Simon Griffee Design Photography Writing Illustration

August 2016

Tree by South Field East, Columbia University, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 August 31

Sandstorm.io is Ready #

The elegant self-hostable open source web app platform sandstorm.io is ready for use. Congratulations to the team!

Code.org #

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

5th Avenue, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 August 30

Washington Square West, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 August 30

United Nations Visitor Center, New York City, August 2016

Published 2016 August 29

Drawing of Sputniko!, Butler Library, Columbia University, New York City, August 2016

Published 2016 August 27

Going to apply to Design Fiction @ MIT with Sputniko!!

Projects, Peers, Passion & Play #
Mitchel Resnick‘s overview of the ideas underlying the work in the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group. We want people to learn by work on projects, not just responding and filling out a worksheet, but work on projects where they design something and work on things that are meaningful to them. The should do it with peers — we know that the best learning happens when we learn with and from other people around us, not just staying by ourselves. …continue
Rewarding Disobedience #

Joi Ito:

How can we most effectively harness responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging the norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices?

Douglas Engelbart, Inventor of the Computer Mouse #
In the early 1950s, he decided that instead of “having a steady job” – such as his position at NASA’s Ames Research Center – he would focus on making the world a better place. He reasoned that because the complexity of the world’s problems were increasing, and that any effort to improve the world would require the coordination of groups of people, the most effective way to solve problems was to augment human intelligence and develop ways of building collective intelligence. …continue

Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy, December 2013

Published 2016 August 25

8th Avenue Near 34th Street, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 August 24

Washington Square West, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 August 23

Moon and Fire, Beacon, New York, June 2016

Published 2016 August 21

Hand-made Coriolis Cuboctahedron Space Station!

I was inspired to make a Coriolis Space Station (a cuboctahedron) after seeing the recent Elite: Dangerous art book while reading The Hand by Frank R. Wilson (recommended to me by Milton Glaser).

The finished piece.

The finished piece not quite floating, but 🌟glowing🌟 in my workspace!

Update 2016-08-19: Comments from my high school graphics teacher :)

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Broadway Near Madison Square Park, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 August 16

Bar, Williamsburg, New York City, March 2016

Published 2016 August 16

42nd Street Near 8th Avenue, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 August 15

Questions To Ask Potential Employers #

Select a few before your next interview.

Druid’s Den, Rome, Italy, March 2011

Published 2016 August 14

Odila, Simon, Pete, Back of Buxton Hill on Sunny Day, UK, 1981

Published 2016 August 12

Buddy Guy at the Filmore, San Francisco, California, February 2006

Published 2016 August 11

The Cage at West 4th Street, New York City, August 2015

Published 2016 August 10

Generating Fantasy Maps #

Elegant work.

Washington Square Park, New York City, August 2015

Published 2016 August 9

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City, August 2015

Published 2016 August 9

Fast and Accurate Document Detection for Scanning #

Impressive. See discussion on Hacker News.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City, August 2015

Published 2016 August 8

5th Avenue, New York City, March 2015

Published 2016 August 7

The Value of Science #

Of all its many values, the greatest must be the freedom to doubt.

42nd Street Near 8th Avenue, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 August 6

42nd Street and 7th Avenue, New York City, April 2016

Published 2016 August 3

The Gift #

The artist appeals to that part of our being… which is a gift and not an acquisition—and, therefore, more permanently enduring. —Joseph Conrad

I Vote Because I Exist #

Milton Glaser on why you should vote. See also: Art is Work and Lecture on Drawing.

Creating a Personal Website Using GitHub Pages

The GitHub mascot is known as an ‘octocat’ — a cross between two very intelligent animals. I drew the one above for you, dear reader. Summary: A brief overview of Git and GitHub followed by pointers to instructions on creating your own personal website hosted at yourusername.github.io for free. Git & GitHub Git is software for version control of files to help a person or a group of people do, publish and keep track of their work.

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RIP Seymour Papert #

Logo was my first exposure to programming back in São Paulo. Goodbye, Seymour — I’ll never forget the turtle cursor! See also: Discussion at Hacker News and Scratch, which appears to be Logo’s spiritual successor.

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