The very definition of fun

Neutron Star Collision, by Dana Berry, SkyWorks Digital, Inc./HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics (click to read more)

Let’s talk about the definition of fun, at least as it applies to our category. When we thought about what we wanted to have on the site, things quickly became complicated. We’re both artists who enjoy working with anything from pixels to pastry, and nearly everywhere in between. Art? Technology? Fun? Lasers? Leather? Power tools? Yes to all those things!

My first few efforts to create categories for posts quickly turned into a word salad. It also included terminology that the casual reader wouldn’t understand or have any interest in knowing about.

Art. Technology (and specifically, virtual worlds). As I thought about it, the one thing these subjects have in common for us is that we think they’re fun.

The Intersection of Art & Technology

The intersection of art and technology struck me as something potentially volatile, but something that can also yield amazing results. Could these two words form the definition of fun for the site? That volatile intersection made me think of a neutron star collision, which is where the amazing (yet seemingly destructive) image at the top of this post comes in. It’s Dana Berry’s artistic interpretation of what a neutron star collision might look like. It accompanies an article I first read in 2013 at this site. It talks about where all the Earth’s gold came from, ejected out during the blast when two neutron stars collided.

That sort of sums up how I feel about the roles art and technology play with virtual worlds. If and when the two finally come together in the right way, the results are going to be spectacular and amazing.

I’ll wrap things up by sharing a video of Muse performing Neutron Star Collision live at Wembley in 2010. The song was on the soundtrack for one of the Twilight films and not a part of the regular setlist on the tour. As luck had it, they played it on the night and made a great show even more special.

Finding Your Muse

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Author: Trilo Byte

Artist and designer

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