November 8th, 2014

The Air Became Their Habitat

An ambient track about the first flight of the pterosaur.


October 26th, 2014

The Art of Conversation

I’m quite good at going around in circles, so I thought I’d try composing a waltz.


October 13th, 2014

Defector


June 23rd, 2014

Spooky Mulder

Something I made to amuse myself while everybody else was watching the football this evening.


June 10th, 2014

Shakespeare and Love



Stephen Fry at the 2014 Hay Festival, speaking about Shakespeare’s sexuality, sonnets and the disputed authorship of his works.


June 5th, 2014

Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking


TED : http://on.ted.com/g0Ghi


May 31st, 2014

look closer…

cTSHZGH

Amazing GIF image created using images from a scanning electron microscope:

As the incredibly powerful microscope zooms in, it goes from showing an amphipod (a type of shell-less crustacean), to a diatom (a type of algae) that’s on the amphipod, to a microscopic bacterium that’s on the diatom that’s on the amphipod. It’s life, on life, on life:

The GIF was created by James Tyrwhitt-Drake back in 2012, when he captured the images at the University of Victoria’s Advanced Microscopy Facility and posted the final product to his Tumblog, Infinity Imagined.

Via PetaPixel.


May 30th, 2014

Alan Watts on business, ‘rascality’ and trust


May 25th, 2014

Beneficial brain activity during ‘non-directive’ meditation

Psyblog reports on an interesting study that suggests that non-directive meditation has more beneficial effects than focused meditation.

All the different types of meditation can be split into two main types:

In non-directive types of meditation, people focus on their breathing or a sound, but also allow their mind to wander where it will.
In concentrative types of meditation, people try to focus closely on their breath, or something else, in order to suppress other thoughts and feelings they experience.

“The study indicates that nondirective meditation allows for more room to process memories and emotions than during concentrated meditation.”

“This area of the brain has its highest activity when we rest.

“…types of meditation that allow spontaneous thoughts, images, sensations, memories, and emotions to emerge and pass freely without actively controlling or pursuing them, over time may reduce stress by increasing awareness and acceptance of emotionally charged experiences.

“…mind wandering and activation of the default mode network in general may serve introspective and adaptive functions beyond rumination and daydreaming.

Potentially useful functions would include mental simulations, using autobiographical memory retrieval to envision the future and conceiving the perspective of others.” (Xu et al., 2014).

Read more.


May 8th, 2014

Psychogeography and the dérive

Wa(l)king:

…The situationists’ desire to become psychogeographers, with an understanding of the ‘precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals’, was intended to cultivate an awareness of the ways in which everyday life is presently conditioned and controlled, the ways in which this manipulation can be exposed and subverted, and the possibilities for chosen forms of constructed situations in the post-spectacular world. Only an awareness of the influences of the existing environment can encourage the critique of the present conditions of daily life, and yet it is precisely this concern with the environment which we live which is ignored.

More

Psychogeography on wikipedia


December 21st, 2013

forget words

I live here in a village house without
all that racket horses and carts stir up,

and you wonder how that could ever be.
Wherever the mind dwells apart is itself

a distant place. Picking chrysanthemums
at my east fence, I see South Mountain

far off: air lovely at dusk, birds in flight
returning home. All this means something,

something absolute: whenever I start
to explain it, I forget words altogether.

No. 5 from Drinking Wine; T’ao Ch’ien (365-427 CE)

Translation: David Hinton


December 1st, 2013

Solar Set, Joseph Cornell

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‘Untitled (Solar Set)’, Joseph Cornell, 1958.

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December 1st, 2013

Studley tool chest


Toolbox envy?


November 30th, 2013

Michio Kaku

Kaku tells a good story.


November 17th, 2013

beating the ghosts out

A young Alan Watts.


November 7th, 2013

I know I don’t need to believe, I know


November 3rd, 2013

selfie portrait

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October 27th, 2013

the temperament to which art appeals

The temperament to which Art appeals … is the temperament of receptivity. That is all.

If a man approaches a work of art with any desire to exercise authority over it and the artist, he approaches it in such a spirit that he cannot receive any artistic impression from it at all. The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art. The spectator is to be receptive. He is to be the violin on which the master is to play. And the more completely he can suppress his own silly views, his own foolish prejudices, his own absurd ideas of what Art should be, or should not be, the more likely he is to understand and appreciate the work of art in question.

Oscar Wilde, via BrainPickings.







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