The Tilde Club no longer accepts new members, which is unfortunate but understandable since this is not supposed to be Ello but rather something like an doomed-utopian Geocities, webrings included. And I do think there’s something wonderful about randomly clicking through the webpages Tilde members have been “making on the web” (eg. this page that pulls you beyond the 1990s cyberspace event horizon). As Ford tweeted, it’s refreshing to see people doing things rather than just saying things — which, coming to think of it, would be the core difference between the Early Web and the Centralized & Appified Web of nowadays.
A triumph for the Indie Web!
I spent a week in residence with the Teatroensaio company in the countryside, recording landscapes and interviewing locals in the villages of Famalicão da Serra, Fernão Joanes and Videmonte deep near Serra da Estrela. Some of the material was for the video projections of the Transumância play, and the rest will be edited into a documentary film. More soon!
Katerina Kamprani has imagined a series of objects with the worst possible user experience. Quite evidently, Katerina’s renderings bring to mind Jacques Carelman’s Impossible Objects made popular by the cover of Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things.
Jim Leonard’s (aka Trixter) 8088 Domination, a PC demo that makes use of some neat tricks to display fullscreen color video on a 1981 IBM PC. Keeping in mind that these thirty-three year old machines are orders of magnitude less powerful than today’s electronics, you can see how today’s software is incredibly bloated stuff built atop piles upon piles of abstraction.
If three decades later someone can figure out how to display video using a modest early model PC, what kind of applications will someone build, three decades hence, extracting every bit of capability from today’s computers bare metal?
The curtains are drawn. Some light comes through, casting a small glow on the top left of the air conditioner. It’s daytime. The wall is an undecorated slab of beige. That is the American room.
— The American Room is a terrific article in which Paul Ford presents an analysis of US homes and suburbs starting from a study of the rooms found in the background of so many YouTube videos.
I can’t quite place it but I once heard someone claiming that one of the world’s biggest libraries of pornographic film belonged to this US university’s Furniture Design department, allegedly because porn would be a reliable historical record of cheap furniture — a bit like this blog [probably sued out of existence by IKEA’s lawyers hence the Buzzfeed link]. (I tried to search for the library but I found it ungoogleable.)
Shades of Stanley Kubrick: Mario Santamaria curates The Camera in the Mirror, a photolog of vaguely unsettling screen captures of The Google Art Project’s coverage of the Paris Opera.