Why is this place called "lines"?

What’s the story? From what I understand there used to be a place called “monome forum”, but things changed.

Of all the elementary shapes, why lines? What’s in the name?

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i’ll provide the story after some imaginative speculation happens here first.

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Cause it’s Disco, baby!

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I just assumed we’d write tons of lines of text, and wow how we did.

Good name then.

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I have always envisioned the url as an eight-channel tracker.

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Haha perfect, please hold it!

I am always just thinking about anthropologist and influential theoretician of material culture Tim Ingold’s work on lines, most extensively in Lines. A Brief History (2007 Routledge) and The Life of Lines (2015, Routledge).

Ingold writes about life lived alongside things, about bricolage, improvisation, dwelling etc. anthrostuff.

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Nomen est omen, innit.

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lines of thought
lines of code
lines of inquiry
lines of flight
lines waiting
lines writing
lines reading
lines lines lines
lines lines
lines

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lines like threads, greater together.

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pl n

  1. general appearance or outline

a car with fine lines

  1. a plan of procedure or construction

built on traditional lines

    1. the spoken words of a theatrical presentation
  1. the words of a particular role

he forgot his lines

  1. informal, mainly British

a marriage certificate

marriage lines

  1. luck, fate, or fortune (esp in the phrase hard lines)

    1. rows of tents, buildings, temporary stabling, etc, in a military camp

transport lines

  1. a defensive position, row of trenches, or other fortification

we broke through the enemy lines

    1. a school punishment of writing the same sentence or phrase out a specified number of times
  1. the phrases or sentences so written out

a hundred lines

  1. read between the lines

to understand or find an implicit meaning in addition to the obvious one

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A grid is made of lines. I think people used to call grids “monomes”, perhaps because it was the first, only, or most profilic product of monome the company.

For Ingold, a line is not a point. That’s his point about lines.

@sixolet hmm, i don’t think i ever counted exactly how many of them are there. There indeed are eight.

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As a bassist, I like to think that it’s at least a little about “bass lines!”

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I’m gonna guess domain names are expensive, had to call “llllllll” something and well, lines?

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because // is a comment in C code
and so //////// is a bunch of comments

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:point_up: at first thought, this is my guess…

but now i’m wondering about all other possibilities:
the first thing created here by monome was a grid(i think?)… possibly just in a row of 8 buttons and leds for the bare prototype, and in order to test all the leds at once, the number 255 sent the appropriate binary 11111111 to light up all 8 leds in the row. maybe with this history to the number as the first utterance of significant communication between monome and its creations, it made a good number/binary-representation in url form with eight 'l’s easily referred to as ‘lines’ to represent the communal directions/communications here(and the name also ends up drawing other connotations to ‘lines’ of code, ‘lines’ of thought, ‘lines’ of people-coded thought(or is it thought-coded people? no wait: code-peopled thought… yes, that’s it… i digress…)…)

:female_detective: :thinking: :male_detective:

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@rajaTheResidentAlien ’s solved it

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Grid lines, lines of communication?

Or the URL came first and “lines” is easier to say or type than llllllll ?

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as in bread lines - seeking a bit of sustenance.

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It refers to the nexus of Ley Lines that are focussed on Monome HQ.

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proof that this is a polyphonic place:

sine l sine l sine l sine l sine l sine l sine l sine l

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