Thursday, December 1, 2011

GRID

Grid is a matrix of four letter words.

I was introduced to a clever collaborative art project today named Gridcosm.  It dates back on the web almost as far as my Addventure project, and it is quite a site to behold.  Each grid layer is composed of 9 boxes (like a tic-tac-toe board), with the center box being a reduced size version of the previous layer, and the outside boxes being contributed by 8 artists.  When a layer is finished, it becomes the center box for the next layer, and the process continues.  there are some grids with thousands of layers, and it is amazing to go through them and see how they grew and evolved.

I was talking to one of the developers of the project in a Google+ Hangout.  Which leads to a connection to the second grid I was pondering today.  I've been working on a version of tic-tac-toe that is played with a 4x4x4 cube, instead of a 3x3 plane.  Although this is something I've been toying with for decades, it is finally seeing the light of day as a Hangout app... which I hope to release as soon as they make hangout apps available to the public.  Should be fun, and I can't wait!

Finally, there is an archaic use of the word GRID, which seems appropriate for today as well.  GRID was an early name for what eventually was more accurately called AIDS.  Today is World AIDS Day, held on December 1st every year since 1988, to commemorate those who have died of the disease, provide support for those who are living with it, and work towards a future where the word AIDS is as archaic and disused as its predecessor GRID.