Profile

Cover photo
Arthur Gillard
Lives in Sacramento, CA
967 followers|530,289 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
As I've long suspected, the cake is NOT a lie!
5
Nic Las's profile photoThomas Armstrong's profile photo
2 comments
 
I think you're telling us it's true when the cake tells you you're one-year old. Blow out the candle, Arthur.
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
An interview I did with the creators of the awesome SF/ #LucidDreaming  webseries +Anamnesis was just posted at Integral Options Cafe. I'm pleased with how it turned out. :)

<quote> Arthur Gillard: Why did you decide to make a film/web series about lucid dreaming? Was it inspired by your own experiences with lucidity, or did you simply find the subject intriguing?

Alex Calleros: I’ve always been intrigued by the relationship between cinema and dreams. The experience of watching a film is often thought of as entering a sort of dream-state, and many of my favorite films play with questions of reality, consciousness, etc. The Matrix, Inception, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind_—these films were huge influences for me as a filmmaker and I had always wanted to play in the world of dreams using cinema. So, when I had the opportunity to write and direct the short film in 2012, it was a chance to finally make a film that essentially takes place entirely in the dream world. One of my favorite films is _The Fountain, which explores the theme of death in an incredibly profound way, and that was also a huge influence on the short film.

Michael Tucker: When we began thinking of how to continue the short film (which has a pretty definite conclusion), we played around with a lot of ideas. Alex’s close friend Gary Ruiz was very into lucid dreaming and had talked to Alex about it. The idea of becoming lucid within a dream world and being able to manipulate your surroundings fascinated us and seemed like a great concept to play with cinematically, as well as an idea we hadn’t seen done before. So we spent time researching lucid dreaming techniques and experiences, and grew attached to the idea of trying to portray the sensation of dreaming as accurately as possible. We didn’t want it to be blurry and fuzzy like how dreaming is often shown in TV shows, but we also didn’t want it to be as rigid and straight-forward as Inception. So finding that balance was our guiding light, and hopefully we achieved that to some degree. </quote> 
Anamnesis is a science fiction web series about lucid dreaming based on an original short film of the same name. It has been getting a great deal of positive attention in the lucid dreaming community based on its accurate and realistic portrayal of lucid dreaming, as well as its compelling ...
1
Mary Williams's profile photo
 
Ah -- must read soon! But very busy week!
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
There were a lot of fishers on the Sacramento River yesterday. #SightsOfSacramento  
1
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
I concur!

<quote> The reason you should boycott bottled water is because it enables a bullshit, backwards vision for society.

Boycotting bottled water means you support the idea that public access to clean, safe water is not only a basic human right, but that it’s a goddamn technological triumph worth protecting. It means you believe that ensuring public access to this resource is the only way to guarantee it will be around in a few more years.

Clean, safe drinking water that flows freely out of our faucets is a feat of engineering that humans have been been perfecting for two millennia. It is a cornerstone of civilization. It is what our cities are built upon. And over the years the scientists and hydrologists and technicians who help get water to our houses have also become our environmental stewards, our infrastructural watchdogs, our urban visionaries. Drinking the water these people supply to our homes is the best possible way to protect future access to water worldwide.

Companies that package water in a single-use bottle are not concerned with the future. They are not invested in the long-term effects of climate change on an endangered watershed, nor are they working to prepare a megacity for an inevitable natural disaster. What they are interested in is their bottom line: Marketing a “healthy” product to compensate for the fact that people are buying less of their other products that are known to case obesity and diabetes—and selling it for at prices that are 240 to 10,000 times higher than what you pay for tap water. </quote> 
There are few things on this planet I hate more than bottled water. Just the crinkling sound of someone wrapping their mouth around one of those squeaky garbage accordions fills me with rage. I stopped drinking it a long time ago—and you should stop drinking it, too.
1
1
Maksymilian Misiurski's profile photo
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
Very interesting talk on "Integrating Video Game Mechanics and Meditation Principles" with Adam Gazzaley and Jack Kornfield. I'm looking forward to trying some of these games when the become commercially available.

(via +Scott Nelson)

#gaming   #meditation   
1
1
kendra gillard's profile photoArthur Gillard's profile photoScott Nelson's profile photo
3 comments
 
Yes--however, the systems discussed in the video I posted are much different, and more sophisticated than +Lumosity​, so we will see how these work out.
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
967 people
Milton Clark's profile photo
Dodi Bae's profile photo
Malgorzata Radziminski's profile photo
Firedance Books's profile photo
Nancy Hayes's profile photo
Michael Capobianco's profile photo
Ephraim Tshilo's profile photo
Bhikkhu Samahita's profile photo
Francisco Oltra's profile photo

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
I like the idea of "stealth learning." :)

<quote> Machineers started life as a Masters project at the IT University Copenhagen by Danish developer Lohika, the purpose of which was to develop an educational game that could teach programming theory without using any code. You may be interested to read their full Masters thesis for some insight into how they went about using “stealth learning” to teach without you even noticing. </quote>
Do you remember when you first watched Robot Wars and every time the announcer called the contestants 'Roboteers' you couldn't help but picture robots with
2
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
WTF.

<quote> 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told by a Hollywood producer that she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man. In an interview with The Wrap, Gyllenhaal said was surprised by the producer’s admission, but that it’s just one of the many “disappointing things about being an actress in Hollywood.” </quote> 
37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told by a Hollywood producer that she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man. In an interview with The Wrap, Gyllenhaal said was surprised by the producer’s admission, but that it’s just one of the many “disappointing things about being an actress in Hollywood.”
1
Chad Lynch's profile photoCM Stewart's profile photo
3 comments
 
OMG
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
Evidently a rock-organizing enthusiast has been hanging out on the Sacramento River near Old Sacramento. #SightsOfSacramento  
6
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
Fascinating interview on using Minecraft for educational purposes.

<quote> Last year I spoke to Joel Levin, creator and co-founder of MinecraftEdu, a school-friendly remix of Minecraft [official site] which is designed to be used in schools. Levin spoke with eloquence and hope about how the blockbuilding game can be used to teach children internet etiquette, patience, general learning skills, and every subject from science to history to foreign languages. Below is an excerpt of the interview which charts the initial inspiration for the software and which is full of good, inspirational examples for how to make “screen time” healthy and useful for kids. </quote> 
Last year I spoke to Joel Levin, creator and co-founder of MinecraftEdu, a school-friendly remix of Minecraft which is designed to be used in schools. Levin
1
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
I concur! Although I don't know if Nintendo needs to pull the trigger, but someone ought to.

<quote> During an age when games can be played on smartphones, tablets, computers, calculators, watches and just about any other device with silicon in it, having something that sits under your television so you can play games at home is not just unnecessary, it's wasteful. </quote> 
The home video game console, a dedicated machine designed specifically to bring video games into the home, is a stubbornly resilient thing of the past, a limiting anachronism that does much more harm...
1
1
Maksymilian Misiurski's profile photo
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
Excellent review by Cory Doctorow of a book that couldn't be more relevant to the times we live in.

<quote> While AI remains mostly a distant dream, terrifying tales about AIs, from The Matrix to The Terminator, have only gained currency as the world has become dominated by multinational corporations: immortal, transhuman artificial life-forms that use humans to reproduce, but are fiduciarially forbidden from acting with empathy toward them.

Science fiction is a marketplace of ideas. The stories that writers spin represent a normal distribution of all the futures we might experience. But these stories are winnowed by a fitness-function that selects the ones that chime with the popular imagination. A world in which technology has produced incredible productivity gains, but in which all of those gains have accrued to the people who own the machines and not the people who operate them or are displaced by them, is one in which futuristic tales of humans being surplus to society’s requirements have a delicious and terrible plausibility.

This brings us back to The Subprimes, which is an open chord played across all of the strings of American social anxiety. Greenfeld’s mother is an immigrant and he has spent much of his life outside of the U.S., making him extremely well-poised to write about America — close to the phenomenon, but distant enough to have seen its edges and noticed the funny smells it produces. It’s a road-trip novel (actually, it’s several road-trip novels, having many point-of-view characters) set in a near-future plutocratic, climate-wracked America... </quote> 
1
Add a comment...

Arthur Gillard

Shared publicly  - 
 
Interesting perspective on Game of Thrones from someone who is a big fan of the show, yet has a problem with the way women are portrayed in it. 

<quote> And this isn’t equal opportunity eye candy. Yes the show will sometimes present a shirtless man or his naked butt and even on very rare occasions an actual penis, but this season in particular has featured several scenes where the camera carefully avoids full-frontal male nudity (Daario Naharis, Loras and his lover, and the High Septon all avoided that fate). Plus these female-gaze shots are few and far between, and they usually happen with male characters who are already humanized by the show.

But Game Of Thrones goes to absurd lengths to present full-frontal female nudity. In the Season 5 premiere, a castrated soldier visits a prostitute for some platonic cuddling—something we’re told he’s done many times before. After removing her top she then whips off her skirt for an extended full-frontal shot. “You don’t have to,” he tells her. “Habit,” she smiles, before putting her skirt back on. </quote>

<quote> Frankly, I’m surprised more straight dudes aren’t annoyed at being catered to in such a patronizing way. The show is presenting nudity the way a parent might treat their child to ice cream after a trip to the doctor. “Stick with us through these complicated political machinations and we promise we’ll show you more nipples!” It’s more than a little insulting to male intelligence.

But to simply write off the show as sexist bullshit would be to throw out the naked lady with the bathwater. Game Of Thrones remains one of the only prestige dramas to feature a large female ensemble—only Orange Is The New Black can rival it for sheer number of well-developed female characters.

Unfortunately, when it comes to watching TV, feminist viewers too often have to compromise: either except the limited female representation in prestige shows like Breaking Bad and True Detective or enjoy the fantastic female characters of Game Of Thrones while trying to ignore the show's constant objectification. The handful of shows like Orange Is The New Black and Orphan Black that offer representation without objectification are sadly the exception, not the rule. </quote> 
The HBO series wants to have it both ways when it comes to respecting and objectifying women
3
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
967 people
Milton Clark's profile photo
Dodi Bae's profile photo
Malgorzata Radziminski's profile photo
Firedance Books's profile photo
Nancy Hayes's profile photo
Michael Capobianco's profile photo
Ephraim Tshilo's profile photo
Bhikkhu Samahita's profile photo
Francisco Oltra's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Book editor
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
"More like a cat than a washing machine."
Bragging rights
Effing the ineffable since 1967.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Sacramento, CA
Previously
vancouver, B.C. - Halifax, N.S. - Glace Bay, N.S. - Terrace, B.C. - pocket universe - alternate timeline
Links