it seems like engineers really love Borges? I feel like half the articles I read about AI or machine learning have some kind of nod to his work, but this tribute takes the cake. no one needs a Furby that will spout cryptic quotes, but why not:
you still have a few days left to do some decorating for the holidays if you’re in the mood. Arduino put out this tutorial for a singing tree that only needs a few parts and looks pretty straightforward!
I’m bookmarking this article on reversing an easing curve for the next time I get into a transitions mess on a project. good easing is so crucial for an interaction “feeling right.” the article even includes a little tool for calculating the reversed values of a cubic-bezier, so you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you go down that road.
restyling form controls is the #1 annoying thing that comes up when I have client work. everyone wants their buttons to match their brand, but very few people consider how that affects accessibility. this article digs in on what you need to do to make sure that your custom form elements are still inclusive.
ugh this new gamepad tutorial from Adafruit is too cute. would be a nice way to spend that time off between the holidays if you have access to a 3D printer and some time to tinker.
Livecode.nyc has a call for proposals open for an event on Feb 2 at the NYU Media and Games Network. if you have a proposal for a talk or workshop, submit ASAP! the deadline has been extended to December 27.
School for Poetic Competition has rolling open admissions for their winter session! “SFPC’s Code Societies, our winter intensive session, will examine the ideological and corporeal attributes of computation; concentrating on the poetics and politics of culturally embedded software….No coding experience necessary; only enthusiasm and willingness to reconsider how code shapes and is shaped by society.” this sounds rad as hell and SFPC seems like a really amazing community to tap into. apply asap!
Afrotech Fest, a tech festival by and for Black people of African and Caribbean heritage, has an open call for submissions for their 2019 event in London. even if you have never given a talk before, they encourage submitting your idea for consideration and offer some great resources for how to prepare. deadline is January 13, apply here.
School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe in Berlin is offering two full diversity scholarships per class for each 4-week program next year! applications will be accepted until January 15. topics include AR, VR, MR, data, bots, and more. more info here.
just for lulz:
as you make plans for NYE, Jayson Musson’s latest game captures that awkward juggling act of managing your anxiety at the club. RIP ur dignity.
as always, submit to the open artist call if you have anything in the works that you are excited about! and if you have an event or opportunity to promote (anywhere), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of December 31 to January 6, but I’m happy to promote events farther in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.