Gene Roddenberry and the cast of Star Trek at the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Enterprise. 
The next time someone suggests Art and Science don’t influence one another, remember this picture.
The True Name of Judi Dench’s M in SKYFALL (2012) - Imgur
My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.
VICE PRES. DICK CHENEY —
Transcript for Sept. 14 - Meet the Press | NBC News
Ten Years Ago Today.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. — Quote by Mark Twain: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narr…
Political orientation appeared to influence the formation of false memories, with conservatives more likely to falsely remember seeing Barack Obama shaking hands with the president of Iran, and liberals more likely to remember George W. Bush vacationing with a baseball celebrity during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. —
False Memories of Fabricated Political Events by Steven Frenda, Eric Knowles, William Saletan, Elizabeth Loftus :: SSRN
Musical brains smash audio algorithm limits - New Scientist -
This article says we hear good - better than we theoretically should be able to if we hear via a Fourier algorithm (which simply breaks audio into their constituent frequencies). Well we do hear good - really good. When you start getting into audiophile territory, it starts getting really nuts very quickly. I personally stop well shy of believing a speaker cable makes a discernable difference compared with a coat hanger. But fairly well accepted is the thinking we hear phase shifts within each of those frequencies (which is why equalization - adding highs or lows using an EQ - is “bad” and also why multiple drivers with crossovers are sub-optimal, and that’s before you even get to amplifier design).
The article states that via the Fourier algorithm we theoretically shouldn’t be able to hear a small time differential - but hearing a phase shift e.g. if a signal is 180 degrees out of phase, or even 90 degrees out, is much more nuanced than this. Thus: “The actual algorithm employed by our brains is still shrouded in mystery.” No kidding.
I think a moment of introspection by anyone skilled at listening to music would recognize our ability to hear goes well beyond breaking the frequencies down – which is biologically what our ears physically do – but we actually recombine all that to form mental models of the instruments in our head as we’re listening. We don’t just hear sizzle - we hear a closed hi-hat, or a shaker, or a snare rattle - we make sense of it. This is much more akin to the way we perceive through our eyes - we don’t see shapes, we see nameable objects. Consciousness is really at the core of the way we hear / perceive. And this ability, to recognize individual instruments and e.g. write the notation for all the separate instruments in an MP3 that we hear, is well beyond anything a computer can do. Computers can at best score from monophonic sources.
Our hearing is such a gift. It’s beyond anything we could’ve hoped for as a blessing to our lives. Next time you have a chance to listen to leaves on trees blowing (or my wife would suggest “night sounds”) - take a moment to stop, close your eyes, and drink it in. It is truly a miraculous perception we have to experience and take in how hundreds if not thousands of leaf flutters (or little critters) are arrayed in space.
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Add a dimension to resolve apparently mutually exclusive ideas
Time Warner boosts my speed, cuts my bill: I just happen to live near Google Fiber : technology -
Competition has been missing.
a reminder of who we are….