Pub Choir: 18.000 amateurs sing a song together. As simple as it is, compressed into a professional YouTube video, it turns into a suprisingly touching online moment …

My Geometry Daily artworks were shown at the Mathematics Day Istanbul! I wish I could have been there.


🤔 What am I up to at the moment?

Teaching Digital Experience Design at Nuremberg Tech. The current curriculum spans web design, app design, creative coding (p5.js), game design (PICO-8, Unreal Engine) and more experimental digital design fields (XR, Physical Computing, AI) Finding new ways to combine face-to-face and digital collaboration tools for learning and discussing design. (Confluence, Etherpad, Miro, Google Forms, Adobe XD, Figma)

Researching how people express themselves on the web. Researching and developing ideas how the web can become an alternative to the sinking ad-driven social media networks.

Playing Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Listening Giant Rooks (also, LIVE! 🤩)

Brent Simmons, the author of NetNewsWire (my feed reader for many years), writes about Mastodon support in his application. The interesting part is: How can Mastodon (or any other ActivityPub source) be integrated into traditional "feed reading" apps? There are some significant differences. I chewed on this a lot last year while tweaking the microsub parts of Knot. No substantial solutions, so far, but this might be where possible futures are negotiated.


The Expanding Dark Forest and Generative AI / Maggie Appleton

In this 45 minute talk Maggie Appleton explains the "dark forest theory of the web": How ads, trackers, clickbait, and predatory behaviours turn the public web into a hostile place for humans. She sketches how generative AI will accelerate this even more, what possible futures this might bring and even gives some advice how to work with AI reasonably. So many insights and great thinking, well worth the time: