I just submitted an application through Burning Man to create a 30 foot high 11:11 Diamond Portal in front of the new Google offices in Mountain View. The shape was first conceived of in 1984 while studying the golden ratio at Parson’s School of Design and finally built for Burning Man as a 16 foot high installation with the Quasar Wave Transducer vibrating it from inside. If everyone who reads this can share it and envision seeing this piece being selected (and if you know Larry or Serge, put in a good word!)
Thanks Larry for the canvas for me to create my Portal installations. RIP.
I’ve been going to Burning Man every year since ’99 (was going to go in ’95 but backed out) and building the Portals since 2004 as a key to shifting the Earth into the next dimension (http://transportals.org).
I met Larry a few times over the years, here we are at my Emerald Portal at the SF Decom 2008. He was never very friendly to me or supportive of my work at Burning Man at all, but I can sympathize with his position of being overwhelmed by so many people that want to know him or have his blessings on what they contribute to the Burn.
I’ve always had mixed feelings about Burning Man, its both the best event on the planet (embodying many principles of a New Earth 5th dimensional society and bringing together consciously evolving humans to go out and affect the rest of the world in a positive way) and the worst, stupidest party ever (tons of drinking, drugs, excessive consumerism, loud EDM: basically a nihilistic fuck it all, end of the world, who cares, show off your fake fur, blinky lights and sexy outfit party).
Although I have a new Portal designed (which once again didn’t receive an art grant), I will most likely not be going.
We’ve been a little bit busy at Doghead Simulations this past month. So happy to have Kyle Maeda join us as President and we are still catching up on sleep after the first all day VR conference in rumii. Also we’ll be showing our tech off at MIT next month with HTC VIVE and in Vegas at UBTech with HP!
See you all at AWE! Who is going?
Still exploring MeWe and..It’s a really odd place…
One thing I do NOT understand and it seems lie a really weird choice – For every group you can POST in, you can also CHAT in. If I POST something, people can respond and comment and as long I I can comment back, it SEEMS like a chat…
When I put something in a CHAT in a group, people reply and…Yeah…It seems exceedingly redundant that my CHATS seem to go to EVERYONE in the group just like the POSTS.
I’m sure I’m missing something, or just haven’t figured out the nuances, but…It’s kind of confusing and NOT very User Intuitive…
Also, the search doesn’t really work. I KNOW I have friends on MeWe, I know the name they are using, and I Still can’t find them on the site…If I send them a URL that I get FROM MeWe and deliver it on Facebook, they can connect, but…that seems JUST a bit weird…
I’ll keep going for now, but the Super white interface, the redundancies, and the lack of friends there may cause it to stall out for me…So, I might still be looking for a FB replacement…Always looking for suggestions…
Your Mileage May Vary… 🙂
Hmmmm. So I think a setup approaching my ultimate electric vehicle scenario might be something like this vehicle – the Bollinger B1, but I think I might have to design a 4wd capable, self motivating camping trailer that has all the camping / sleeping gear built in and a generator / charger / power station built in to significantly extend the range.
I may need to start working on this soon… 🙂
I love this guy. He’s willing to buy jigs and equipment and practice taking stuff apart and put it back together so he can make upgrades to his Apple phone…
This vid is him upgrading the memory. Amazing process.
One of the things I LOVE about his vids is that he shows Everything. Failures, issues, process, techniques, and still makes it pretty engaging.
TL:DW? He thought it would take a couple of days and a couple of tries, but it ended up being weeks and having to buys a bit of equipment… 🙂
I went to a movie premier last night of a film called Do You Trust This Computer?
I have been watching the trends on computer intelligence for a long time and have seen the gains that AI / computer intelligence has been making recently.
Personally, I feel that NOT being aware of what is happening with AI is exceedingly dangerous. This movie asks a number of great questions, talks to more than a few experts, and paints a fascinating picture of what happens if unfettered, unregulated AI is allowed access to ALL of our personal data, to extrapolate our digital existence from that data, and manipulate that date to manipulate us if is allowed to exist and flourish without designed in ethics and strict regulation for what it CAN be used for.
In a rather chilling moment from over a year ago, the director Chris Paine shows one of the people from Cambridge Analytica talking about how they gathered data, prepared a strategy, manipulated users and completely changed the playing field in a political race using the algorithms they developed…and now, only a short time ago it is coming out how that same style of data / AI campaign was used without our consent to manipulate the outcome of what we citizens consider a “free election process”.
I HIGHLY recommend seeing this film. It is not a perfect documentary by any means. It’s a bit too slick and polished and goes a bit heavy on the CG / artists dramatization of what “our data” and “”the world of data” “looks like” but overall, the knowledge, the writing, the interviews, and the entire message definitely comes through showing how, if unchecked, It COULD be a really scary future while definitely showing us it’s already a pretty scary now.
Elon Musk was there and said a few words before the movie and was featured in the film. As one of the major leaders of modern industry, he is on record for suggesting designing ethics into AI NOW and talking about worldwide regulation for AI before it becomes a distinct, human threatening issue. I agree….
Go watch it. This weekend, it’s free on their site. Once you watch it and want to talk, come find me. I have LOTS of thoughts on this… 🙂
A Black lawyer from Africa speaks of US jailing of Blacks: EXCERPT #1: In 2016, the Governor of Maine, Paul LePage was caught making overt racist remarks to the effect that, “the enemy right now are people of colour or people of Hispanic origin “…they come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home [Connecticut and New York]. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.” LePage claimed that he had a binder cataloguing drug arrests in the state of Maine, and it showed that over 90 percent of the offenders were blacks and Hispanics. However, after failing to supply the binder from which he cited his claims, The Portland Press Herald published Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showing that 1,211 people were arrested on charges of drug sales or manufacturing in Maine in 2014. Of those arrests, 14.1 percent were blacks and almost all the rest were white.
EXCERPT #2: Regarding the proliferation of lawyers or their oversupply in a utilitarian economy: this is not applicable to black lawyers. Especially, black male lawyers. Last year I was in a class section of about 80 law students. And I was the only black male for the entire year – arguably one place that is not chocolate in “Chocolate City” – the sobriquet for Washington, DC (misnomer). In the neighbouring state of Maryland, where I lived in my first year of law school, 72 percent of the prison population is made up of black men. It is abysmal; given black men constitute less than 12 percent of the population of the state. In fact, I argue that partly because there is a dearth of black male lawyers, black men are “overrepresented” in America’s prison population.
EXCERPT #3: However, “…It was disturbing when a black male law student, in a conversation, insinuated that black men were prone to crime and violence, and that was why they were possibly incarcerated at such astronomical rates…”
Back in 2004 I became really excited by the advances in 3D printing which introduced me to what people were doing with something called “smart materials.” Smart materials are programmable metals, plastics, rubber, and others that can behave in a desired yet unexpected way. Think of shoe soles that can shift themselves into forming golf cletes, or running shoe supports based on the change of walking surface or speed of locomotion. (To learn more, look up Skylar Tibbits and the Self Assembly Lab at MIT) What MycoWorks in San Francisco is doing with fungus is even more exciting. Soon we will be growing: vehicles, devices, and homes at a much more rapid rate than currently accepted manufacturing methods.
I’m pleased to announce Jigsaw launch of Outline, an easy-to-use, open source tool that lets news organizations provide their network safer access to the internet. Outline gives any news organization the power to set up their own private server and offer their journalists safer access to the open web. Visit GetOutline.org to check it out and get started: https://www.wired.com/story/alphabet-outline-vpn-software/