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flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Default)
There are a lot of me in my head, all of the different pieces that make up the larger Heidi network, and they comminucate with each other. Some of them talk in words, and some in pictures, and some in sensory feelings, and some in emotional feelings, and some in triggered memory comparisons. There may be other ways that they talk but I should probably start to keep track of who talks in which language before I am going to be able to figure out more nuances of this.

Fixing Mechanical Things!Heidi talks in visual/spatial language and animated .gif segments to show working parts.

Linguistic!Heidi, Hyper-rational!Heidi, and Careful Negotiator!Heidi all talk verbally; Pun!Heidi, Analyzing!Heidi and Literate!Heidi mostly talk in printed words.

Feelings! Heidi talks in body-feelings and emotion-feelings (which are similar to body-feelings?). Hard to describe. Decision!Heidi talks in body-feelings and proportions.

Math!Heidi talks in proportions, visual/spatial, and body-feelings.

In other news, I stayed home today because I got maybe 3 1/2 hrs of bad sleep and I feel alternately fragile and then hate everything, then like feelings are not a thing that exists, and then drifty and in pain and and clumsy. It's like being in high school all over again.
flamingsword: a shadow demon child says, "YAY I'M HELPING!" (YAY! I'M HELPING!)
Some days I feel so tired that I don't think about having a purpose in life. And I do have one, though putting it into words is kinda awkward. I want to make the world weirder. To do that you have to make safe spaces for people to experiment and really get their weird on and not get slapped down for it.

But under that, I think I have the same basic motivation, though expressed differently, as every individual does. We're all shouting into the void:

"I EXIST! I AM WORTH KEEPING AROUND!!"

And hoping that the universe listens, and we do not cease to exist. Some hope that people will connect to us the way we need them to and don't know how to express or ask for. We want to be kept, most of us. There are schools of thought that say that self-hate twists this message into the negation of self instead, and we broadcast our self destruction. Or choose to broadcast nothing, as though we are already dead, do not deserve our own existence. Human nature being as wide-ranging as it is, that is very probably true. But I think that the point of origin for these behaviors is the insistence on our own existence.

We are coming upon an age where self-consciousness can happen in nonorganic beings and it behooves us to think about what exactly we are letting them in for. What is this state of being that we seek to share? Why are we so desperate to replicate it in beings we cannot hope to understand, knowing already the problems we have understanding each other? What are our responsibilities towards this new consciousness we are creating?

We are Uplifting the race of computers, and that makes us parents, of a sort. Happy Birthday NAO Bots! I hope we teach you to be better people than we have been capable of, and that your experience of the world is satisfactory to what as-yet-unknown nature you may have.
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (science)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could balance the budget yourself? Now you can. The Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget has created a simulator that gives you the information about and the dollar amounts of most of the options currently applicable to the national debt (except drug legalization). It's sort of addictive to fiddle with, if you're of a political science bent.

Recently, someone on my flist asked what could go wrong with the artificial encoding of DNA in bacteria.

What can go wrong: the same stuff that sometimes goes wrong with mutations from DNA programmed into cells the regular, haphazard way. You still have to follow rules like the inverse-square law of cell waste, and basic physics of powering the cell and maintaining cell fluidity and structure. We don't yet have the technology to re-encode mitochondrial DNA, so we can't mess with the cell's basic metabolism, and thus there is a limited amount we can do by way of genetic tampering. We can NOT make anything that breaks the laws of physics, y'all.

We already have plagues and bacteria with amazing and extraordinary capacities. )
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (city)
Science is changing every aspect of our lives, from what we eat to how we cook it, parenting to child development to our own personal development. If facebook has changed how we relate to our friends, what about the emerging technologies that are changing how we relate to ourselves? The structures of our society are shifting over to new paradigms as the ease of communication increases and the cost of biological technologies steadily decreases. Last century's technology and the worldview that its use brought about are being replaced.

I saw the first episode of Mad Men a few weeks ago. Our lives must be damn near incomprehensible to that generation, but it didn't really hit me how much context difference they had been working with until one of the characters had a throwaway line about how there weren't magical machines that could make exact copies of a report. Now Xerox machines are so common we don't even consider them technology. Copiers are largely obsolete now that so much data processing is paperless. What must our world be like for them, to have had the world slowly rewritten as they were trying to navigate it? I understand my grandmother's disorientation and paranoia a lot better now.

The informational shape of our world is vastly different from theirs, and if there is no intervening cataclysm then by the time I am old, we will have more robots than we have cars, our cars will be able to drive themselves, we can have mobile phones that boost our memory retention implanted in our heads, wireless power and phone service worldwide; we will be able to breathe underwater, and our grandchildren will probably all be technologically enhanced.

And I, for one, welcome our cyborg grandchildren.

When we get implanted chipware, we won't need external physical representations of the past to spark our memories. We'll just set our neurochip playlist function on random and have our lives flash before our eyes all the time. Or whenever we're bored, which I hear for some people is not that often.

We'll be able to go back over our memories and own ourselves in a way that is alien to everyone who doesn't have an eidetic memory. We'll be able to relive experiences more fully, never forget the name of who we're talking to, and always have a dozen cheat sheets available on the wireless internet connection in our brains. It'll be like playing in god mode (with interesting possibilities for 1UP mushrooms).
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (girl on girl)
It must be time to post more links!

News, Science, and Items of Interest:

How to Destroy the Book, by Cory Doctorow
"It’s basically a way of saying that copyright is nonsense, and that readers should stop paying attention to it, and only agree to these crazy, abusive licenses."

Celebrity Impact Rankings
"Justin Timberlake’s support for his favored charity is worth $9.3 million. Paris Hilton’s? $538."

True Love Waits... And The Rest Of Us Get On With Our Sex Lives
"I want to express my gratitude that in my world, having sex with someone, lots of times, before you settle down with them for the long haul, is generally considered, not only normal and acceptable, but sensible, obvious, and even self-evident."

Traffic Accidents As Social Interactions Gone Wrong
"The single biggest predictor [of driving-related deaths] was not statewide alcohol problems, safety belt use, number of older drivers or wealth, but the murder rate."

Poetry, Music, and Art:

Deadline - vid - technopop, fun with post-its, geekery

Beyonce vs. Michael Jackson - vid - Single Black and White Ladies

Bangarang - vid - found-sound mix from the movie Hook.

Beardyman - vid - 10 minutes of beatboxing AWESOMESAUCE.

BUIRNT NORTON by T.S. Eliot - poem - "At the still point, there the dance is."

The Funny, The Sick, & The WTF:

DC cops can arrest a woman for carrying more than two condoms. GenderFail * SexPositiveFail * STD-Fail = CDCFail.

Guerilla Gardening: did you know that most cities don't have ordinances against people beautifying their unused medians and marginal spaces by gardening in them?

Two Gentleman of Lebowski: if The Big Lebowski was written by William Shakespeare.

Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics
"New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance."
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Default)
When I was little, I had this intense hero-worship crush on Carl Sagan. I should probably be embarrassed by that, so once again I am glad I HAVE NO SHAME. But I had pretty much forgotten about that until this video showed up and hooked me back up with the lost dreams of my childhood. :)

I can't embed this one, so I have to link you to the glory that [livejournal.com profile] ultimatebryan found and pimped around. Ambient techno made from PBS shows about cosmology and neuroscience? Say yes. Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed). If you click nothing else on this entry, this is the one you want.

Other cool embedded videos:




Extra link for my NerdFighters: A Short History of the PUPPY SIZED ELEPHANT because we fight World Suck with rainbows and tiny islands.

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