MARK OF HELP is a set of broadsides and also a free software program. I generated 50 unique printouts using a 256-character stand-alone Python program. The broadsides (and recorded readings of them) are for sale; the program is free as in speech, free as in beer, free as in mattress (*)
(*) May contain bugs
Reading a COMPUTE Gazette from 1988, and they had just done a survey of their readers. This was a publication aimed at C64/128 users.
9 out of 10 respondents reported programing their computer (20% in assembly). That is a startlingly different user base from now. No wonder people thought everyone was going to want to program their computers.
Mastodon friends/artists! Clara Fernández-Vara and I are curing an in-person exhibit in Santa Cruz in December, HOPS AHEAD, and calling for work related to alternate and speculative words and interactive narrative. Deadline is JULY 31. Please see the full call & link to the submission form:
Pixel Phone Fail
Now I can buy another phone (the 5a) that may also be deactivated in 3 years, and similarly become a small wifi tablet, or get a phone good for 6 years that lacks a headphone jack, or get a phone that doesn’t run GrapheneOS
Pixel Phone Fail
My Pixel 3a XL is truly EOL, I’d say, even SOL.
Yes, I know the final updates have been issued for this phone, but I don’t understand why it has to be remotely deactivated. It now won’t connect to T-Mobile’s or AT&T’s mobile network. I took my SIM card out of it and put it in a Android 7 phone from 2015, and that works just fine.
Also I love that the play was just panned in the New York Times
“God’s Fool” at La Mama here in NYC was amazing last night. Martha Clarke and her company w/ text by Fanny Howe. A fragmentary life of St. Francis that is an almost all-singing, all-dancing production with a capella music in several languages spanning 800 years https://www.lamama.org/shows/gods-fool-2022
Paul Slocum, software developer who has been curating, conserving, and selling digital art since 2006 wrote an excellent and extensive survey of the effects and problems in the takeover of networked culture by creepto-capital.
He couldn't find a suitable publication for his critical perspective which speaks volumes about the state of media institutions which made a name and raise funding precisely promoting the opposite values to those of blockchain culture and now are totally integrated and participating in the cultural and economic distortion described by Paul.
Do read and share widely.
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