Stuntman splashes pencilled and inked by Jack Kirby, c/o the Kirby Museum. It’s always interesting with Kirby that as much as his surface style changed over the course of his career, how early he had that facility with big splash-y images— those razzle-dazzle bits like something out of a Broadway musical set piece, those are there pretty darn early with him (and of course, in every possible genre, though it’s understandable to focus on his sci-fi out-there stuff because holy cow)… The Panda wasn’t really his best day, though…
Human sensory and motor systems provide the natural means for the exchange of information between individuals, and, hence, the basis for human civilization. The recent development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) has provided an important element for the creation of brain-to-brain communication systems, and precise brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces (CBI). These technologies, BCI and CBI, can be combined to realize the vision of non-invasive, computer-mediated brain-to-brain (B2B) communication between subjects (hyperinteraction). Here we demonstrate the conscious transmission of information between human brains through the intact scalp and without intervention of motor or peripheral sensory systems. Pseudo-random binary streams encoding words were transmitted between the minds of emitter and receiver subjects separated by great distances, representing the realization of the first human brain-to-brain interface. In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated B2B communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious B2B communication technologies. More fully developed, related implementations will open new research venues in cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience and the scientific study of consciousness.
We envision that hyperinteraction technologies will eventually have a profound impact on the social structure of our civilization and raise important ethical issues
I’m really into the idea of the German dub of Ocean’s 12. A German guy doing a dub of Don Cheadle doing one of the worst British accents I’ve ever heard in my life? Does the German guy do a bad British accent, but in German? How does that work? Plus a German George Clooney saying “That guy doing Potsie is unbelievable” while watching Italian Happy Days would be like a beautiful hall of mirrors… That’s one of my favorite parts of that whole movie, at least that doesn’t involve Dave Holmes…
Mr. Wunder is part of a small but tightly knit group of actors in Germany who make a living dubbing the voices of English-speaking movie stars. In addition to the Bond star Daniel Craig, Mr. Wunder provides the voices of Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle and several others.
Sorry about trigger warnings— I don’t know how that all works: Tumblr’s not answering my e-mails anymore. I don’t know what I should’ve done differently— did I ask too much for the crazy person’s account to be deleted? Maybe that was too much. I always liked that part of Aliens where Ripley’s like “nuke the place from orbit— only way to be sure”, but maybe that’s not an appropriate response to hashtags. i don’t know. Did I overreact to the “I will murder you” hashtags? They just seemed like pretty uncool hashtags. And I don’t really know what Tumblr’s policies are. But gee, I gotta figure “I will rape you to death” has to violate at least one. The top image was a screenshot from today, August 27, 2014.
Correct answer: I should stop caring about anything ever! Lalala, whole world is going to hell. I don’t know— I don’t know who elected me Batman either, but it just seemed like kind of a “see something, say something” type situation.
(P.S. if you guessed that I was reading about video games, you’re 10,000% correct!)
I just figured Tumblr would care more about this kinda thing, considering the kind of people who use the platform at least have the reputation of, you know, being the sort of person I’d imagine frown on rape or murder death kills or what have you. I don’t know. Oh well.
I actually watched this video the other night, I’d read a bunch about the insanity Sarkeesian has to put up with and it…turns out the videos are pretty straightforward highlights of sexism in video games. They’re good! Kind of jargon-y at points but incredibly damning and uncomfortable, which I believe is their function. Honestly pretty moderate too, her position is essentially “games could get by with fewer dead women.”
I talked about this in greater detail on my Twitter but stuff like this is one of the reasons I honestly don’t believe video games are a full-blown art medium yet-the audience doesn’t have an appetite for artistry or subtlety and publishers are loathe to push against market trends. I understand that there are many indie developers making games that I do consider art, but I believe that they’re doing artistic things with a medium that is not inherently artistic, kind of like what the whole “glitch” scene is doing with computer visuals.
anyway ha look at this nerd
The way Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn and others have been treated by all those assholes over video games of all things is horrific. The world isn’t a bad enough place already? Sarkeesian’s video is basic, but she’s become this bogeyman for those people. I’ve sat through some of the anti-Sarkeesian videos, the anti-Quinn videos recently— they’re the most overheated craziness— they all sound like they’re about to tell me how 9/11 was a controlled demolition, at any fucking moment— it’s the same exact kind of person. Real mouth-breather nonsense that just makes so many crazy assumptions on top of crazy assumptions, and then goes “why don’t you get it" while pointing at this pyramid of horseshit.
It’s just kind of fascinating for me to watch because of how much it reveals how people who are within a culture don’t know that they’re within a culture. I do it too— I’m constantly realizing I think CRAZY SHIT about other people for no reason, and like, only sometimes catching myself. But just how the people who hate Sarkeesian don’t know that they’re crazy because they’re part of this self-constructed culture where hating her is normal to their stupid culture; and when reality steps in and says to them, “no, you’re a bunch of fucking mouthbreathers and that’s why you’re losing at life"— they don’t know how to react and they become so … I mean, look at how they become; look at their shitty stupid halfling logic.
A bunch of boys whose weakling dads failed them. Larval people.
Actually, that’s not the only showbiz tale. There’s the ice bucket challenge, 2014’s Gangnam Style, which is sort of uplifting, in that it involves famous people doing something stupid for charity. […] Everyone’s done it. Simon Cowell, Kate Moss, Liam Gallagher, Dennis Nilsen. Former president and Teddy-Ruxpin-faced planet-vandal George W Bush joined in the fun, proving that even dot-eyed locust warmongers appreciate a bit of slapstick. Bush had an ice bucket emptied over his head by wife Laura. He’s cheerfully commanded people to use buckets of water before, of course, but back then he called it “waterboarding”. Over three million people have watched his stunt on YouTube, although two million of those stumbled across it accidentally after typing “dripping wet bush” into the search engine.
There has always been a silent agreement between Grant Morrison comics and Grant Morrison readers that one thing will not be considered in evaluating these grand struggles for the evolution of the superhero concept: that we won’t just elect to go do something else. That we won’t decide that the best way to deal with the problems of superheroes is to stop reading superhero comics. And this I’ve come to see as a narrative fault, because Morrison keeps going on and on and on about evolution, and yet the superhero decades have proven circular in their advancements, so that Nu 52 DC reads quite a bit like Wildstorm circa 1995, and as a result I find myself standing outside, wondering “hey, if nothing really changes, this guy can just position himself, profitably, as a shaman in perpetuity, right?”
Joe said it all better but: That was a striking book, just in how unhip it felt compared to everything else I got that week. It had some interesting ideas in the execution (I like the bit about books being windows into the places the characters will visit, I guess). There were things to like about it, some. It just felt like … not of this year. When Joe talks about looking at it with nostalgia, I think he really nails at least my experience of it— “this might’ve really meant something to me once" was the most it inspired in me (plus a brief "oh no is this going to be about the internet?" fear that Jeff Lester talks about elsewhere)(I don’t know if “no, it’s just going to be about comics again" was too much relief). Just in the stuff it was concerned about… like, those battles already all got lost. Bad guys win. Or good guys win if you’re really into Lady Thor or whatever. I don’t know. I don’t care anymore. I guess that was the weird thing about it— just this visit to a planet of concerns I don’t have anymore…
(Or just this massive body of work he’s been building about superheros being held hostage and corrupted by Decrepit Forces feels very strange right now, when… I’m the first person to be cynical and say “all these indie success stories are a fad and a bubble! nothing good will last! humbug! Humbug to everything!" But that felt strange right now where the rest of comics are suffused with a very different kind of optimism. It felt like a book wanting to joust obstacles on a dirt path located adjacent to a … well not a highway, but a different dirt path whose obstacles are probably just being hushed up and also a dirt path with too many science fiction comics on it, what’s with all the science fiction, buy a different set of dice, you nerds, etc. I don’t know. I’m babbling about dirt on the internet again, aren’t I? The behavioral therapy isn’t working…)
Probably this all just says more about me and where I’m at, than anything. It was just weird how much that seemed like a thing of the early 00’s. And also just kind of striking given how much you see Morrison’s fingerprints in many of your hip books of the moment. I read that book after reading not less than three Image books with Morrison’s DNA splattered all over them…
I enjoyed this “keynote” with Jason Blum, the other day— listened to it on my commute. He’s the producer of the Purge, those Paranormal Activity movies, Insidious, horror flicks— he’s never made a single movie I’ve ever seen (*), but I thought it was interesting anyways because it’s all about the business model he’s using to make all of these low-budget horror movies that have come out lately. Apparently, some folks really don’t like thinking about the business of pop culture— not a popular topic! But I think that kind of talk is interesting and the model he describes was fun to hear about (basically, giving experienced filmmakers who can’t get bigger budget movies made relatively tiny budgets, greater shares in the backend that include crew shares, having them film locally to let actors live close to their families during filming, and giving them final cut). I think he’s slightly underestimating the importance of marketing in everything— he puts marketing at 50-50 responsible for the movie’s success (50 marketing, 50 quality-of-movie), but that just seems very generous. Or— I don’t know, I just always chalk those movies up to being marketing successes, I guess, the Purge especially. But I think what I was interested by was when he talks about how James Wan couldn’t get a movie made before Insidious because he’d made some bombs, even though his Saw movies had been huge— usually, a guy like that ends up in TV, and now he’s making the next Fast & Furious instead. I thought that was interesting because that’s kind of the Marvel strategy too, of hiring people who are “undervalued” in some way, but just oriented in a completely different direction (i.e. giving them total freedom instead of no freedom)— either way it’s a good time to be an almost-was…? I don’t know— I don’t know if this’ll be of any interest to anyone, but I’m burned out on comedy podcasts and it was interesting for my commute…
(*: I did go to the Purge’s Haunted House last year and I got all scared cause I’m a fraidy-cat and also, as it turns out, I wouldn’t want to be purged— I’m pretty happy being un-purged; I learned that about myself).