Archive for April, 2007

Are we all photographers, now?

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Posted: April 16th, 2007
at 10:18am by Koookiecrumbles


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Untitled, 2006

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Posted: April 16th, 2007
at 10:09am by Koookiecrumbles


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iheartphotograph

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Posted: April 16th, 2007
at 10:00am by Koookiecrumbles


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EvoluciAAn

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Posted: April 15th, 2007
at 3:08am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: music,design

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objectsw light

Slinky walking down the stairs
Here I split one into pairs
To give it flight and make it bright
I hung one pair around the light

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Posted: April 14th, 2007
at 6:24pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,art

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"Meem" (rhymes with "dream")

How do you pronounce "meme"?
"Meem" (rhymes with "dream")
What is a meme?
Memes are the basic building blocks of our minds and culture, in the same way that genes are the basic building blocks of biological life.
Isn’t memetics just a fancy name for _________ (fill in the blank with "cultural evolution", "behavioral psychology", "sociobiology", or anything else)? Why is this anything new?
The breakthrough in memetics is in extending Darwinian evolution to culture. There are several exciting conclusions from doing that, one of which is the ability to predict that ideas will spread not because they are "good ideas", but because they contain "good memes" such as danger, food and sex that push our evolutionary buttons and force us to pay attention to them.
Who invented memes?
Oxford zoologist Richard Dawkins is credited with first publication of the concept of meme in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene.
If memes control our thoughts and therefore our actions, what about free will?
We continually understand more and more about how our bodies and minds work. We now know that trillions of organic nanomachines in the cells of our bodies work together to give us life. Neither that understanding nor the new understanding of our minds that memetics will give us should affect the philosophical question of free will.
In Virus of the Mind, you seem to neglect truth as a main reason that memes replicate, focusing instead on psychological button-pushing, evangelism, and other non-obvious means. Why?
First, the theoretical reason. Our minds evolved to support survival and reproduction in the ancestral environment (Stone Age). The kind of truth that would have aided that would have pertained to knowledge of terrain, seasons, and so on. These things are concrete and simple. Our society today is so complex that concrete and simple things that "make sense" are likely to out-compete "true" memes that are less appealing. Second, empirical evidence shows that students are getting worse and worse at knowledge tests.
You talk a lot about living life in "Level 3." What does that mean?
It means not just living consciously, but consciously choosing the memes I allow to program me.

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Posted: April 14th, 2007
at 5:58pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,games,weaponry,architecture,fo' real?

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mid-tokyo maps

Check these stunning visualisations of Tokyo, which even features excellent use of Flash. Absolutely astonishing use of the medium - educational in the best sense, featuring interactive question > data-gathering > real-time response. But beautiful too. Many different inspiring approaches to information design and presentation throughout - Currently enjoying #12’s Urban Appeal and #16 on the Great Kanto Earthquake and its aftermath. Seems to be built as an ‘Inpaku’ pavillion in the Mori Building. Experience whilst reading this and listening to this. Drinking this will also make the Flash anims run smoother [warning! requires a fairly powerful machine] [via Kottke]

February 19, 2002

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Posted: April 13th, 2007
at 12:38pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: computers,web,design,maps

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Mission Impossible: Negroponte Goes To Sudan

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte arrived in Sudan yesterday to attempt to convince the Sudanese government to allow UN peacekeepers into Darfur. Darfur is wracked by genocidal violence between the government and the Janjaweed militia, against several rebel groups operating in the region. The Janjaweed are basically privateers on horseback, paid a stipend by the Sudanese army and keeping whatever plunder they can take. While the Sudanese government denies any sponsorship, the State Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Ahmed Haroun is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for atrocities committed in Darfur (Humanitarian Affairs? How Orwellian is that. War is peace, freedom is slavery and all that.)

Negroponte hopes to convince President Omar al-Bashir to allow UN peacekeepers approved by UN Security Council Resolution 1706 which calls for 22,500 UN troops to support the 7,000 African Union peackeepers already in Sudan. The AP reports that "Sudan’s government has agreed to the initial stages of the proposed deployment. But President Omar al-Bashir has rejected full deployment, concerned that Sudanese sovereignty will be violated and the troops will arrest Sudanese officials suspected of authorizing war crimes."
Meanwhile, Senator Joe Biden said this week that it was a ‘moral imperative’ for the U.S. to send troops also, adding that 2,500 troops could "radically change the situation on the ground now."

Dear Joe, it may already be too late:

Crossposted from WILLisms.com

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Posted: April 13th, 2007
at 11:15am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: politricks

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DJ Child Interview

If you haven’t already checked it out, the DJ Child (from Project Groundation Massive) interview is up on music.mnp.AA It’s ill… holler at it.

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Posted: April 12th, 2007
at 11:49pm by Black Ock


Categories: music,life,9th dan

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