New Discoveries – May 2016

So here I am again. Recently I've been going through some interesting stuff, here are some:

- Architecture can be violent, too. Main target is usually homeless folks apparently, which points to the concept of gentrification. I had no idea why those slightly uncomfortable benches at a park were designed like that.

 Spencer Means / CC BY-SA 2.0

A shot from South Carolina. Violent and definitely not subtle. Credits: Spencer Means / CC BY-SA 2.0


News in Technology

It's been a long time... Today I decided to update my blog once again, with some interesting and new videos. Here we go:

- Google's AI won the series of games against the Go grandmaster:

- Machine learning and computer vision can get really crazy. Here is NeuralTalk (and Walk):

NeuralTalk and Walk from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

- This example of 3D face manipulation in videos seems really out of this world:


This month’s discoveries

Hey again,

Let's welcome 2015 with new discoveries, shall we?

- I was thinking about doing an interactively sonified chess game. While doing some research, I found this interesting project:

- Liz Climo and her wonderful works:

- The hesitant stance of people against modern art and its proof:

- Oh and I started writing articles at Arctic Drones

- Marline van der Eijk and her works:

- Wonderful sonic installations by ZIMOUN:

- After Aphex Twin's Syro shook 2014, this video might be relevant as well as being fun to watch:

Well, hope you enjoy it guys! So long and see you at the next post!


New Python Script & A Glitch GIF


It's been a while since I've been randomly playing around with code and formats of files, so I thought it's about time for me to do so.

I wanted to buy a LOMO, but since I believe all LOMO machines are offensively expensive, I wanted to buy it second hand. I checked a nation-wide online flea market called and found several posts but none of them was interesting to me. But I wanted to keep a track of them, so I wrote a small script that does the job for me. Instead of visiting the website all the time, I hardcoded the link of the web page to the script and it does the job for me. Here is the code:

import urllib2
file = urllib2.urlopen('')
dload =

searchString = "<strong>60</strong>"

if searchString in dload:
print "HTML File has not changed, still 60 posts."

print 'HTML File appears to have changed, please check: \n                           verkaufen/marktplatz?keyword=lomo&x=0&y=0&sort=4'

This may look silly at first, but that is only because the code is silly. Seriously, I just parse the HTML from the source, and look for a "<strong>60</strong>" which is totally arbitrary, but in this specific case it was the number of posts that are already shown. So if it changes, the code prints "HTML File appears to have changed, please check..." and that's it.

For running it, I just press Windows key + R, then type cmd and hit ENTER. Then go to Python directory and locate the script and run it. That's it. Pretty simple but that was what I needed anyway.

The other one is just a 10-minute fun, so I'll just leave it here. Because it's peanut butter jelly time.


This week’s discoveries

-If you haven't read it, this interview with Bartholomäus Traubeck , who got honorary mentions Ars Electronica PRIX in 2012 with his piece: "Years".

-This video he mentions in the same interview:

-A great guide from Amanda Ghassaei to Max/MSP on Instructables. Max/MSP is very similar to Pure Data (actually Pd is very similar to it, since the same person/people from Max team built Pd later on) but has a better interface imho. An essential tool for creating interactive works and for much more.

-The concept of a Harmonic Table. This attracted my attention, since it would be a great idea for building generative soundscapes and artworks. Coding this structure in Python would be a nice idea, I will keep that in my mind. Why Python? Two reasons, first it is very easy to write and code. Second, you can do lots of stuff inside Python and extend the scope of your code greatly by sending the data to other platforms, frameworks and programs. So go Python!


Click for larger image of "Harmonic Table"


-This guide on encryption by LifeHacker.Don't forget to check the other links in the article if you find it interesting!

This guide on the Virtual Machine concept. What is a Virtual Machine and why use it? Basically it is a software that enables you to use an OS (say Windows) while you are using your current one (say OS X) without needing to restart your system and easily benefit from the use of multiple OS's.


This week’s inspiring (and interesting) discoveries

Let's begin with this week's list of interesting internet discoveries!

-Amazon plans to ship your products before you buy them. Seriously. We were trying to cope with the fact that they are working on airborne deliveries, yet they have another innovation.

-This comic book infographic.

-Winamp being sold to Radionomy. This might mean that Winamp users can continue using Winamp, although I don't really see the point where foobar2000 is a great alternative for listening to music on your OS. (I prefer Clementine while using Linux)

-This great, heart-warming guide on "How to be alone" by Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis:

-The greatly inspiring TEDx speech by Lizzie Velasquez on "How you define yourself". As she puts it: "Once labeled, "The Worlds Ugliest Woman," Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness". This will bring tears to your eyes:

-The MakerSpace in Georgia Tech. This is exactly the place that I have been recently talking about with a friend of mine, without knowing it already exists. Here is a video:

-Neil Gaiman's commencement speech from 2012:

-The mind-blowing proof that 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12. Note: It is said that this result relates with String Theory and it has applications in Physics:

-Lastly, Dave Brubeck and a random violinist improvising together:


Tech terms explained by non-tech people

8 Tech Terms Explained by Non-Tech People was recently uploaded by Mashable, and this is simply wonderful. Guessing that the people in this video were not in the IT business, it is surprising to me how accurate their most guesses were.

Just a quick bit of entertainment to give you that warm feeling...