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Tools for conviviality

January 28th, 2010 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Tools for conviviality

In the train back from Stuttgart, I read Tools for Conviviality, a pamphlet by social philosopher Ivan Ilich (1973). A ‘convivial society’, he argues, is a society in which everyone can act autonomously, and this can be achieved through the design and use of ‘convivial tools’: People feel joy, as opposed to mere pleasure, to […]

Unimaginable tools

January 23rd, 2009 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Unimaginable tools

“Only rarely, if indeed ever, are a tool and an altogether original job it is to do, invented together. Tools as symbols, however, invite their imaginative displacements into other than their original contexts. In their new frames of reference, that is, as new symbols in an already established imaginative calculus, they may themselves be transformed, […]

Mathematics, fonts, free and money

May 17th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · 2 Comments

In a déjà old interview (2000) by Advogato, Donald Knuth (TeX and Metafont author) answers in his sometimes-very-short sometimes-generous style. In the middle of these all interesting things, a few exchanges about relations between mathematics, fonts, free and money. Enough close to some parts of talks at Wroclaw, like the Dave Crossland’s one, and some […]

William Morris: Art and Its Producers

October 27th, 2007 · Tags: · · 1 Comment

While looking for designers writing about their relation to tools, I discovered the excellent William Morris Archives, part of the Marxist writers’ Internet Archive. To Morris, to own his means of production, was the only way a designer/workman could find back pleasure in work, and this in turn he considered a prerequisite for the production […]

Play!

October 17th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Play!

“It may well turn out that one of the most important effects of open source’s success will be to teach us that play is the most economically efficient mode of creative work.” (Eric S. Raymond, postscript (2000) to The Cathedral and the Bazaar)

Manifeste GNU

September 10th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Manifeste GNU

Manifeste GNU, Richard Stallman Text available on line: http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.fr.html PDF lay-out: retrospective_readingc.pdf PDF cover: retro_attac_couvert.pdf License: Copyright © 1985, 1993, 2003, 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA / Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in any medium, provided this notice is preserved / […]

LaTeX Project

March 17th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on LaTeX Project

From WORDS MADE FLESH Code, Culture, Imagination by Florian Cramer (p22) The idea that beauty materializes in numerical proportions according to mathematical laws continues to be popular in scientific and engineering cultures, too. Since the early 1970s, Donald Knuth, widely considered the founder of computer science as an independent academic discipline, published his textbooks under […]