• Gieseking in 1944 Berlin: First Complete Stereo Tape Recording

    Posted in Everything on Nov 04, 2016

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto in E Flat, Op. 73, "Emperor," with Artur Rother conducting the Berlin Reichsander Symphony Orchestra. Historic Stereo by the Music and Arts Programs of America, 1990 CD 637.

    by Jared Smith

    Listen closely to this 1944 recording of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto, and you can still hear German anti-aircraft guns boom outside the recording hall. For, although this recording on paper tape coated with iron oxide is nearly a half-century old, it still crisply reflects every shade and nuance of a penetrating performance by Walter Gieseking, right down to the faintest "ka-to...


    Posted in Everything on Nov 03, 2016

    by John Owen

    November 2016


    Tapestries of Mathematics and Mystery God is the Cosmic Fire And we are All tiny Flames When we pass from this World The tiny Flames return to God

    "One thing I came to realize is that the Bible is the DNA of God, while the Body of Christ is a cybernetic control loop that helps keep reality in check with the Will of God. The basics of sin and salvation are all just cybernetic feedback loop programming." -- John Owen

    On the most basic mechanical level God operates as the electromagnetic field (perhaps the grand unified field, of some sort --- must inc...

  • Time for Morality Engines, Ethical Overrides, and Cybernetic Governors

    Posted in Developing Software, Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Aug 04, 2016

    More importantly than techie cops in this story from Wired, we need the cybernetic intelligence to be self-governing, and that requires some kind of morality engine. I know the approach in the link above is more concerned about policing the people who are developing AI, but it sparks the conversation for anyone who thinks about the long term future. This responsibility will grow to encompass enormous undertakings, and we need a neutral arbiter, one able to be trusted by all humans and machines. All the better if such a neutral arbiter exists within each independent AI. A bonus from this proces...

  • Well this idea went from obscure to mainstream fast

    Posted in Everything on Aug 04, 2016

    via A quantum revolution against Feynman diagrams | Ars Technica.

  • Lions do not fight mosquitos

    Posted in Everything on Aug 04, 2016

    They don't.

  • These two GIFs make me happy and fall in love with math

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff on Aug 04, 2016



  • How to backup your iPhone if your screen is not working

    Posted in Everything on Aug 04, 2016

    Very cool that this worked, so I figured I'd share online in case it happens to you. The screen went bad on my iPhone 5, so I couldn't tell the iPhone to trust iTunes in order to make a backup. It kept prompting me to enter a passcode which I couldn't enter.

    Hold your power and home buttons down for 10 seconds. The phone will restart. Keep holding both buttons until the phone comes back on. Release the power button but keep holding home for a while. Release the home button.

    Using CopyTrans Shelbee, start your backup. I got the idea from a Dr. Fone instructions, but it worked for the free backu...

  • What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking?

    Posted in Everything on Mar 15, 2016

    what we discovered was great originality comes from being quick to start but slow to finish. That when you dive right into a task, you close yourself off to incubation. If you finish early, you're stuck only with your most conventional ideas, your first ones. You never have time to think outside the box.You also tend to think much more in linear, structured ways, as opposed to making these random connections and unexpected leaps that you do when you’re putting off the completion of a task.

    via What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking? | MindShift | KQED News.

  • I'm right you're wrong OR I'm wrong you're right

    Posted in Everything on Jan 18, 2016

    When a child is young and does not know much in the way of the world, he must engage on the assumption that he is wrong and the world is correct. Evolution has provided significant reinforcement of this approach. For example, assuming the other way around, that he is right and the world is wrong proves fatal pretty rapidly in many cases. In other words, a child must learn to be shaped by the world before he learns to shape it.

    At some point in the journey, a child learns enough about how the world operates to begin shaping it, and, given opportunity, will invariably begin to shape the world in...

  • DMCA and the Internet of Things - Schneier on Security

    Posted in Everything on Dec 31, 2015

    "In theory, the Internet of Things promises to make your life easier and your work more efficient, ... saving you time, money, and energy... except when the companies that make these connected objects act in a way that runs counter to the consumer's best interests -- as the technology company Philips did recently with its smart ambient-lighting system, Hue, which consists of a central controller that can remotely communicate with light bulbs. In mid-December, the company pushed out a software update that made the system incompatible with some other manufacturers' light bulbs, including bulbs t...