Physics, Phones, Video, & The Scrape at ITP Camp · Saturday June 19, 2010

Sunday I took Processing Physics with Daniel Shiffman. Dan was a student with me at ITP in 2001, and now he teaches there full time. It’s no surprise really, because he’s truly one of the best people I’ve ever met. His talk on processing physics was a two hour version of his semester long Nature of Code class. He talked generally about physics, and how that translates to code, and then finished with several demonstrations of the open source physics engine Box2D in Processing.

Wednesday I attended Smartphone Studio with Shawn Van Every. Shawn was also a student at ITP around the same time as me. And, like Dan, he is one of the best people I’ve ever met. He also happens to teach at ITP now. Do you see a trend here? His Smartphone Studio provided a chance to explore the various ways you can create applications for iPhone and Android. We focused on PhoneGap and Appcelerator because they allow for platform agnostic development for the most part. I’ve gotta say, after the short period of time I’ve spent with both, I think I like PhoneGap better. Appelerator Titanium seems at least slightly buggy, and the Appcelerator team likes to send a lot of needless email updates.

Friday I attended Gabe Barcia-Colombo’s Interactive Video for Artsy Times which provided a fantastic refresher on MaxMSP and Jitter. And finally, today was The Art of the Scrape by Zoe Fraade-Blanar. Zoe gave a conceptual and technical overview of various methods for extracting data from the internet.

› Matt

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