Monday, December 21st, 2009

How Google answers the simplest qustions

I was curious to see how Google suggest questions only from the simplest keywords. I first felt that pet and sexual health topics, were over-represented in these suggested questions, only to the realize that 79% of internet’s content is about Viagra and cute kittens.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

A new logo for Google

It’s not everyday that a major company revisit its branding. I was hoping to hear a bit more about latest google brand move, but it seems like no-ones noticed the improvement. On their new (currently beta) google search, the logo has lost it’s over-powering drop-shadow, and embossed effect. Thank you Google for finally fixing this ugly leftover from the 90s. This reminds me again that “less is more”,  and especially when it’s we talk of drop-shadows and emboss effects.

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Prime numbers = chaos

[Week 11] On the Visual aesthetic website, an interesting math visual experiment has been showcased. The Primal Chaos website ( suggest an interesting visualization for prime numbers. All factors are represented by different size circles aligned on a linear timeline fashion. Prime numbers can easily be spotted where no circles ends other than the current     number one. While this graphic is still hard to read it’s successfully achieving the task on representing the chaotic relations of prime numbers.

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

net art on display

[Week 9] While reading the we-make-money not art blog, I came across an interesting article presenting an Exhibition dedicated to online works. There has been similar problems during the nineties around net-art. It was hard to present effectively screen-based interactive work in gallerie, but it was also tricky to archive the work, and difficult to sell it in commercial galleries.

The “Tag ties & affective spies” show in Athens, present online pieces questioning the Web 2.0 like the excellent “we feel fine” project by Jonathan Harris, or Folded-in, by Personal Cinema and The Erasers (

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

“Augmenting Human Intellect” Douglas Engelbart, 1962 + “Put-That-There” Richard Bolt, 1988

[Week 7] In Augmenting Human Intellect, Douglas Engelbart discuss the idea of augmenting Human intellect capacity by relegating as much tasks as possible to computer. He decomposes each task into smaller processes that can in many case be accomplished by computer. The remaining tasks that can hardly be accomplished by a computer (due to different limitations), are then seen as more suited to humans. Engelbart suggest that humans should focus on these “more complex” tasks and then extend then be able to advance further than if they would have to also process all the tasks computer can manage by themselves.

In “Put-That-There”,  Richard Bolt discuss a system where the end user can command a computer with a set of more human-based language instruction. Using human like deduction, and pointing direction, a computer can understand and accomplish instructions like “make the circle larger” or “delete the triangle”. While todays computing left away command line driven instruction to the profit of graphic user interface, there’ still many cases where Bolt ideas may be put in practice to improve the communication quality between a computer and its user. For example, in most software (like operating systems), we need to precisely define each element for each instruction, even if there’s only one. Bolt suggested that if only one element would correspond to the instruction, the computer should assume the user refers to this one. I’m amaze to realize how today’s user commands in software, are still directly based on machine-level type of instruction. With proper implementation of Bolt’s ideas, user wouldn’t have to learn how the machine works internally and would be able to focus more on the tasks itself instead of the computer vocabulary that can translate their gaoled into sets of instructions.

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

“Happenings in the NY Scene” Allan Kaprow, 1961

[Week 5] “Happenings in the NY Scene” by Allan Kaprow discuss the boundaries of an art happening. In  the 70s many artist pushed the performative art limits in a area where theatre was the only approved art-form. Duchamp has long before been able to extend the limits of sculpture to readymades, and the happening idea tries to open up the frontier to include collective, not necessarily scripted or very organized events. Kasprow’s Happening definitions is really open-ended and renders such event intangible out of theyre original context. It’s impossible to reproduce the same happening two times, and therefore set different dynamics in the art market.

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