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 Here's an interview about the excellent animated short "Get a Horse."  The bit I want to highlight is where they couldn't find a clip of Walt Disney saying the word "red" so they spliced it together out of phonemes spoken in other words.  This is a crucial step necessary to the evolution of technology which reduces and eventually removes the need for actors: the ability to create a 'library' of appearance, motion, and sound which users can employ to compose performances.  It's a very popular way to make entertainment in the future.
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Your location is intimate, sensitive information that can be used to hurt you.  But this app uses it to your advantage by relaying information about your planned route, progress along it, and safety level to designated companions.  This enables people to manage their own travel and safety more effectively, without tying them to a physical bodyguard.  It's a useful tool for some contexts.
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This article lists several reasons for hating phones

I agree with these.  I will add that telephone technology has evolved in ways that make me hate them more, not less.  They are more pervasive and intrusive now.  They demand attention in being charged.  The sound quality has become so horrendous that I can barely make out what anyone is saying, and in the case of any speakerphone function actually hurts my ears.  And they're ruining the restaurant experience, which creates fallout that I have to deal with even though I know better than to play with my fucking phone at the table.

So if you like me and wish to communicate with me, I am happy to do that via email or facetime.  I am never happy on the phone and use it only as an absolute last resort.  The chance of accurate communication is only so-so and the chance of pleasurable communication approaches zero and costs me spoons to fake it.
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[personal profile] redsixwing has a thoughtful post about "impossible colors" and how they are not actually impossible but just places where our tools -- whether linguistic or mechanical -- break down.
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Here is what happens when you put red-hot nickel onto wet florist foam.  

I am fascinated by how the nickel seems to transfer its heat in discrete stages.  I suspect it has to do with the water transferring heat through the foam.  So much can be learned from asking "I wonder what will happen if..."
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This is the freebie for the August 2015 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "personal time" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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 Include red-green and blue-yellow.

I can actually see these.  I'm not the only one.  Celtic languages have a term for yellow-blue although it's usually translated as yellow-grey.  It's an eye color in that gene pool, a very rare one, but I've known people with it; and the color of stormlight or late afternoon clouds sometimes.  Red-green I've seen in certain species of trees whose leaves have a bronzed tone -- red, green, blue, brown, all at the same time.

I was looking at an article about how the strawberry squid has eyes optimized in two totally different ways.  Mine are slightly offset in color perception, and I wonder if that creates a kind of binocular vision for colors.  I'm pretty sure it's why most 3D methods don't work for me -- the difference between my eyes means that my brain tears apart the illusion.  Breaks most kinds of camouflage, in fact.  Very useful when I'm looking for things.
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 Ingress is a phone game that involves traveling around to control territory, which at least gets people out of their chairs.  It teaches some interesting skills for grassroots organization and cell structure.
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This is meant for disaster relief

But powdered food makes awesome secret ingredients in baked goods, soups, smoothies, etc.  I would so love to play with some of this stuff.
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 ... drives the shape of pupils.  Don't put the wrong kind on your aliens or fantasy species.  How do you know the right kind?

1) If they're similar to a Terran species, just keep the same basic features.  So a catlike alien would tend to have vertical slits.  This is helpful if you want to use some of the really weird shapes.

2) If they're not similar to a single species, look for parallel evolution.  Were their ancestors predators (vertical slits), prey (horizontal slits) or active foragers (round)?

3) If they have a totally different shape, make sure you provide an explanation that makes sense.  Frex, hourglass pupils might have a separate rod/cone mix, so that each half would dominate under different lighting conditions.
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This poem was written on commission for [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Nurture Self-Worth" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's the first of a triptych, so posting this unlocks "An Even Brighter Path" for possible sponsorship.

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Check out this video of a cat feeder.  The cat hunts around the house to find several balls.  Placing each ball into the hopper releases a small amount of cat food.
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 I saw this photo and had to write a poem about it.  "Proton Aurora" is 16 lines, $10 if anyone wants it.
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This poem is from the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth.


"Habitat Foreclosure"
-- a vembletroon


Nincompoops in power cannot do the math of water shortages:
It's farms and factories at fault, not homes.
Take this to the bank: habitat foreclosure is at hand, aquifers running dry, glaciers absent without leave, and doom gathering in every empty lake.
Fracked! Cracked! Thanks to this, the water that remains is no longer potable.
Idiots.


* * *

Notes:

"Habitat foreclosure" is a phrase I coined some years ago to describe situations where environmental changes make an area unsuited for human residence. This is happening in parts of China, Russia, Africa, etc. where settlements are being abandoned due to drought, dust storms, and other problems which have exceeded feasible coping strategies.

Read about the vembletroon form.

The West Coast drought is behind the water shortages, but the highest demand is not from individual use but from industrial and agricultural uses.  Therefore the problem cannot be solved by individuals or cutting municipal supplies.  

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I have long said that the pyramid of needs is only one way of organizing those values.  Check out the Blackfoot version.

For me, the need to know and understand is fundamental.  Social connections are luxuries from a philosophic point of view, although in this context I need people for practical concerns; but I just don't have as much intrinsic NEED for other people as most folks seem to.  And my transcendence can't turn off no matter what I or anyone else may do; like my sense of self, it is indelible.  The base of my pyramid is, more explicitly than for most people although it is true for everyone, the biosphere of the Earth.  No biosphere, no nothing.  Because I know that, my behavior is very different from people who place their own body's needs at the base.

They're all just concepts.  You can prioritize them in any order you want.  Some orders are more effective than others.  I'm not terribly impressed with the planetwide results of personal-body-needs as a foundation.

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