October 21, 2015
i feel a sense of fortune i never thought possible. with this i have realized i have to distance myself from the things that don’t serve me.
ending on a the highest of notes! i love you all.
September 17, 2015
this video is a banned segment from saturday night live that aired almost 20 years ago and it was only played once for obvious reasons. i mean the logo of NBC is seen as a watermark during the bit which feels strange.
The 1998 Robert Smigel animated short film “Conspiracy Theory Rock”, part of a March 1998 “TV Funhouse” segment, has been removed from all subsequent airings of the Saturday Night Live episode where it originally appeared. Michaels claimed the edit was done because it “wasn’t funny”. The film is a scathing critique of corporate media ownership, including NBC’s ownership by General Electric/Westinghouse.
this infographic from this article says it all:
September 3, 2015
jenny and i went to this candy store in downtown portland this last week and at the counter i saw a stack of these bills. so i asked,
what’s the story with these? and the lady replied,
god, i hate those things. i’m tired of explaining to children what a freemason is.
i then asked her if they have sold any of them and how much they were and she replied,
they are $0.59 and we haven’t sold a single one.
jenny and i offered to buy the stack at a discount. there were like 40 of them and we got them all for $12 and needless to say the gal was pumped. she said,
it would have taken years for us to go through those things and i have no idea where they came from.
i looked them up and apparently they are nothing more than a novelty that appeals to practicing freemasons based on the comments at amazon. either way, they are strange and i wonder who the hell actually took time to make them. also, why were they at a candy store being promoted to children?
i’ll try paying with one and let you know how it goes.
September 1, 2015
a time that used to only be set aside for a sci-fi movie is here. our curiosity and insatiable desire to create has proven that despite the outcome we cannot stop ourselves from wanting to birth consciousness. yet we so often forget how dumb we are and that human error, while a beautiful thing in itself, could be the exploit that turns us into caged pets for robot overlords.
i watched this video above which was unsettling to say the least but then figured i’d really drive the concept home and watch ex-machina. if you haven’t seen it then check it out because holy fuck.
earlier this year i read this article on wait but why that sent me into a existential funk for weeks. the very long and very well written article in a nutshell states that in our lifetime science and technology will arrive at the singular in which artificial intelligence is not only as smart as a human but will exceed our ability to process thought exponentially. and that this mixed with nano technology will create a new age of super computing and our understanding and control of biology.
and the spoiler is that within our lifetime we will experience either human extinction or immortality. um wut?!?
the unsettling part of it all is that all those that have the power to create this level of technology are in disagreement with not only how it is being handled but what the actual outcome will be. elon musk for example says
my advice: if you want to melt your brain and sink into the depths of very real possibility then i would read the wait but why article then immediately watch ex-machina. you will either be freaked out or feel very special that you get to live during this time.
this is inevitable.
August 25, 2015
ready to trip balls? this article has been making the rounds online. i personally don’t find it that profound because staring into someone’s eyes for longer than 15 seconds is a tough thing to do. 10 minutes would be a mind melter. i say
would because i have yet to try this out.
here is a snippet from the article:
Forget LSD: eyes are the new high. Of course, we’re not talking about consuming them, but rather staring intensely into a pair for a prolonged period of time. Apparently, this can make people enter into an altered state of consciousness.
This intriguing discovery was made by vision researcher Giovanni Caputo from the University of Urbino in Italy, but it isn’t his first staring contest study. A few years ago, the scientist recruited 50 volunteers and got them to gaze upon their reflections in a mirror for 10 minutes in a dimly lit room. For many of them, it took less than one minute to start experiencing something trippy.
Their faces began to warp and change, taking on the appearance of animals, monsters or even deceased family members; a phenomenon imaginatively named the “strange-face illusion.” But it seems the bizarre effects are even more dramatic when the mirror is swapped for another person.
you don’t have someone who is willing to get weird but you still want to trip your guts out? well, there is a solution for this too. a solution that i also have never tried. it’s called
the ganzfeld procedure and apparently it works every time.
here’s how this kray shit works:
In a typical ganzfeld experiment, a “receiver” is placed in a room relaxing in a comfortable chair with halved ping-pong balls over the eyes, having a red light shone on them. The receiver also wears a set of headphones through which white or pink noise (static) is played. The receiver is in this state of mild sensory deprivation for half an hour. During this time, a “sender” observes a randomly chosen target and tries to mentally send this information to the receiver. The receiver speaks out loud during the thirty minutes, describing what he or she can see. This is recorded by the experimenter (who is blind to the target) either by recording onto tape or by taking notes, and is used to help the receiver during the judging procedure.
so hell, give it a try. see what happens. i’ll do the same.