holiday edition: what’s xmas without LEDs


it’s a bit hectic here getting ducks in a row for the end of the year, but that means that, amongst other things I’m late on my postcards! which is good news for you because it means you have a little more time to sign up for one before I put them in the mail.

so if u want to get a holiday/end of year postcard from me, sign up here like ASAP!

resource roundup!

here’s a lovely little codepen by Yuan Chan for a CSS snow scene that uses css-doodle, a web component for drawing patterns with CSS. worth a look!

AI dungeon is FREE until the end of the year, so give urself the gift of taking 2 seconds to download it and explore this pretty buckwild experience.

are you already burned out on family time and looking to add some chaotic evil vibes to the mix? Endless Jingling is a Christmas song randomizer that will basically create a MIDI hell in your home. check it out.

everyone knows it’s not the holidays without particles:

if you want to add your own little snowstorm to the web, why not check out this library by Scott Schiller. there’s even a bonus widget for adding Christmas lights that you can smash.

here’s a walkthrough of the production of a pretty elaborate Arduino-powered menorah display:

always nice to get some details on the practical issues of a project of this scale.

I didn’t know I needed a robotic Christmas teapot until I saw this Instructable. it’s also a nice little nod to graphics engine history – if you want a Wikipedia deep dive to look at on your phone while you’re in family overload, this article on the Utah teapot is a fascinating example of how an off-hand choice can become an industry tradition.


here’s your last chance for a lot of these opportunities! make ur holiday break count!

starting in January 2020, I’m going to be hosting 1 digital work per month from the ?? an artist’s guide to computation ?? community! if you’d like to share a web-based project, and receive some production support, please email me at with your name, a short description of the work you’d like to share, and any relevant links (website, social, etc.). I’m going to start digging in on submissions after xmas, so get your stuff in ASAP.

are you hoping to do a residency in 2020? check out this mega list of opportunities compiled by artist Everest Pipkin.

FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) has an open call for its 2020 edition. artists and researchers can submit works into the categories of: Interactive Art, Digital Language, Electronic Sonority, Workshops, Symposium, and Led Show. the deadline is January 14, and you can learn more here.

El Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City just opened their call for workshop proposals for 2020. designers, artists, musicians, programmers, educators, developers, scientists, etc etc etc are invited to propose inclusive workshops of 6-12 hours that can serve their community. you can learn more & apply by January 6 here.

Theorizing the Web 2020 has opened their call for papers! this is their 10th anniversary, so they’re looking for a bit of a more retrospective approach. the submission deadline is January 19, and the event will take place from April 17-18 in NYC.

just for lulz!

are u old enough to remember this early viral vid???

well, if you’re feeling inspired and looking for a new way to play through Ocarina of Time for the 47th time, here’s a post on setting up an N64 emulator in VR with Javascript and WebXR.


if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of December 30 to January 5, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

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