[NetBehaviour] Microcodes

Pall Thayer pallthay at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 12:29:52 CET 2009

Interesting that your reaction is to wonder how you could go about
running "Walking backwards..." without causing irreparable damage. I
have also been thinking about pulling an old computer out of my
basement for the sole purpose of running that script as root to see
how it goes. Something that you're not allowed to run becomes really

The killers won't cause any major damage but you'll probably have to
reboot your computer.

best r.

On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM, james of jwm-art net <james at jwm-art.net> wrote:
> Hi Pall,
> Just my immediate thoughts...
> I going to do a few new linux installs soon, so I might try running
> "Walking backwards so that I can see the destruction in my wake" as
> root, on the systems first - after umounting home/data partitions. I'd
> like to capture the output, but there'd be a lot, so redirect it to a
> file of course, but that file would get deleted too. The killers would
> be nice to do this with too I think.
> Alternatively you could script the setup of a chroot jail and set the
> carnage off inside that, but there'd still be a similiar problem I
> think. But I'm not very clued about chroot jails. Maybe if doing this
> in a X terminal and video it with some desktop video grabber...
> James.
> On 3/3/2009, "Pall Thayer" <pallthay at gmail.com> wrote:
>>I've been toying around with some new code based art that I've been
>>posting to the Rhizome list and want to share them here as well. The
>>idea is to create complete works of art that consist of a very small
>>body of code and a title. The concept/meaning of the work is revealed,
>>not strictly through the running of the code, but should rather rely
>>on a combination of the title, code and running process. I haven't
>>come up with any limits as to how many lines or anything and it
>>doesn't necessarily have to be perl code. Here are some samples:
>>The first is a diptych inspired by a post by Eric Dymond
>>(serial_killer and random_killer):
>>`kill $_`;
>>$process_id = int(rand(30000));
>>`kill $process_id`;
>>Walking backwards so that I can see the destruction in my wake (don't
>>attempt to run this, it's dangerously volatile)
>>$path = '';
>>`rm -rf $path`;
>>$path .= '../';
>>use Finance::Quote;
>>$q = Finance::Quote->new;
>>%info = $q->fetch("usa", "^DJI");
>>print $info{'^DJI', 'price'}."\n";
>>$width = `tput cols`;
>>$he = sprintf("%".$_."s", "--=o");
>>$she = sprintf("%".int($width-$_)."s", "@");
>>print $he.$she."\n";
>>select(undef, undef, undef, 0.1);
>>print "\033[2J";
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