Adrian McCarthy lives in the Silicon Valley, working for big tech firms you’ve probably heard of. He’s been writing stories his whole life and has just released his first novel, Blue Screen of Death.

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  1. Hi!

    I’ve come across your answer to the “what are good uses for GA” question. You said that you’ve used GA’s to optimize seating assignment for your hosts at the wedding reception.
    I’m battling the school assignment where I should use GA to some interesting problem. Since a simple TSP seems kind of easy, I’ve decided I’ll do what you did. I just wanted to ask: Is there any chance that you have any data about those guests still located somewhere? It would be really helpful, not having to make so many names and attributes up.
    I guess this message might look kinda suspicious so I’ll understand if you decide to ignore it, but in case you won’t, I’m very grateful.
    Have a nice day!

  2. Hi Adrian,

    I am a graduate student in New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. For one of my classes we are examining an installation by the artist Nan Goldin, which uses the Dataton PAX system to control nine slide projectors as well as play music for the duration of the piece. We are particularly interested in how artworks that use Dataton might be preserved and exhibited into the future. Many artists used the Dataton system including Goldin and Vito Acconci.

    We spoke with Fergus O’Connor at the Tate museum and he mentioned that you were able to create software that could analyze Mate Track synchronization tones, “reverse engineering” the audio signal and turning it into data. Have you written about this project anywhere or posted the code publicly? Have you spoken with Fergus about his research?

    Have you ever thought about working on software that analyzes the Dataton synchronization tone? We believe a piece of software like this would be a valuable tool, not only for art conservators to analyze the timing of a piece and what it does (sometimes art conservators only receive an audio tape of a sync tone for a work with no additional instructions), but also for scholars who may want to study a work in the future. Looking forward to speaking with you further about this topic.

    Best Regards,


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