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Participants: Derya Akbaba * Ben Allen * Natalia-Rozalia Avlona * Kirill Azernyi * Erin Kathleen Bahl * Natasha Bajc * Lucas Bang * Tully Barnett * Ivette Bayo * Eamonn Bell * John Bell * kiki benzon * Liat Berdugo * Kathi Berens * David Berry * Jeffrey Binder * Philip Borenstein * Gregory Bringman * Sophia Brueckner * Iris Bull * Zara Burton * Evan Buswell * Ashleigh Cassemere-Stanfield * Brooke Cheng* Alm Chung * Jordan Clapper * Lia Coleman * Imani Cooper * David Cuartielles * Edward de Jong * Pierre Depaz * James Dobson * Quinn Dombrowski * Amanda Du Preez * Tristan Espinoza * Emily Esten * Meredith Finkelstein * Caitlin Fisher * Luke Fischbeck * Leonardo Flores * Laura Foster * Federica Frabetti * Jorge Franco * Dargan Frierson * Arianna Gass * Marshall Gillson * Jan Grant * Rosi Grillmair * Ben Grosser * E.L. (Eloisa) Guerrero * Yan Guo * Saksham Gupta * Juan Gutierrez * Gottfried Haider * Nabil Hassein * Chengbo He * Brian Heim * Alexis Herrera * Paul Hertz * shawné michaelain holloway * Stefka Hristova * Simon Hutchinson * Mai Ibrahim * Bryce Jackson * Matt James * Joey Jones * Masood Kamandy * Steve Klabnik * Goda Klumbyte * Rebecca Koeser * achim koh * Julia Kott * James Larkby-Lahet * Milton Laufer * Ryan Leach * Clarissa Lee * Zizi Li * Lilian Liang * Keara Lightning * Chris Lindgren * Xiao Liu * Paloma Lopez * Tina Lumbis * Ana Malagon * Allie Martin * Angelica Martinez * Alex McLean * Chandler McWilliams * Sedaghat Payam Mehdy * Chelsea Miya * Uttamasha Monjoree * Nick Montfort * Stephanie Morillo * Ronald Morrison * Anna Nacher * Maxwell Neely-Cohen * Gutierrez Nicholaus * David Nunez * Jooyoung Oh * Mace Ojala * Alexi Orchard * Steven Oscherwitz * Bomani Oseni McClendon * Kirsten Ostherr * Julia Polyck-O'Neill * Andrew Plotkin * Preeti Raghunath * Nupoor Ranade * Neha Ravella * Amit Ray * David Rieder * Omar Rizwan * Barry Rountree * Jamal Russell * Andy Rutkowski * samara sallam * Mark Sample * Zehra Sayed * Kalila Shapiro * Renee Shelby * Po-Jen Shih * Nick Silcox * Patricia Silva * Lyle Skains * Winnie Soon * Claire Stanford * Samara Hayley Steele * Morillo Stephanie * Brasanac Tea * Denise Thwaites * Yiyu Tian * Lesia Tkacz * Fereshteh Toosi * Alejandra Trejo Rodriguez * Álvaro Triana * Job van der Zwan * Frances Van Scoy * Dan Verständig * Roshan Vid * Yohanna Waliya * Sam Walkow * Kuan Wang * Laurie Waxman * Jacque Wernimont * Jessica Westbrook * Zach Whalen * Shelby Wilson * Avery J. Wiscomb * Grant Wythoff * Cy X * Hamed Yaghoobian * Katherine Ye * Jia Yu * Nikoleta Zampaki * Bret Zawilski * Jared Zeiders * Kevin Zhang * Jessica Zhou * Shuxuan Zhou

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I'm Nick Montfort, participant in CCSWG since the beginning and co-author & organizer of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1); : GOTO 10, an MIT Press book that started as a CCSWG thread. I'm professor of digital media at MIT. Most recent books: The Truelist (poetry) and, in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series, The Future. I live in Boston and New York, where I am involved with community gallery Babycastles and the School for Poetic Computation. nickm.com


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  • Thanks to both of you, @barry.rountree and @jang. The best reply I can make is probably the one I offer here: https://nickm.com/post/2020/02/sea-and-spar-between-1-0-2/
  • Great examples and references! One extreme of “misleading” code when it’s intentionally obfuscated, and not written in a truly “malicious” way — obfuscation can of course be done for aesthetic/poetic reasons or just for fun. The work in the IOCCC…
  • I didn't mean to drive the conversation away from your main point, @barry.rountree, which is a good one. I was just answering @jeremydouglass’s last question. Another technical report I wrote, this one for CCSWG specifically, was actually more of…
  • There are some, @jeremydouglass. I have a 12-page technical report about null programs from 2013: “No Code: Null Programs.” It covers a 0-byte demo (in the demoscene sense) and a 0-byte quine that won IOCCC (International Obfuscated C Code Con…
  • I'm Nick Montfort (he/him), computational poet, digital media scholar. My computational poems are made of code that is short and available as free software, open to study and modification. I just finished with Synchrony, a demoparty (digital art …
  • I want to echo one of Jeremy's suggestions, which is not looking within a page itself but looking at how many versions of a page, in different languages, exist. This is easy to do on Wikipedia for instance but can also be done on university sites: L…
  • Mark, several other people wrote code as part of their critical inquiry in writing 10 PRINT. I wrote an Apple II port, Mark Sample wrote a TRS-80 Color Computer port, and Ian Bogost wrote the most difficult of the ports, to Atari VCS 6502 assembly. …
  • Allison, you're right of course that any interface models and facilitates a particular type of input, and that this can be assistive, or in some cases not. (In this interface I get a squiggly red line indicating that "assistive" isn't a properly spe…
  • I just wanted to suggest that while these exceptions are fascinating and worth concern, we should also looking beyond the particular implementation of autocomplete, even with Google's interesting variations on it. When wondering why these results ap…
  • I'm Nick Montfort, participant in CCSWG since the beginning and co-author & organizer of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1); : GOTO 10, an MIT Press book that started as a CCSWG thread. I'm professor of digital media at MIT. Most recent books: The Truel…