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For React Berlin

Hello, Devine, and welcome to the interview with React Day Berlin. Please, tell us about yourself. What background are you coming from?

My name is Devine and I build esoteric software. I was first interested in illustration and motion graphics, I later started writing music to complement these pictures, and finally I began learning to implement interaction and turn these designs into games, websites and tools.

What do you do apart from playing music? Where do you work and what do you do during the daytime?


Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Devine, and I create esoteric software. I live aboard a sailboat with Rekka, we are presently moored in a quiet inlet, deep within the Japanese coast where sleep the remains of ancient towns, overgrown with lichen.

I am tempted to say that I write music, but saying that I write programs to write music, would be more accurate. The same could be said about design, but not each one of my brushtrokes is automated, I do pick up a pen to draw once in a while. Rekka and I are making games, tools and books together. We also document our life aboard the board each month, and we are very very fortunate to be able


Are there any other docs for Runic outside of the Oscean Lexicon in lexicon.ndtl?

I think that the best way to understand how Runic works is actually to look at the source code itself, it's a tiny file written in such a way that it should be self explanatory.

Have you built any tools for quick conversion of Neralie and Arvelie?

If you type ~help in the Oscean search bar, you will see the ~atog, and ~gtoa, commands that will handle that conversion.

~atog 19l06 # 2019-06-09

Do/did ideas from systems theories (like feedback loops, complexity/emergence, non-linearity) influence your designs & decision making at all?

Well, I tend to follow the linux development Best Practices, here are some of them relating to building systems that I try to always apply in my process:

  • Separate policy from mechanism; separate interfaces from engines.
  • Write simple modular parts connected by clean interfaces.
  • Design programs to be connected to other programs.
  • Write programs to write programs when you can.

In your design process, did you balance between designing for “desired outcomes” that you wanted to encourage vs. “unexpected (emergent) outcomes” that you couldn’t predict? If so, how?


On Riven

What constitutes a Riven-like? The "Berlin" interpretation — @Johnicholas

What design principles were you paying attention to that I am missing?

I've built this as a way to organize and visualize the sites I was working on. It's not designed to have any kind of drag-drop interface, but instead, to have the graph object code on one side, and the rendered resulting graph on the other. Riven is not really designed for interaction design, or real time projects even tho it could. Ideally, nodes should not preserve any of the data, but only be operating on the input it receives.

Do you think that signal is central, crucially important or a wart?


For Josh Castle

You seem very stable mentally and emotionally, at least from the outside. Is that an accurate perception? Or is that just how you appear through the lens of social media?

It's possible that I am, but the way I see it, I might have less of an emotional dynamic range than some people, I definitely also oscillate between better and worse moods, but less intense highs and lows.

You track lots of things about yourself; do you also track your mood? And do you make an effort to fight it or to stabilize it, or do you just try to "go with the flow" and let your mood dictate your workflow?

I don't track my moods, but as my moods usually follow my tracked input/output, so moods can be inferred. I am happiest when I get to dedicate myself fully to any one task. So, that being said, tracking the way I do, can be seen as stabilizing my moods? I never have professional frustration, and I can very easily imagine that affecting my moods. To go with the flow, you have to be able to see the fl


For Hannah

Your creative output spans several disciplines - a big reason why I enjoy your work - while a goal of yours is preventing multi-tasking. Can you define what unproductive multi-tasking looks like to you vs. what have you found to be a productive way to shift your focus from one discipline to another?

It comes down to scope and granularity. The ideal focused work to me is a session of 25:00 pomodoro. Undistracted, focusing on a single task, with a single tool, undisturbed. Then, throughout the day, the relationship between each of the pomodoros, would be done for a singular project.

An unproductive multi-tasking day, would include interrupted sessions of pomodoros, over multiple unrelated projects.

In your tracking, I like that you differentiate between focused input, like listening to music, and output, like performing music. How do you decide what is an appropriate output of something you are curious about and what's your process like to allocate the right about time towards it?


For Kormyen

How does your horaire logging work if you work on multiple projects, or multiple sectors in one day?

One of the goals of Horaire is to limit multitasking, I do one thing only, one sector, all day. If you don't care to multi-task, you could use a timestamp alongside your logs.

Like if you spent a day hiking, listening to philosophy podcasts and meditating.

These are all sources of input.


For Somnius

I’m thinking of trying to go vegan, and am giving it somewhat of an attempt after being inspired by you & Rekka. If you feel comfortable, would you mind telling me the reasons that led to you deciding to do so, and how long you’ve been vegan?

Rekka and I both had different reasons to turn our diet to an entirely plant-based one. Rekka did the switch faster than I could, so I shall only speak of my own choices.

I was vegetarian for almost 10 years, when we stumbled on The China Study, it initiated a train of thought that would concretize into turning vegan shortly after — But I first had to fully internalise that data to actually apply it. At the time, I was beginning to increasingly question my choices and to validate them against some data or another. Learning about the phisiological changes of consuming meat and dairy, between the China Study and, it became more obvious that my dietary choices did not align with m


For Anxl

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your work – that drives you mad?

I have the sense that some may think that I work more than I actually do. I've ran into people blinded by the apparent output, and whom worked themselves up to an unreal expectation of productivity. I've ran into this interesting problem where, the more data I made public, and the more explicit it is that I really only seldom actually sit to do deep work, the less people read the numbers, and blindly presupose that I must be at it endlessly, tirelessly each day of every week.

You mentioned that you always set up the purpose of the next day; but do you also set up experimentation spaces?

Of course, they go hand in hand. I usually begin by experimenting as part of the process. You can see my development workflow here, and it seems to pretty much the same for any project. Maybe I should graph the different ratios for each task, and see how much time I spend doin

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