Alex McLean

Making music with text

The iPhone and toilet paper freedom

by Alex on November 11, 2009

Geoffg is playing a lawyer in declaring his interpretation of the GPL as the truth, lambasting the Free Software Foundation for not updating some old articles, accusing them of spreading FUD and declaring the iphone as a missed marketing opportunity. He makes the mistake however of reading the GPLv2 as a definition of freedom, rather […]

Patterns of Movement in Live Languages

by Alex on November 11, 2009

I’m giving a paper at the CHArt conference in Birkbeck tomorrow. I’ll edit it a little after the conference for publication, but here’s a draft of the paper, here’s the presentation (which I’m currently editing) and here’s the abstract: Programmers do their work by writing — a piece of software is a structure made from […]

Acid sketching

by Alex on November 8, 2009

I’ve been thinking about visual languages and the morphology of symbols (as opposed to words) for a while. I had the opportunity to start putting some of these ideas into code at a really excellent openframeworks workshop this week, run by Joel Gethin Lewis and Arturo Castro. Here’s what it does: Makes the point nicely […]