here we are, my last blog post!
this time I continue to surf on internet and I found another piece of E-lit in the volume 3 the name is “Umbrales”.
Umbrales is a work composed from the writings of patients from the Emil Kraepelin psychiatric clinic in the Manuel Velasco National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Mexico City. The work is a transition space between two zones, a border that implies the crossing of thresholds and testing of horizons. Umbrales invites us to erase these lines, to place ourselves in the place, mind, and heart of another, asking ourselves: who are we to cross from one zone to another? The threshold is the present, from which we can move into light and darkness, past and future.
When you open the web site you have a screen in which there are 4 circles and inside them there is written: FUTURO (Future), LUZ (Light), OSCURIDAD (Darkness) E PASADO (Past).
At first, I clicked “future” and a white board appeared in which you can draw what you imagine thinking about the future or you can see the drawing of the patients of the psychiatric clinic. Under the word future there is written a beautiful phrase: “Everybody imagine, draw the future. The future is a stroke today, a name, a letter”. I liked the metaphor that you have to draw as we actually draw our future. Life also is a drawing, someone thinks that is a God drawing, someone that is our or destiny’s drawing.
Then I clicked on “Luz” and a text appeared. You can change the text moving or deleting words and produce your own text. Under the title there is written: “What happens when you move a word? Do you build new worlds? Do you imagine new desires? Do you make happier your reality?”. This make me think how we can change our story changing our choices as we can change the meaning of the text changing the words.
When you click on “Pasado” a text appears, and this text is going slowly to disappear. This is a really good metaphor, while the words disappear you can feel the connection with your life, when it goes on and the experiences that you did are slowly more and more far from the present that you are living. As the words that disappearing leave a pale back ground, you can also see the representation of your mind where inside there is all yours memories but are confused and, in a metaphoric way, surrounded by fog.
Also here under this title there is written a really deep phrase: “Words are memory’s issues, that burn us inside, that makes us cry, that makes us smile, some things leave and others stay”.
Then I clicked on “Oscuridad”, here there is a text surrounded by a black shadow and for reading it you have one light that you have to move with your mouse. There is a background music that is really disquieting and under the title there is this phrase: “Some parts of our mind stay sometimes hidden, where our painful, further thoughts remain, that ones that left a mark in our way of live”. This way to represent the darkness and the “parts of your mind that are hidden” is really good interpretation, the shadows in the page is exactly the darkness that you have inside yourself, the darkness that hide all your bad memories, the experiences of your life that you want to delete.
All these pages have background sounds that make you feel the meaning that the author wants to express and that are really good matched with the design of the page. In this work there are a lot of multimodal elements as the sounds, the images, kinetic text, animation and links. Thanks to this I could understand better the position as a digital reader because actually without all this interactivity things, the sounds, the drawing, the kinetic texts and also the colors that the author chose you can’t really understand the meaning of the project and you can’t be focused and enraptured as I was.
When I read the activities that I should cover in my last blog post I was scared!
I saw “How to make a twitter bot” and I thought I could never succeed in doing it! But then I choose to try and I follow all the instruction in this page: http://www.zachwhalen.net/posts/how-to-make-a-twitter-bot-with-google-spreadsheets-version-04/
If you want to try to do one twitter bot I recommend this page to you!
But, What are bots?
Bots are small automated programs that index websites, edit Wikipedia entries, spam users, scrape data from pages, launch denial of service attacks, and other assorted activities, both mundane and nefarious. On Twitter bots are mostly spam, but occasionally, they’re creative endeavors.
Twitter bots are, essentially, computer programs that tweet of their own accord. While people access Twitter through its Web site and other clients, bots connect directly to the Twitter mainline, parsing the information in real time and posting at will; it’s a code-to-code connection, made possible by Twitter’s wide-open application programming interface, or A.P.I. The bots, whose DNA can be written in nearly any modern programming language, live on cloud servers, which never go dark and grow cheaper by the day.
We introduce bot with Leonardo Flores in the studio visit and also in class. One of the bots that he introduced to us is “Regrets to Egrets” on Twitter. It performs a very simple operation, it takes the twitter stream, it looks through the twitter stream for any use of the word “regrets” and then it removes the r and tweets that phrase that he found with the word regrets but this time with the word egrets.
Leonardo showed the example phrase: “In order to survive, you gotta learn to live with egrets”. It takes a psychological statement about regret and learning to live with regret and it turn the meaning to how to live with nature.
Another funny example was Pentametron that looks through the twitter stream to find tweets that makes rhymes with others. When the program finds these kind of tweets it retweets them in order to create a sort of poetry with rhymes.
So, my twitter bot is not so well-structured but it’s a beginning. My twitter bots are just 15 sample tweets generated from a selected data sheet that are going to be posted each hour in my new twitter page: https://twitter.com/robots_gbot
This is how it looks like now:
Retweet of my bot!:
We are at the end guys, I started this course completely ignorant about digital culture as digital art or computer games or electronic literature, but now thanks to my teacher Mia Zamora, her lessons and her suggests I have a quite good knowledge of them. Also, all these blog posts helped me to think about the topics we discussed in class. It was a very interactive and interesting course.
I hope you found my blogs interesting, maybe I will continue writing them, we will see.
Thank you very much!