Monday, November 25, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Comet

the Comet from Christian Stangl on Vimeo.

"In 2016 an exciting mission was ended.
The Rosetta spacecraft made its final manouver. A controlled hard-landing on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67p).
Before that Rosetta accompanied the Comet for more then 2 years. It researched valuable scientific data, brought a lander on to the comets surface and took a vast number of pictures.

2017 Esa released over 400000 images from Rosettas comet mission.
Based on these material Motion Designer Christian Stangl and Composer Wolfgang Stangl worked together to create this shortfilm.
The sequences are digitally enhanced real-footage from the probe."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nice and Chill



Treasure in the Trash

Treasures in the Trash from HELLER films on Vimeo.

 Great little documentary about a trash collector in New York and all the interesting things he's kept from the trash heap.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Stoned ape and Fungal Intellegence

Animated video of Paul Stamets and Joe Rogan discussing mushrooms and the stoned ape hypothesis.



Here's the full Joe Rogan/Paul Stamets interview.  Well worth a watch. 


Paul Stamets Ted talk:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mall City

Take a flashback trip to the mall.  Amazing to see how many kids were just ripping buts in there. 

"The original gonzo style documentary. A song inspires a documentary. The crew travels to Long Island's Roosevelt Field Mall and captures an amazing study of mall culture circa 1983. A time capsule of fashion, attitude and youth. The video climaxes with the song that inspired the journey, recored live by the original Rawtones at the infamous Hargrovia house in Monsey, NY. Background music under Creative Commons and Fair Use. ©1983"
(hat tip:  boingboing.net)

Zombites


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1950's LSD Experiment

 Not really a great setting, but the patient seems to have some pretty profound experiences.  Really interesting watching the the scientist trying to grasp what is going on in his mind.  My guess is he probably would have enjoyed a water and some fruit a bit more than an burger and malted milk. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

A trip down the weirdness path

I've been reading 'High Weirdness' by Erik Davis.  The books tag line:  Drugs, Esoterica and Visionary Experience in the Seventies sums up the strangeness of the book.  In exploring these concepts, Erik Davis focuses on three of my favorite authors (Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K Dick and Terence Mckenna).  The book is dense, but I am really enjoying it. 

In discussing the strangeness of quantum physics, Erik Davis mentions that it was a 1976 issue of Analog magazine that first drew the public's attention to Hugh Everett's 'many-worlds' interpretation of quantum foolery.  That lead me (in this world) to googling around in which I discovered that the 1976 issue with the aforementioned article was the December issue.  With that knowledge I ran to Ebay and found that I  could purchase that issue.  Of course I couldn't just buy that single issue when someone was selling a lot of 21 different issues, including the one I was looking for!

Analog December 1976 Cover by Rick Sternback

The article in question.

The other 20.

Dug this cover by Mike Hinge from February of 1977.


Anyways, I am looking forward to exploring these worlds of wonder.  Thanks Eric Davis for leading me down this path, I look forward to some further discoveries.    

"The possibility of 10^100+ universes, all imperfect copies of each other and all totally unaware of each other's presence, has awesome implications. Here is a system of parallel or alternate worlds beyond the manipulative skill of any science fiction writer. [editor's note:  I feel Robert Anton Wilson did a good job with this in his Schrodinger's Cat trilogy.]  In Schrodinger's experiment, for every cat that survives in our universe, in another universe one dies.  Not only does every quantum mechanical event in our universe cause an indefinite - a number so incomprehensibly large that it cannot even be called infinite! - number of divisions, but perhaps all possible realities exist simultaneously.  In such a garden of the forking paths, the solution to the dilemma of indeterminism may be a universe in which all possible outcomes of an experiment actually occur." - Analog December 1976 'Quantum Physics and Reality' by Michael Talbot and Lloyd Biggle Jr.
High weirdness indeed. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

Soul food

Have you taken the proper steps to feed your soul today?  There is probably some weeding to be done in the garden of your mind.  Some pruning and watering of ideas.  Or perhaps, plant an idea seed to harvest later. 


A quote about the Fool

"The Fool traditionally has the right to speak truth to power and is often the only character who can understand the big picture.  It is only the Fool who gets the Cosmic Joke, and if you have not seen the humor in something, you have not seen the truth of it.  Plus, the Fool is allowed to muck about and arse around..."  - John Higgs (Talking about the Fool in his newsletter)