You know that really cool thing that the Internet does where, out of nowhere, you find something that you didn’t previously know existed, and you now become absolutely insane about? Yeah, that thing. It just happened to me, again, and it is making your own glitch art.
Glitch art is the process of taking an existing image and modifying the code used to render the image to make it… different.
Take one of my favorite recent art installations, Florjentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck that floated into Hong Kong harbor. It is rad-looking.
But what if you could modify it to make it even cooler? You can! German designer Georg Fischer (aka snorpey) is a glitch artist who has done a wonderful service to me personally by making a do-it-yourself glitch art creator. You just take an image, and then play with it until it is messed up in the exact way that you find aesthetically pleasing:
Hooray, Internet!!! Kiss an hour of your day goodbye!! You’re welcome!!
WE GET IT, STEPHEN HAWKING!!! You with your big brain-parts, and whatnot. So smart that you leave Cambridge University’s Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics (“Newton’s Chair”) at a historically appropriate time, instead of just skiing it right into the ground, and overstaying your welcome, like some idiots do.
Does this mean that all of the really good thinking has been done already? Does this mean we can just go gently into that long good night? Don’t think twice as you drift closer, closer to the pillowy bosom of sleep and your life is fine, just fine and explained:
1) Identify one of the best XKCD comics ever (impressive – there are lots)
2) Turn the imaginary game it talks about into an actual game
I will admit that I spent upwards of ninety seconds playing this game. The nerd in me wants to believe that even in bouncy physics, YOU CAN WIN THIS!!! Like, if this game had some rudimentary Pong-physics, you could rebound a piece off the wall, and based on extrapolation of the fake game-pieces’ physical properties and resultant vector through the game-ether, you could determine how the rebound would cause each piece to…. (Note to self: You cannot win this.)