coordinate.systems RSS feed — max tabackman fenton https://coordinate.systems Kirby Thu, 30 Sep 2021 10:05:17 -0400 sadjflkjsdlf and other slight breezes. 100 wpm https://coordinate.systems/in/2021/wpm https://coordinate.systems/in/2021/wpm Fri, 17 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0400 ]]> angelus-novus https://coordinate.systems/in/2021/angelus-novus https://coordinate.systems/in/2021/angelus-novus Mon, 13 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0400 ]]> fifth week home https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/fifth-week-home https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/fifth-week-home Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Fifth week homestuck. Little to say. Finished a book (finally) and realized I hadn't logged any this year. Forgetting what was missed. Groceries in abundance. Work in abundance. Focus is scarce. Time to keep better notes.

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What Was Left https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/what-was-left https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/what-was-left Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500

In 2007, I knew Jason Polan because he had a website and an email address. A website could show a picture. It could tell a story. His showed someone who painted ants on walls and made drawings and zines and booklets.

I don't know which of his projects I'd heard of first, but he was exciting. And he was nice. We made a plan to have a show for him in Charlottesville, Virginia at a space I helped curate, and timed it so it happened the last week of May, while he was literally moving from Michigan to New York. In an email he said he'd make "As many as I can" - and that became the name of the show.

He arrived on a Friday morning with his car packed. For moving. And he'd brought a show's worth of framed drawings. Of giraffes. They were all giraffes. And the price for every piece based on how many giraffes; something like $20 + the number of giraffes. 30 giraffes in this one? $50, I think. 100 giraffes in this one? $120.

But the knockout was a thousand index cards, each with a drawing of one giraffe. I remember it was my first day meeting him IRL and we were hanging a grid of a thousand index cards with tiny pieces of white archival artists tape. For a show that same night. It filled a thirty or forty foot long gallery wall. It was spectacular.

None were the same. No order was given to which faced one way or another. When they were up, every one was worth spending a moment with. Seeing which way it was facing. Where it was looking. Choosing a favorite. Changing your mind. He and I watched this little world before people came to the opening. They'd pick one they wanted, take it off the wall, and give him a dollar or put it in a box. Little by little a whole other shape appeared. Gaps. The giraffes looking at each other over widening distance.

The next night, Saturday, he gave a workshop in the space called "How To Draw a Giraffe and Other Large Animals" He talked about art train and a little about moving. Kids came. Artists came. Grown-ups. He drew any animal anyone named. More giraffes left the wall.

On Sunday, Jason and I took a day trip to North Carolina to Lump, and I think Jason stayed friends with the folks there forever after. By Monday, I think all the framed pieces had sold, and about 200 giraffe cards were left. He told me to keep those. And then he got in his car and moved to New York.

What he did in New York, in all the years since, seemed to have the same good energy of those three days in Virginia. Drawing. Meeting people. Drawing. Giving drawings away. Drawing where you could see him. Drawing at home. Drawing at Taco Bell. Little challenges to himself in quantity and quality and essence. And to no other judge.

When those unsold giraffes came off the wall, we jokingly called them "WHAT WAS LEFT FROM AS MANY AS I CAN (dimensions variable)" —
"What was left from as many as I can."

We all know he made as many as he could. As much as he could. And what was left is a lot.

It will have to be enough. And we have to share it.

Thank you, Jason.

edit: found these photos of the install

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Tape Deck https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/tape-deck https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/tape-deck Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500 "tape deck"

I'd been trying to get an Ion USB Tape2PC to play through an iMac using Audio Hijack, but that app doesn't monitor audio unless you're recording.

Just thought to check the Rogue Amoeba site to see if they make any other utilities and found Loopback which let me monitor the USB audio input. As a bonus, it let me name the source, so now it shows up in Audio Hijack as "Tape Deck" instead of "USB Audio CODEC"

Now playing: Massive Attack

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Update 2020-02-17:

Whoops. Loopback is $99 and does way more than I need. Turns out if you hold the Option key when you click the Sound menu bar, there's a super fast way to shift the native Input Device, i.e., monitor the tape deck or any other USB input audio. Ha!

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2020? https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/2020 https://coordinate.systems/in/2020/2020 Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500 Aaaaaand. It’s been a year since I posted an update.

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2019 https://coordinate.systems/in/2019/2019 https://coordinate.systems/in/2019/2019 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0500 It's 2019 already.

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Cameo https://coordinate.systems/in/2019/cameo https://coordinate.systems/in/2019/cameo Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0500 Hey everybody, here's a live Sharon Van Etten show I've listened to a dozen times in the past couple years. Maybe it'll help you, too. https://archive.org/details/SharonVanEtten2012-12-15.nyctaper

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that was a year https://coordinate.systems/in/2018/that-was-a-year https://coordinate.systems/in/2018/that-was-a-year Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 That was a year. A couple of wordpress projects, a couple of gigs. Bought a house and moved to a different town.

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placeholder https://coordinate.systems/in/2017/placeholder https://coordinate.systems/in/2017/placeholder Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Placeholder for a blog post.
Placeholder for an edited stream of words that is not shouting.
Placeholder for something helpful and concrete.
Placeholder for something I can say to my child, with dignity, when she is older, if I am still around. Or not.
Placeholder about this slide into a fascist crusader-state.
Placeholder about finally getting it, a little. Whatever it is. Each day hand-over-hand-ing it around a mountain-size prism to see another facet.
Placeholder about reading Hannah Arendt.
Placeholder about Hungary liquidating its entire Jewish population in the span of a year. Beginning to end
Placeholder about always wanting to see Prague. Budapest. Vienna. Capitols. Castles.
Placeholder about sleepiness and the feeling of lying down.
Placeholder for some kind of hope, but also no obligation to hope.
Placeholder for obligation to her, my child. To children.
Placeholder for some sunny warm future day, flipping through pages, finding this.
Placeholder to come back to when there's time, if there's time.
Placeholder to remember emergency, even if only later to laugh at, as if you even knew.

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winter (in america) https://coordinate.systems/in/2016/winter-in-america https://coordinate.systems/in/2016/winter-in-america Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Well. Here we are. Winter again.

What a year. A year as a dad, without my dad. And that election. Amirite?

Some plans:

  • keep improving my coding and sysadmin skills
  • volunteer those skills a little more, for folks who need 'em.
  • make more calls to congress and find ways to contribute to strategy
  • aggregate some of the links that pour through twitter and reading.am into summaries and possibly make that into a weekly email
  • be kind, even more
  • spend a little time each day reading books, now that I basically have them all
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hotline https://coordinate.systems/in/2016/hotline https://coordinate.systems/in/2016/hotline Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0400 So, like last night the Slate thing went from “THEY HAVE AN EMAIL SERVER IN THEIR BUILDING FOR TALKING TO RUSSIA” to “they registered a domain name with their official office address that they use for sending junk mail"

and maybe someone at a bank stayed at one of their hotels and is getting junk mail that bounces

or maybe THEY DO HAVE A SECRET BANK HOTLINE

like literally I do not even know what to think about that.

But it makes me trust this story less — https://twitter.com/Scott_Gilmore/status/793246783220641792 — which is odd, because they’re entirely unrelated. And maybe the DNS story is, like, designed to erode my trust in stories about T. & Russia

Scott Gilmore @Scott_Gilmore
Russia has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least 5 years"
http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CwItuipWYAAsCQS.jpg
TwitterYesterday at 8:22 PM (127KB)

Like, it moves the baseline towards “don’t trust stories about T. and Russia” which is … an interesting effect.

Cognitive bias. Whee.

Charlie Loyd (vruba) has an amazing tinyletter. — http://tinyletter.com/vruba

Willem Van L’s last blog post is this: http://www.willemvanlancker.com/hits-driven-world

Willem Van Lancker
Building Products in a Hits-Driven World

Which ends with this quote: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-stories-about-people-randomly-meeting-Steve-Jobs/answer/Tomas-Higbey

In Charlie’s last newsletter he blindlinked to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ92il176oQ#t=1m53s

YouTube Reagan Library
President Reagan's Address to the Nation on the Venice Economic Summit, June 15, 1987

which is a heck of a speech, in terms of storytelling and setting "the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come"

I miss Willem’s emoji, I miss the whole style of things that were built for limitations: for lower-res screens and SMS character limitations.

Remaking emoji for an iWatch on the keyboard at 260ppi or whatever; busting up how at-replies work —https://medium.com/@tressiemcphd/twitters-new-replies-re-design-isn-t-just-stupid-it-s-really-stupid-c471ca254f0a#.y00dgflt6 — … just a bummer.

Medium
Twitter’s New @Replies re-design isn’t just stupid; it’s really stupid.
This week I noticed something odd on my desktop Twitter:
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I think I miss thinking computerphones could be anything besides surveillance, mostly.

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