Archive for February, 2007

Recursion

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Sometimes I just want to wake up, and then I realize I’m already awake.

Cities and Icons

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

After looking at the statistics of the Tiny Icon Factory since its creation date, in September 13th 2006, until tonight, February 22nd 2007, I formatted a paragraph that shows the City-Visits ratio between both dates in a decreasing order. 69184 new visitors and 5610 returning visitors over a total of exactly 100 cities have created 147701 icons. I really like it that Brooklyn is a separate entity than NYC, and that some of this places I didn’t even know they existed.

This are the results (world map provided by Google Analytics):

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Amsterdam-1020, Madrid-772, New York-650, Los Angeles-640, Cambridge-620, London-521, Rotterdam-472, Toronto-380, Barcelona-377, Paris-342, Chicago-333, Utrecht-322, Groningen-313, Athens-301, Buenos Aires-299, Seattle-295, Brooklyn-275, The Hague-270, San Francisco-269, Mexico-265, Santiago-259, Tokyo-258, Houston-256, Singapore-255, Nijmegen-244, Austin-243, Portland-243, Rome-239, Minneapolis-230, Vienna-224, Amersfoort-216, Beijing-216, Delft-215, Atlanta-214, Enschede-206, Vancouver-204, San Diego-202, Brussels-200, Washington-194, São Paulo-191, Dallas-188, Eindhoven-186, Stockholm-184, Cambridge-183, Helmond-172, Istanbul-171, Montréal-170, Berlin-169, Phoenix-167, Tilburg-162, Columbus-156, Calgary-156, Oakland-153, Zutphen-149, Taipei-144, Seoul-143, Miami-142, Saint Louis-141, Caracas-140, Central District-139, Ottawa-134, Boston-133, Denver-132, Bangkok-131, Pittsburgh-125, Bogotá-125, Valencia-124, Moscow-122, Saint Paul-122, Breda-116, Zwolle-116, Hamburg-113, Alphen Aan Den Rijn-112, Indianapolis-112, Hayward-112, Amstelveen-112, Hoofddorp-111, Lima-110, Federal-107, Zoetermeer-107, Philadelphia-106, Auckland-106, Leiden-105, Melbourne-105, Garlasco-105, San Leandro-102, Hilversum-102, Schiedam-100, Salt Lake City-98, Cincinnati-98, Sydney-98, Baltimore-97, Somerville-97, Oslo-96, De Bilt-94, Maastricht-92, Honolulu-91, Edmonton-90, Orlando-90, Shanghai-89.

Jenkins on Writing

Monday, February 19th, 2007

When asked about how to write faster by one of his students,
Henry Jenkins replied: “…just write all the time!”

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Cartoons at MIT

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

My first assignment for one of my classes was to come up with a vision of Batman as if he was created in the late 1920s by the Disney animation studios instead of the late 30s DC comics. I was given an early Mickey Mouse short film animated by Ub Iwerks called Plane Crazy as a source of inspiration. Of course I didn’t stop there, I reviewed all of Iwerks’ work and other early north american cartoons from that era, featuring Betty Boop, Felix the cat, Popeye and others. It was very interesting for me to look at the contrast in spirit between the late 20s and the late 30s in the United States. Batman and other superheroes would embody such a different vision than the one conveyed by the animated cartoons and funny strips of 10 years before. On one side, the 20s animations by Iwerks and others seemed to be all about having fun. Their inventive characters would just spend their time chasing the girl or building airplanes out of cardboard boxes, just to crash them on a scared cow a few seconds later. Everything crazy would happen and everything was alive. Your car, your shoes and your fingers would all have a life of their own, and the characters would perform their adventures dancing at the beat of swing or lindy music. Ten years later, and very close to WWII, characters like Batman came to life to protect north americans from the treats of evil, at any cost. How to change this idea of Batman -that of the superpolice- to make it fit in the careless, playful, sloppy world of the animation films from the 1920s? I could think of a short story that would involve Catwoman, Batman, Robin, a haunted house that was built on top of a cave, a whip, and lots of many, many naughty bats.

I find it refreshing that I can combine this kind of stuff with my research, and with other more scientific oriented subjects, like the new class I’m taking from Gerald Jay Sussman, Adventures in Advanced Symbolic Programming. I hope I can survive it, because I am already learning a lot from it.

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