The Chemical History of a Candle

, , , on September 6, 2016


Absolutely beautiful and stunning series. Required viewing of all that breath.
Michael Faraday’s The Chemical History of a Candle retold by Bill Hammack.


Mostly about us

, , , , on November 1, 2015

“Ethics” is advertising – the article leisurely goes through some good ideas. Here are some summed up thoughts: 1) Signaling; important for the survival of organisms is communication about the qualities of an individual organism to others; all of the characteristics and behaviors of organisms transmit this information through various symbols; humans are no exception and our idiosyncratic behaviors both knowingly and unknowingly share information about who we are. 2) Taking a view of common behaviors through the lens of signalling we can understand that religion is an efficient symbol of ethics, philosophy, and virtues. We can also see that the point of advertising is not to persuade you to buy an object, but convince you that an object is a symbol of a certain wealth, philosophy, and personality. 3) The symbolism of various objects, ideas, and behaviors as signals changes over time, with occasionally dramatic societal consequences. 4) What something means is more important than what it is.
Computer Show – computing from the 1980s, today
Look at Me – we all have stories
Katrina Refrigerators – a cool wiki article
esa california
Apollo Missions – engenders a feeling of propinquity
Big 5 personality test – if you want another
George Boole Google logo – hopefully google will continue to become more abstract


Working List


Child of Light is an upcoming game, soundtrack
Telescopic Text – Looking for a browser/browser addon to this effect some day
Article on record-setting caving
Vemeer as artificer
Parallax view – imagine being able to take and then view 3D images like this by tilting your phone around. A commenter from hackernews points out that instead of guessing the parallax and faking the extra data required when converting flat images to 3D, this additional information can come from the slightly varied perspectives generated by your hand shaking as you take the photo.
Half-Life speed run
How do CAT scans work? – The slices are different than you’d think
Foldscope (1) (2) – Very cool
Rent Splitter
April 27th tornado path
 


The He Hormone

, on August 16, 2011

This NYT article from 2000 about testosterone is interesting.
I am left feeling uneasy about how much of who we think we are is currently out of our control, and what happens as this slowly changes.
[via reddit]


Biofeedback in Gameplay: How Valve Measures Physiology to Enhance Gaming Experience

, , , on March 9, 2011


Biofeedback in Gameplay: How Valve Measures Physiology to Enhance Gaming Experience (PDF link, from the Valve publications site)
Basically using emotional states as game input and a small look at the implications (multiplayer sounds cool, l4d sounds additionally heart-attack-inducing).
The blank slides I’m assuming contained video footage of Episode Three undergoing playtesting.


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