Rob Myers
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

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BIO
Rob Myers is an artist and hacker based in the UK.

I have been creating images of the contemporary social and cultural environment through programming, design software and visual remixing since the early 1990s. My work is influenced by popular culture and high art in equal measures. My interest in remixing and sampling has led to my involvement in the Free Culture movement. I have been involved in the public consultation regarding the Creative Commons 2.0 and CC-UK licenses. All my visual art is available under a Creative Commons license.

My interest in programming has led to my involvement with the Free Software movement. I developed the Macintosh version of the Gwydion Dylan programming language compiler. All my software is available under the GNU GPL.
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DISCUSSION

Commons, Billboards, Dromos


Creative Commons are trying to protect shared creative (discursive for
you CS types) space from enclosure (and value extraction (asset
stripping / alienation)).
http://www.bollier.org/reclaim.htm
http://creativecommons.org/
One of "No Logo"'s theses is that public (civic) space is being fenced
off by brands (which is also value extraction (asset stripping /
alienation) however "sponsorship" or other trickle-downs are
misrepresented).
http://www.nologo.org/
This commonality of protecting shared space is important, and the two
critiques should look at each others historical models and contemporary
actions.

All of which makes me wonder whether Virillio has confused speed with
lack of space. Both mean you can move from place to place quicker, but
the ramifications are quite different...

- Rob.

DISCUSSION

Re: David Byrne does powerpoint


Now all we need is for Eno and Yoko Ono to discover it and we've a full
house. :-)

As long as they don't do any work for NASA. :-)

- Rob.

DISCUSSION

Re: Dream by Dream, Dreams Come True


On Monday, December 01, 2003, at 10:46AM, Olia Lialina <olia@drx.a-blast.org> wrote:

>Dream by dream, dreams come true. Recently I found out that Java Applets
>don?t freeze my browser any more. Lakes, puzzles, mosaics, lenses,
>fractals, plasmas, running texts, rotating menus. It is exatly them who
>make the web to be a very special place. What a pity that they were
>overlooked by designers and artists (probably because they never worked
>on Macs) and are not a part of the web of today.

This is certainly why VRML never took off (in addition to VRML 2 being an unimplementably complex mess, and can somebody please get X3D banned under the Patriot Act or something? We need a usable standard that people actually want), but Java always worked OK on Macs unless you wanted an AWT UI in which case things just looked horrible.

I used to work for a Java house doing financial work. We had to target specific version numbers of PC IE for our work as the mathematical errors varied with each one's JVM and you don't want that when scoring people for credit...

- Rob.

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Re: Manifesto Of The Day


On 28 Nov 2003, at 04:13, mailinglists@switchstance.com wrote:

> It's funny, I use this kind of "distributed
> creativity" to enforce discipline in the
> classroom.

This is one of the claimed advantages of wikis: social pressure and
rewards (rather than monetary rewards, or punishment) will encourage
collaboration (sociable behaviour).

Open Source projects take more social skills than proprietary coding.

I worked for a company that had a community dot com as one of its other
projects. The admins lacked the social skills to deal with
over-enthusiastic members who believed they added value to the
community by donating hours of their free time to it, treating them as
a threat to be disciplined, and chasing them onto a private mailing
list to do so. God only knows how they'd have dealt with a real crisis
rather than a self-induced one.

- Rob.

DISCUSSION

Re: Distributed creativity


For a community list of individuals with established identities,
anonymity does not help build trust.
For a new community, particularly a politically active one, It might be
good to have an anonymising list, where nobody knows who's saying what.
It might well eliminate trolling, and might allow people greater
freedom to express themselves.

Note use of the word "might". :-)

- Rob.

On 29 Nov 2003, at 12:54, yasir wrote:

>
> I'd hate to agree w you but I don't.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eryk Salvaggio
>
> Otherwise we may be forced to read and agree with people we never read
> and but know we don't agree with.