November 16, 2014

'emingway

It was not a big surprise to read that Angus Croll is from the UK. Since he’s an employee of Twitter, my first guess was he’d be an American, but after reading a couple of chapters in _If Hemingway wrote JavaScript_, I found that hard to believe, since his vocabulary is more similar to the lists of words I had to learn in high school, than to what you regularly hear on Dutch television of US sitcoms.

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October 14, 2014

fronteers14 part 2

In my rondup of day one of Fronteers Conference 2014 I tried to touch most speakers at least briefly. For day two I want to do the same. As said, Fronteers 2014 is a well organised conference and one of high quality: speakers from Twitter, Google and Etsy are part of the line up. In addition to that it is held in a beautiful venue and a good lunch is served!

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October 09, 2014

fronteers14

So I was looking forward to Fronteers14 since their first announcement and ticket sales last April. I was so much looking forward to it because I attended Fronteers13 also and I was very much impressed by the richness and amount of information you receive in such a short time span. That really is the up-side of visiting conferences.

The venue is as always a beautiful place to spend some time. The Tuschinski Theatre was built in the 1920s in the then popular Art Deco style. If you might get bored during a talk, just take a look around, you’ll see so much nice details: visually a very attractive spot.

Just days before the start, some speaker mentioned physical discomfort: feeling sick and/or having a cold, that I was hoping none of all speakers really would call off for the conference.

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February 18, 2014

Hamiltonian Cycle in JavaScript

Visiting the Gemeente Museum Den Haag — currently called Kunstmuseum Den Haag — I came across a painting I knew already for quite a while, and which I like very much, but now it triggered something. Looking at Vilmos Huszár‘s painting Compositie II (schaatsenrijders) from 1917, I saw, although being sober, the ice skaters move from spot to spot on the painting. I thought: wouldn’t it be great to animate this?

Vilmos Huszar

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October 15, 2013

How to track browser paint events

Last week I was visiting Fronteers 2013 conference in beautiful Tuschinsky cinema in Amsterdam. At the conference, Paul Lewis had a presentation on browser rendering performance. He showed a slide which contained an animation that showed how a browser calculates and paints the screen. Some people on twitter were wonderin how this animation was created. It appeared to be a modified Firefox build. The visualization of paint events cought my interest and I was curious if it was possible to catch Chrome paint events and animate them myself.

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October 02, 2013

Creating a basic Chrome devtools plugin

NOTICE: The below is an outdated article about Chrome devtools plugins. It is not up to date.

So I wanted to create a Chrome devtools plugin. Scraping the Building a Chrome Extension developer page a couple of weeks ago, I found out that chrome.devtools.panels is available. I hadn’t looked into extension development much since creating the Googlevich extension, which is an artwork of which I do not know wether it still works, so I was happily surprised to see a devtools api!

Osudio devtools

This is what we aim for.

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September 17, 2013

Using the web as a resource

Cleaning up some old stuff I came across a nice and simple example of how to use the internet as a resource for something artistic. When I’m teaching, I always pay attention to the possibilities of using the web as much more than just a Yellow Pages platform where you, as an artist, can show off your work with a portfolio. Just like a lot of Arduino addicts use sensoric data to visualize or moderate a Processing.org sketch or a different piece of hardware, one can use stuff from the internet as a means for a visual end.

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