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07.25.14 Sophie Weiner

When the MTA launched its geo-locating bus tracker, the API was made public, encouraging developers to build useful apps. Inspired by the countdown timers in subway stations (which make people really happy), Brooklyn programmer and public transit enthusiast Ian Westcott decided to get one in his home. Using the open source data, Westcott designed a wifi-enabled LED display that counts […]

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06.17.14 Marina Galperina

Because you can never have too many meme-y programming languages, here’s Lauri Hartikka’s ArnoldC — “an imperative programming language where the basic keywords are replaced with quotes from different Schwarzenegger movies.” Check it out on Github to [pretend to] learn how it works. Some sample terms: If If BECAUSE I’M GOING TO SAY PLEASE Else BULLSHIT EndIf YOU HAVE […]

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05.05.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Lebanon-born Brooklyn-based artist Ramsey Nasser talks about his Arabic programming language artwork قلب . Arabic programming languages with the honest goal of bringing coding to a non-Latin culture have been attempted in the past, but have failed without […]

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07.24.13 Marina Galperina & Nate Cepis

Computer Chess (2013) Andrew Bujalski mumblecored again, into an ’80s tournament between the newest chess-playing computer terminals. Hotel o’ Geeks. ADVENTURES! “Have you ever taken LSD?” Smart, so smart. Surrealism. Or is it? If you like chess, programming or thinking, see this film. If you like film, see this film. If you film, see this […]

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07.02.13 Julia Dawidowicz

While coding is the backbone of our digital life as we know it, only a small portion of the population actually has a grasp of the complex world of computer languages. Which is why the sneaky language-creators behind the scenes can get away with discrete mischief, like naming a coding language Linda… after porn star […]

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05.23.13 Marina Galperina

Do you have a dumbphone, but still want to access internet things? Welcome to The Dumb Store. A project by Allison Burtch and Ramsey Nasser, just premiered week at the ITP graduate program showcase in Tisch. “We think that information should be available to everyone, irrespective of the hardware or software they have,” Burtch tells ANIMAL. The Dumb Store is truly a platform for everyone: […]

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01.24.13 Marina Galperina

“قلب, as far as I know, is the first programming language that’s also a conceptual art piece,” says Ramsey Nasser, computer scientist and a fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Art+Technology Center. He can’t read the Russian hacker forums or the Chinese Twitter accounts buzzing about قلب  (“alb”, “heart”), but he shows us how his terminal can understand Arabic calligraphy. It’s […]

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10.12.12 Marina Galperina

Ishac Bertran’s project Code Poems has finally hatched into a tangible entity of a book. It’s some sort of amazing. See, programming is a language like any with “its own rules (syntax) and meaning (semantics).” Swap out protocols with words for the sake of creative expression — within the syntax and semantics of code — and… viola! Poetry. But is it good? […]

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