My new server thing.

So I made a server called Serverus 1.0 . I made it out of a computer my parents were throwing out.. so free.
And before you ask its not a Harry Potter reference, its named after a 3 headed dog called a Cerberus.

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I take it back, like this:

Anyways here she is! Look how cute she is :D

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It has a Single core AMD processor that came out in 2006 (lol). It has only 1 gig of DDR2 ram (lol).
Its been running constantly for about 7 days under load and seems to be doing fine. I’m currently not running a VPN but I don’t really care if this computer gets hacked, there’s nothing important on it.
I’m using it to host a teamspeak server cause i have like 6 friends who pay monthly to get their servers hosted when I can host it myself.. for free… well minus electricity, but its a computer that has no monitor or keyboard or mouse.

I currently use RDP to control it with my main computer which is awesome on two monitors:
Screenshot (75)It’s super cool having windows 7 pro on one screen and windows 10 pro on the other. lol. It’s also funny seeing task manager comparison. Check out how the server has ONE core and my main computer has 12 lmao.

This is definitely a temporary solution for now. Serverus will be a 6 core cpu @4.1 ghz with 8gb of DDR3 ram and  2 2TB harddrives in RAID 1. It’ll also be rackmounted into my closet with all of the other networking things. That is all in the future however because that upgrade will take about $450. (not bad though)

Future Work on the Server:

  1. 6 core cpu @4.1ghz (I’m so glad single core computers aren’t a thing anymore)
  2. MOOOAR RAM (cause I run out extremely fast)
  3. SSD boot and 2 NAS HDD’s in raid 1
  4. A rack mount cause (cause this thing is litterally sitting in the middle of my hallway on the floor lol)

Future programs to test on the server:

  1. Minecraft server
  2. modded Minecraft server
  3. CS:GO server at 128 tick to host at least 10 people.
  4. VM’s for everyone in the house(so they can log on from anywhere in the world and get files for school and stuff)

Future networking things I need to do.(In 6 months when I move back to Sacramento):

  1. Move to a server grade wired router
  2. Install a gigabit switch
  3. move EVERYTHING to a closet cause fans are loud
  4. Run cat6 ethernet cables everywhere(2 to my room, 2 to Dylan’s, 1 to Jacob’s, 1 to Drews’s, 2 to the living room, 4 to other places)
  5. run ethernet cables to the 5 shitty WiFi routers me and my friends have to use as access points (this way if the wifi is down it doesn’t hinder the rest of the network we just have to reset that certain WiFi router.
  6. Run all network though a VPN cause by then there’ll be private info on it.

Thinking about it now there’ll be 19 network cables and a coaxial cable going into this closet in my house lolol.

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Aaron Swartz

What an interesting man that i never knew about.

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So this man is named Aaron Swartz. He was born in Chicago in 1986. He started his internet life very young. He was a developer for the RSS feed program and Reddit. He also helped write the Creative Commons licence.

The full documentary is here:

What made him special was how he believed information should be shared on the internet. He ended up being known as a hacktivist. As bad as the connotation of that sounds, he had an amazing purpose. He believed that the information of mankind shouldn’t be behind a pay-wall. He ended up spending 6 months in jail for walking onto the MIT campus and installing a computer in the closet to download academic journals form the internet.

Amongst other things, I find it amazing that hackers that hack maliciously even gave him a tribute after he died. They hacked mit the same way he did and installed online banners that said R.I.P. Aaron Swartz. Seems as though even if you fight fire with fire, you’re still fighting for the same thing.

He ended up looking at 35 years of jail time and a million dollar fine.

Sadly he mysteriously died in January of 2013.

Rest In Peace Man.

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Landscapes with a corpse

So this week’s activity I had to make a body/landscape picture story.

I happen to live next door to a military place and that seemed to work out well for me.

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I’m calling it “Tired of Fightin’ ”
I was trying to make the porch look like a jail cell. He’s stuck fighting and he doesn’t want to anymore. You can see the story from the photos pretty much.

in other news, you have no idea how awkward it is having those guns on my porch ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MILITARY. But as my cinematographer always told me “Anything for the shot”.

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Vanessa Blaylock

This woman is a Virtual Public Artist.

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I feel like that sounds different. Vanessa Blaylock is an artist that works through her avatar in a virtual world. As another student noted, “express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights” – @dominique She has works and events in the virtual world.

N is for Net / Work from Vanessa Blaylock on Vimeo.

Avatar Life in the 26 letters of the Alphabet
First 26 days of April 2014
http://Alphabet.VanessaBlaylock.com

N IS FOR NET / WORK

Collaborative performance / installation by Betty Tureaud & Vaneeesa Blaylock. Installation at Gallery Xue / Kandahar facilitated by Xue Faith & Trill Zapatero. Wardrobe by Kai Heideman. Hair by Carina Larsen. Soundtrack by DJ Blue. Intro spoken word by Colin Mulcher. Full credits at http://irez.me/2012/04/19/vb34-machinima/

There’s a few different ways to look at her work. Of course She is doing good. It’s kind of hard for me to make an opinion about her work, because I really like to try to connect to the artists that I study. I do however really like a social movement online. I feel like the internet is a completely different world/planet itself and should be treated as such. Some would think that spending this much time for a social movement online is a waste of in real life time when you could have the social movement in real life. This is true but what if you can’t make it across the country to support your ideas? Online you can accomplish things without the travel or safety aspect of real life.

and there’s always the chance that it will spill over into real life. I personally don’t have a virtual avatar, but I’m writing about her, which means she has made her projects effect real life.

She is working in the perfect medium. She’s pushing a social movement in a world that promotes self expression.

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So I went Geocaching

So this week I went Geocaching, if you don’t know what that is click here.

In my area there were a bunch of them LOOK
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I went to this one. It was awesome, It has been there since 2009 and there had to be around 250 names in it. I couldn’t take a photo of it cause that would ruin the surprise so I took a photo of the view.
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Great view and a prize. although if you go to this, don’t wear flip flops like I did. LOL

So I made one. this is it

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I used an old box I had and put some prizes in it. Totally not telling because you have to find it. I put it somewhere in this photo:
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If you find it, enjoy.

Side note: this definitely relates to games. In Skyrim there’s this dude named Noster Eagle-Eye (lol) and he lost his helmet in a cave and he tells you to go find it. Spoilers: he gives you the Helmet.

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thats him!, do his Geocache. lol

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Ouija Board Drawing

So this week my activity is to draw with a partner Ouija board style. My partner today is my friend Dylan.
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This is us. I’ve known Dylan for years and years so i feel like we’d make some awesome stuff. It was interesting. We drank a bit before so it was really hard to not laugh the entire time. Once we did start drawing it did seem like it started to draw itself. Dylan wanted to speed the process up because he was watching ncis. lol

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As you can see we are not very good at this teamwork thing. But we did it. I however enjoy the car we ended up drawing. Interesting really cause I used to work at an auto shop with Dylan. Well I feel like it’s a car, what do you think? I suppose maybe a sombrero.

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Joseph DeLappe

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This artist makes interesting works of art in or pertaining to the virtual world. Similar to our last artists, his art is sometimes taken well and taken poorly.

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One of his works, “dead-in-Iraq” was a project started in 2006 where he posted in games the names of real soldiers who had died serving in Iraq. This brought a ton of responses with it. People were mad, confused, astounded, etc. This is a crazy idea, to push the reality of life into a completely fictional place. I can see people getting mad at it, whenever I play war games there’s always a really annoying guy that tries to be alpha. If anyone tries to emasculate them they get mad. If someone posted in the game chat about someone who was stronger and better.

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This project was really cool. DeLappe Re-enacted Gandhi’s Salt March from 1930 in a virtual world called Second Life. He created this treadmill that controlled his character in-game so he walked with Gandhi for the full 240 miles. His avatar looked like Gandhi so many people caught on quick to his project.

I like these forms of art. These newer ideas go to show that there is no end to art.

side note, I do feel like “drones” have been getting a really bad rep lately. In this man’s case they are bad yes but in the US quadcopters and the like have been disgraced by media. I have 3 of them that I made like 3 years ago. Everyone thought they were cool back then .

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Eva and Franco Mattes

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So these two. They were born in 1976, artist based from the epicenter of art, New York. They are interesting. The style of are that they make is sort-of alternative in style. Some of their art might not even want to be seen by people.

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This seems like something sadistic or demented but it has more meaning than that. Its irony, it’s unexpected, its.. funny. Like Glenn mentioned, it’s Mickey, Someone who never has to see or deal with death/decomposing but serving it up in this piece.

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Much of their art is based on this theory. I feel like this kind of art is necessary. It makes fun of and life and death and reality and the virtual. Another student said that they’re artist that don’t take themselves or their art to seriously, I like that. It’s nice to be able to go to an art exhibit and laugh at something and not get weird looks.

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In this one all of the characters are dissecting Pooh. Another idea where characters that see happiness and laughter in their alter-egos.

When Franco Mattes talked about masks I think that really changed how I view games. I feel like that takes a lot because I play games a ton. A person wears a mask not to hide but to do the opposite. He talks about people’s avatars in a virtual world.

sidebar: I was watching a show with this girl in a virtual world who’s a cold blooded sniper. In the real world she was held at gunpoint when she was young and when the robber dropped his gun she took it and shot the man. Ever since then she’s been deathly scared or firearms. She talks about how she wishes she could be this strong in the real world and she feels like her and her avatar are different people who she wants to be the same. interesting really.

This mask idea was interesting, people wearing masks because that is their true self. When you design your avatar in a personal world you make that character as what you could be if that world was real. I played games where you make a character. Do you want a Bad-ass set of dragon wings? Fuck yeah I want a Bad-ass set of Dragon wings. If I could only have those in real life.

sidebar 2: Glenn mentioned the gas powered game console. I thought that was pretty interesting and funny. I’m on my computer, now that it’s summer, about 12 hours a day. I would die from asphyxiation the first day lol.

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My museum visit from 2012 (lol)

So this week I’ve been busy with a housing issue. Long story short after two weeks of appointments at houses and spending way to much time on the phone I resigned my lease where I’m already at… Seriously the most stressful two weeks of my life. but on the bright side I found a place to live like 2 days before I’d get kicked out of the place I’m at now.

because of this, I was unfortunately not able to go to a museum during museum week D:

So.. I’m gonna talk about my trip to the Musée d’Orsay in paris. (I know it’s not the same but I didn’t have much of a choice)

ANYWAYS. This is a museum south of the La Seine river in Paris, France. I went in the summer of 2012 with some friends and on our second day we passed by this museum and decided to check it out. As a big doctor who fan I realized this was from an episode I’d previously seen. This was a beautiful building with a huge glass ceiling letting in a ton of natural light. I did take pictures at the time but they are on a hard drive formatted for mac and I don’t have a mac computer anymore.

sidebar, is there any point in keeping my old photos if they are on a drive my computer can’t even read?

The two pieces I want to compare are the sculpture ‘David’ by Antonin Mercié

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and the painting ‘The Shepherd Paris’ by Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Desmarais

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These two works of art were made about a century apart. The reason I wanted to compare these are because they both have their time’s views of the human body.

The ‘David’ is interesting because It shows him sheathing a sword and standing on the Goliath head. which is odd because I’m pretty sure David shot a rock at him. LOL
either way I’m not very good at history.

‘The Shepard Paris’ shows a man that’s very cut and muscular, with his dog, presumably because he’s a Shepard.

The biggest difference between these is how they portrayed Man. ‘David’ is much more realistic, a small man that’s fit wearing his head-wrap. The other is more like when men were portrayed like gods. Both of these although very different give an intimidating feeling to the viewer. Both are men that look like or have slain monsters and taken down gods. So although both are completely different they both succeed in doing the same thing.

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Janet Cardiff and her Walks

I’ve been waiting for a video artist like this for a while. Janet Cardiff makes videos and audio tracks that take you on a “tour” through an area. It sounds simple but she’s done it in a very thought out way that makes her works amazing. Her walks take you on a journey through not just your time but her time recording and even her memories in that area. She perfectly stacks 3 different timezones into a work of art worthy of fame

This was the video posted for my class. She has 25 works on her website to view also. I like how in this video A man played her video at the same time as recording his, giving people at home a way to see what watching her tour is like. She has a very interesting way of guiding the viewer. She sounds very relaxed and she walks to each point. She also doesn’t wait for you to catch up. It’s the opposite of a traditional tour, making it feel personal and strong.

She also talks about memories or, like in the above video, she points herself out and talks about the night before. Memories seem to be a reoccurring thing in her work. when you think about it, if you’ve every showed somebody around somewhere you always say something along the lines of, “Oh yeah and this is where I did that one thing.” She talks to YOU the viewer and nobody else.

As I said above, she’s about to match different times together. What I meant by that is the time you are there with the time she was recording with the time in her memories. She is able to combine these but still make a Walk that is calming and intriguing.

I think what’s the greatest part of what she does is that it makes you think in your free time. A couple other students talked about how they walked somewhere and thought of her work like would it be like if she did a walk here. what would it look like or sound like. This is great. I believe that the greatest thing to do is to watch things and to see things from your own and someone else’s view, because if you change your perspective, you change your understanding.
Enough cliche for now, The point is she might see of feel certain things that you wouldn’t see on your own.

Side note: This kind of reminds me of when I was in Rome. After the tour I was on ended at a pub, a friend and I had a little too much booze with the tour guide and went back into the city. She talked about the monuments and sculptures in a way that was phenomenal. She talked about the merchants in that area and the places people would walk and hang out. I don’t know if any of what she said was true but while she was extremely hammered, she was able to paint pictures in our brains of what it was like to live in Rome during it’s prime.

In other news, I realized that watching anime in the background is a terrible idea, for two reasons.

1. I get distracted easily, but silence in annoying so….

2. I don’t understand Japanese very well so I miss half of what they are saying.

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