from Andrew Hoyer’s Entropy.js
I had the great pleasure of presenting on my esolang work at SXSW, as part of the fantastic panel “Hacking Language” including Allison Parrish , Nick Montfort , and Emily Short . We might have more accurately named it “Doing Weird Things With Language and Code,” but opted for something catchier.
Although my talk focused on my own language work, there is no way for me to talk about it without the context of the rich history of esolang practice, with shout-outs to the classics (INTERCAL, Piet, Whitespace, etc). Allison spoke about her work with twitterbots, and Emily on Interactive Fiction; Nick (author of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 and #! ) has a great write-up of the panel , with short summaries of our presentations. My slides can be found here .
This Sunday, I’ll be teaching a workshop at School For Poetic Computation on esolangs . With three hours, I’ll be able to go much deeper into theory, drawing from this blog, including posts I’ve been developing but haven’t yet posted, bringing J L Austin, Dijkstra, Oulipo and Fluxus to bear on esolanging.
Take all this as an excuse for the relative quiet on esoteric.codes over the last month; with several interviews in progress, things will pick up again soon.