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tomorrowsofyesterday:

So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this
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which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)

But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted

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"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."

HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the…

This is great. I miss the days when every big movie had a transmedia angle.

According to Deadline, Universal plans to bring back its classic monsters — which include Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy — in a big way. It’s brought on two blockbuster writers to begin creating a connected universe for Universal’s monsters, which will begin to show up in a series of rebooted films.

Frankenstein, Dracula, and more could return in classic monster movie reboots from Universal | The Verge

This is a great idea, but depends a whole lot on non-obvious execution. Personally, I would have hired Kim Newman for his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and proven franchise chops. But that’s just me and my mad dreams. Mega-franchises for everyone!

This is big in the Grinder community. Most people start off by implanting magnets in their fingertips, which gives you the ability to feel magnetic fields. Your fingertips have lots of nerve endings jammed into one area and they are really sensitive to stimuli. Magnets twitch or move in the presence of magnetic fields, and when you implant one in your finger you can really start to feel different magnetic fields around you. So it is like a sixth sense. At first you will be waving your hand around appliances, probing fields like someone looking for a light switch in the dark. After a few days or weeks you will almost forget you have the implant because your brain has fully incorporated the sense into your normal world experience. When you sleep you will notice that even your dreams have changed to include the sense. You can now perceive an otherwise invisible world.

This makes many curious about all of the other things happening around them that they can’t see and they want more. So let’s expand on the magnet thing. We can buy all kinds of different sensors to detect heat, radiation, radio signals, wifi, whatever you want. If we wrap a wire around our implanted finger and attach that wire to our new sensor, we find that the wire creates a small magnetic field to the beat of the sensor. This of course makes our magnet twitch, and now we can feel heat from a distance, feel wifi, or whatever.

Why limit ourselves to feeling these sensations? We have other senses we can induce synesthesia in. I got some media attention in June of 2013 after I implanted headphones in my tragus to do just that. I had some practical reasons for doing this in addition to my thirst for exploration. A few years earlier I suddenly became legally blind in one eye. Lenses cannot correct it and my original eye doctor informed me that the other eye was likely to follow, at which point I would be legally blind, lose my job, etc. With this inevitability in mind I decided to be proactive. Ultrasonic rangefinders are devices used to determine how far away an object is. I knew that most blind people find acoustic variations help them identify the proximity of objects, so I figured I might be able to amplify this by converting rangefinder data into audio I could send wirelessly to my headphone implants. It turned out to be much more complicated than I thought, but that is a part of Grinding that I have come to appreciate. My setbacks lead me deeper into the rabbit hole of audiology where I discovered knowledge that has unlocked a thousand more possibilities.

I’d say that 25% of the people I talk to about sensory enhancement think it’s really cool and some go get implants themselves. The other 75% will nod their head and hope the conversation ends or they laugh and ask “why would anyone want to feel magnetic fields?” I get asked that question so much, and I still find it hard to articulate. They usually point out that “you don’t need it,” to which I counter “what if you lost the ability to taste? You don’t really need it to survive.” Ask anyone with an implant how they would feel if they lost the implant, and almost all of them will tell you they would miss it. A small bit of richness would be missing from their life experience.

Visible light is but a tiny portion of the greater magnetic spectrum that we cannot see. If we modeled the entire spectrum as a road stretching from LA to New York, the amount of visible light that humans can see would equal a few nanometers. Humans, from our allegorical caves, have nonetheless managed to form and test theories about things at the edges of perception but these discoveries took thousands of years. Where would humans be now technologically if we never developed sight? How long would it take us to theorize the existence of the aurora borealis or to hypothesize about the existence of stars? This reduction of input obviously cripples the rate of input.

So is the opposite true? Would expanding our senses accelerate our advancement? My answer is yes. Some Grinder friends of mine formed a team called Science for the Masses to discover if they could biologically push human perception of visible light into the near-infrared spectrum. This is a small increase, around 6% above our current abilities. The impact is dramatic. The new light allows you to see through fog and haze, tinted windows, and some clothing. Stars can be seen during day hours. Subtle changes in blood flow can be seen under the skin, allowing anyone to detect circulation problems and find clots. Seeing blood flow takes some of the guesswork out of determining what mood your date is in and lying becomes nearly impossible. Imagine how this awareness would have altered human history, politics, art, courtship, and relationships. Does human psychology benefit in a world where sincerity and emotional context can be seen with the naked eye rather than hypothesized or conjured? The new layers of info I’ve detailed above are actually just the tip of the iceberg. The real magic of sensory expansion comes from finding deviations and surprises that don’t fit within our scientific understanding because it makes us reconcile our mental models of the world with reality.

Zoltan Istvan interviews Rich Lee, http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/istvan20140708 (via grinderbot)

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I would like this so very much.

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The way that magnets have moved from California New Age hippies in the 1980s to Seattle rockers in the 90’s to a Burning Man novelty to a major thread in the bodymod communities to, now, Grindr is kind of fascinating.

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This is amazing. I’ve read a bunch about magnet implantation, but the idea of connecting them to sensors is new to me, not to mention visual spectrum augmentation. He goes on to say that the vision experiments cost a mere $4000, and the results will be published soon. I’m super interested in what they did and how well it worked. Where is a good place to follow developments in this field?

(Note, tho, that we’re talking about Grinders, not Grindr. Although if you’re gay and into biohacking we’re definitely going on a date.)

fusrodrawblog:

About 95% done! Just need to add water, fish, and the flag on the small castle :)

fusrodrawblog:

About 95% done! Just need to add water, fish, and the flag on the small castle :)

danielrehn:

A truly different and wild time: the Interface of Kai Krause’s Software.

mikerugnetta:

foundhergrail:

fitanne:

This is so weird I LOVE IT

mikerugnetta good morning?

YAASSSS. 

Ugh this is so great.

kenyatta:

scienceyoucanlove:

This is the pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) and it’s honestly not photoshopped.They’re found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.Photograph: by Chong Lip Mun


If the 1980’s made a pigeon, this would be it.

Lisa Frank pigeon.

kenyatta:

scienceyoucanlove:

This is the pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) and it’s honestly not photoshopped.
They’re found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Photograph: by Chong Lip Mun

If the 1980’s made a pigeon, this would be it.

Lisa Frank pigeon.

slowartday:

Cheryl Pope

(In)voluntary Acts 
or When the body talks about things, the mind doesn’t want to hear

mymodernmet:

Photographer Martin Klimas captured the exact moment of these kung-fu porcelain figurines shattering on the ground, resulting in chaotically beautiful images.