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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Folk with Steam
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:11:20 am »
Cheers guys.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Folk with Steam
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:29:20 pm »
also my steam account is peachsiren if anyone wants to add me.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Folk with Steam
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:28:18 pm »
My friend is approaching the launch of his second game, a platformer called Systematic Immunity

It's a fun, hard and well made (I've gotten to play test it).

He's currently in the green light queue, if the game gets enough votes it will get into green light (I think).
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=392461479

His previous game Plasma Being got accepted to steam recently:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/346630

I know this is pimping but I believe in the project and would appreciate it if anyone who is interested clicks the "Interested" button on steam.

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I just stuck my head in facebook, and wow, are the punishment freaks out today.

Oh, no.

Even by FB standards, it's bad today.

The logic of the pro-kill 'em all people is as such:

1.  Trials are a favor granted to obvious criminals.
2.  "I was raped, therefore people should be shot at dawn".
3.  Appeals are unnecessary, and
4.  "Those People don't understand anything else." (No shit).

Trying to have any kind of reasonable debate with people who believe that is impossible. But then, it's not REALLY about crime, punishment, prevention or even justice for them, its the body on the pyramid. At the mere suggestion that there are alternatives and they screech the sun wont rise if they dont cut this guys heart out.

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my little power plant is breaking my heart

At christmas we added 20+ generators  and I said, please please give me a few weeks notice so we can automate some of the process on that so we're not manually setting everyone up.

Found out yesterday we start adding another 28 on Tuesday.

On the bright side we should have more then 20MW at the end of it.

More powah, muhahahaha.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Future Historians
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:55:06 pm »
This seems very odd to me, do they mean they wont be able to interface with older hardware, or that we wont understand file formats in the distant future.

The latter is ludicrous, as long as someone somewhere has kept a copy of the ascii table, all text docs would be simple to figure out. The only format I can see being a problem is video because I have video formats from within the time I started college that no longer have support in players I have.

If the former, then he is being very optimistic on the lifespan of magnetic disk platters, and flash memory, I intend to outlive 90% of the worlds hard drives and most of the flash memory. Let alone centuries down the line.

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Thanks for the link Nigel, about to read it now, then the links from Faust brought on by the :nonsarcasticslowclap:

never heard the term embedded electronics before, but I like it better than bionics.
I like even more that the blind see and the lame may yet walk. I owe much in my life to the good Science.


FWIW, the eye and the camera also bear very little technical similarity, and in a reversal of the brain analogy, while eyes are really complicated, they're also kinda shitty. Having camera eyes would be awesome.

I want robot stuff like that.  I would be full of useful things.

Me too. Not like full cyberpunk Shadowrun style but even an embedded ocular cam would be just super!
Embedded electronics actually refers to low power, low level electronics, often used in in passive ways that people dont have to know they are interacting with them to interact with them.

There's no cool name for the Transhumanist stuff... medical devices, assisted living and as you said, bionics.

Tapping into nerves and understanding how it communicates sensory information is tricky, but its coming along with controlling arm/leg prostheses really well, the latest versions having even rudimentary feedback simulating skin.

Even just a bit of localized pressure sensitivity on a gripper would be awesome.

Think I saw a recent vid of a fellow that was double arm amputated using prosthesis quite well. I'm stoked about it!

I misunderstood the embedded bit, sorry. I've done a lot of work in electronic hand assembly. Used to have a c3 cert for aircraft, medical, and um.. other. Not terribly savvy on the engineering but I quite enjoy the craft of it and can follow on technical stuff pretty well. It messes with me a bit to think of how assembly might be handled for the future's devices. It's difficult enough to work lead free solder with a good flux, but some devices don't even allow that. Or didn't like 10 years ago.
I've never had to solder anything like that, and I cant imagine how delicate those would be to work with. Precision grip does seem to be limited with the lack of pressure sensitivity, but considering the leaps its only a matter of time.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Comic Reviews and discussions
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:56:17 pm »
Nameless was indeed pretty great!

Chris Burnham keeps getting better and better. Stylistically he looks like Frank Quitely crossed with Philip Bond (A solid mix!), but that's only just the superficial gloss. His technical skill and storytelling is headed off the charts.




Wow that's beautiful, I'll have to pick it up.

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Thanks for the link Nigel, about to read it now, then the links from Faust brought on by the :nonsarcasticslowclap:

never heard the term embedded electronics before, but I like it better than bionics.
I like even more that the blind see and the lame may yet walk. I owe much in my life to the good Science.


FWIW, the eye and the camera also bear very little technical similarity, and in a reversal of the brain analogy, while eyes are really complicated, they're also kinda shitty. Having camera eyes would be awesome.

I want robot stuff like that.  I would be full of useful things.

Me too. Not like full cyberpunk Shadowrun style but even an embedded ocular cam would be just super!
Embedded electronics actually refers to low power, low level electronics, often used in in passive ways that people dont have to know they are interacting with them to interact with them.

There's no cool name for the Transhumanist stuff... medical devices, assisted living and as you said, bionics.

Tapping into nerves and understanding how it communicates sensory information is tricky, but its coming along with controlling arm/leg prostheses really well, the latest versions having even rudimentary feedback simulating skin.

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Sorry, I thought I had said something dumb again.

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The brain is nothing but a computer in  the same way a moose is nothing but a little red wagon.

brain is to computer as eye is to camera

Rong answer.
You know I'm rite
Computers store and process information using binary states of transistors acting as switches,
brains store information in connections through neurons that have both chemical states an electrical states, way more complex then a binary system. The two are not analogous.

They are both machines, and that is analogous. But brain/computer is erroneous compared to eye/camera comparison.

:slowclap:
Sarcastic slow clap?

The comparison annoyed me because it gets the eye example lumped in with something sounding dumb.

The eye/camera example interests me because (I've worked in embedded electronics) and both are sensory equipment that can be tapped into (understanding of what it processes obviously doesn't occur in the eye).
I follow a lot of embedded electronics information and since 2009, sight prostheses for blind people have come leaps and bounds.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1231172/Blind-man-fitted-bionic-eye-sees-time-30-years.html
The last I heard was this one
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/incredible-moment-blind-man-bionic-4419846

In five years we have gone from blurry black and white outlines to 640 x 480 resolution, with some colour depth.

What really interests me is that a ccd array naturally picks up a lot more IR and UV then the human eye can, so much so that pretty much all digital cameras need an IR filter to make pictures look right.

Its bulky  and low res and moderately expensive now but in a few years it could be an option to some blind people

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The brain is nothing but a computer in  the same way a moose is nothing but a little red wagon.

brain is to computer as eye is to camera

Rong answer.
You know I'm rite
Computers store and process information using binary states of transistors acting as switches,
brains store information in connections through neurons that have both chemical states an electrical states, way more complex then a binary system. The two are not analogous.

They are both machines, and that is analogous. But brain/computer is erroneous compared to eye/camera comparison.

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Principia Discussion / Re: How do you spell "Eris"?
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:50:43 pm »
Epsilon Rho Iota Sigma

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Comic Reviews and discussions
« on: January 23, 2015, 04:53:07 pm »
I tripped across "The Dark Knight Strikes Back", the sequel to "The Dark Knight Returns", while I was downloading Sin City on Nook.

I said, "heh", and downloaded it, too.

It was fucking AWFUL, and further proof that Frank Miller has lost his fucking mind.  And not in a good way.

Yeah DK2 is pretty fucking bonkers! Though I have to say, for me, it passes that weird threshold where something is so bad, in such a unique way, that it becomes an object of surreal curiosity. 9/11 happened while he was working on issue 2, and he just put all of his crazy directly into the work.

The Batman story he did after that one falls into same category for me: All Star Batman and Robin. A must see train wreck! A crazy bad FM story drawn by Jim Lee, and there's this awesome tension between the story and art where FM's writing becomes increasingly unhinged, but Jim Lee responds w/ pure excellence. He draws the fuck out of that terrible story, and it's really kind of cool.

Have you seen recent pictures of FM? He looks like he might die any day now. I don't think he's said whether it's cancer or whatever, but he looks scary. Wheelchair bound, can't draw, can't type. Current project? DK3. He's whispering dictation to Scott Snyder. I don't like what his artistic message has become, but damn do I respect his work in the medium.
All star batman and robin is so weird its considered to only exist in its own Miller version of the DC multiverse.
Where batman isn't just batman, he's The Goddam Batman.

Where batman would have robin paint him, and an entire room yellow, before proceeding to beat a green lantern within an inch of his life.


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That's a pretty fantastic troll, Faust.  And it's so calm.

Yeah, I have to make it persistently annoying but without allowing anything too direct for him to defend against, I need to to deprive hi any pleasure from arguing it. Its a long shot but I'm going to try and see can I make him and the other misogynists on the discordian society pages give up.

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