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.

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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:

Reading:

  • “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.”

Coding:

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:


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.

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Written on September 17, 2016