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What appears to be a much more coherent exploration of the kinds of issues I've been previously ranting about. Thanks +Golan Levin !!

http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/blog/how-open-source-is-disrupting-visual-art
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1. I'm a bit disappointed you did not bite on the comments regarding using real wind as a metaphor for carrying concepts, like wealth. I hope someone does this... I can see the raw complex beauty of course, but how many of those do we need? Still the ones we have seen are ok, but I still prefer Khan's or even just a laser plane and fog... I suppose I like those better because they are analogue. Just because wind (and many other complex phenomena) are self-similar means that a microcosm may be as interesting as the whole world. I guess I find that if its the complexity of real wind that is interesting, then no digital representation is good enough.

2. Cool you looked into those forecast models. I do think there is a lot of potential for using those algos in generative art, even if they are old. I used to do some work in Chaos math (wrote some PD objects for common algorithms) You know the Lorenz story right? You have very well described that getting down to "realty" is tough! (since no data is reality, its a sampling by definition!) Interesting about radar stuff, I was still thinking along the line of wind direction and velocity over an array of sensors. It is interesting to think of the hardcore research that happens in academia, and how long it takes those ideas to get into engineering, and then how long to get into infrastructure, and then how long to get to the local news. Technology always seems to be a gradient. (It was only after looking into R that it really became clear that stats is just another research discipline, and what is normal to use now (ANOVA, T-tests, etc) are old! No one really uses the bleeding edge stuff, except for stats people! There is some cool Bayes stuff happening in Brain Imaging (decoding), but its very abstract from what brain researchers are used to.

3. "assistant professors"?! Ha! Grad students!!

4. Something is always off, predicting the future is tricky. I tend to look at trends and ignore the details... There was some coverage on our national broadcaster about comparing human and computer weather models, unfortunately those dumb fuckers were comparing human 2 day and computer 5 day models!!! (who would even give such a comparison any attention but a naive journalist) I'd like to see how useful a human is in the 5 day case... Did you hear about the study of "expert" stock brokers? Turns out they are no better than random at buying the right stock to recoup investment. (all their knowledge is apparently mumbo jumbo) I think economics is no better than weather prediction (and they likely use the same tools!). Maybe the real question is why we expect to be able to control and predict the world...
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A great little 40 second video that shows traffic jams forming and propagating.
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Here is a neat art project, based on the same research: https://vimeo.com/33150517
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Hey kids, build something cool in your garage.
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I agree about the tension between generalism / specialism. I do think that being a specialist means you have to be bad at other things, and worse that you are indoctrinated to think a certain way about the world, problems and solutions. Some people can only suggest technical solutions, because that is all they see. Some people can only suggest social solutions because that is all they see. The probblem with energy use is simple, we're just using too much of it! We just need to use less and be more efficient. This is not a technical problem it is a social and cultural one. If driving a car to/from work by yourself for 2 hours is normal, then your just being normal. We don't realise being "normal" is part of the problem, we need to be abnormal! Where are are now is where "normality" has gotten us.

Back to specialisation, one person's generalist is another person's specialist. Lets take a coder/physicist/chemist. That is is pretty general for science, but what about a coder/artist/writer? I think that is more general still. Social scientist/artist/engineer, now that is a rare constellation of generality.

It is a problem that there is so much to know that even to know any one thing in real depth, you're focusing so tight. I think that is the general problem with science now, it's focused to such a narrow area that those results are not very general, and its VERY hard to stitch all these narrow razor blade facts into a cohesive conceptual whole. The more narrow the tool, with the same size subject, the larger the gaps between probes.

I'm trying to be a generalist in my current work, but its hard and slow. I'm trying to do philosophy, art, coding, research, and cognitive science all at the same time for the same project. Sometimes an idea makes sense artistically, but nor cognitively, or not philosophically, so I need to constantly balance all these (partially conflicting) areas in every choice. It makes things slowwww.

If all you have to worry about is the truth value of some statistic on some specific variables, then you loose out on the big questions. Why are you measuring X? What does X mean for knowledge, for society, for the future? Is the way you think about the world descrructive and reductionist? Is your hypothesis, no matter how perfectly prooved and designed, pointless? Does it infer a set of ideas that lead to greater problems?

Even the notion of "progess" on its own is destructive because it requires growing consumption of something, resources, ideas, wealth, power, knowledge, etc.. I think much of the "progress" we enjoy in North America is simply the product of the exploitation of others. This is stratification, not progress. Does it even make conceptual sense for everyone to progress? With every gain is a consequence, we can't get away from that, but we're good at hiding it.

I did not watch the video either... The idea of it was certainly inspiring, a 17 yo nuclear scientist...
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Awesome Mechanical Heart Paper Sculptures

The heart is such a complicated thing, both physically as it beats to keep us alive, and emotionally in matters of love. These complex pieces are symbolic of the intricate structure and layers of delicate balance associated with a heart. Developed by designer Frank Tjepkema, or Tjep., the two bodies of work, Clockwork Love Gold and Clockwork Love Paper, are described as A jewelry collection evenly and consistently combining a great multitude of graphic elements in a multitude of layers.

Both collections build further on an earlier design, Bling Bling, which was a piece of jewelry designed from layer upon layer of overlapping gold-plated logos. The pieces are intended to represent various moods of the heart and link to themes such as fragility, passion, uncertainty, and desire.

Frank Tjepkema Design ~ http://goo.gl/oDjzM
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I did not know how much I had missed A Show with Ze Frank until I just watched the first episode of the new series: I just caught myself waving my hands in the air. Sing it, Brother Ze. Tags: video Ze Frank
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For all those who enjoy decay...

I finally put up a selection of images of Ngong Ping along the theme of decay. It was a strange place, the tourist "corridor" is indeed a fair tourist 'trap', after a short discussion with a restaurant host about the meat on the menu it seemed clear this was not the place. We trekked through surroundings that became increasingly decripid. These images are of a single house along the way to the Po Lin Monastery (寶蓮禪寺) where we enjoyed a Buddhist vegetarian (before the vegan switch) meal in a very authentic environment (not a lot of tourists went in there!).
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Humano volando como un pájaro con el mínimo de tecnología posible :D Dos wiimotes, un sensor de un HTC Wildfire S y un pequeño motor.
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There are few forces in the world more humbling than the intelligence of your average astrophysicist--not to mention the ebbs and flows of the cosmic web, energy and matter moving at scales that excee...
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