MonthJune 2003

Help make mind uploading a reality

The newly formed “Mind Uploading Research Group” is seeking members.

  • Readers to skim a range of journals and point out articles which might relate to uploading
  • Computer scientists to develop, locate, or refine image-processing algorithms, simulation software, etc.
  • Programmers to translate those algorithms into nice neat applications for a various platforms
  • Physicists to keep us informed on scanner technology, ponder the possibility of quantum computing, etc.
  • Neurobiologists to provide real biological data for the team to chew on
  • Computational Neuroscientists to stay abreast of neural simulation techniques
  • Writers to describe what’s going on and disseminate information in a clear and understandable manner
  • More info: Joe Strout’s website

    (via STARE).

    Boy ‘pregnant’ with his own twin brother

    His mother says “I was stunned. It’s just not what you expect to hear. We knew he was a bit overweight, but pregnant?”

    Full Story: Rense: Boy ‘Pregnant’ With His Own Twin Brother

    (via YAWN via STARE).

    Society for the Academic Study of Magic

    Two post-grads in Bristols have founded the Society for the Academic Study of Magic for scholars interested in magic, occultism, alternative spirtuality, etc. Their aims:

    • Provide a network for scholars interested in the study of magic
    • Inform members of upcoming conferences and events concerning the study of magic
    • Provide listings of recent publications and employment opportunities in the subject area, and
    • Publish a printed Journal yearly, containing news, book reviews and articles of interest.

    They say “the orientation of SASM (and our associated Journal) is toward the scholarly study of magic and its history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, literature etc., rather than ‘hands-on’ participation in its practical application.”

    Society for the Academic Study of Magic

    (via Disinfo).

    Wearable digital camera

    HP is working on something that sounds something like Spider’s photo shades from Transmetropolitan:

    Casual capture is HP’s term for a method of taking snapshots that involves a minimum of effort on the part of the photographer. Ideally, the consumer could don an always-on, wearable camera, visit an event such as a party, and afterwards find that the camera had automatically selected and cropped the most memorable images.

    Researchers admit that this is probably an impossible goal, but are working on a more limited, and possibly more realistic, version of the technology. But for now, the method involves a device that would continuously record images; and when something memorable happens, the user would make an indication of some kind, by saying a word or pressing a button. The camera technology would then zoom in and, using complex pattern-recognition technology, select what appeared to be the best images, and appropriately adjust and crop them.

    CNet: Taking the shutterbug out of the picture.

    Midwest Graffiti

    My friend Mike Garvey has a web site up collecting pictures of graffiti he took while traveling the midwest and being the savior of the world.
    Link.

    Ghost in a jar for sale on ebay

    Crazy eBay listing:

    I don’t have enough space here to tell the complete story behind this, so I will briefly go over it. Back in the early 1980’s, while out metal detecting, I came across and old abandoned cemetery with the foundation of a homesite or Church or something nearby. While searching around the foundation, my detector indicated there was something in the ground close by the southwest corner of the foundation. After digging down about 2 feet my shovel struck a wooden box that had nearly rotted out. The metal hinges and hasp were about all that was left of it. I thought I had discovered a fortune! Boy, did that ever turn out to be wrong!! There were 2 jars and an old journal in the box. The jars had some strange writing and symbols on them. While getting the jars out of the ground, I dropped one and it broke. A black mist or something seeped out of it. I should have known something was wrong right then and covered the find back up but being young and foolish I didn’t. I left the broken jar with what looked like a candle in it there where it fell and took the other one (see the pictures) and the old journal home. What I was able to read in the journal before the pages crumbled made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! That night, I had my first visit from what I can only describe as “The Black Thing”. While lying in bed, this “thing” fell on me and it felt like I was being pushed down thru the bed and the floor, into a pit if you will! I struggled with it and managed to somehow escape its clutches. Since that time, I have been attacked twice more and both times the unopened jar was in the close vicinity. I and others have caught fleeting glimpses of a black shadowy thing out of the corners of our eyes as it would pass from one room to another. I finally talked to someone who is versed in these things and was told that the only way to rid myself of this thing was to pass the unopened jar on to someone else. Therefore, I am offering to you, if you dare, the “Ghost in the Jar”. With it I am sure you will be getting the “Black Thing” also. If you are brave enough to want this, bid to your hearts desire! I am going to start the bidding at 99.00 and put a rather high reserve on it so only those with a real desire and want to will be able to purchase it! What you will recieve for your money is the jar pictured along with some of the original black and white photos depicted here and others. You will also recieve a complete written version of everything from the original finding of the jars and to the best of my recollection what was contained in the old journal. I will also tell you what I was able to find out about this from the person who told me to pass it on. Be advised that once you buy this it is yours and I will have nothing ever again to do with it! ALL SALES ARE FINAL! You must contact me within 24 hours of the close of the sale to make payment arrangements and to arrange for delivery which the buyer is liable for. This can NOT be shipped thru the Post Office. Either UPS or pay me to deliver it! Payment must be made within 7 days of the close of the auction. P.S. As to the photos running with this, please note the one with the what looks like figures in them at the cemetery. I discovered this after turning them in to be processed. I WAS ALONE AT THE CEMETERY THAT DAY! This too will be gone over in the written “Diary” which comes with the purchase. Remember, DON’T bid unless you are seriously wanting to own this as I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS ONCE THE TRANSACTION IS COMPLETE!

    Full Listing

    (thanks Patrick)

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