This is an SFPC student blog.
I am attending the School for Poetic Computation in NYC for 10 weeks this Fall.
I am very excited.
I’m also very nervous because I would like to be a better programmer. I’m still a noivice and I have trouble executing the few ideas that I do have. I’m pretty sure that I will learn a lot and have lots of fun at SFPC but I’d like to come away with something to show to for my time there. Hopefully, a project(for the ages!).
Anyway, Taeyoon(Choi, one of SFPC’s founders) emailed the class today and suggested some resources to prepare for the program:
- “Code”, by Charles Petzold - ”One of the best introductions to how computers work, includes great chapters about things like binary numbers.”
- “Protocol” by Alex Galloway - ”Introduction to critical theory code and network.”
- “Uncreative Writing” by Kenneth Goldsmith - ”An exploration of a creative process that’s about sampling, remixing and experimenting with text.”
- “Madness, Rack, and Honey” by Mary Ruefle - ”A beautiful description of what poetry is.”
Obviously, Dan Shiffman’s Processing and p5 tuts. Already working on that :D
I definitely have a lot to learn as far as:
Additional Learning Resources:
- Nick Montfort’s SFPC courses
- Zach Lieberman’s(another SFPC co-founder) thoughts for students
- Taeyoon’s thoughts on being an artist
- SFPC founders thoughts on teaching and pedagogy
- Previous SFPC student blogs: Rachel, Andrew, Yuki, Todd, Zan
I’m trying to work on a little bit every day. Tonight, I studied some of Allison Parrish’s command-line tuts for generative poetry. As a lover of words(and writer), I really dig her teaching style and tutorials.
I also randomly found kathack.com, which makes me very happy.
It’s 11pm on a Friday night and I’m sitting on the couch alone in my parents’ house. The cat is sleeping on my arm. I hear the sound of a plane soaring overhead and it kind of pulls me further into the future - like that sound has some sort of inertial force(read: momentum) or something.
In a little over two weeks, I’ll be back in New York. I’d like to stay for good this time, but we’ll see. I need to get my coding skills way, way up to be able to find a job. I guess I can always do video production.
And finding a place to live is a whole other story, for another post entirely.
I told my friends I would go meet them at a bar downtown at midnight but I think I’d rather just fumble around with my Arduino Uno, mess with a Processing sketch I’ve been working on, and go to bed.
I might go out anyway. You know how it is when you have friends in town.