This blog is for anything I find interesting. I have many interests: chemistry, math, philosophy, poetry, libertarianism, etc. I have some hero's who I hope to find on tumblr more often who include: Buckminster Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Carl Jung, Marshall Mcluhan, Kurt Godel, John Muir and more. Any questions about anything, just ask.
The link below is to my other blog, it's less serious, and is for posting things that wouldn't fit on this one. It's more of an indulgence blog, so check it out.
http://weltanshauung.tumblr.com/

My experience with Tumblr …

tuckfheman:

Drone strike post = 10,000 Likes

Government corruption videos = 50,000 Likes
Corporatism, oligarchy, cronyism reports = 100,000 Likes

Post the solution to all of the above, Cryptocurrency = 8 Likes

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Investor Alert: Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency-Related Investments

tuckfheman:

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to make investors aware about the potential risks of investments involving Bitcoin and other forms of virtual currency.

I noticed they failed to mention how it could topple governments and give each one of us freedom from central banks by putting the control of money into the people’s hands.

futurescope:

PaperFold: Foldable Smartphone Shows Shape-Shifting Future for Google Maps

PaperFold is a shape-changing smartphone allows users to fold open up to three flexible electrophoretic displays to provide extra screen real estate when needed. Displays are detachable such that users can fold the device into various shapes that can range from an ultra notebook shape to a foldout map.

"In PaperFold, each display tile can act independently or as part of a single system," says Dr. Vertegaal, a professor in the School of Computing and Director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s. "It allows multiple device form factors, providing support for mobile tasks that require large screen real estate or keyboards on demand, while retaining an ultra-compact, ultra-thin and lightweight form factor."

Note that this is a first prototype: e.g., cables would not be present in future versions.

For more info, see http://www.hml.queensu.ca/paperfold

Monday, May 5, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014

prostheticknowledge:

Print All Over Me: Edition 2

The digital-printed fashion service recently added more products for your customizations and designs, including bomber jackets and backpacks:

Inviting you to create, share, own, and produce your designs, PRINT ALL OVER ME is a collaborative community and a space for collecting.

PAOM offers seasonal editions, sets of objects that you can print all over. Choose an object, upload your design, and (if you like) share it in the PAOM store. 

Edition 2: Backpack, Bomber Jacket, Cotton Pants, Curtain, Leggings, Shift Dress, Short Sleeve Blouse, Short Sleeve Workshirt, Sweatshirt, T-Shirt!

The service also lets you design items for others to buy, and is collaborating with established designers such as robertopiqueras who has a collection launching there on the 10th of May.

You can find out more about the service here

[Bomber Jacket photo credit: alexandrabussiere]

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Short History of Long-Term Thinking, for Our Fifty Thousand Year Time Capsule

In the year 2014, a space capsule named KEO will be launched into orbit with support from UNESCO and the European Space Agency. Its destination is the planet Earth, 50,000 years from now.

Every person on the planet can put their own message in the capsule, follow the link below.

http://www.keo.org/uk/pages/message.php

Why Bitcoin Terrifies Big Banks - Interview with Andreas Antonopoulos

Abby Martin speaks with Andreas Antonopoulos, founder of Root Eleven and co-host of let’s Talk Bitcoin, discussing how Bitcoin works, and why it’s so important to have a decentralized system of money.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street

Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall st. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light. 

What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster?

A story about greed, fear and randomness from the insides of Wall Street.

Director: Marije Meerman
Research: Gerko Wessel

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

yearoftheglitch:

Infected Blankets @ GlitchTextiles.com

The complete genome of the H1N1 influenza strain, translated into a colorful woven mosaic, where each pixel represents the coding for a single amino acid.

Translation
Nucleotides are assigned binary values:
A=00
C=01
G=10
T=11

Every three nucleotides is assigned to a pixel (2-bits per RGB channel).

Sunday, December 15, 2013

prostheticknowledge:

Renaissance Full HD

3D animation piece from Unicorn imagines a modern-day Renaissance museum in the internet-era, using models of people taken with a Kinect in classical poses - video embedded below:

The renaissance sculptures were allegories of the world trough and for cultural or ethic knowledge. What would it be like nowadays ?

Renaissance Full Hd is a virtual museum, letting people be in the internet posterity throughout the web culture.
Contemporary sculptures in every room, presenting a web culture in witch we are all in.
New icon are built, allegories are renewed.

The Kinect Sensor allows to scan people, their bodies become polygons, their avatars become eternal.
MSN, Wikipedia, the Anonymous movement or the social networks, Renaissance Full HD makes the internet culture as a part of our common History.

Link

prostheticknowledge:

CV Dazzle Look No 5

Adam Harvey’s anti-facial recognition fashion project continues with this new look put together for an article for The New York Times Sunday Review:

Next year the Janus program, an initiative run by the director of national intelligence, will begin to collect photographs of people’s faces from social media websites and public video feeds. Machines will then use powerful algorithms to pair those photos with existing biometric profiles.

…. My project, CV Dazzle, explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition. The name is derived from a type of World War I naval camouflage called Dazzle, which used cubist-inspired designs to break apart the visual continuity of a battleship and conceal its orientation and size. Likewise, CV Dazzle uses avant-garde hairstyling and makeup designs to break apart the continuity of a face.

The New York Times piece is probably the best visual explanation there is … you can read it here

Saturday, December 14, 2013

seluded:

Oritsunagumono: X-Ray Origami by Takayuki Hori

Takayuki Hori has created this stunning series entitled ‘Oritsunagumono’ (translated as ‘things folded and connected’) which is a collection of origami works designed to highlight the environmental threat of pollution to a number of species native to Japan’s coastal waterways.

Each translucent sheet is printed with fragments of an animal’s skeleton or pieces that could have been potentially ingested in these areas. They are then assembled, by the art of paper folding, into three-dimensional models. As you can see once the paper is folded upon itself it brings each of the fragments together, revealing the suffering of each animal in these polluted areas.

prostheticknowledge:

The Illustrated History of Projection Mapping

Fascinating page demonstrating the history of projection mapping as we understand it today from the 1960’s onwards - the examples in the gifs above are all before 2001:

While projection mapping has recently exploded into the conciousness of artists and advertisers everywhere, the history of projection mapping dates back longer than you may imagine.

If you try Googling for “Projection Mapping” you won’t find anything older than 3 years. That is because projection mapping’s older, academic name is “Spatial Augmented Reality” . The field is also known as “video mapping”, but projection mapping seems to be winning out in the United States.

One of the videos included is this interactive object / digital painting example from 2001:

The is so much more about the history of this type of visual technology, but it is a good place to start. Also highly recommended is watching the art installation ‘Displacements’ from 1980 (!!!) - impressive work.

The whole article can be found here

 
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