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A picture or two from my recent trip to Boston and NYC

I spent about 10 days between New York City and Boston a couple of weeks ago. Only now starting to edit the pix that I took on the trip. Here are a couple. The first is a view of the Empire State Building from High Line. The second is from a Halloween party thrown by 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. Click on either image for links to more. I’ll post more as I edit.




Try out Google Chrome OS

You can try out Google’s Chrome OS easily no matter if you use Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. The long version of the instructions are at TechCrunch. Here is a rundown at Ars Technica.

Basically, you need two things:

  1. VirtualBox, which will let you create a virtual machine on which to run Chrome OS, and
  2. a pre-built disk image of a Chrome OS machine.
Just create a new machine, and use the image you download (named ide.vmdk) as the system disk.

Use the login name mentioned on the torrent page, and create a new Google account to play with (don’t trust something you downloaded from an unknown source). Et voilà: Chromeos_under_virtualbox

It is pretty much a basic operating system, that just runs the Chrome browser. All “applications” are the usual web-based ones by Google, and others.

Parsing (X)HTML with regular expressions considered harmful

From @dakami, a good reminder for not trying to parse (X)HTML with regular expressions. You have to read the whole thing because this excerpt doesn’t even give feel for the original.

You can't parse [X]HTML with regex. Because HTML can't be parsed by regex. Regex is not a tool that can be used to correctly parse HTML.

Google enticing more developers

A couple of recent developments with Google. Firstly, they have released their Javascript tools, collectively called Closure (not to be confused with Clojure). Secondly, they have released a Creative Commons-licensed compiled language called Go (watch the teaser video below).

I haven’t had time to play with either of these tools. It’s nice to see that Go can be compiled for Mac OS X (my platform of choice).

New Photography 2009 at MoMA

Just returned from a visit to NYC and Boston. While in NYC, I went to see the New Photography exhibit at MoMA. It featured six photographers: Walead Beshty, Daniel Gordon, Leslie Hewitt, Carter Mull, Sterling Ruby, and Sara VanDerBeek. They all work very differently, though a couple had similar methods. The unifying feature, though, is that the photographic process is used as a medium itself, and sometimes recursively (photographs of photographs).

Walead Beshty is the most “painterly”: he takes a very large sheet of photographic paper, and exposes parts of it to various colored light, masking out areas by using the sheet itself.

Leslie Hewitt’s work departs the least from traditional photography, and I found it very evocative. He photographs other photographs which are placed within a setting of common objects, sometimes with some personal significance.

Anyway, will write more about my trip soon.