I feel lucky knowing that I lived in a time before web 2.0 or mobile phones really took off. I’m specifically thinking about a time when there were rotary phones, dial-up connections, and illegal pirating of music via napster. I say this because it directly impacted how I interacted with computers. And I truly believe it helped mold my thinking about computing and using it as a tool.
From the days of playing around with Geocities, I was always interested in how typing lines of a foreign language can translate to a creation on this new thing called the web. Fast forward many years and I’m finally realizing that scripting languages can create anything from fan pages to billion dollar companies. It’s that range that I want to explore with computation.
This term I hope to explore projects that range from creating beautiful visualizations to feeling confident that I can write scripts to help automate menial tasks. I’d also hope to take it a step further and learn how to marry both computational media and physical computing. This is an area I’ve only admired from afar, but now can actually explore myself.
Truthfully, projects I love stem from a teacher’s assistant I had from my undergraduate years, Jono Brandel. He’s work spans across graphic design and computer programming in ways that really stuck with me.
In terms of my sketch — I’m not proud of it, but I got my feet wet is all I care about. The coordinates system is something that I’m still trying to get a hang off. It’s tough to think in multi-dimensions and layers when I’m coding. The web editor I think is a fantastic tool. It was so responsive to my varying inputs that my computer’s fan began to really take-off since it was using a lot of memory. If anything this purely highlights that my computer is old.
Did you post any issues to github? Not sure since I’m about to try…