Meme Propagation

Cornucopia [Meme Propagation]

Enough links to keep you exploring until next Thursday.

I Love The World [Meme Propagation]

Happy Earth day.

Some sobering stats:

The world’s population has nearly doubled since the first earth day in 1970 [Related].

“The richest 225 humans on earth have more wealth than the poorest 2.5 billion people combined, and the richest 20 percent of humans on earth account for 86 percent of consumption and on average make over $25,000/year. Meanwhile, 1.2 billion people make less than $1/day and over half the world makes less than $2/day. Humans produce more than enough food to feed everyone in the world, but at least 800 million people are starving.

In 2004, worldwide military expenditures were $950 billion. (StungEye Note: Canadian defence spending for 2008 is expected to reach $18.9 billion.) In that same year, Worldwatch estimated that it would cost just $12 billion for reproductive health care for all women, $19 billion for the elimination of hunger and malnutrition, $10 billion for clean drinking water for all, and $13 billion to immunize every child in the world from common major diseases.” — From Anti-Teaching an article by Michael Wesch on the crisis of significance in education.

It’s time to shut down the military-industrial complex and focus on education, sustainability, hunger, poverty and peaceful co-existence.

And to balance those stats, a feel-good commercial:

Supersonic [Meme Propagation]

Coming to get ya, like a dog without a bone.

Meme Madness:

A young Osama Bin Laden on a family vacation in Sweden?

The US Military-Industrial Complex continues to eye Iran as its next target. Visit the photoblog Life goes on in Tehran for a glimpse of Persian culture and daily life. “Mission Statement: To show that regardless of what any president would have you imagine, despite what any media outlet would have you believe, life goes on in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran.”

Have you heard about the battle for Net Neutrality? Props to the federal NDP for their progressive stance on this issue as the debate heats up in Canada.

RoBlocks are like robot-building Lego.

Buying the full version of The Graveyard adds only one feature, the possibility of death. “You walk around, sit on a bench and listen to a song. It’s more like an explorable painting than an actual game.”

When I was a young lad my dentist had an office in the Wosley neighbourhood. There was a bookstore a few doors down from his office. In this bookstore I saw a book of pictures, photos of painted hands. I’m not sure if we eventually brought this book home, but I have vivid memories of the hand creatures.

Assume the Position [video]: As American as gay battle anthems.

A few weeks ago I discovered James P. Carse’s book, Finite and Infinite Games [video] at the Fort Garry Library.

Two Views: Machu Picchu, Toulouse

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Stroke of Insight [Meme Propagation]

This video blew both sides of my mind:

Stroke of Insight

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Quest for Fury [Meme Propagation]

Big BaDa Boom - 1 to 100 [Video]



A Path to Techno…

This collection of videos captures many of the tunes which lead me into the wild folds of electronic music.

Choice Cuts:

Don't Break The Chain [Personal]

Earlier this year ChefQuix told me about a technique used By Jerry Seinfeld to motivate himself to work on his comedy act everyday. With New Year’s Resolutions forming in our heads I thought you might enjoy this habit forming life hack:

  • Obtain a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall.
  • Get a big red magic marker.
  • Choose a daily task you wish to make a habit.
  • For each day that you accomplish your task put a big red X over that day on the wall calendar.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.” [via]

Print your own “chain-calendar”

Web-based tools


How to how to [Meme Propagation]

According to the 2007 Google Zeitgeist, this is what “we” want to learn:

  • how to kiss
  • how to draw
  • how to knit
  • how to hack
  • how to dance
  • how to crochet
  • how to meditate
  • how to flirt
  • how to levitate
  • how to skateboard

If you can master all ten you become the 2007 Überhuman.

CANADIANS! Tomorrow is your best chance to fight the Canadian DMCA! [Meme Propagation]

“The Canadian government is about to bring down Canada’s version of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The proposed copyright law is even worse than the ten-year-old American legislation that resulted in lawsuits against 20,000+ Americans without stopping infringement or paying artists.” - Fight the Canadian DMCA on Saturday December 8th, 2007

Key Terminology: DRM, DMCA, Copyright, Fair Dealings, WIPO Treaty

“If this law passes, it will mean that as soon as a device has any anti-copying stuff in it (say, a Vista PC, a set-top cable box, a console, an iPod, a Kindle, etc), it will be illegal for Canadians to modify it, improve it, or make products that interact with it unless they have permission from the (almost always US-based) manufacturer. This puts the whole Canadian tech industry at the mercy of the US industry, unable to innovate or start new businesses that interact with the existing pool of devices and media without getting a license from the States.

If this law passes, it will render all of the made-in-Canada exceptions to copyright for education, archiving, free speech and personal use will be irrelevant: if a technology has a lock that prohibits a use, your right to make that use falls by the wayside. Nevermind that you’ve got the right to record a show to watch later — or to record a politician’s speech so you can hold him to account later — the policeman in the device can take that right away with no appeal.

If this law passes, it will make Canada into a backwards nation, lagging behind the UK, Israel and other countries that are passing new copyright laws that dismantle the idea of maximum copyright forever and in all things.” - Canada’s coming DMCA will be the worst copyright yet

Let’s stop our government from choosing:

“locks over learning, property over privacy, enforcement over education, (law)suits over security, lobbyists over librarians, and U.S. policy over a Canadian-made solution.” - Fair Copyright for Canada [facebook]

More Information:

You Are Therefore You Think [Meme Propagation]

Number Slumber [Meme Propagation]

World Population by Year:

  • 1800: 978 Million
  • 1900: 1.65 Billion
  • 2007: 6.60 Billion (Currently)
  • 2050: 8.90 Billion (Estimated)

World Population Growth:

  • We hit 1 billion in 1804.
  • 123 years later we hit 2 billion in 1927.
  • 34 years later we hit 3 billion in 1961.
  • 13 years later we hit 4 billion in 1974.
  • 13 years later we hit 5 billion in 1987.
  • 12 years later we hit 6 billion in 1999.

The word on the street is that our growth is slowing, but these numbers are still worrisome.

See: World Population @ Wikipedia

Update (29/10/07) - Comment from a friend on facebook:

“I think we need to see the country breakdown to remind us how lucky Canada is to play such an important role despite our small numbers. We are such a well-off nation (in so many ways).”

“Map” of Population Size of Countries

But I am that Project [Meme Propagation]

Busy busy bumble bee.

The Druid's Tune [Personal]

“Life in the ‘peg seems to be steamrolling forward at a pace I once reserved for last minute projects.”

That is a sentence from an email I sent a friend after returning home from Australia in 2000. I had just started my first full-time job. The steamroller is back in gear.

Today the Free Press published a letter I wrote them:

Britney Spears @ MTV Awards 2007 I am disappointed with the Winnipeg Free Press. Here is a quote from the Arts & Life cover story about Britney Spears at the MTV Video Awards (Some comeback, Sept. 10.)

“(M)ost unforgivable given her once taut frame, (Britney Spears) looked embarrassingly out of shape.”

A glance at the image run alongside the article confirms that the author, Associated Press writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody, may have very high standards.

Increasingly, our society is struggling with problems related to body image. It is widely recognized that these problems are linked to the propagation (through the mass media) of unrealistic standards for a beautiful and healthy body.

By printing this article, the Winnipeg Free Press has lent credibility to a poisonous idea. Young girls and boys reading your paper may now be inclined to equate this image of Britney Spears with an out-of-shape body. At the same time, they are being told to exercise and stay in shape themselves. Do you feel comfortable with the standard you have helped set for them?

I did not submit the letter through the regular channels; I sent it to the acting editor in chief, the publisher, and the editor of the Art & Life section. Someone from the Free Press called yesterday to confirm the authorship, and to ask that I not send my future letters directly to the editorial staff. :)

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The Amateur Magician [Meme Propagation]

Religious “discussions” on the net tend to become flame wars, but they seem to be keeping it civil over at AskMeFi: (The != in the link is computer talk for “not equal.”)

The Old Testament God != The New Testament God?

Wonder where all the hippies went? We call them nerds these days:

Introducing the Hardy Heron the latest planned release of the Ubuntu (free as in beer and speech) Operating System.

I’m trying to be more like “him”:

She Said Thank You

Toss on your hip-waiters and dive intro the Toronto underground:

Drains of Canada - An Interview with Michael Cook


Moon and Stars

With Your Radio On [Meme Propagation]

I start teaching this Tuesday, XML and Mobile Development.

Last weekend I went on a canoe trip in Nopiming Provincial Park:

Zoom out to get a better idea of where the park is located.

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Select Statement [Meme Propagation]

Canada Day Meme Madness:


Photos and Video




Mole Man Matters [Meme Propagation]




Oh, and I do like me a good conspiracy theory: Does What Happens in the Facebook Stay in the Facebook?

Don't Sit Here [Meme Propagation]





Don't Sit

^ The Anti-Sit Archives - Amsterdam is peppered with anti-sits.


^ More Ecolanguage Lessons…

Steal This Poem [Meme Propagation]

This poem is copy left.

(via reclaire the streets)

H Two Oh? [Meme Propagation]

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America was launched in March of 2005 by the former Martin Liberal government, who played a lead role in creating the SPP, also called deep integration. The SPP is a trilateral initiative to fast-track the integration of Canada and Mexico with the United States. The SPP is now being pushed more aggressively by the Harper Conservative government. [NDP Press Release]

Could this be the beginning of a push to “unite” Canada, Mexico, and the USA in a North American Union modelled on the European Union? Please… say it ain’t so.

Closely related:

The North American Future 2025 Project, an initiative being led by the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Conference Board of Canada and the Mexican Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, calls for a series of “closed-door meetings” on North American integration with government officials dealing with a number of highly contentious issues including bulk water exports, a joint security perimeter, and a continental resource pact. [NDP Press Release]

(emphasis mine)

The [North American Future 2025 Project] outline notes that fresh water is running out in many regions of the world, particularly the U.S. and Mexico.

By contrast, it notes, Canada possesses about 20 per cent of the Earths fresh water.

It goes on to say Canada, the U.S. and Mexico need to discuss solutions such as bilateral agreements on water transfers and the diversion of water.

The outline notes the overriding future goal of North America is to achieve joint optimum utilization of the available water. [Nation Post]

Just something to think about.

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Paid in Full [Meme Propagation]

The Big Question - Left and right defined the 20th century. What’s next?:

We will be governed by a kind of consensus populism-beliefs, ideas and policies that arise on blogs, websites, focus groups and so on. (Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton announced their candidacies on the web.) This has its appeal. It is also frightening, as Tocqueville found American democracy, because it leads to tyranny of the majority. It goes with vast quantities of not wholly accurate information—Wikipedia is splendid and maddening.

AS Byatt, novelist and critic

The coming cleavage is between zealots and realists. Zealots think the world will yield to their strenuous, righteous will. These include Islamists, utopian free traders, neoconservatives, purists of all stripes. Realists think that you work with the world you have, not the world you wish you had. Realists are often greyer, more lethargic. They look for non-zero-sum games, buildings constructed from crooked timbers. Zealots are, well, thrillingly zealous about their final solutions.

Todd Gitlin, sociologist

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And More:

Face 2 Face [Meme Propagation]

Fuck, I love optimistic non-violent radicalism!

Graffiti for peace:

The Face2Face project is to make portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and to post them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on the Israeli and the Palestinian sides.

A religious covered woman has her twin sister on the other side. A farmer, a taxi driver, a teacher, has his twin brother in front of him. And he his endlessly fighting with him.

It’s obvious, but they don’t see that.

We must put them face to face. They will realize.

Today, “Face to face” is necessary. Within a few years, we will come back for “Hand in hand”.

In Waiting [Meme Propagation]

I’ve been working on my mix of music from 2006. I managed to prune the techno/electro portion down to 1 hour. I’ll post it soon. The indie mix is still in the pruning stage, I’m down to 2 hours.

In the meanwhile:

Receipt Withheld [Meme Propagation]

This was recorded live, using only a multi-track sampler.

Other videos:


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Too Exciting:

  • Starting next term I’ll be teaching an evening course at Red River College. The course is an introduction to the Java programming language.
  • I now have a space at my Dad’s printmaking studio in the Artspace building.

Manufacturing Resent [Meme Propagation]

From the documentary Before The Music Dies (B4MD), Creating A Pop Star:

Related: B4MD Trailer

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Some Other Linkage:

My God, it's Full of Stars [Meme Propagation]

If you read the Da Vinci Code, or closer to home, if you’ve been following the daily Winnipeg Free Press articles on Sacred Geometry in our legislative building, you’ve heard of the number Phi.

Here’s an excerpt from an email I sent a friend today partially explaining the source of my spiritual atheism:

As a geek, math is my bridge to the spiritual. The more one studies math the more one realizes how fuzzy it can get. Take Phi, the golden ratio, that number our artists and builders often incorporate into their works, purposefully or not. It’s found in successive ratios of the Fibonacci sequence 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34… and so on, each number being the sum of the previous two.

1/1 = 1

2/1 = 2

3/2 = 1.5

5/3 = 1.666666666…

8/5 = 1.6

13/8 = 1.625

21/13 = 1.61538…

34/21 = 1.61904…

Here we are converging on a transcendental number, somewhere in the vicinity of 1.61803399… The further we travel along the Fibonacci sequence, the closer the ratios get to Phi. But! We can never reach Phi. Its parent sequence is infinite.

For this reason, Phi is fuzzy. Interestingly, it pops up throughout the natural world; in the arrangement of plant branches; in the veins of leaves and animal blood vessels, in the spirals of sunflower seeds and sea shells, in the population growth of rabbit warrens (the study of which was how the Fibonacci sequence was discovered), and so on…

A DNA molecule measures approximately 34 angstroms long by 21 angstroms wide. We’ve seen those numbers before.

Phi and others like it —ask Jeff about the transcendental number e that pops up everywhere in electrical physics— show us that math is just a human model, a tool we use to anchor reality, a tool with limitations, where certain concepts refused to be nailed down, defined.

And it is here, in the eddies and swirls, on the blurry edge of the model that gives root to all science, where I find my god; a god of interconnection and perfect imprecision; a god like a golden cord tying us all together; a god around which no box can be drawn.

For the musically inclined:

There are 13 notes in the span of any note through its octave. A scale is comprised of 8 notes, of which the 5th and 3rd notes create the basic foundation of all chords, and are based on whole tone which is 2 steps from the root tone. [via]

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Lost in the TimeSlice [Video]

   High Speed Camera
+ Slow Motion Playback
High FPS (Frames Per Second)

Wash Don't Run [Meme Propagation]

I was in Reston, Virginia from the 2nd until the 6th attending a programming conference. I spent Monday exploring Washington D.C.

Fall colours hung and fell from the trees. I’ll post some pictures soon.

Travelling alone gave me time to read, ponder.

Here’s a poem I wrote one night, drawing from the 2004-2005 memory banks. (Mmmmmm, ambiguous.)

I caught, one morning, a glimpse
 of an ought-to-be
  hanging from your lips

I fought, one morning, an ellipse
 of what I ought to see
  shadowed by your hips

I thought, one morning, we’d come to grips
 with that we sought to flee:
  the true purpose of these trips

And now for something completely different:

nihilism [Meme Propagation]


found @ xkcd.

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Pill Budhha

Shaddai [Photo]


I noticed this object nailed inside our front doorway when we first moved in. I soon forgot it as we don’t often use that door. It caught my eye again this past weekend, so I decided to query the collective conciousness.

Eight minutes later I had my answer:

It’s a Mezuzah, a Jewish house blessing and sign of devotion to God. Mezuzot contain small parchments inscribed with two sections from the Torah’s Book of Deuteronomy (6:4-9 and 11:13-21).

The symbol at the top of the object is the letter Shin, which stands for “Shaddai,” one of the Hebrew names of God. The letter Shin was also the inspiration for Spock’s Vulcan salute on the original Star Trek.

Thanks again AskMeFi.
Live long and prosper. ;)

An interesting aside:

This picture is now my most viewed image on Flickr with over 1600 views.

"Might is Right" Gone Pear Shaped [Meme Propagation]


Three years after George W. Bush denounced torture as “an affront to human dignity,” the US Congress has paved the way for the legality of certain abusive interrogation methods, and have effectively killed Habeas Corpus.

The US president now has tyrannical control over (the broadly defined) “illegal enemy combatants.”

“[The bill passed today in Congress] could subject legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone he wanted.”
[New York Times]

What’s more…

“Burried deep within this legislation is a provision that will pardon President Bush, and all the members of his administration, of any possible crimes connected to the torture and mistreatment of detainees dated all the way back to September 11th, 2001.”
[CNN Video]

A number of CIA, military, and FBI professionals spoke out against the bill to no avail.

On a lighter note, the US Senate wins fight to lower allowable amperage levels on detainees’ testicles.

Side note: These events triggered the 60th email to Prime Minister Steve.

Many Things To Say [Meme Propagation]


Home Skool’n:

Religion (or its absence):

Tween [Meme Propagation]

Humourous Phases of Funny Faces - 1906

Was this the first animated cartoon?

Make your own with a web-cam and a whiteboard.

Why We Fight [Meme Propagation]

Tonight at 8 o’clock the CBC is showing Eugene Jarecki’s documentary, Why We Fight [trailer], a meditation on the American war machine.

The film is inspired by Dwight Eisenhower’s presidential farewell speech from January of 1961.

A quote from this speech:

“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. […]

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence - economic, political, even spiritual - is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

We are reminded, near daily, that we are fighting for freedom, democracy, and ultimately peace.

We are asked to support our troops, without ever questioning their actions.

Our leaders preach an overly simplistic “us=good them=evil” ideology (see: dualism), appealing to fear, prejudice, and patrotism to win our support.

As responsible global citizens we must see through this rhetoric.

We must always question Why We Fight.

Decorate Your Dignity [Meme Propagation]

Hello lovers,

Set aside 25 minutes to watch philosopher Sam Harris outline the dangers of religious moderation.

Yes, moderation not extremism.

Mr Harris is “arguing for a conversational intolerance, in which we require in our everyday discourse that people’s convictions scale with the available evidence.”


Beat and Pieces [Meme Propagation]

We spent the long weekend visiting some of my wife’s family at the Muskoday First Nation (near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan).

My sister-in-law is blogging her IFR Air Traffic Controller training, (first post, July archives, August archives).

The Red Librarian has posted a list of his 25 favourite books. Sam, I haven’t read one, where should I begin?

BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books.

When did we forget our dreams?

Can you see the dolphins?

Ω is also my favorite strange (transcendental) number. Mmmmmmm, halting theory.

Mmmmmmm, Lemon Pickles.

Okay Winnipeggers, no more whining about creepy crawlies.

The Animal That Therefore I Am.

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On War:

We Was Welcome [Meme Propagation]

Spidy Webs:

A Waltz With Woman [BeeBytes]

This image was improvised using a Processing sketch I coded called Dancing Ideas.

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Enter New Create [Meme Propagation]

When you visit Minneapolis, consider staying at the hostel across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. A turn-of-the-century (in need of repair) Mansion, this hostel was Gezellig.

Here’s what I told Steve about our vacation.

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Speaking of AI, I’ve been reading A Theory of Cognitivity for Artificial Intelligence. The jargon can be demanding, but at times my understanding of consciousness is rewarded through revelations.

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Four StickerSheets I drew in Thailand (Sept 2005):

Smarty Pants [Meme Propagation]

The long weekend is here. A much deserved break, considering we Canadians are vacation deprived.

Over at Dear Mr. Harper, we’ve received our first non-automated reply. The drinks are on Steve.

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Some writing discussions over at AskMeFi:

Related: MetaFilter Writers Group

Also: My latest query to the hive mind.

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Grab Bag:

Geeksta [Music]

I forgot to mention that the Nerdcore Hip-Hop Compilation was released earlier this month. My track, In a Way, can be found on Volume 3, Rare and Classic Tracks (quick bittorrent link).

The quality of tracks on these discs is varied, and you have to be fairly geeky to understand the inside-jokes that most of the tracks are built around. I guess that was the point: *nerd*core.

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The net is awash in Scientology debate:

A quick run-down of Scientology doctrine from Wikipedia:

75 million years ago, [an alien ruler of the “Galactic Confederacy” named Xenu], brought billions of people to Earth in DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls then clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to wreak chaos and havoc today.

These evil alien souls can be removed from us if we pay to be audited. Auditing can also free us of Engrams, painful memories which are the single source of all human illness.

Eventually, if we pay enough, we get super-powers.

L. Ron Hubbard, wrote Sci-Fi pulp-fiction before he founded Scientology. ;)

your name on a list [Meme Propagation]

PBS was good to me;

And later;

“In 1969, the US Senate held hearings about funding the newly formed, Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A $20 million dollar grant, was in jeopardy.

President Richard Nixon wanted that amount cut in-half.

Alright Rogers, you’ve got the floor…” - Mr. Rogers, a kind and caring rhetoric.



transparent [Meme Propagation]

On Tuesday I started a new project with my pal Kyle M. Together we’re writing daily emails to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We’ll be blogging all the emails, along with any responses we receive. The subject matter will be diverse, ranging from the serious, through the mundane, to the fancyful.

You can find more information here: Dear Mr. Harper

Or, you can jump straight to the emails we’ve sent Steve thus far.

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Also, if you live in Winnipeg and haven’t seen the Supernovas exhibition at the WAG yet, you have until Sunday. Go go go… inspiration awaits you.

Everything I Have [Meme Propagation]

All Grows Up :: A House-Warming Party

When: The Evening of April 22nd, 2006. (8pm ‘till ?)

Why: We got jobs, bought a house and a dog; we’re All Grows Up.

For the where, drop me an email. The who is up to you. If it’s been a while since we’ve ‘face-to-face’ed, don’t be shy, you’ll like my friends.


Friday Link Fun:

Also, if you’re a nerd and you haven’t switched from Winamp to Foobar2000: get with the program. [Related: Foobar200 Wiki FAQ]

Same goes for switching from Adobe Acrobat to Foxit.

Until [Meme Propagation]

I’m working on a post about AI and digital evolution. Until it’s ready, here are some links to explore:

Also, I bought a DM2. Coupled with this dm2-to-midi program, I now have a great general purpose midi controller.

Soda Pop [Personal]

Updates Abound:

Shan and I recently bought a house. We moved in over the weekend. After a week off work (to facilitate the move) I accepted a full-time position with Norscan. Tonight we bring home our new puppy.

(A house-warming party is in the works.)


Grab Hold [Meme Propagation]

Playing with paint:


Other Places:

clearly or darkly [Meme Propagation]

A Scanner Darkly

Trailers. @apple

A Note from the Philip K. Dick Trust regarding the film adaptation.

Script: pdf; ghtml.

Related: Waking Life clip; the CoralCache might be faster or slower. [from MixedNuts]

Same River, Different Foot [Philosophy]

Everything we call “the past” is, literally, nothing but present memories. Likewise, everything we call “the future” is nothing but present memories inverted, or rearranged, to form a prediction or expectation. The appearance of “time” is little more than a trick of memory, […] You can easily discern this for yourself: simply figure out what it is you consider “the past” and “the future.” You will discover that it is nothing but thoughts […]

There’s really no such thing as time. There is really only Now, an eternally present Present with no beginning and no ending. Everything is completely new, distinct, and original every instant, with no real “change” or “motion” at all. The mystic-philosopher Heraclitus, explaining this point, said, “A man cannot step in the same river twice.”

From Buddhism and the Illusion of Time

Listen to a ukulele and think about time:


Why I Published Those Cartoons By Flemming Rose (Editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten)


Update (21/02/06):

A few more Ukulele videos for my Uncle Bruce:

Controller Controller [Meme Propagation]

This touch-screen controller looks amazing. I want one for music production, or even for my processing sketches. I’d settle for one of these. (Related: Jeff Han)

Some music to stream or download:

Mixed Bag:

Left behind [Music]

In early 2003 I mined my record collection for samples to create the following musical-collage:

Wally Glutton - Things to come

I later made some changes to this track to produce:

Wally Glutton - Incremental Changes - Etc Mix

I’m not sure the changes improved the track. Actually, many of the voice samples are less intelligible on the this version.

The second version highlights the music of fellow Winnipegger Equanim. His album Instrumental Language is available online care of Balanced Records.


Last Friday I sent the following via email to some friends, as well as to ask.metafilter:

According to Leibniz, a theory must be simpler than the data it explains. In other words (for the nerds amongst us), understanding equals compression.

I challenge you to help me understand this via a thought-experiment:

Let’s take two experiences we are all familiar with: Pleasure and Pain.

Explain the difference between these two experiences.

There is (of course) no “correct” answer; however, I ask that you attempt to use as few words as possible to explain your answer.

If you’d like to add to the debate, hit me up with a comment. I’ll be compiling the responses this weekend.

It’s interesting to note that the question was removed from ask.metafilter for being too meta.


Via Uncle Ken in T-Dot:

  • Motorist throws food out of window.
  • Courier, disliking littering, picks up food and throws food back in car.
  • Motorist dumps coffee on courier.
  • Courier scratches car with key.
  • Road rage ensues.


And finally, from the stungeye archives: My Winnipeg, Against the Reality.

Torn [Meme Propagation]

You’re a CN worker tasked with painting over graffiti on freight trains. What do you do when you start to appreciate the art your paid to remove?

You take pictures. That’s right, a show that opened last night at the Graffiti Gallery (109 Higgins Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba) showcases photographs of ephemeral freight graf taken by various CN workers and local graf artists. It’s worth the trip.


It’s Mozart’s birthday. The CBC held a Mozart ‘remix’ contest: everything from hiphop (the last entry), modernism-ish (second last), to happy-hardcord-ish (third entry). There are some piano and horn entries too.


two chariot wheels [Meme Propagation]

The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five-dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way…

—Isaac Asimov thought that The Last Question was his best short story.

Tolkien recalls how he once saw the words Adeiladwyd 1887 cut on a stone-slab. It was a revelation of beauty. “It pierced my linguistic heart,” he recalls. “Most English-speaking people…will admit that cellar door is ‘beautiful’, especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful. Well then, in Welsh for me cellar doors are extraordinarily frequent, and moving to the higher dimension, the words in which there is pleasure in the contemplation of the association of form and sense are abundant.”

“Nobody believes me when I say that [Lord of the Rings] is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real”

Tolkien’s Not-So-Secret Vice [Related: Woody and Tinny Words & Beautiful words in English]

Meditation consists of two aspects or components. The first, called shamatha in Sanskrit, is the step by step development of mental and physical calmness (stopping). The second, vipashyana, is the step by step heightening of awareness, sensitivity and observation (seeing).

Stopping is the wholesome resource that nurtures the mind. Seeing is the marvelous art which fosters intuitive understanding.

How Meditation Works


no caps [Personal]

since feeling is first

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

and death i think is no parenthesis

e.e. cummings

Congrats to my cousin Jody on his recent engagement to the lovely Karolina.


Bee Still (Simple Meditation) [Meme Propagation]

Yesterday ChefQuix asked me for a link to a meditation tutorial. The online tutorials I found were overly complex, so I wrote him a simple tutorial myself.

I learnt to meditate near Cape Tribulation, Australia, in a small clearing in the Daintree rainforest. I’ve practiced meditation (on and off) for the past 5 years. Recently I’ve started meditating at work during my lunch hour.

In short, meditation is the practice of stilling the mind, the art of focusing on not-focusing.


I recommend stretching before hand. If you know yoga, start with 3 - 5 sun salutations, otherwise try the following:

Try to touch your toes. If you can’t reach them, grab as low as you can on your legs and hold on. When you breath in, (still tucked down), straighten your legs, when you breath out try to grasp further down your legs. Do this for 3 breaths and slowly stand back up.

Next, reach upwards, fingers wide apart, stretching your arms/hands towards the ceiling. Release after 2-3 breaths.

Repeat 3 or 5 times, starting with the toe touching.

Sitting Still:

It’s important to be comfortable. Wear compfy, loose clothes.

I don’t recommend trying to sit lotus. I sit cross legged. You can also sit in a chair with a straight back, (both you and the chair), with your feet flat on the ground. Sit on a small cushion if you want.

If you are uncomfortable while meditating, do something about it: scratch that itch, shift your legs, etc. Just don’t get obsessed with finding the perfect position.

Keep your spine straight. Not only will this improve your posture by strengthen your lower back, but it will also allow for the optimal air-flow to your lungs.

During meditation your hands will be on your lap, palms up, one over the other, with your thumbs touching.

Meditation (Focus on breath / counting):

This one is easiest for beginners.

Sit still, and clear your mind. Breath through your nose. Focus on the point where the air enters your body, and on the expanding / contracting of your lungs. Count your out-breaths. When you reach 10, return to 1. If you loose count or end up above 10, return to 1.

Meditation (White Light):

Sit still, and clear your mind. Breath through your nose. Focus on your third eye (centre upper forehead). Imagine a small white light centred there. On each out-breath expand this light until it fills your vision.

Learn to control the position of the light, move it around your body, bringing your awareness along for the ride.

Meditation (Emptiness):

Sit still, and clear your mind. Breath through your nose. You can begin by focusing on your breath (no need to count), and work towards a focus-free mindfulness.

Practice Breathing:

Sit still, and clear your mind. As slowly as possible, breath in through your nose while counting. Once your lungs are full, hold your breath for the same count. Then, breath out for the same count. With each breath you will try to increase the count. Your goal is 20 seconds, (this may take many sittings.) Do this for 2-5 minutes before meditating.

Final Thoughts:

When (not if) a thought drifts by, observe it, and release it. Do not control your breaths, observe them.

Start by trying to meditate for 5-10 minutes, and build from there. Your first few attempts may be write-offs, your mind alternating between stillness and racing thoughts.

I’ve started meditating with my eyes partially open, there’s two schools of thought on this. Play around.

Some links:

The first three shows at ZenCast are meditation timers in mp3 format. You play them to time your sessions. They work much better than an alarm clock because they signal the end-point with ambient music —less jaring than a: BEEP BEEP BEEP.

When there's nothing left to burn... [Meme Propagation]

…you have to set yourself on fire.


A few days ago I stumbled across An Experimental Study of the Emergence of Human Communication Systems [pdf] by Bruno Galantucci.

From the abstract:

Pairs of participants played video games requiring communication. Members of a pair were physically separated but exchanged graphic signals through a medium that prevented the use of standard symbols (e.g., letters). Communication systems emerged and developed rapidly during the games, integrating the use of explicit signs with information implicitly available to players and silent behavior-coordinating procedures.

Yesterday, serendipity lead me to discover the Nicaraguan Sign Language (NLS).

By 1983 there were over 400 deaf students enrolled in the two [Nicaraguan deaf] schools. […] The [language] program achieved little success, with most students failing to grasp the concept of words. However, while the children remained linguistically disconnected from their teachers, the playground […] provided fertile ground for them to communicate with each other, and by combining gestures and elements of their home-sign systems, […] they were creating their own language.

You can watch a 5 minute documentary on NLS over at PBS.

It’s interesting to note that NLS would not have developed if these children had been older than 7, when our language absorption(/creation) faculties begin to fade. If NLS is any indication, the bulk of our world’s 6300 languages was developed by young children.

Side note: That last sentence sounds funny with ‘was’ beside a plural, but I assure you that the verb is in agreement with ‘bulk’ not ‘languages’. ;)

Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:—
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.

And so begins As Man Thinketh [Also here], James Allen’s turn of the century take on the power of thought.

Further off topic: An atheist speaks with god.


Part Apart [Travel]

Amsterdam early 2005.


Why Socialism? By Albert Einstein

Unknowingly prisoners of [our] own egotism, [we] feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.


An investigation into reprogramming a typical unit of private vehicular space by leasing a metered parking spot for public recreational activity.

growabrain linked to my framed photoset on the 15th. I always like to return the favour.

Palm in the Middle [Travel]

I’ve Flickr’d our 2004 photos from Portugal, Germany, and the Czech Republic. I also added a few photos to the Spanish photoset.


Have you forgotten what we are? [Meme Propagation]

We are animals.

We are energy.

We are capable of much more.

A Video Reminder:

  Warning; what you are about to see may kick-start your sense of wonder.


Le Parkour is a physical discipline of French origin, in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in a smooth and rapid manner.

Parkour is said to be L’art du Deplacement, consisting of uninterrupted forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one’s environment. Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and other more complicated techniques. The goal of the practice of parkour is to be able to adapt one’s movement to any given situation so that any obstacle can be overcome with the human body’s abilities.

Flipping, and other acrobatics, isn’t part of pure Parkour. We’ll call it FreeStyle Parkour.

More (FreeStyle) Parkour videos:

If your ready to bounce off buildings, or to spin spin spin:

Or, you can remain in front of your computer, and play this Parkour video game from the CBC.


Some more links:

Losing Ground [Personal]

Shannon and I both found jobs, (with our ex-employers none the less). Until the new year we are living on the 3rd floor of my parent’s house. Soon, the old routines will be new again.


I recently watched the movie Primer. As described by Kottke, this movie is very indie, was made for around $7000 USD, and will (only?) appeal to nerds, engineers (aka nerds), and philosophers (aka nerds).

The movie deals with time-travel, and due to the branching time-lines explored, and the resultant paradoxes, it was a challenge to follow. Luckily the ‘net comes to the rescue:


The idea of building a time machine in your garage might seem far-fetched, but what about building a brainwave analyser? An EEG can be used to experiment with biofeedback, or potentially to control digital/electronic equipment with your mind.


With a 9-5 looming, I’ll have to follow Steve Pavlina time management advice if I wish to build an EEG in my spare time. His advice seems well tested: he graduated with two degrees in only three semesters, (holding a full-time job in the final semester).


During my brief job hunt I restructured my CV as a webpage using XHTML and CSS. I then attempted to replicate the design in Word for dead-tree printing. After ten minutes of Word-Wrestling, I returned to my XHTML version and created a printer friend stylesheet.



An orange HB pencil lounges on the desk near my monitor. [5 minutes elapse as I contemplate the pencil and its relation to the keyboard beneath my fingers: similar in function, foreign in form.]

Related: Pencil Revolution.


Philosophical & Religious findings:


Nearly three years ago, I linked to some images of fractals found in plants from the cabbage family. More recently, I stumbled across an essay on fractal food, Self-Similarity on the Supermarket Shelf.

Reabsorption [Personal]

The city is soaking us back into place.


Mixture of Frailties [Meme Propagation]

…we all subscribe thoughtlessly to many beliefs, the truth of which does not strike home to us until experience gives them reality. Wisdom may be rented, so to speak, on the experience of other people, but we buy it at an inordinate price before we make it our own forever.

Robertson Davies

That said, we are now in Montreal.

debating [Travel]

On the fifth of September we will board a China Air flight to Bangkok. After forty-two days of exploration (Thailand, Vietnam?, Malaysia?) we will begin our journey home:

Bangkok -> Amsterdam -> London -> Montreal -> Winnipeg (Friday 04 November 2005)


Three thousand years from now, when keen minds review the past, I believe that our ancient time, here at the cusp of the third millennium, will be seen as another such era. In the years roughly coincidental with the Netscape IPO, humans began animating inert objects with tiny slivers of intelligence, connecting them into a global field, and linking their own minds into a single thing. This will be recognized as the largest, most complex, and most surprising event on the planet. Weaving nerves out of glass and radio waves, our species began wiring up all regions, all processes, all facts and notions into a grand network. From this embryonic neural net was born a collaborative interface for our civilization, a sensing, cognitive device with power that exceeded any previous invention. The Machine provided a new way of thinking (perfect search, total recall) and a new mind for an old species. It was the Beginning.

—Kevin Kelly [quote]


Culled from the connections:

All links via

There are signs everywhere [Meme Propagation]

Obscenities Uttered by Jesus Christ by Cara Jennison and Andrew Sutherland

“Dad damn you.”

“Holy Mom, mother of me.”


“Myself almighty.”

“Good me.”

“Me, Mom, and Mom’s husband …”




Give me twenty [Writing]

Last weekend, Harold, Tania, and ChefQuix came to Amsterdam by train and ferry from London. Good times!

Although Harold and Tania have now returned to their cozy flat, ChefQuix will be living with us for one month. After his stay, he will be heading to Romania for 6 months, where he will be crafting a novel. As such, I have enrolled him in Wally Glutton’s Quixotic Boot Camp for Writers.

The purpose of this boot camp is to boost creativity while decreasing self-censorship, through constraints on time, word count, vocabulary, and subject matter.

The first warm-up exercise is now complete:

Task: Write the first sentence for 10 novels you would never write.

Constraints: Sentences must be under 25 words.


  • The still night broke with a death rattle that wandered through the hallways of the ancient mansion.

  • Sharlene always knew that she would die a lonely spinster; she just didn’t realize how sharp the emptiness would be.

  • Although the 42nd President was one of the most hated, he was also one of the most respected for his unwavering vision.

  • There are millions of births and deaths each day - maybe it’s hundreds - but on any day people are born and people die.

  • A chill breeze blew across the prairie, the first signs of winter on its gusty breath.

  • Booboo the bear bought a bunch of balloons for his beautiful wife, Belle.

  • The road seemed long ahead, but Charles knew he would finish the Tour de France ahead of Neil.

  • There are things in the night, things out of sight, things that crawl near in the depths of our fear.

  • Beatrice had never believed in love at first sight until he strolled in on a warm summer’s night.

  • High noon came and went, but Buckshot Benny was nowhere to be seen.

Gadsby is a wonderful example of constraint in writing —a story of over 50,000 words without using the letter “E”— not to be confused with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

The Quixotic Boot Camp webpage was created using PBWiki.

Do as I do [Meme Propagation]


Dad Will Dig [Meme Propagation]

From Language Is A Virus:


Last Saturday we went to an Electro party at the 301 Overtoom squat (or ex-squat?).

"Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that the squatter does not own, rent, or otherwise have permission to use. Squatters often claim rights over the spaces they have squatted by virtue of occupation, rather than ownership; in this sense, squatting is similar to (and potentially a necessary condition of) adverse possession, by which a possessor of real property without title may eventually gain legal title to the real property. [...]

Besides places to live squats are often socially interesting places, hosting give-away shops, pirate radio stations, (often vegetarian or vegan) restaurants."

Squatting @ Wikipedia

There is a long history of squatting in The Netherlands, and throughout the rest of Europe. In Amsterdam their are squatted restaurants, bars, internet cafes, and of course apartments.

Despite political pressure and police evictions, there are a few remaining squats in Canada and the US.


On Thursday we'll take a train to Eindhoven and then fly to Dublin for the Oxegen festival.

Some of the acts I'm excited to see (in no particular order):

Devil of a lake [Meme Propagation]

From my friend Claire:

The Devil's Lake water diversion project is scheduled to open on July 1st. When it opens, water will flow from Devil's Lake in North Dakota, into the Sheyenne River, which joins the Red River and flows through Manitoba into Hudson Bay. [...]

Canada and Manitoba have been asking for review of the project by the International Joint Commission, which administrates the Boundary Waters Treaty, but so far the United States has not agreed.

By going ahead with the Devil's Lake Outlet without proper assessment, North Dakota is endangering not only the downstream environments of North Dakota and Manitoba but also a long-standing, internationally acclaimed environmental agreement.

Claire has created an online petition to push for further review of this project, and is working on a "one stop shop" for Devil's Lake diversion information.

Inform yourself, and sign the petition if this project concerns you.

More information from Friends of the Earth:

You would think the state of North Dakota would give us better birthday present than this.

All in the family [Meme Propagation]

My sister has joined the blogsphere: JustDazzle.Com - the blog of a 25 year old Canadian girl living and working in Amsterdam.

I based the design of her site off a blogger template, but the backend uses MovableType. If your browser has problems rendering the site, drop me a comment including your browser name and version.


Friday Diversions:

Climb Trees [Meme Propagation]

The Harvest

The year I began to say vahz instead of vase, a man I barely knew nearly accidentally killed me.

Change This

We're on a mission to spread important ideas and change minds.

Algorithmic Composition

Here, the algorithmic process is used in a creative context so that users can convert sequences of numbers into sounds.

Goalsetting 101

Goal setting is the laying out on paper of the experiences you wish to have, the possessions you wish to own, the places you wish to go to and the people you wish to meet. The emphasis is on the experiences.
[link - Ignore the horrid background image.]

A New Way of Walking

Artist-explorers called psychogeographers are changing the way we experience the city.

But Not On You

It is raining inside the room, except where you're standing.

The Ten-Percent Myth

It's the old myth heard time and again about how people use only ten percent of their brains.

Tabbed Mario

Play Super Mario like a guitar tab.

of the most dangerous [Meme Propagation]

Noam Gonick shoots Winnipeg inside out:

"Stryker is a little off the beaten path for Winnipeg's Gonick, but still illustrates his penchant for gay-themed flicks. Gonick is best known for his short film 1919, a black-and-white version of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike from the point of view of a gay bathhouse, and Hey Happy, a movie about gay ravers at the end of the world. Stryker paints the picture that when Winnipeg's street gangs aren't smoking crack and arguing with themselves, they're having sex with transvestites."

- Noam Gonick 'strykes' Winnipeg thug life, Alex Reid.

My sister Colleen, Harold, and I attended the 2001 premiere for Hey Happy, where Gonick arrived "with an entourage of ravers, go-go dancers and transgendered party people in the back of a garbage truck." Hey Happy contains one-sixtieth of my 15 minutes.


A Structured Thought: full.

Greymatter Exercise [Meme Propagation]

The Writer's Almanac: poetry, prose, history. (via Beautiful Stuff)

The Revolution of Everyday Life :"Where the writing fails it reflects the failure of the reader as a reader, and even more as a man." (via wood s lot)

Flow is "the zone" I enter while programming. (more)



When the Singularity is More Than a Literary Device.

Thank you kindly [Music]

...for leaving the Scissor Sisters on my HD.

Emphasis theirs [Sticker]

The idea puzzled me. The execution more so.

Four cards were to be made.

The first -a poetic prequel- was to be related solely through the dimensions of the card stock, and the font.

figure parse

The remaining cards were to form the idea triage; the literal, symbolic, and fancy-full componets -all which I mistook to be equivalent.

figure muted

figure biz


()}{{})( "aren't ready for the Net yet", so they have no website.

Find the honey tree [Noosphere]

To learn is to fuel wonder. I was late to learn to read, or so I am told. Perhaps I didn't see the use of it. All this changed when my parents introduced me to the public library. As a child, the concept amazed me. Row upon row of books, arranged by category, free for me to explore. The non-fiction section had a strong hold on me, and I grew to love the dewy decimal system [Dewy Decimal Categories]. I have a vivid store of memories with libraries as their setting.

Although I am still drawn to books and libraries, the Internet now provides much of the fuel for my sense of wonder. The following is a description of how I search and discover on the Net.

Simple Definitions provides a dictionary definition for single words, thesaurus listings, along with encyclopedic information (if available) gathered from various Internet sources, (including Wikipedia).

The easiest way to search is two query the word directly through the URL. For example, I would enter into the location bar of my web browser, to query the definition of the word "who". (Side note: Grammar nerds should read the who/whom usage note provided with the definition.)

Google allows you to search for definitions from around the Web. Enter the following into Google:


The returned definitions may vary greatly, but the results are often enlightening.

Encyclopedic Information

Taken from a previous post: Wikipedia is a "free encyclopedia made for and by the collective intelligence of the citizens of the Internet."

I've recently started using the Simple English Wikipedia in conjunction with the standard version. "[The] Simple English [Wikipidea] uses fewer words and easier grammar than the original English Wikipedia." The entries and clear, concise and written in Dunstan Ramsay's "Plain Style". ;)

Broad Topic Net Searches

Google is still king when it comes to general Internet searching. Reference the Google Cheat Sheet for more precise results. I rely on a mix of quotations and + and - symbols to narrow down my searches. Try to imagine the page you wish to find. Then, search for words and quotations present on this imagined page.

If you are looking for a specific category of information, try exploring DMOZ, the open directory project. It's reminiscent of an older yahoo, but like Wikipedia it's maintained by volunteers from around the world.

Noosphere Snapshots

The Internet is forever in a state of flux. Anyone familiar with the concept of Memes will be aware of the impact the Net has had on the transmission of cultural information. The Internet is a digital extension of the Noosphere [ChefQuix's thoughts on the Noosphere]. Much like the toughts processed by our brains, information and ideas on the Internet can be forgotten, archived, or reinforced through conscious use/retrival.

Picture the Net as external memory for humanity. Through our use of the Net, we add our individual consciousness to the consciousness of the whole. There are various tools that can be used to view a snapshot of our external consciousness.

For example, we can use blogdex to see what WE -a digital extension of the Royal We- are currently thinking about. As I write this, WE seemed to be grieving the loss of Hunter S. Thomspon. (OUR thoughts will no doubt have shifted by the time I post this entry tomorrow.)

For a glimpse of what information WE currently find fascinating, we can turn to the world of social bookmarking. Gone are the days when you saved your favorite sites locally on your browser. Tools like, Spurl, Furl, and Stumble Upon allow us to share our Internet finds with the rest of the commune. A visit to Spiderous reveals which pages are currently peaking OUR interest.

Because these tools allow us to categorize and tag our findings, we can narrow our snapshot to a specific category. By entering into our location bar, we can see how the Net is reacting to our present (or at times past) political climate. Likewise, or can provide hours of quality reading material. (Quality, in the sense that at least one person within the Internet commune found the page worth bookmarking. The number of users who saved the page can be seen below the link.)

A visual example of information tagging can be seen over at Flickr: Flickr Red, Flickr Depressing, Flickr Abstract. Vimeo has started a similar service for video clips.

I use Spurl to save my bookmarks, which in turns submits them to [My]. The best part of Spurling a link, is that not only is the link itself saved, but a copy of the page is also archived. This opens up the possibility to search the WWWW (Worthwhile World Wide Web). No longer must I waste time hunting through the commercial sites and the information pollution returned by a regular web search. To search Spurl is to search an archive of information pre-sorted by the commune, information ranked by praise. (Cory Doctorow's free book Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, explores the idea of applying praise ranking to people.)


Ok. Enough chatter. Here are some links I've recently discovered (aka MLP):

The Game:

  • To know The Game is to play the game. One can never stop playing.

  • To think of The Game is to lose The Game. Therefore, the object of the game is to forget that it exists.

  • When one loses the game, one must announce that one has lost the game to everyone present (usually by saying "Darn! I just lost the game!").

  • An optional (and often accepted) variant of the game: When a game loss is announced, all other players have an approximately 30 minute grace period which they may use to again forget about the game.

How very zen.

Mindfulness In Plain English

An online Font Editor via the new Font Leech Blog.

Hunt Roman - The Birth of A Type.

Learning to cook? How to cut anything, with instructions for lefties (handed, not political) too.

A Two-Worlds Model for Consciousness

Translation, the debate continues.

Colour Rules of Thumb

Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read

Long time blogger Jason Kottke has decided to pursue his blog as a full time job.

Stuck in the middle [Meme Propagation]

Oh, the sweet bliss of free internet access. Some MLP:

A Giant Mirror [Meme Propagation]

Bikes Against Bush thwarted :

"[V]ideo of Bikes Against Bush creator Josh Kinberg being arrested on Saturday afternoon after demonstrating the bike for MSNBC (he was being interviewed by Ron Reagan) and the NYPD."

The Coral mirror of the arrest video : Josh Kinberg - MSNBC Arrest [20.6 MB, QuickTime].

The Coral mirror of the Bikes Against Bush Technology Demo [2.2 MB, QuickTime].


Coral, BTW, is a "decentralized, self-organizing, peer-to-peer web-content distribution network."

Cucumber Cool [Meme Propagation]




  • PaperFormers - Print, cut, and fold, these paper Transformers.
  • Philosophy of Art - A group weblog on philosophy of art and its various relationships to mind, ethics, and culture.

Beekind [Meme Propagation]

I heard a knocking at my window, just now. I discovered a woodpecker, climbing the wooden-edged frame, of the opened window, across the hall.




Harmony [Meme Propagation]

I'm getting married on the 22nd of this month.

The new design for this page is almost complete.

Busy times.

Amuse yourselves with my links and this turntablism tutorial [RealMedia].

A Crash Course On Complexity, Emergence and Collective Intelligence [Meme Propagation]

The next four graf shots posted to streetart:

gf viewing freight
Another freight
Little man hidden to the left


A Crash Course On Complexity, Emergence and Collective Intelligence

"Put a hundred army ants on a flat surface and they will walk around in never decreasing circles until they die from exhaustion. Yet a colony of a million army ants becomes a sophisticated super-organism."

An anonymous 17th century poet wrote: "...and the thousands of fishes moved as a huge beast, piercing the water. They appeared united, inexorably bound to a common fate. How comes this unity?"

This is the science of emergence and complexity.

The Article, Emergence as a Construct (dead link) which appeared in Volume 1 of Emergence Magazine provides a detailed, although rather complex look at the subject. Better yet, a web-based project over at MIT allows you to explore emergence via the wonderful world of cellular automaton. (Remember Stephen Wolfram's ode to the cellular automaton, A New Kind of Science?) You can also use this piece of software to create interactive art pieces that use emergence to "provide the opportunity to explore the role of artificial life and human presence in the creation of an art form which includes the interactive experience."

I find that I am drawn to one particular subset of emergence known as Collective Intelligence. The Chef and I have spent many hours discussing this concept. You may have noticed that I've been linking to Wikipedia through-out this post. Wikipedia is great example of Collective Intelligence, it's a free encyclopedia made for and by the collective intelligence of the citizens of the internet.

The following projects are exploring this global net-based intelligence in some interesting and novel ways:

  • Typophile : A Smaller Picture - Harnessing the collective intelligence to democratically draw the english alphabet. Make sure you try viewing the drawing/evolution process as an animation. (The one flaw I see in this project is that the collective intelligence will most likely end up drawing a copy of the font used on the site itself.)

  • The World Map of the Mind - "Visitors to the project are presented with the map so far, a crude bitmap build out of green and blue blocks. Green blocks represent land, blue blocks water. One of the blocks is red. The visitor is then asked whether that block should be land or water." (The project appears to be offline at the moment due to a heavy user load.)

  • Community based news and discussion sites like slashdot and kuro5in use the collective intelligence of their user-base to improve and moderate the quality of information, discussion and debate.

  • The Collective Unconsciousness Project - Explore the connections that exist in the dreams of net users across the globe. Add your own dream experiences to the dreamscape. Navigation is quite dream-like.

  • Site like daypop and blogdex allow us to track meme probagation across the blogsphere.

  • The Open Mind Common Sense Project - "An attempt to make computers smarter by making it easy and fun for people all over the world to work together to give computers the millions of pieces of ordinary knowledge that constitute 'common-sense', all those aspects of the world that we all understand so well we take them for granted."

Further Reading:

These are exciting times. We have an opportunity to watch and study the development of an emergent intelligence rooted deep within the interconnections of the net. The interconnections in this case, are not only the physical real-world network connections but also the interconnections within the web itself, the blogshere and the flow of human consciousness that "surfs" across the datascape.

Update: (21/02/06)

Since this post, Folksonomy and tagging have become all the rage. Services like Spurl,, Digg, and Reddit (to name just a few) harness online collective intelligence to categorize, and propagate websites. I discussed this last February in the Noosphere Snapshots section of my post on net-based search and discovery.

A few more relevant inks:

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