March 3, 2002
I live in the world. This presents problems. I will demonstrate:
am a person. I have a name. I live somewhere. I do things and I know people. People
are the hard part.
No, No! This sounds too familiar.
is some action in cloudcuckooland.
Saturday I posted this story about a new video game:
enemies in patterns results in more elaborate sounds and effects, literally creating
the music and the graphics on the fly."
game designers mention Kandinsky
as an inspiration...particularly, his synthesis of sight and sound. Eddie replied
to the article with a link to a Kandinsky page and the next thing I knew, we were
emailing back and forth with examples
of musical paintings and links to articles about the different artists...sort
of link tennis.
least the musicians in cloudcuckooland played the game. The visual artists ignored
the whole thing. I suppose musicians have more experience being creative in groups
than the painters who pursue their creativity in a more solitary fashion. Musicians
(like gamers) like to improvise and the call
and response nature of this game employed the medium of time...just like music
about paintings that look like they were
painted by musicians, I'm
struck by how many there are and by how uncommon they are. Many artist
have painted musical subjects...but usually in unmusical
ways. Some painters say that they like to paint to musical accompaniment.
the dedication that it takes to excel
at something like painting requires the sacrifice of other abilities and interests.
specialization is the price of expertise. This would explain a lot.
March 4, 2002
Fantasy X and I think it is getting close to the end...so, I might not be
around much for a while. Anyway, the server that relays cloudcuckooland messages
March 6, 2002
Fantasy X wasn't very exciting...just leveling
up the characters before the (I expect) final confrontation with evil. Maybe
the flu keeps me from being excited. After all of that discussion generated by
I decided to get the game and see how successfully the developers created a synaesthetic
experience. So, I went to the game store at Copley Place and tried to buy
slacker behind the counter said, "We don't carry that. We got a few copies
in...but they're gone."
you planning to get more in stock?"
to plan B. I went to the game store at the Prudential Center nearby to
see if they had a copy.
you have Rez for Playstation 2?"
only had a few copies and they are gone."
do expect to have it back in stock?"
If it sold out, shouldn't you be trying to get more in stock?"
handed me a business card for the store and suggested I go online to see if they
have any copies in their warehouse. He was standing in front of a computer that
he could have used to check inventory. I left the store wondering if the recession
wasn't deep enough for people to be concerned about keeping their jobs. I located
a used copy on Amazon.com and expect it in a week.
May 9, 2002
the new design by Rem Koolhaas
for the EU
flag was revealed
to the world. In cloudcuckooland we had some discussion about the strange idea
that "unity" and "diversity" could be expressed by 45 parallel
straight lines. I thought that the "bar code" was reductionist...that
it ignored the unique history and nature of the member states. This stripping
away national particularness was also seen in the EU
currency designs...as if "unity" were a simple matter of eliminating
all human character. Scary.
and Eddie each proposed their
own modifications. Eddie's "Euro Jack" brought to mind Jasper
Johns. I wondered how various
artists would have treated this flag design.
replied, "Hahaha! Amish Quiltmakers! whaa! I missed out on photoshop tennis.
Since the new flag would be a drag for schoolkids to draw and paint why not just
go all the way and make it impossible...".
Paul emailed, "France and Italy have both submitted versions
of the Euro-flag, and appear to be having a row over it."
(ever helpful) replied, "...and Paul, what a drag, lets help those EU guys
a bit with a new flag design
a "Do it yourself theme". There should be another tab for languages."
yeah...I did get Rez. I'll try to tell you about it when I have a little more
time. I still haven't finished Final Fantasy X...figures.
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