Sunday, February 4, 2007

decoding code

Merriam-Webster defines “code” as:
Main Entry: 1code
Pronunciation: 'kOd
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin caudex, codex trunk of a tree, document formed originally from wooden tablets
1 : a systematic statement of a body of law; especially : one given statutory force
2 : a system of principles or rules
3 a : a system of signals or symbols for communication b : a system of symbols (as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings
5 : a set of instructions for a computer

The code page on Wikipedia also describes some examples of how code is used.

You could say that in general each of these definitions deals with: a process by which a source performs a conversion of information into a message which is sent to a receiver, who deciphers the message.

Describe an example of code, posting your response as a comment on this blog entry. This could be from any cultural or technological context. Be creative in your interpretation of what code might be!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

blog launch

Welcome to the blog for the "Computational Concepts" course at CalArts this spring 2007. I'm Peter Cho, and I'll be your host for the next few months.