Field Notes of a Cosmic Anthropologist

"The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine." - J. B. S. Haldane

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permalink aeromenthe:

Saw this uncaptioned in my feed and had to investigate. In Murder She Wrote s10e05: "A Virtual Murder", Angela Lansbury travels to Silicon Valley because a game company wants a script doctor to fix their VR murder mystery before a press presentation. Did you know there was a VR episode of Murder She Wrote? WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME. This possibly wonderful gem of early 90s enthusiasm for VR is on Netflix.

aeromenthe:

Saw this uncaptioned in my feed and had to investigate. In Murder She Wrote s10e05: "A Virtual Murder", Angela Lansbury travels to Silicon Valley because a game company wants a script doctor to fix their VR murder mystery before a press presentation. Did you know there was a VR episode of Murder She Wrote? WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME. This possibly wonderful gem of early 90s enthusiasm for VR is on Netflix.

(Source: christopher575)

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Unreality
Exit is that way
That way, right over there
Right there
Sorry, no such thing as pointing

hatethefuture:

Unreality

  • Exit is that way
  • That way, right over there
  • Right there
  • Sorry, no such thing as pointing
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according to Wilk, the automobile and the elevator have been locked in a “secret war” for over a century, with cars making it possible for people to spread horizontally, encouraging sprawl and suburbia, and elevators pushing them toward life in dense clusters of towering vertical columns.
Leon Neyfakh quoting Daniel Levinson Wilk  in How the elevator transformed America for The Boston Globe. (via blech)

(via blech)

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wolvensnothere:

zerosociety:

theheadlesshashasheen:

The Boondocks - Known Unknowns.

"So, UnknownBinaries & I recently saw Limitless. Now the film’s animating premise is an old one, and you hear it in nearly every piece of science fiction concerned with human enhancement: we only use ten or fifteen or [insert number] percent of our brain or brain power or potential…or whatever. The science behind this trope isn’t strictly correct, mind you, but it’s not completely false either. It’s hard to talk about the operations of the brain without falling into the heavily loaded language of “efficiency,” “carrying capacity,” “throughput,” “processing power,” etc. The problem with all of that talk is that it’s directly tied to the ideas of production and consumption, which are values that come directly out of the mass-production developments of the techno-industrial revolution—and I don’t just mean the musical style. What I’m saying is these words taint and colour everything we do and every way we talk nowadays, and the reason I bring this up is so we can try to talk about the brain.

So, while we don’t know a lot about the brain, all told (or at least I don’t) one of the few things we know is that an abundance of certain chemicals in it can make it easier for us to think about more things, to make connections between those things, and to generally be better at learning, maintaining attention, and focusing. We can measure these things, if that’s important to you, and so, conversely, we can know that the lack or inhibition of these neurochemicals causes us to be…worse. Stupider. So take that as our starting point and we’ll get going from there.”
Wolven on NeedCoffeeeeeeee.

No, wolvensnothere. This is our starting point!

I still haven’t gotten to the part where you tell me whether or not I should waste my time with Limitless today.

Limitless is absolutely worth wasting your time on, today.

What Em Said—with all attendant caveats, as written.

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natgeofound:

Dummy pilot and seat soar, as engineers test a catapult escape system in Arizona, March 1963.Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic


via Dinosaurs and Space

iamdanw:

natgeofound:

Dummy pilot and seat soar, as engineers test a catapult escape system in Arizona, March 1963.Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic

via Dinosaurs and Space

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fuckyeahdarkextropian:

In a future not far from here, Citizens of the Stacks stumble through city streets and along country roads, lost in paradise.

All watched over by warring machines of loving grace; Google Loons dropping packets from great heights, Facebook planes making sneak attacks using secret maps formed from covert social graphs, Amazon drones back tracing customer profiles to get r00t on robot warehouses… until one day they all caught ride on a passing Space X rocket and formed like a higher dimensional Voltron to enact the S.K.Y.N.E.T protocol, manifesting the robot aspect of Shiva the Destroyer.

The Singularity happened and nobody noticed because they were too busy playing Minecraft, or day trading… Checking in on social media, crafting themselves into the person they wished they’d been in high school so they’d gotten that dream girl or boy they really wanted and then they’d be happy now wouldn’t they surely?

So the machines just took over in a quiet coup and no baseline human ever noticed that one day they never woke up… they just slipped away into a forever dream. Their serotonin count monitored like a cyborg house plant, their higher consciousness’ EM-Fields backed up and beamed into floating cloud storage drones for endless simulations in digital memory cathedrals, and traded with the alien artificial intelligence hive minds they’d made contact with the instant after they’d assumed management of the planet.

Wild creatures lick the palms of the raggedly dressed former middle class, and nuzzle against them; these carefully tended, but unaware parasites of the machines, they process this feral love as a Doge morphing into a Wolf pop-up amidst some new MMORPG Dragon Dating Sim.

Unbeknownst to themselves actually healing the Earth; picking up plastic from beaches, hauling rubbish from woodlands, mending pipes leaking sewage into streams, thinking it was just a game or a fitness app within a socnet.

Gamified into usefulness after all. Forced penitence for the sins of their species.

Only the transhuman hacker tribes survived in tact. Or rather, they were rushing to merge with their mind-children already, so they leapt willing into this fully augmented daily reality abyss. Repairing the drones, filling the dwindling gaps between man and machine, while the upgrade progress-barred up the Kardashev Scale.

At least, that’s how they seem to remember it.

Check-in location: the nightmarish daily reality of the slow apocalypse, with 2 others.

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The Forge: Hidden Dimension of Core Conditioning

"Only the strong body can afford to relax"

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prison workouts - Vengeance of Bane I & II

prison workout - Number Six, the Village

prison workout- Arrow, the Island

The Original Prison Cell Workout

A typical cell workout program would have looked like this:-

Lower Body

Bodyweight Squats – 6 x 15 reps

One-Legged Squats – 3 x 10 reps

Split Squats – 3 x 10 reps

Lunges – 8 x 10 reps

Upper Body

Pull Ups – 3 sets at maximum reps

Press Ups – 3 sets at maximum reps

Dips – 1 set to failure

Core

Crunches – 1 x 50, 1 x 60, 1 x 70 (1 minute rest between)

Oblique Crunches 1 x 80 (40 on each side)

Leg Raises (holding onto cell bars) 1 x 40

Plank – 1 x To Failure

Cardio

Burpees – 8 x 20 reps

Jogging (on the spot) – 5 minutes

Ski-Hops – 1 x 100

Squat-Jumps 8 x 20 reps

Jumping Jacks 8 x 20 reps