Stephen Bové - Art, Technology, Right Action

Friday, February 02, 2007

Boston, Ever heard of Radios?


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Originally uploaded by sbove.
A few questions. Do the Boston police have radios? Do they know how to use them? Didn't they have to find one of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force LED guerrilla marketing gizmos *before* they found the others. Didn't the first guys figure out what it was (or wasn't) which might have required the bomb squad, but probably only required poking it? Couldn't all the other police have learned about this by radio in a few seconds? Isn't this what happened in the other 6 or 7 cities where these devices caused nothing more than a bit of media attention (well deserved, BTW, b/c these are really nicely done little LED panels)? Isn't it ridiculous to arrest the guys who were paid by someone else to put these things up, when it should be the Boston police who pinch themselves for histrionics and poor communication? 'Nuff said. PS: a few of these devices made it to eBay, ran up to $3,000 and then were pulled (could have been shills and scammers). I want one. But from a Amazon when it's been productized by the copyright owners and runs on wall current.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

iRaq

Market Street, Downtown San Francsico, 12/11/06

Nice work.

This wall says it all. America should be about great things like Apple and the iPod, not evil power mongering deceptive dark-siders like Bush, Cheney, and Rove. Those guys and the scared deceived people who voted for and supported them stole my country. They know it. I don't like them & I want my country back!

Beautiful People I Don't Know


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Originally uploaded by ~Sway.
I go to Flickr at least once every few days and find a new person's photos...I go through them...I meet their friends, their lovers, their dogs, see their houses, their families, their goldfish, their towns, their favorite beaches and sunsets, learn about their passions, their anxieties, their quirks, read comments on their photos posted by friends and other viewers from all over the entire world, sometimes I walk right into a traumatic moment...a girl putting down her life-friend dog, a mother lamenting the loss of a child....In a few minutes I know more about these distant people than I know about plenty of people I "know" in reality...A strange kind of intimacy. Sometimes I comment on a photo, send a greeting, a compliment. Sometimes I make them a "contact" and continue to see their photos stream across my contact page over the weeks and months to come. Sometimes I never see their stuff again. Its one of the greatest, most wonderful things ever...the good-side of the Internet...Through all these people, sharing memories, our experience is expanded...we learn and grow. But there is the melancholy of knowing that I will never really meet most of them...parallel universes never to intertwine...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Information Vs. Operational Genes and Horitontal Transfers: We are all ONE...codebase...

Just in from physorg.com:

"Bacteria and viruses constantly exchange transposable chunks of DNA between species, thus making it possible for life forms to evolve faster than they would if they relied only on sexual selection or random genetic mutations.

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is a cross-species form of genetic transfer. It occurs when the DNA from one species is introduced into another. The idea was ridiculed when first proposed more than 50 years ago, but the advent of drug-resistant bacteria and subsequent discoveries, including the identification of a specialized protein that bacteria use to swap genes, has led to wide acceptance in recent years.

"We know that the majority of the DNA in the genomes of some animal and plant species – including humans, mice, wheat and corn – came from HGT insertions," Deem said. "For example, we can trace the development of the adaptive immune system in humans and other jointed vertebrates to an HGT insertion about 400 million years ago."

The new mathematical model developed by Deem and visiting professor Jeong-Man Park attempts to find out how HGT changes the overall dynamics of evolution. In comparison to existing models that account for only point mutations or sexual recombination, Deem and Park's model shows how HGT increases the rate of evolution by propagating favorable mutations across populations."

More here Physorg.com

There is also growing evidence that information in the genome is stored in TWO largely different categories: Informational (i.e., how to build an eyeball - this is the "genes") and Operational (i.e., when to build the eye, where, how big, how to maintain it and repair it etc.). It appears that the Operational DNA makes up a large component of the so called "junk DNA" (what hubris those junky scientists had to call it Junk! You'd almost think they did it to keep other people from studying it! "We don't get it, so it must be junk!" Idiots.) Its also becoming apparent that the Operational DNA evolves mostly in-situ, whereas the Informational DNA gets swapped and shared by many species. Amazing.

More here: UCLA

BEC Transistors


Atomic 'transistor' may switch using quantum clouds

A special type of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate could be used to make tiny atomic transistors.

Alex Zozulya and colleagues at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and co-workers at the University of Colorado in Boulder, both in the US, have proposed a way to make a transistor that uses atoms instead of electrons.

The new device would consist of a Bose-Einstein condensate – a super-cold gas cloud of atoms that are all in the same quantum state. This exotic material would be manipulated using three adjacent chambers, created by trapping the atoms using either magnetic fields or laser beams.

more on New Scientist Tech

Nicole by Merkley

One day, I'd like to meet a girl who posed for Merkley. I'd interview her extensively on his technique, not photographic, persuasive...as in, how the heck does this guy, who is obviously witty as hell and good looking and all that, but still, how does he talk all these NORMAL girls into posing NEKID for him??? Its a good skill to have. I'd also like to buy one of his paintings, but of course he would hate that (see 4th blog entry on page titled "Your baby is adorable...), so I'll have to turn his persuasiveness back upon him and talk him into selling one to me on the condition that I place it in a bullet proof Plexiglas box all mona-lisa-louvre-like on the side of an armored city bus painted up like his website (which would scare even Ken Kesey), so it will travel around night and day spreading loveliness until someone steals the entire bus to pry out his art which would be scandalous and funny and bring him unwanted fame like Banksy.

Don't miss his blog and of course, the ladies.

Heart of a New Quantum Computer


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Originally uploaded by jurvetson.
From Steve Jurvetson's photoblog:

"This quantum computer employs the resources of 65,536 parallel universes to compute answers in a fundamentally new way.

Here you see an array of 128 lumped element filters, one for each input line. The space is constrained because the filters and wires need to fit into the dilution fridge cylinder. The filters remove noise and crosstalk (opposite of an antenna) from the signals that drop down to the heart of a new quantum computer, cooled to 0.005 degrees above absolute zero… about 500x colder than the coldest place in remote outer space.

So in a way, the filter block is an electronic interface between our world and the quantum entangled world. It comes from the quantum computer that the Canadians at D-Wave Systems plan to unveil on Feb 13..."

Monday, January 29, 2007

Bush on Iran: Bring 'em On


"If Iran escalates its military actions in Iraq to the detriment of our troops and - or innocent Iraqi people, we will respond firmly," Bush said in an interview with National Public Radio.

Sounds like a thinly veiled repeat of "Bring 'em on."

Very scary.

Details on yahoo news.

Photo above and more like it here.

Tensions with Iran continue to Build

The NYT is reporting on possible "between the lines" readings of the Bush Admin's latest moves relative to Iran. About time, but they are not telling the whole story...

“We’re not looking for a fight with Iran,” R. Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state for policy and the chief negotiator on Iranian issues, said in an interview on Friday evening, just a few hours after Mr. Bush had repeated his warnings to Iran to halt “killing our soldiers” and to stop its drive for nuclear fuel.

READ: "WE WOULD LOVE A FIGHT WITH IRAN"

Two aircraft carriers and their accompanying battle groups were sent into the Persian Gulf, a senior military official said, “to remind the Iranians that we can focus on them, too.” American military forces in Iraq were authorized to move against Iranian operatives, though it is unclear what kind of evidence is needed, if any, that they are conspiring against American forces before military action is authorized.

READ: "WHAT BETTER TO DRAW A FIGHT THAN PUTTING SOME FAT SITTING DUCK TARGETS RIGHT UNDER IRAN'S NOSE.

Yet administration officials clearly worry that the Iranians may not back down, and that a confrontation could build up — especially if a midlevel American commander or a member of Iran’s military or paramilitary forces in Iraq miscalculated. Both Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates have warned against that risk, officials say.

READ: "YET ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ARE CLEARLY EXCITED THAT THE IRANIANS MAY NOT BACK DOWN..."

Administration officials say that while all of Mr. Bush’s advisers have signed on to the strategy of more forceful confrontation with Tehran, there is considerable debate about how far to push it.

READ: BUSH, CHENEY AND CO. ARE MOVING AGGRESSIVELY TO STIR UP A 10 TRILLION DOLLAR MESS WITH IRAN, AND THEIR POWERLESS ADVISERS HAVE CAUTIONED THEM...

In coming weeks, administration officials say, more escalation is likely...Democrats, even while accusing the administration of failing to engage with Iran, are positioning themselves to sound tough.

READ: BOY, HERE WE GO AGAIN. THE CHESS-MOVE-LIKE BABY STEPS TOWARD FULL ENGAGEMENT WITH IRAN ARE A FEW "TAKES" AWAY FROM PLACING CONGRESS IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE WILL BE NO WAY OUT.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/world/middleeast/28iran.html?th&emc=th