1. 08:20 28th May 2014

    Notes: 288298

    Reblogged from realitymonster





    I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again - 

    Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone. 

    Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.

    If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time. 

    And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office. 

    Reblogging hard for that last comment.


    (Source: r-dart)

  2. Support Damien’s longform article on magic and machine intelligence. From his description:

    I’ll also examine the use of cutting edge tech in modern magical practices and vice versa. Musicians, roboticists, and authors who weave magical intentions through electronic music, who use magical theory in the programming of their creations and who see in our world, something like the fulfilment of Arthur C. Clarke’s line that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    Damien Williams has been writing, teaching and organising conferences on this topic and the philosophical approach magic offers in considering theories of mind, the future of AI, and how humans relate to technological progress.

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  3. Quadrocopter Slalom Learning - Work by Angela Schoellig, Fabian Mueller and Raffaello D’Andrea.

  4. "Swiss researchers have created a metallic cube that can "walk" across a surface. Staff at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich crammed a series of inertia sensors and constantly-spinning rotors (called reaction wheels) into a 15-centimeter cube, dubbed Cubli, that enable the contraption to move around on its own. When one or more of the weighted rotors abruptly stops spinning, the machine sort of jumps on its edge — all thanks to centrifugal force. Once upended, the rotors act like a gyroscope to maintain Cubli’s position. Halt another wheel and things get really crazy: the device defies gravity, tipping up and balancing on one of its eight corners. By repeating these motions in succession, the gizmo uses a series of controlled falls to slowly hop across a surface. In terms of practical applications, the Swiss researchers said this tech could aid in remote planetary exploration, possibly giving the Curiosity rover and its ilk some company. All noble goals, but for now the lab says that Cubli is just a high-tech toy. And that? That’s perfectly fine."

  5. Years, Bartholomäus Traubeck:

    "A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently."

  6. 12:55 13th Apr 2014

    Notes: 50257

    Reblogged from realitymonster

    image: Download


I’m not super great at gif-ing things, but here you guys go!


    I’m not super great at gif-ing things, but here you guys go!

  7. bigandstrong:

    Synth pioneer and composer Wendy Carlos discusses working with Stanley Kubrick and plays music from her The Shining and A Clockwork Orange scores. The video is undated but the computers in her studio look ‘90’s.

  8. The latest Swarming Emotional Pianos update from Erin Gee.

  9. This looks great; I’d love to see it. More information about the film here:

    Particle Fever

  10. 13:27 19th Mar 2014

    Notes: 3

    Reblogged from laurenredhead

    Music I Like: The Said Woman


    I’ve decided to make a series of posts about music and works that I like. I don’t intend these as a review of any sort, but simply an opportunity to point out music and art that I think is great and that others might want know about as well. Since my life has been so full of organs recently this should also hopefully make my blog seem a bit more varied. So, I hope that you also like these things too.

    (My original aim was to begin this strand by posting one of these every day this week, but I already have missed yesterday, so let’s see how I go…).

    My first recommendation isn’t necessaily music. Perhaps it is sound art. Perhaps it is poetry. Perhaps it is music, in a way, after all. I always think that in the case of the best artworks it doesn’t or shouldn’t matter which label is given to it anyway.

    The Said Woman is a recent project by artist and poet R. Armstrong. It is based on the trial of Joan of Arc and involves writing, speaking, listening, transcribing. It is beautifully presented and discusses a number of issues pertinent to today’s society, as well as bringing out issues to do with the grain and the role of the voice in the conception of personhood. And also about 1000 other things that I could comment upon.

    The artist posts a new part of the work on each of the important dates of the trial, due to finish on the 25th March. You can listen to everything up today on her website, and also sign up to get a short message in your inbox when a new part of the piece is created. I’m actually really enjoying those emails: they’re also part of the work.

    So, I hope you enjoy listening! Below is the most recent installment, but I’d recommend going to the page because on its own this is only really a small part of the work.