# Jeff Thompson | Blog

## Physical Samples

Doing some Friday afternoon math about the audio files on my computer.

~22 days of music = 80,129,302,838 samples*
Sample values range from -32,768 – 32,768

If each value were to be cut using a standard CNC mill with 0.000125″ accuracy, the resulting object would be:

10,016,162.8″ = 834,680.2′ = 158.08 miles long, and only…
8.192″ tall!

* calculation from Adam Caprez at the Holland Computing Center; thanks Adam!

September 30th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

## Ordered by Nibbles

16 x 16 table of octet values orderd by “nibbles“.

Via Wikipedia user Incnis Mrsi.

September 30th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

September 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 pm

## Chart of What I Know

A fantastic chart by David Lang.

Via: Make blog

September 22nd, 2011 at 5:41 pm

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## Atari ET Levels

Levels from the Atari 2600 game E.T.  Thinking about hyper-minimal games…

September 14th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

## Giant Guitar Prototype

Currently building a prototype for a giant (22′ and 70′) guitar, to be performed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  Turnbuckle tuner, derlin nut/saddle, humbucker pickup.  Possibly played with a motor.

September 13th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

## Reubens and Cats

Because not everything has to be serious.

September 11th, 2011 at 10:15 am

## Things With Frightening Names

“Things With Frightening Names” from “The Pillow Book” by Sei Shōnagon:

“A pool of green water.
A cavern in a valley.
A board fence.
Iron.
A clod of earth.
Thunder: not only is the name frightening but the thing iteself.
A hurricane.
A cloud of ill omen.
The halberd star.
A wolf.
A white-eyed cow.
Prison. A prison warder.
An anchor. Here again one is frightened not only by the name but by the sight of the object.
A rope mat.
A robber is frightening in every possible way.
An ‘elbow shower’.
Snake strawberries.
A living ghost.
Devil’s yam and devil’s fern.
Bramble and the prickly citron.
Dried charcoal.
A peony.

Entry #150; thanks James Shea.

September 9th, 2011 at 9:26 am

## Elliot Stabler’s Eyes

In a rare and interesting moment, an episode of “Law & Order: SVU” where the camera is not in the third person, but a POV shot.  Seen through Elliot Stabler’s eyes, while wearing glasses.  A strange moment of internalization on a show that is has such a clear sense of style.

Season 9, Episode 7.

September 8th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

## Bourriaud’s Definition of Art

“When Benjamin Buchloch referred to the conceptual and minimal generation of the 1960s, he defined the artist as a ‘scholar/philosopher/craftsman’, who hands society ‘the objective results of his labour’.  For Buchloch, this figure was heir to that of the artist as ‘mediumic and transcendental subject’, represented by Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Joseph Beuys.  Recent developments in art merely modify Buchloch’s hunch.  Today’s artist appears as an operator of signs, modelling production structures so as to provide significant doubles. An entrepreneur/politician/director.  The most common denominator shared by all artists is that they show something.  The act of showing suffices to define the artist, be it a representation or a designation.”

Relational Aesthetics, pg 108

September 6th, 2011 at 2:11 pm