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Infocom-related mishaps

dept. of side projects

Corduroy is a Python library for using CouchDB with Tornado.

book cover doodle

i have no idea why i made this…

scale error

coordinate transforms will always be a trial and error affair i'm afraid

the rules of the game

13 months and 11k lines of code later, i’ve finished up the choose your own adventure project. all told i ended up cataloging a dozen books from the early-to-mid 80s, looking for patterns in their construction and in the paths made by different readers through them.

these short, simple books had a surprisingly complicated structure with their interlocking pages & choices. as a kid the idea of writing one and keeping all those pages straight boggled my mind. what was lost on me at the time was that even a list of hundreds of page numbers can be comprehensible if it’s redrawn as a diagram. these days i feel like i approach everything that way.

so here is my look back at an obsession from my past, using graphical obsessions of the present to guide the way.

samizdat.cc/cyoa

Bookmarks

multiple neat ideas (and a dramatic ending) marred by raggedy collision detection

“Everything I do, I got a reason.”

drake's accountant

just one guitar

when los angeles's urban planning was at the burning man level

have unix will timetravel

spectacular use of event-driven audio

interpreting counter values as game mechanic

way too much in here to list. maniac mansion, pitfall, raid on raid on bungeling bay, and elite all changed my view of the old days in various ways though. watch them all.

“Czech psychedelic country music”

“EduWare never actually obtained a license from the television series' producers. The company simply called ITC, asked if they had any issues with a Prisoner-themed restaurant, and when ITC said that would be okay, EduWare decided they didn't need a license to make a Prisoner-inspired game.”

many great pieces including the ballyhoo'd dickensianism post

there's a surprising amount of rhythm in their compiler output

a wrinkle in genre

ziweh-ziweh ooo ooo

the most fun i've had with recursion since quicksort

canon from the 20s that still reminds me of delia derbyshire

more or less why i have windows on my machine...

love the bit about the overflow error in pinky's navigation. one of those bugs that ends up causing more interesting behavior than the non-flawed algorithm would have

“Notice the extremely ghetto picture-in-picture I had to do. I would, ahem, *acquire* some better video editing programs, but you know, my 56k limits my options.”

the new casio sk-1

so much magic hidden in tunings

as much as i have a soft spot for beautiful soup this is the syntax i've always wanted

all 6 seconds of it

tragically accurate. let us all surf the rising tide of mediocrity on the way down...

the beautifully empty palast der republik in its final days intact (c.f. http://bit.ly/aDVgHM )

probably the least nutty rk4 code i've seen

mesmerizing demo

also the soundtrack to my dc summers

canvas sugar

typesetters know when to hold/fold/kern em

gis without impedance issues...

the comic-within-the-comic reconstructed

how it's done

the m.c.m. m.o.

neat python library for audio futzing

nostalgia

defused via koan

show-stoppers include destro my tokyo, vision voice void, and the game

i kind of can't get over the idea of fallows hacking out a script in basic to do his taxes...

towers of hanoi on the run

the waylon jennings version still floors me

so between this and tornado i guess facebook isn't entirely a pile of php

everything. (almost literally now since you daren't even think about using lua post-3.3.1)

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Christian Swinehart

Rhode Island School of Design

M.F.A. | Graphic Design

2005-2008

Brandeis University

Ph.D. | Computational Neuroscience

1998-2005

Dickinson College

B.S. | Cognitive Science (Self-developed Major)

1994-1998

Education

Director

Office of Unspecified Services | Brooklyn, N.Y.

2010–

Interactive Designer

Pentagram | New York City

Graphic & computational design on Lisa Strausfeld's team

2007–2010

Core Developer

Fink Project | Open Source Software for OS X

Maintainer of 54 applications including Emacs, GPG, and Frotz

2002–2006

Web Designer/Developer

Revolutions Workshop | Washington D.C.

Graphic design and front-end development.

2000–2005

Experience

Programming Languages

Objective C, Python, Javascript, Actionscript, C, Java, Perl, Lisp

Graphics/Visualization Environments

Canvas, SVG, NodeBox, Processing, OpenGL, MATLAB

Markup Languages

HTML/CSS, LaTeX, Postscript

Applications

Illustrator, Flash, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Apache, Max/MSP

Platforms

Mac OS X, Linux, BSD

Skills & Technologies

Samizdat Drafting Co.

129 Noble St., Top floor

Brooklyn, NY 11222

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