This week, on the Internet:
- Through Laughing Squid, a sculpture that sells itself perpetually on eBay, titled A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter. Says artist Caleb Larsen: ‘Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself. If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself.’
- The end of Adobe Flash. HTML5 is the next incarnation of the web’s core markup, and it can do this. (Will of course require a browser that supports HTML5, so, not IE; more on that here.)
- Because I don’t know anything about French literature, this accessible article by Tom McCarthy was an interesting read about a small modern section of it. I was more impressed before I got to the following sentence: ‘This, perhaps, is the nouveau roman’s greatest legacy: an understanding of what renders space meaningful.’ An understanding of what renders space meaningful! I will spend today saying that fragment aloud, emphasising a different word each time.
- I am a bit disturbed by Google Buzz. It’s too much, at least for now. That is all.
- Escher’s Relativity constructed with Lego.