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Month: February 2009

Post rec: AFP and unexpected art

Post rec: AFP and unexpected art

Amanda Palmer has a great post up regarding the discovery of art in everyday existence. i used to think that being a street performer (i was a living statue for five years….i should really write a book about it) was the ultimate act of art, because NOBODY would ever recognize my art in any way that was acceptable, nobody would ever applaud, no reviewers would ever come, no critics would ever ponder whether i had a good or bad performance…….

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This really happened, too:

This really happened, too:

Seeing the bus that would eventually deliver me to my Japanese class, I was fumbling for my tokens when a small Filipina woman leaned in close and said: “You don’t need that,” and brandished a transit day pass with the day’s date scratched out. “Just pretend to be my friend,” she said, as the bus huffed its way to the curb. “Sure,” I said. “Whatever you want.” This is how stories about kids getting hustled start. But I have this…

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Where I solve my problems:

Where I solve my problems:

I’ve been turning something over in my mind regarding my VN, having effectively written myself into a corner with a nasty combination of too much exposition and a need to have my characters separate for plot purposes. Honestly, I was about to solve this problem with a college co-ed shower scene. No, really. I was. But then I thought about it, and thought about what makes betrayal work as a device, how you need to establish a relationship before you…

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I have a story coming out in Nature.

I have a story coming out in Nature.

Yeah, that Nature.. I’m just as surprised as you are. Especially since the story is essentially a one-line joke I came up with while pacing barefoot in my kitchen as I talked to Squid on his birthday. (Happy birthday; you got your wish.) Dave and Karl say this means No More Whingeing. (I’ll try.) Death Ray is proud and jealous; he says it’s unfair that a practising optical engineer should see his humanities-trained wife published in Nature before himself. (I…

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Everything old is new again. Like Lamarckism.

Everything old is new again. Like Lamarckism.

Via Futurismic, we hear of demonstrable Lamarckism in mice: The effects of an animal’s environment during adolescence can be passed down to future offspring, according to two new studies. If applicable to humans, the research, done on rodents, suggests that the impact of both childhood education and early abuse could span generations. The findings provide support for a 200-year-old theory of evolution that has been largely dismissed: Lamarckian evolution, which states that acquired characteristics can be passed on to offspring….

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No really, this happened:

No really, this happened:

“Two for Coraline, please.” “That’s one adult and one child for a total of $__.__” “Uh…” “Hey! She’s cutting us a deal! Go for it!” “Uh… This is my wife. She’s not a child.” “Okay, sure. Whatever. That’ll be $__.__” Later “I can’t believe you didn’t go for that. We could have saved the money!” “I would have felt weird! Creepy weird! I don’t want people to think I’m a grown man who spends Valentine’s Day with underage girls.” “…Did…

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Inside your brain is an abusive soccer dad.

Inside your brain is an abusive soccer dad.

Via Pink Tentacle, some news about one of the mortal sins (and everybody’s favourite Homunculus), envy: New research from Japan shows that the human brain treats feelings of envy like physical pain, while schadenfreude — the pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune — triggers the brain’s reward circuits. The findings, published in the February 13 online edition of Science magazine, suggest our brains may be wired to treat abstract feelings much more like concrete physical experiences than was previously thought….

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My morning with Yudkowsky: or, why I should eat breakfast.

My morning with Yudkowsky: or, why I should eat breakfast.

This post started it all. While drinking my tea and blinking blearily at the screen, I realized that I didn’t know very much at all about these alleged “three schools” of Singular theory. Given that ?oyfriend was reviewed (and enjoyed) by a Singularitarian, I figured I ought to rectify this. Which, naturally, let to Yudkowsky’s explanation of the subject, which clarifies matters quite nicely. I spent a good amount of time at the website, tempted by The Twelve Virtues of…

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So not cool.

So not cool.

Last Christmas, I made the foolish mistake of packing my Deluxe Edition copy of The Downward Spiral on a trip. It was stolen, along with two other CD’s: another NIN, and a Yoko Kanno — both vexing losses, but the loss of DEDS was especially sad because it was a birthday gift from Troy, who always gives the best. (Oh, and a wireless card. They stole that, too.) I found a copy of The Fragile shortly thereafter, it being the…

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