The transorbital (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘transorbital’, its definition is “Crossing through (If you are unfamiliar…

“The transorbital (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘transorbital’, its definition is “Crossing through (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘through’, its definition is “In one side and out (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘out’, its definition is “In a direction away (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘away’, its definition is “From a particular thing (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘thing’, its definition is “An entity, an idea, or a quality perceived, known, or thought (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘thought’, its definition is “Past tense and past participle of think.”) to have its own existence.”) […]”

Definition Book, Sam Coppini (2014)

Made as part ofNaNoGenMo 2014.

It starts as a simple 8-word sentence, but the program randomly chooses words to define for the reader, and keeps defining words until the book is at least 50,000 words long.

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Last week, an official report from the parliamentary intelligence and security committee handed over responsibility for the UK’s…

“Last week, an official report from the parliamentary intelligence and security committee handed over responsibility for the UK’s fight against terrorism, or at least part of it, to Facebook’s algorithms – the automated scripts that (among other things) look at your posts and your networks to suggest content you will like, people you might know and things you might buy.”

‘You’re the bomb!’ Are you at risk from the anti-terrorism algorithms? - James Ball for The Guardian  (viaalgopop)

My favourite thing to ferment, which has gone through five different versions since summer 2012. This is the best so far. I…

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My favourite thing to ferment, which has gone through five different versions since summer 2012. This is the best so far. I shredded turnips, mixed them with 1.5% salt, left them to macerate for an hour, then added 150g live yoghurt whey and 80g raw turnip juice. They have been in since 16th March, and are getting better and better. Spicy and savoury and electric with lactic acid.

Owning is the New Sharing

economics, property, sharing, owning, ownership, rent, sharing economy, p2p

The notion that sharing would do away with the need for owning has been one of the mantras of sharing economy promoters. We could share cars, houses, and labor, trusting in the platforms to provide. But it’s becoming clear that ownership matters as much as ever. Whoever owns the platforms that help us share decides who accumulates wealth from them, and how. Rather than giving up on ownership, people are looking for a different way of practicing it.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/owning-is-the-new-sharing

The Dark Extropian Report: PANSPERMIA SPECIAL EDITION

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Welcome to a Special Edition of The Dark Extropian Report. It’s been a bumper few weeks, months and years even in the world of astrobiology, and in particular in the area related to the theory of Panspermia – the idea that life came riding in on an asteroid or comet to our planet. This is one of the very core ideas of Dark Extropianism; that we are inextricably bound to the cosmos, on a grand scale that at the very least is inter-planetary. That our fate lies there as much as our origins do. That we are more than just star dust, but part of a living system that spans billions of years, who’s distance is measured by the speed of light. That ecology is something that spans the galaxy. That we are not meant to stay here, that our destiny lies amongst the stars.

The Dark Extropian Report: PANSPERMIA SPECIAL EDITION

They don’t tell you that a lot of programming skill is about developing a knack for asking the right questions on Google and…

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“They don’t tell you that a lot of programming skill is about developing a knack for asking the right questions on Google and knowing which code is best to copy-paste. And they don’t let you in on a big secret: that there is no mastery, there is no final level. The anxiety of feeling lost and stupid is not something you learn to conquer, but something you learn to live with.”

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/24/dont-believe-anyone-who-tells-you-learning-to-code-is-easy/

(One of the toughest things to do when I’m teaching Processing is convincing the students who “just don’t get it ” to stick it out a little longer and persist in their efforts. I don’t expect all of my art students to become professional programmers. In fact I’m not sure if I have the mettle to do that myself. I do think that one of the many values of programming is that it “isn’t easy” and direct experience can cure the false perception.  - J.L.)

Evidence of Polyethylene Biodegradation by Bacterial Strains from the Guts of Plastic-Eating Waxworms

plastic, worms, biodegradable, PE, metabolism, waxworms, bioremediation

Polyethylene (PE) has been considered nonbiodegradable for decades. Although the biodegradation of PE by bacterial cultures has been occasionally described, valid evidence of PE biodegradation has remained limited in the literature. We found that waxworms, or Indian mealmoths (the larvae of Plodia interpunctella), were capable of chewing and eating PE films.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es504038a

Workers climb a ladder in to the rusting hulk of India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai,…

INS Vikrant, aircraft carrier, ships, salvage, decay, India

Workers climb a ladder in to the rusting hulk of India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai, India. The iconic naval vessel, that was purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role during the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and was decommissioned in 1997. Picture: AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks

neurology, brain function, topology, homological structure, neuroanatomy, psilocybin, mathematics

Here, we study the characteristics of functional brain networks at the mesoscopic level from a novel perspective that highlights the role of inhomogeneities in the fabric of functional connections. […] The results show that the homological structure of the brain’s functional patterns undergoes a dramatic change post-psilocybin, characterized by the appearance of many transient structures of low stability and of a small number of persistent ones that are not observed in the case of placebo.

http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/11/101/20140873

China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control

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The casual alteration of idioms risks nothing less than “cultural and linguistic chaos”, it warns. Chinese is perfectly suited to puns because it has so many homophones. Popular sayings and even customs, as well as jokes, rely on wordplay. But the order from the State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television says: “Radio and television authorities at all levels must tighten up their regulations and crack down on the irregular and inaccurate use of the Chinese language, especially the misuse of idioms.” Programmes and adverts should strictly comply with the standard spelling and use of characters, words, phrases and idioms – and avoid changing the characters, phrasing and meanings, the order said. “Idioms are one of the great features of the Chinese language and contain profound cultural heritage and historical resources and great aesthetic, ideological and moral values,” it added.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/28/china-media-watchdog-bans-wordplay-puns?CMP=share_btn_tw

Submarine Cable Taps

communication, telegeoography, maps, submarine cables, telecom, GCHQ, intercept, surveillance

Documents published on November 25, 2014 by Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed more specific details about submarine cables currently tapped by GCHQ. Previous reporting had made it clear that GCHQ had submarine cable taps created in collusion with companies like Vodafone and BT Cable, but not which specific cables. Seeing Telegeography publishes landing point maps and submarine cable maps it seemed like a worthwhile exercise to better understand what, exactly, the reach of GCHQ’s submarine cable tapping might look like.

https://github.com/lifewinning/submarine-cable-taps

But now, the end is indeed near for the spacecraft after eight years at Venus — four times longer than its primary mission….

“But now, the end is indeed near for the spacecraft after eight years at Venus — four times longer than its primary mission. Although it is healthy and performing routine science operations, fuel is only standing at around 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) and oxidizer at 5 kg (11 lbs). It’s possible not all of it is accessible due to propellant movement in the tanks, ESA said. The new maneuvers are expected to subtract 1.4 kg of fuel and 2 kg of oxidizer from these totals.”

Venus Express Spacecraft, Low On Fuel, Does Delicate Dance Above Doom Below (viaiamdanw)

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may…

“The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place, and all things are affected by the change. We ourselves have become mysterious strangers in our own eyes and tremblingly we ask ourselves who we are, whence we came, whither we are bound. Are we the being who is called by our name, whom we thought we knew so well in the past? Are we the form we see in the mirror, our body, offspring of our parents? Who, then, is it that feels and thinks within us, that wills and struggles, plans and dreams, that can oppose and control this physical body which we thought to be ourselves? We wake up to realize that we have never known ourselves, that we have lived as in a blind dream of ceaseless activity in which there was never a moment of self recollection.”

J.J. Van Der Leeuw fromThe Conquest of Illusion (George Allen& Unwin), 1951. FromParabola, Winter 2007:“The New World.” (viacrashinglybeautiful)

Gas roils around inside galaxies, forming new stars; it blows out of galaxies for its own hot reasons; it hangs around outside…

Gas roils around inside galaxies, forming new stars; it blows out of galaxies for its own hot reasons; it hangs around outside the galaxies, cools off, and falls back in to form more stars, then blows back out again, in, out, over and over. It’s like the galaxy is breathing.

This is sheerest anthropomorphism, which is a bad word among scientists. They don’t like it – neither did my editor — because it describes in human terms, something that should be described in its own terms. Thinking anthropomorphically, you’ll probably miss what the thing – the galaxy, the virus, the moving magma – is actually, truly doing.


But it was the breathing that got me — and breathing not anthropomorphically either, not in human terms but in its own terms. So what looks like anthropomorphism, the universe described in human terms, is really humans following the rules the universe follows. One of those rules is cycles — infalls and outflows, repeat repeat — that nourish some entity through time. Until sooner or later, somehow or other, the gas leaves the galaxy and doesn’t fall back in, and the stars burn up the remaining gas until it’s gone. When the galaxy can’t breathe any more, it dies.

That’s another of the universe’s rules: entities end. Humans, we’re so cosmopomorphic.

Cosmopomorphism
By: Ann Finkbeiner (viam1k3y)

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It stands 3.5 metres tall and is 5.5 metres long (11ft tall by 18ft long), suggesting it may have been a male that weighed up to…

fuckyeahdarkextropian:

It stands 3.5 metres tall and is 5.5 metres long (11ft tall by 18ft long), suggesting it may have been a male that weighed up to six tonnes. The skeleton, which is 30,000 to 50,000 years old, was estimated to command a price of between £150,000 and £250,000. It had been in a private eastern European collection for years and was only assembled, including tusks, for the first time when it came to the auction house. Errol Fuller, the curator of the sale, said: “Although mammoth are not as rare as some dinosaur skeletons, the chances to buy an almost complete skeleton don’t come up very often. We had interest from private buyers as well as institutions from around the world and there was bidding going on between buyers in the sale room and on the phones.” The lot was offered at the auction house’s second Evolution sale, where a giant egg from the extinct elephant bird was also offered. A Chinese museum was the successful bidder paying £69,960 for the egg, which is more than 30cm in length. It had been expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000. Elephant birds were akin to giant ostriches and were native to Madagascar. They have been extinct since at least the 17th century. At the first Evolution sale, in November last year, a diplodocus skeleton named Misty sold for £400,000. It was originally bought anonymously, but the Obel Family Foundation later revealed that it was the purchaser and was donating the skeleton to the Natural History Museum of Denmark, in Copenhagen. (via Woolly mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at auction | World news | The Guardian)

You gotta remember, and I’m sure you do, the forces that are arrayed against anyone trying to alter this sort of hammerlock on…

“You gotta remember, and I’m sure you do, the forces that are arrayed against anyone trying to alter this sort of hammerlock on the human imagination. There are trillions of dollars out there demotivating people from imagining that a better tomorrow is possible. Utopian impulses and utopian horizons have been completely disfigured and everybody now is fluent in dystopia, you know. My young people’s vocabulary… their fluency is in dystopic futures. When young people think about the future, they don’t think about a better tomorrow, they think about horrors and end of the worlds and things or worse. Well, do you really think the lack of utopic imagination doesn’t play into demotivating people from imagining a transformation in the society?”

Junot Díaz,Art, Race and Capitalism (viazerosara)

Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be…

“Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own. Scientists too, as J. Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of mystery’ — the boundary of the unknown.” But they transform the unknown into the known, haul it in like fishermen; artists get you out into that dark sea.”

Rebecca Solnit,A Field Guide to Getting Lost (viasigned-olivia-tiffany-soga)

Now a new analysis of the dial used to predict eclipses, which is set on the back of the mechanism, provides yet another clue to…

Now a new analysis of the dial used to predict eclipses, which is set on the back of the mechanism, provides yet another clue to one of history’s most intriguing puzzles. Christián C. Carman, a science historian at the National University of Quilmes in Argentina, and James Evans, a physicist at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, suggest that the calendar of the mysterious device began in 205 B.C., just seven years after Archimedes died.

Writing this month in the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Dr. Carman and Dr. Evans took a different tack. Starting with the ways the device’s eclipse patterns fit Babylonian eclipse records, the two scientists used a process of elimination to reach a conclusion that the “epoch date,” or starting point, of the Antikythera Mechanism’s calendar was 50 years to a century earlier than had been generally believed.

The finding supports the idea, scientists said, that the mechanism’s eclipse prediction strategy was not based on Greek trigonometry, which did not exist at the time, but on Babylonian arithmetical methods borrowed by the Greeks.


Over the years scientists have speculated that the mechanism might have been somehow linked to Archimedes, one of history’s most famous mathematicians and inventors. In 2008, a group of researchers reported that language inscribed on the device suggested it had been manufactured in Corinth or in Syracuse, where Archimedes lived.

But Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier in 212 B.C., while the commercial grain ship carrying the mechanism is believed to have sunk sometime between 85 and 60 B.C. The new finding suggests the device may have been old at the time of the shipwreck, but the connection to Archimedes now seems even less likely.

An inscription on a small dial used to date the Olympic Games refers to an athletic competition that was held in Rhodes, according to research by Paul Iversen, a Greek scholar at Case Western Reserve University.

“If we were all taking bets about where it was made, I think I would bet what most people would bet, in Rhodes,” said Alexander Jones, a specialist in the history of ancient mathematical sciences at New York University.

Dr. Evans said he remained cautious about attempting to identify the maker at all.

“We know so little about ancient Greek astronomy,” he said. “Only small fragments of work have survived. It’s probably safer not to try to hang it on any one particular famous person.”

On the Trail of an Ancient Mystery
Solving the Riddles of an Early Astronomical Calculator (viam1k3y)