothers cartridge. Next you should unscrew the plastic back on the cartridge, and inside you will see a circuit board like the one you see below. There are two chips on this board. The CHR chip, and the PRG chip. We are interested in the PRG chip for this project. Also please make sure the cartridge says NES-NROM-01 (01-05 in also fine). This let`s us know it is a 32k Nintendo circut board.
And in a modern spirt, also shares via github the code he used to modify the game.
Even more timely or i time, in reference to the GIF above:
when I originally posted this on the Internet in 02, the web wasn’t actually able to contain video (it sounds funny now, but remember youtube didn’t start making waves till like 05ish??), therefore I made a gif of the video. Of the gazillion bootlegs of this project, most are from this gif.
What’s a video game without the character, action, and scenery? Dreamy?(see the full barking...)
If you have been looking for a DS106 experience to join, your boat comes in March 18. That is when an online course I have been invited to teach in DS106 style starts. EDIT 572: Digital Audio/Video Design and Applications is part of a graduate certificate Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Program at George Mason University. Last summer Nada Dabbagh asked me if I could teach this course with a storytelling approach, even bringing the ds106 mode to it. “Are you sure?” I asked. This class will be 7 weeks long, and is two credits, so I have been paring back a bit of what I typically do in the UMW courses (see the general syllabus). What’s different for this course is that the students are all working employees of a major consulting firm, working on the IDT program at GMU. They have been described to me as “road warriors” […](see the full barking...)
cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine For today’s ds106 Daily Create, Got CAPTCHArt? the challenge was to make some art out of those crazy “prove you are a human” devices. Captchas are not quite as easy to find any more with interesting words. I have some in my flickr from the grand old days when you got real jumbled words, and sometimes freaky combinations, including this unlikely combination of names cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine I wonder what happens when one puts Cory Doctorow with Alan Greenspan? I used the portrait of Doctorow in his office that Jonathan Worth made available (creative commons) in the For the Remix project. Wikipedia has a public domain portrait of Greenspan, at a very similar pose- in front of bookshelves. Eerie. I brought both into Photoshop and resized Greenspan to overlap […](see the full barking...)
In August 2013, I summarized the status of the domains my previous 81 students at UMW had made. Few from 2012 kept their domains, and then, at 6 months after the Spring 2013 class had ended, 20 out of 22 of the blogs from the Spring 2013 class were still there. That was then. While looking for some examples of student blog posts today, I returned and found only 6 were still online, or 27%– 16 domains were expired. It’s not a judgement, and I hold on to the idea the a Domain of Ones Own means One Can Delete the Domain Whenever One Wants To. I do however, feel the loss of the record of that body of work, the links from the assignment bank will need a run of my reaper script. And maybe its no different from my own educational experience; I tossed every notebook, paper, and […](see the full barking...)