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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.


    "...published the next week was an essay on Aeon by Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, explaining, “Your brain does not process information” (emphasis mine). “We are organisms, not computers. Get over it. Let’s get on with the business of trying to understand ourselves, but without being encumbered by unnecessary intellectual baggage. The IP [information-processing] metaphor has had a half-century run, producing few, if any, insights along the way. The time has come to hit the DELETE key.” Has it, though? I’m not sure I want to “get over” my identity as an information processor just yet."


    Yes, Your Brain Does Process Information
    POSTED BY BRIAN GALLAGHER ON JUL 15, 2016

     http://nautil.us/blog/yes-your-brain-does-process-information 
    Wed, Jul 20, 2016  Permanent link

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    "... Convolutional Neural Networks are great: they recognize things, places and people in your personal photos, signs, people and lights in self-driving cars, crops, forests and traffic in aerial imagery, various anomalies in medical images and all kinds of other useful things. But once in a while these powerful visual recognition models can also be warped for distraction, fun and amusement. In this fun experiment we're going to do just that: We'll take a powerful, 140-million-parameter state-of-the-art Convolutional Neural Network, feed it 2 million selfies from the internet, and train it to classify good selfies from bad ones. Just because it's easy and because we can. And in the process we might learn how to take better selfies :)

    https://karpathy.github.io/2015/10/25/selfie/
    Sat, Jan 2, 2016  Permanent link

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    The oppressively vapid life of Morgan is forever transformed when a mystical blue pyramid - that inexplicably produces doorknobs - appears in his apartment. What follows is a tale of greed and loss as Morgan builds an impossible, absurd corporate empire of doorknobs.

    https://youtu.be/vPwYtQU5LoI
    Thu, Jul 9, 2015  Permanent link

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    Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network - which looks for patterns in pictures - creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying.


    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/18/google-image-recognition-neural-network-androids-dream-electric-sheep


    original:

    http://googleresearch.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html
    Sat, Jun 20, 2015  Permanent link

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    Across China, where new developments are keeping pace with the rapidly growing economy, reports continue to surface so-called "nail houses." These properties, standing alone amid the ruins of other buildings, belong to owners who have stood their ground and resisted demolition. Defiant property owners say the compensation being offered is too low. Some of them have remained in their homes for years as their court cases drag on and new construction continues all around them. A few homeowners have won their fights, but most have lost. Meanwhile, these nail houses have become powerful symbols of resistance against the world's fastest-growing major economy.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/04/and-then-there-was-one/390501/
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015  Permanent link

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    Neuroscience: Brains of Norway


    Nobel prizewinners May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have spent a career together near the Arctic Circle exploring how our brains know where we are.

    http://www.nature.com/news/neuroscience-brains-of-norway-1.16079


    Tue, Oct 7, 2014  Permanent link

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    Hello everyone! It would be nice if someone could give me a hand with a documentary movie project.

    I work as a professor of physics at a gymnasium, part time. I also work on various other freelancing jobs, ranging from localization to programming. Recently, I stepped into area of animation and found myself being Steven Spielberg on a mission, although without a beard. I am going to be the chief scientific adviser (script writer) and animator for a popular-science documentary. Science, script writing and visuals perhaps go hand in hand. Described as a non-profit project, this could be the greatest job in my non-existing career of an idiot, and so I could really use a helping hand this time!

    I asked for permission to discuss the documentary here and the permission was granted. (I hope that the movie at least comes out as a surprise to my mother.) I received the story and questions or ideas that the producer wants to tackle. It is a little bit too long and detailed. The way I see the story, it is about the Evolution of Natural Law.

    We are wondering
    * what "natural law" is,
    * how "natural law" appeared in the history of civilized world,
    * how a concept is born in practice (from personal, psychological perspective and in society),
    * what the limits of natural laws are and
    * whether the laws are changing over time.

    Is science evolving? What is new in science? Where does science break and is there any tabloid-story-like sensation there for wide audience? (I would add: have we changed in a way that changed the natural laws?)

    I estimate that this pro-science documentary may be acceptable for people who are against science too. I think that science will improve its image of a closed, bureaucratic or absolutist system in which limited theories are used to obtain general policies such as those exercised in teaching. This epistemological aspect may be reduced in quantity for the sake of sensationalism.

    Since I never made any long movie, I would like to learn a lot of vital things about time management, e.g. how much time can be devoted to the script or where to invest more time. I would like to know about filming process at the level of timeline editor (story boarding). I definitely need to brush-up my knowledge of relevant tools and skills, narrative and character buildup (even without any characters or dialogue).

    I think that the underlying story is flawed and that in the end, I am indeed a representative of holy inquisition of science, because I feel that I know all the answers to everything. Therefore, I think that the majority of content will be up to me alone to generate. That makes me a movie director and not just an info-graphics animator, visualizer, or adviser.

    I am not really an artist. I do not paint or create 3D game characters, to be exact. I only draw patterns and logos by freehand in my notebooks. By coincidence, I've been deeply interested in short artistic videos over the years, generative arts and writing, without ever considering profession of this kind.

    I may create visual concept, presentation slides with motion pictures and basic animations, capture footage of some kind or think of a story, but I cannot read the text myself or star in the film. (And I was going to sing for the screen.) Some footage will be at my disposal, but I do not know really what footage may be used for narrative. I would like to know which animation tools and editing software you would suggest for motion pictures, special effects on top of any eventual camera footage, or cartoon animations.

    I love educational movies such as those at TedED. I recently posted one of their movies here http://ed.ted.com/lessons/cloudy-climate-change-how-clouds-affect-earth-s-temperature-jasper-kirkby.  I like something like this https://vimeo.com/84763962 too, just to take it from the list of most recently seen movies. I think that TedED could provide a good role model, although their movies are short. I greatly respect Neil deGrasse Tyson and his latest documentary series, or Brain Games also now showing on National Geographic. For some reason, I enjoy a lot of documentaries. I like suspense, make-believe and timing in M. N. Shyamalan fiction movies. I was dying to watch Transformers episode 4, but I had work and I had to write this post.

    I think that http://documentarystorm.com/the-secret-life-of-chaos/  is above and beyond.

    Any advice, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, book and website suggestions would be welcome, which would prepare me more, especially in terms of technical expertise, but please do continue from whatever aspect of the story you are inclined to review and expand. Debate whatever feels right to debate.

    I produced content in the past by using Microsoft Office, Corel Draw, Corel Photopaint, Adobe Photoshop... Camtasia Studio, Sony Vegas Pro... and various small programs including my own programs that are producing certain visuals pertinent to the topic such as graphs or animations.

    Now I am concerned that none of this is very effective in plotting the cartoon reality as a whole or rendering it in 3D (if required).

    Resolution of 4k is becoming the new standard. I supplied my previous short film in 2k resolution, which has been accepted, but I need to think towards 4k resolution. I do not see how 4k can be maintained without appearance of different data bottlenecks and major slowdowns. I would like to have an opinion on this. I only managed to produce 4k video in Sony Vegas, but Camtasia Studio provides the only beautiful timeline editing that I know of. CyberLink PowerDirector has been bugged. CyberLink updated it so that it does not function at large resolutions any more. I have many other programs that I rarely use (I used Blender only; Unity3D, Maya). I have two ordinary ATI graphics cards HD7660 and R7 250 Devastator for improved noise experience.

    I am also accepting medications if you have any for increasing dimensionality of animations in my head.
    Sun, Sep 28, 2014  Permanent link

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    As the Earth’s surface temperature gradually rises, it has become vital for us to predict the rate of this increase with as much precision as possible. In order to do that, scientists need to understand more about aerosols and clouds. Jasper Kirkby details an experiment at CERN that aims to do just that.

    http://ed.ted.com/lessons/cloudy-climate-change-how-clouds-affect-earth-s-temperature-jasper-kirkby





    Burn Noticed
    Aired: 09/22/14

    The historic People's Climate March takes place in New York City while a House of Representatives committee struggles with the basic principles of global warming. (10:25)

     http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8q3nmm/burn-noticed 
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014  Permanent link

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    Several months ago I posted to my Facebook wall that we have finally beaten USA by using snow. Of course, it would have been better if I had given some thought to the strangely convenient fact that there was no winter at the 45 degrees North in Serbia. Climate is obviously changing.

    Exactly one year ago, there was a brief flood in my town and I was on my bike completely wet and submerged. I kind of think that that was an amazing event. For the first time ever, I decided to drive the entire cycling event together with the crowd that was rapidly melting. About 40-60 people finished the tour.

    The question is, will this weather repeat itself? If it is going to repeat every year, given the jokes on America, I think we might get substantially less money by begging for it... from the America.

    After a few days, CNN reported that there was an OMEGA PATTERN above us. I did not expect anything less than the omega pattern. Its an independent storm system like a hurricane that sits on top of a single area and spins and has lost connections to other streams of air. It was initially like the capital Greek letter omega connected with the northern currents around the globe, but then it became just a vortex. It rained for about a week or maybe less, but the amount of water was huge (like, 3 or 4 months of rain at once).

    This was predicted by the meteorologists, so some authorities are going to answer to the other authorities about inaction, probably.

    Some are in jail for spreading panic via Facebook. That's very modern.

    The sky was yellowish brown everyday, muddy and there wasn't any lightning. It seems that there is less and less lightning around here.

    17000 people signed a paper to close down the HAARP weather control center, an imaginary center of world domination by Masons, Americans, CIA, whomever. The head of Serbian orthodox church said that the event was due to Conchita Wurst, the latest winner of the Eurovision song contest.

    Hold on tight and get ready to faint. Footballer named Ronaldo, allegedly donated 6.5 millions of some money to Serbia to help the flood victims.

    Now lets talk money.

    On this site, you will find two options to donate: by Paypal and by wire transfer.
    http://floodrelief.gov.rs/

    Bosnia and Croatia were also struck by these floods.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Southeast_Europe_floods

    Here you can take a free online course in Natural Disasters
    https://www.edx.org/course/mcgillx/mcgillx-atoc185x-natural-disasters-1589
    Fri, May 30, 2014  Permanent link

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    "Growing up in post-war Germany, photographer Christoph Gielen was “repulsed” by the rows of drab, identical, pre-fabricated buildings that were constructed quickly to rebuild cities lost to Allied bombings. When he left art school in his 20s, he took on a photographic mission to document the way buildings and development misuse land."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/these-mesmerizing-photos-of-urban-sprawl-2014-4
    Tue, Apr 29, 2014  Permanent link

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