I’ve started learning how to make generative graphics using TouchDesigner. The scope of what people make with the software is vast and inspiring (check out the Vimeo group), while the learning curve is steep. After reading the introductory book to get an understanding of the user interface and workflow, my aim is to make motion graphics react to a musical source. Building on that, maybe I can use MIDI data as another input.

I have a difficult relationship with programming, convinced that code is beyond me and I’ve been winging it this far. Code doesn’t come naturally; I painstakingly grind away line by line to understand how a snippet works. I can’t say it’s a pleasure but it is satisfying when everything comes together and you write something that works. This video of Daniel Shiffman by Mark Webster might convince me to stick at it.

Luke Geissbühler and his children attached an insulated package containing a video camera and iPhone to a weather balloon and launched it into space from Newburgh, New York. The balloon reached 100,000 feet before bursting and returning back to Earth where it was recovered – just 30 miles away from where they launched it!