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September 02, 2006

We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine screenshot

Do you get more empathatic as you get older? I've been wondering about that recently, for a couple of reasons. First, I sure as hell am getting older. Second, a while back I listened to an episode of the public radio program Radio Lab dealing with the biological basis of morality and empathy. This reminded me of earlier work (some of it quoted in Richard Dawkin's classic The Selfish Gene) that looks at the relationship between a species lifespan and their behaviors.

For whatever reason, I find myself surprisingly moved by an online art piece called We Feel Fine. The piece scours blog feeds looking for phrases like "I feel" and "I am feeling". It then encapsulates those statements into swirling dots that fly open when clicked, revealing the person's statement.

We Feel Fine is created in the Processing programming language. I've put a lot of years into doing visual stuff with Flash, but every time I see something like this I start to think I should blow that off and start diving into Processing. Check out the Processing gallery for more amazing stuff.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 2, 2006 07:12 AM