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Archive for February, 2011

this is media illiteracy

democracy is threatened when a significant portion of the american electorate does not understand evolution, that the earth revolves around the sun (and not the other way around), or thinks our president is a muslim.

are cell phones the next cigs?

the radiation is logarithmic, so just hold yer iphone away from yer head, every inch counts…

from wired:

Cell phones emit ultra-high-frequency radio waves during calls and data transfers, and some researchers have suspected this radiation — albeit inconclusively — of being linked to long-term health risks like brain cancer. The new brain-scan-based work, to be published Feb. 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows radiation emitted from a cell phone’s antenna during a call makes nearby brain tissue use 7 percent more energy.

“We have no idea what this means yet or how it works,” said neuroscientist Nora Volkow of the National Institutes of Health. “But this is the first reliable study showing the brain is activated by exposure to cell phone radio frequencies.”

a theory of information

an excellent review by science hero freeman dyson in NRB:

According to Gleick, the impact of information on human affairs came in three installments: first the history, the thousands of years during which people created and exchanged information without the concept of measuring it; second the theory, first formulated by Shannon; third the flood, in which we now live. The flood began quietly. The event that made the flood plainly visible occurred in 1965, when Gordon Moore stated Moore’s Law. Moore was an electrical engineer, founder of the Intel Corporation, a company that manufactured components for computers and other electronic gadgets. His law said that the price of electronic components would decrease and their numbers would increase by a factor of two every eighteen months. This implied that the price would decrease and the numbers would increase by a factor of a hundred every decade. Moore’s prediction of continued growth has turned out to be astonishingly accurate during the forty-five years since he announced it. In these four and a half decades, the price has decreased and the numbers have increased by a factor of a billion, nine powers of ten. Nine powers of ten are enough to turn a trickle into a flood.

The information flood has also brought enormous benefits to science. The public has a distorted view of science, because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries. Wherever we go exploring in the world around us, we find mysteries. Our planet is covered by continents and oceans whose origin we cannot explain. Our atmosphere is constantly stirred by poorly understood disturbances that we call weather and climate. The visible matter in the universe is outweighed by a much larger quantity of dark invisible matter that we do not understand at all. The origin of life is a total mystery, and so is the existence of human consciousness. We have no clear idea how the electrical discharges occurring in nerve cells in our brains are connected with our feelings and desires and actions.

His central dogma, “Meaning is irrelevant,” declared that information could be handled with greater freedom if it was treated as a mathematical abstraction independent of meaning. The consequence of this freedom is the flood of information in which we are drowning. The immense size of modern databases gives us a feeling of meaninglessness. Information in such quantities reminds us of Borges’s library extending infinitely in all directions. It is our task as humans to bring meaning back into this wasteland.

read the whole article here:

Join Mother-Daughter Artist Guild

A newly formed artist guild is soliciting members! If art runs in your family, give it a look!!  Members can live anywhere, not just Grant County and Silver City, where the group has begun. All members will have a biography on the website, and there are several upcoming events already planned.

submit to student art show

you will have to come up with $10! please tell me what animations/prints etc… you are going to submit!!!

this guy got 4M hits for this

a graduation project at SCAD.

all ya need are some stickies!

and here is number two:

i REALLY like the notion of stop motion in the landscape!

fun stop motion

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