I liked this interview with artist Brandon Breaux about the work he did for the covers of the recently released songs by Chance the Rapper. I’ve noticed a trend of hearing from people who work on highly-promoted music releases this year talking about just how little advance planning/notice there is for major portions of the release process, and this one was no exception.
Artist/writer/director Tom Gran has this marvelous Twitter thread where he expands outwards on a canvas, adding to a single drawing over time. As of today he’s up to his 204th addition and it’s… really quite amazing to scroll through each update with the close-up and overall view.
An art project meant to highlight the stunningly open data practices of some of the biggest companies in the tech industry, Public By Default reconstructs the behaviors of a number of users of the social payment site Venmo by taking advantage of the fact that everyone’s payments are, by default, totally public and retrievable via API (with little authentication or authorization required). It’s really well presented via fun visualizations and storytelling but simultaneously chilling that Venmo has continued to operate like this for over five years while only gaining popularity.
An archive of the final tweets from celebrities before they died; it’s funny and tragic and touching and just generally a lot.
An amazing story about how a one-letter typo in a configuration file broke the entire AI system in the shipped version of a multi-million dollar flop of a video game from 2013. With this fix, people can now play the game as it was designed five years later. Wow!
If you’re not familiar, The Coding Train (fka Coding Rainbow) is a YouTube channel that highlights coding exercises, mostly in Processing or p5.js. This particular episode seemed like an appropriate watch this week, and the result is pretty great.