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Katharine Wimett

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Since I moved to the Netherlands, I regularly FaceTime with my mom who lives in the United States. In creating a wallpaper I decided to reconstruct my bedroom in my parent's home using screenshots from our conversations. The wallpaper was then contextualized into a bed sheet for my own apartment.



need keyword

"It is inherent in the technique of the film, as well as, that of sports that everybody who witnesses its accomplishments is somewhat of an expert." - Walter Benjamin

I was given a specific set of parameters to create a book. Source:, book type: novel, size: 180 by 230 mm, typography: one font; one size. I discovered a user on who has reviewed over 5,000 videos from the Prelinger Archives beginning in 2002. Creating a kind of film guide from Spuzz's reviews, I organized the reviews by given topics, one of which was "need keyword." Zoomed in screenshots from act as a kind of portrait of Spuzz and a break from the endless pages of reviews. This book contains all of the reviews from 2005; just one volume of what could be a series. Spuzz is still actively reviewing videos on

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Narcissist, Neurosis and Narcosis

Inspired by Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt" (1950) in which Bradbury explores early ideas of virtual reality. I created a responsive video project, producing the videos in successive order. The triptych focuses on the connected ideas of: narcissist, neurosis and narcosis. As well as, reflecting on youth, parenting, technology and decadence. The work consists of found footage and audio, as well as, footage and voice-over I recorded. The triptych videos were then placed within virtual reality providing an immersive environment.

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Narcissist, Neurosis and Narcosis

VR Experience of Narcissist, Neurosis and Narcosis

Meme Hustler Answers

Who is Tim O'Reilly according to Morozov? The author views O’Reilly as incredibly influential within Silicon Valley, but what he is spreading is not necessarily positive. He is someone who spins things with language. Even though O’Reilly preaches that he wants to save the world the author believes he really believes in the same old ideas of “individualism, small government, and market fundamentalism that we associate with Randian characters.”

What does Morozov blame Tim O'Reilly for? The author blames O’Reilly for steering conversations in the tech-industry away from “rights, ethics, and politics” to how to be an entrepreneur and succeed. He preaches small business, but his sights are set on big business.

Who is Richard Stallman? The author describes Stallman as the leader of the “passionate and principled geeks.” Stallman wanted software to be truly free, for people to be able to study program, change them, and redistribute. Stallman believed that patent law was truly stifling creativity and innovation. The author believes that Stallman was trying to initiate a “radical social movement, not a complacent business association.”

What are the different understandings of 'freedom' that are addressed in the text? “This tendency to view questions of freedom primarily through the lens of economic competition, to focus on the producer and the entrepreneur at the expense of everyone else, shaped O’Reilly’s thinking about technology.” The difference between “freedom” and “free beer.” Free beer relates to cost and nothing else while freedom is the rights to do what you want with the software. O’Reilly also really focuses on freedom as in purchasing power, the ability to choose what you want to buy on your own. “Internet freedom” was made synonymous with the freedom to innovate and open source freedom.

What are the similarities / overlaps between open source and free software according to text? According to the author open source came out of free software as a way to turn the ideas of free software into a profitable business model. Collaboration is key to both, both were an alternative to proprietary software. Both reveal the code of the software.

What is the difference between open source and free software according to the text? They were marketed differently and open source had a better PR team behind it including O’Reilly. What mattered to free software was licensing and ethic issues and what mattered to open source was “the freedom of developers to distribute software on whatever terms they fancied.” Nothing should stand in the way of the open source revolution. Simply open source was concerned with economics and free software was concerned with morals.

What is the main gist of the introduction (first three paragraphs)? Silicon Valley is disrupting even language, changing meaning through the creation of new terms. As a kind of vision of a better world that glazes over the problems themselves.

The Grand Review

List of reviews

  • Unity3D
  • Krita Painter
  • Pixlr
  • Vectr
  • Ikea Planner (removed from official list)
  • The Grand Review Proposal

    The New (extra free) Publication


     1 #!/usr/bin/env python3
     2 # -*- coding: UTF-8 -*-
     5 #dependencies:
     6 #   jinja2 ( )
     7 # the power of python, rely on code others wrote
     8 import random, string, os, sys
     9 import jinja2, codecs, argparse, time
    10 from random import choice, randint
    11 #import randit
    13 #added typeface
    14 html = """
    16 <html>
    18 <head>
    19   <meta charset="utf-8">
    20   <title></title>
    21   <link href="" rel="stylesheet">
    22 </head>
    23 <style @media query { }>
    24     body{
    25     font-family: 'Vollkorn', serif;
    26     font-size: 20px;
    27     font-color= color
    28     }
    29     img{
    30     max-width: 1000px;
    31     max-height: 1000px;
    32     }
    33 </style>
    35 <body>
    36 <h1>Hello I am {{whoami}},</h1>
    38 <p>Today is {{date}}, and its around {{time}}</p>
    40 <p>I currently run a {{uname}} machine. It's been on for {{uptime}}.</p>
    42 <p>And here's a random image from my downloads:</br>
    44 <img src="{{image}}"> </img></p>
    46 <p>And finally, your lucky number is: {{lucky}}</p>
    48 </body>
    50 </html>
    52 """
    54 #variables
    55 #changed colors
    56 whoami = os.popen("whoami").read().strip('\n')
    57 date = os.popen("date '+%A %d %B %Y'").read().strip('\n')
    58 time = os.popen("date '+%H:%M'").read().strip('\n')
    59 uname = os.popen("uname").read().strip('\n')
    60 uptime = os.popen("uptime").read().split()[2].strip(',')
    62 number_list = ["22", "345", "9", "12", "34", "90"]
    63 lucky = random.choice(number_list)
    65 color_list = ['honeydew', 'indian red', 'aquamarine', 'goldenrod']
    66 color = random.choice(color_list)
    68 # random image from downloads:
    69 images = []
    70 downloads = os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), 'Downloads')
    71 for i in os.listdir(downloads):
    72     if i.lower().endswith(('.png', '.jpg', '.jpeg', 'gif')):
    73         images.append(i)
    74 image = os.path.join(downloads, random.choice(images))
    76 template = jinja2.Template(html)
    78 print(template.render(whoami=whoami, lucky=lucky, color=color, date=date, time=time, uname=uname, uptime=uptime, image=image))

    2nd Semester Project


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