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Review: The Kraken Wakes (book)

Author: John Wyndham

Genre: sci-fi, post-apocalyptic

Year: 1953

Notes: the title is a reference to Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Kraken”.


Mike Watson works as a reporter for the EBC, and his wife Phyllis writes documentary scripts and works as a reporter as well. It’s during their honeymoon, however, that they witness a strange and important phenomenon worth being reported. They are on a cruise, and from the ship they see five “objects” fall from the sky and land in the ocean. Meteors of some kind, they guess. Watson still reports the event, but it doesn’t get much attention from the public. Later, Watson and Phyllis find out that it’s not the first time it happens: similar “objects” have fallen into oceans before, always in the deepest zones. From what they gather, they come from outer space - from a gas giant, speculates a scientist, and that would explain their need to reach high pressure areas - and they have to be some form of intelligent life. The first attempts to reach this lifeform result in death and the sinking of several ships. These aliens start rebuilding the ocean soil to suit their needs, and it becomes clear that there can’t be a peaceful relationship between humans and them, especially when the attacks on the beaches start… And that’s only the beginning of a bigger catastrophe.

Rather than a “sudden” apocalypse, like in The Day of The Triffids, here we witness a different one. A gradual disaster, which is effective as a writing strategy because it feels very realistic. Here it’s aliens, but aren’t the planet’s conditions slowly worsening in our reality as well? Could humanity have prevented the actions of their alien invaders? It’s unclear, but it could have done more and that is for sure. Economy and events happening only in distant, “exotic” lands blind the eyes of many, who fail to see that it could happen everywhere. Watson and Phyllis are aware that something terrible will happen, but they can’t do anything to prevent it.They witness the horror from the deep firsthand, and they believe in professor Bocker, a scientist who tries to warn humanity of the upcoming danger but is labeled a catastrophist. And saying “I told you so” is not that effective when thousands have died.

Like in the best horror stories, we never actually see how these creatures look like. We see their actions, their methods, even their weapons, but we can never be sure of their form. It’s also striking how this species adapts to human response to their actions: if a strategy stops working they will come up with a new one, or change the conditions of the battlefield until they can have the upper hand. They become an interesting foe because their goal is identical (and thus opposite) to humanity’s: survival.

Another striking point in this novel is the couple of main characters: the story is told from Watson’s pov, and yet his wife Pyhllis is even more interesting than him, a badass documentary writer with a passion for construction (she literally build walls and structures), she is always in the front lines with Watson, determined to find the truth about the mystery that lies in the deep. The chemistry between the two is incredibly well-built and pleasing to read: they aren’t a perfect couple, they argue and have moments of sadness, but they’re ultimately very united. A couple that plans together survives together, right?

The abyss theme gives the novel a half-Lovecraftian, half-Jules Verne vibe, and yet it manages to be more realistic than both. Which, in turns, makes it even scarier. A must for fans of apocalyptic realities.

Vote: 8,5

► scenery paintings, by pxelbox!

just a little something i threw together to thank you guys for 2.7k!

  • 13 scenery paintings! swatch
  • all photos are by me, from my scenery tag (and some extras i took just for this project)!
  • mesh is by EA, from the university life expansion pack (base game compatible!)
  • made using TSRW and photoshop cs6

TOU: do whatever you want, just don’t reupload or claim as your own.

download (simfileshare)  mirror (mega)

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Installation Art by Matej Andraz Vogrinčič

“At least equally important, if not the most important part of my artwork, is the space. In the Australian desert, a church in Liverpool or in a small Siberian village, or on urban roof tops and buildings. All kind of spaces.

The majority of my artworks were created especially for those spaces. With objects carefully chosen to work within the space, that resonated for the community or its history. Clothes from Venetians for the ‘Dressed house’ in Venice, toy cars from the people of Adelaide to be part of ‘Small cars members only’ project on a huge brick wall in Adelaide, watering cans for the ‘Moon Plain’ project in one of the driest places on earth in the Australian desert. Researching how the space will change with multiplying same or similar objects in a space is a core part of my practice. So the space + the objects = Artwork. When you pull them apart the artwork no longer exist.

What I create is temporary. It can be from one day to three months. After that what I create exist only on photos. So when I start working my perception is also a photographers one, knowing the photo image will be the only way to show it to everyone who was not able to see it in situ.

At the end the photo images for me are not just documentation of the art piece. They are artworks.” From Matej Andraz Vogrinčič’s website

Thank you to the Workman’s Tumblr.  Seem more of Matej Andraz Vogrinčič’s work on http://floresenelatico.es/.


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Short Stops on Empty Parking Lots
  • Short Stops on Empty Parking Lots
  • Love in Athens
  • Number Line Records Sampler
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MP3: Love in Athens - Short Stops on Empty Parking Lots

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The Number Line Records compilation/sampler is out now! Download it for FREE!

Tracklist:

Modulogeek - No Laughing Matter (Meta-Remix)

Multo - In Sum of the Sacred

Love in Athens - Short Stops on Empty Parking Lots

Big Hat Gang - Usually

Similar Objects - Hidden Home Videos

Plant a Tree - kidsvskids

Tarsius - Whirling Dervish

Manuel Nicolas Alvero - Deadbeat

The Treblinka Love Scene - Nice Try, Sunshine

Slow Hello - Decidedly Weird

Outerhope - We Have Somewhere Else to Go (Prtkl Remix)

Get it straight via Bandcamp or Mediafire.

Check out the alternate covers on the Number Line Records website.

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Tutorial: How to bake shadow for clothing

I decided to make a tutorial for this although there’s already a similar one for objects on s4s forum, in case some of you didn’t realize you can bake shadow for clothing too. This also applies to any other CAS items.

honestly things like the rage room and punching a pillow (or similar object) to cope with anger are VERY bad ideas

aggressive acts of that manner as a coping skill for anger reinforce the connection between acting violently and feeling angry. a link between acting this way has been shown in studies to not only increase aggressive behavior but to potentially decrease an individual’s level of self control.  pretty much all research that’s been done on catharsis theory has shown that it doesn’t really help at all.

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Similar Objects // “a small chord like a spider web.”

 

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Similar Objects is from the Philippines. He has become one of my favourite ambient experimental artists after his previous album release which I posted about here. This new release still carries his strong attention to percussion, with this strangely titled track being a good example of that. The melodic elements are polite visitors in a kick and snare dominated world. Download the full album Finding Astral Lovers for free from the Philippines Label Number Line Records. [photo]

 

mp3 : Similar Objects // “a small chord like a spider web.”

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Last month, the Two-Way reported on a discovery at Auschwitz: a mug that held a gold ring and necklace, painstakingly hidden from the Nazis and concealed for 70 years. The museum was unable to determine the owner of the jewelry.

A reader emailed soon after.

“I want to share a story of a similar object,” Sabina Rak Neugebauer wrote. “But in this case I know a lot about the people the object belonged to.” We called Sabina and her mother, Eda Rak, to hear the story of Sabina’s grandparents and their tea canister.

It was a rusty tin canister, about the size of a coffee can. Inside — always — were bags of Swee Touch Nee tea, with a distinctive, floral, sweet smell.

The tea was a hallmark in the home of Guta and Mayer Rak. Eda Rak remembers her parents drinking it out of tall glass cups, with a sugar cube between the teeth. It was more than a little embarrassing, she says.

Before World War II, Mayer Rak had been a writer in Europe. In the decades after, he worked in the garment industry in the Bronx. In between the two lives, he and his wife spent years fleeing Nazi and Soviet persecution.

They didn’t talk much about that time. And they didn’t talk about the tea canister, a humble-looking household object, at all. Until one day, they finally mentioned to their daughter that it might hold something more than tea.

Tea, Pride, Mystery: For One Family That Fled The Nazis, A Tin Canister Held It All

Photos: Courtesy of Sabina Rak Neugebauer

What is a Trigger?
By University of Alberta, Sexual Assault Centre

A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.

Triggers are very personal; different things trigger different people. The survivor may begin to avoid situations and stimuli that she/he thinks triggered the flashback. She/he will react to this flashback, trigger with an emotional intensity similar to that at the time of the trauma. A person’s triggers are activated through one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

The senses identified as being the most common to trigger someone are sight and sound, followed by touch and smell, and taste close behind. A combination of the senses is identified as well, especially in situations that strongly resemble the original trauma. Although triggers are varied and diverse, there are often common themes.

Sight
- Often someone who resembles the abuser or who has similar traits or objects (i.e., clothing, hair color, distinctive walk).
- Any situation where someone else is being abused (i.e., anything from a raised eyebrow and verbal comment to actual physical abuse).
- The object that was used to abuse.
- The objects that are associated with or were common in the household where the abuse took place (i.e., alcohol, piece of furniture, time of year).
- Any place or situation where the abuse took place (i.e., specific locations in a house, holidays, family events, social settings).

Sound
- Anything that sounds like anger (i.e., raised voices, arguments, bangs and thumps, something breaking).
- Anything that sounds like pain or fear (i.e., crying, whispering, screaming).
- Anything that might have been in the place or situation prior to, during, or after the abuse or reminds her/him of the abuse (i.e., sirens, foghorns, music, cricket, chirping, car door closing).
- Anything that resembles sounds that the abuser made (i.e., whistling, footsteps, pop of can opening, tone of voice).
- Words of abuse (i.e., cursing, labels, put-downs, specific words used).

Smell
- Anything that resembles the smell of the abuser (i.e., tobacco, alcohol, drugs, after shave, perfume).
- Any smells that resembles the place or situation where the abuse occurred (i.e., food cooking, wood, odors, alcohol).

Touch
- Anything that resembles the abuse or things that occurred prior to or after the abuse (i.e., certain physical touch, someone standing too close, petting an animal, the way someone approaches you).

Taste
- Anything that is related to the abuse, prior to the abuse or after the abuse (i.e., certain foods, alcohol, tobacco).

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MALASIMBO 2012 (Deeper Manila Records)

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Watch this video from Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival, with music by Similarobjects (Michael’s Cloak), and featuring Similar Objects & June Marieezy.

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Manuscript on Alchemical Processes [WMS 4 MS.446] by Raymundus Lullius, ca. 15th century via Wellcome Library on Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons CC BY

“The manuscript contains several full-page drawings of alchemical furnaces and apparatus etc, in addition to numerous smaller drawings of similar objects, some coloured, in the margins. The manuscript consists of various alchemical processes and receipts, written in French and Latin, by different hands.” - Wellcome Library [Warning: larger text contains graphic imagery]

Scientists pinpoint how we miss subtle visual changes, and why it keeps us sane

Ever notice how Harry Potter’s T-shirt changes from a crewneck to a henley shirt in the “Order of the Phoenix,” or how in “Pretty Woman,” Julia Roberts’ croissant inexplicably morphs into a pancake? Don’t worry if you missed those continuity bloopers. Vision scientists at UC Berkeley and MIT have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in the movies and in the real world.

They’ve discovered a “continuity field” in which we visually merge together similar objects seen within a 15-second time frame, hence the previously mentioned jump from crewneck to henley goes largely unnoticed. Unlike in the movies, objects in the real world don’t spontaneously change from, say, a croissant to a pancake in a matter of seconds, so the continuity field is stabilizing what we see over time.

“The continuity field smoothes what would otherwise be a jittery perception of object features over time,” said David Whitney, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and senior author of the study published today (March 30) in the journal, Nature Neuroscience.

“Essentially, it pulls together physically but not radically different objects to appear more similar to each other,” Whitney added. “This is surprising because it means the visual system sacrifices accuracy for the sake of the continuous, stable perception of objects.”  

Conversely, without a continuity field, we may be hypersensitive to every visual fluctuation triggered by shadows, movement and myriad other factors. For example, faces and objects would appear to morph from moment to moment in an effect similar to being on hallucinogenic drugs, researchers said.

“The brain has learned that the real world usually doesn’t change suddenly, and it applies that knowledge to make our visual experience more consistent from one moment to the next,” said Jason Fischer, a postdoctoral fellow at MIT and lead author of the study, which he conducted while he was a Ph.D. student in Whitney’s Lab at UC Berkeley.

To establish the existence of a continuity field, the researchers had study participants view a series of bars, or gratings, on a computer screen. The gratings appeared at random angles once every five seconds.

Participants were instructed to adjust the angle of a white bar so that it matched the angle of each grating they just viewed. They repeated this task with hundreds of gratings positioned at different angles. The researchers found that instead of precisely matching the orientation of the grating, participants averaged out the angle of the three most recently viewed gratings.

“Even though the sequence of images was random, participants’ perception of any given image was biased strongly toward the past several images that came before it,” said Fischer, who calls this phenomenon “perceptual serial dependence.”

In another experiment, researchers set the gratings far apart on the computer screen, and found that the participants did not merge together the angles when the objects were far apart. This suggests that the objects must be close together for the continuity effect to work.

For a comedic example of how we might see things if there were no continuity field, watch the commercial for MIO squirt juice.

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Jurassic World early teaser trailer analysis

Teaser trailer in this link if you have not seen it yet.

Picture 1: The teaser starts off with the restyled, modernized gates opening for the monorail tour. Through those gates we can see a triangular object similar to the one seen in the background of the Comic Con poster, linked here. I’m fairly certain that this is the new visitors center, as seen in the Jurassic World map leaked a few months ago.

Picture 2: Some happy people riding alongside some Gallimimus. The colors look a bit darker than the originals, I still like the design. You can see the T. rex symbol on the side of the van. The license plate reads A ~ 059.

Picture 3: Characters played by Ty Simpkins (possibly named Gray according to IMDB) and Nick Robinson (possibly named Zach) gawk at some sauropods, probably Apatosaurus, through the newly-designed Gyrospheres.

Picture 4: The most interesting few frames in the teaser, in my opinion. You can see Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Claire (or Beth according to the IMDB page), looking back worriedly. The large map on the screen is obviously Isla Nublar, the island where the movie takes place. At the bottom of that screen it says “OPERATIONS(?) STATUS” above “SYSTEMS CHECK”. There is a large section darkened-off at the north of the island that clearly says “RESTRICTED AREA”. I firmly believe that there are loose, wild, breeding Velociraptors descended from the raptors in the first movie in this area due to the Comic Con poster. Keep in mind this is where Mount Sibo is, the source of the island’s geothermal power. There are multiple red dots around the island (Dinosaurs breaking out?)

If you look at the map:

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You can see that the dots are possibly associated with the T. rex area, the Pteronadon area, and the Triceratops area.

You can also see that a giant weather system just moved across the island in the screens to the right. The source of the park’s problems? The map to the left of the screen also shows that it could possibly be the the middle of the night, as it shows a day-night map similar to the one in this link.

I’ve also seen enough New Girl to recognize that as Jake Johnson, who recently said that he’s the “Control Room Guy”.

The other character at the control panel may be Lauren Lapkus, but I’m not sure.

The numbers on the screen are also reminiscent of the Jurassic Park novel where the computer system was able to count all the dinosaurs in the park. That’s just speculation, though.

Picture 5: Chris Pratt’s character Owen being serious and handsome. Whether pictures 4 and 5 are consecutive in the movie (Where Bryce Dallas Howard is looking worriedly at a serious Owen) is unclear. They often edit these trailers to seem that way, but from a script leak earlier in the year it seems as though these characters do interact with each other quite a bit. The walls remind me of the control room in the original Jurassic Park, but that’s just me.

If anyone notices anything else, let us know!