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Sorano design- Takumi Uchu

I am a web designer and director living in Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan.
I like space, science and media art.
My works are imagined from the behavior of microscopic particles to the macroscopic universe by using Processing, openFrameworks etc.
Also, I’m interested in Data visualization of the data of the universe and natural phenomena,and a complex system of network.
石川県在住のWebデザイナー/Webディレクターです。
宇宙や科学好き。

twitter : @takumi_uchu

巨視的な宇宙から微視的な粒子の振る舞いまで、自分の想像に任せてコードで表現しています。
ジェネラティブ・アートと言われる、プログラミングによるランダムと秩序を生成する視覚表現で、
抽象的でありながら有機的なデザインの研究をしています。
また、宇宙や自然現象のデータを利用したデータビジュアライゼーション、複雑系のネットワークにも興味があります。

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  • Cyborg Noodle: Humans just lead short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they're a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world's problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone's control. I think that's why you find this band so worthy to fight for
  • Murdoc: It's sad… AND FUNNY!!
Ilvermorny Headcanon #3

Horned Serpents spend most of their free time writing stories. Often groups can be found in the library with muggle/no-maj computers, typing on a google doc together. They’ve even created a complex timestream network connecting all of their stories (they have a huge whiteboard in their common room), and on occasion the stories will cross over into each other. The other houses find it kind of annoying and don’t understand their enthusiasm over a bunch of poorly written, fast paced, unrealistic stories, and often refuse to take part in it, which brings the Horned Serpents closer together.

At the very core of the human story is the paradoxical relationship between empathy and entropy. Throughout history new energy regimes have converged with new communication revolutions, creating ever more complex societies. More technologically advanced civilizations, in turn, have brought diverse people together, heightened empathic sensitivity, and expanded human consciousness. But these increasingly more complicated milieus require more extensive energy use and speed us toward resource depletion.
—  Jeremy Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization

Women and girls, day and night, go through the world frequently guarded against physical, sexual, emotional, cultural, religious, or economic assaults. They carry these burdens throughout their lives. Capitalism has produced a complex network of patriarchies to facilitate the accumulation of capital and to maintain social control. Capitalist patriarchy has conflictual and contradictory relations with women. Women are a social force to be managed and engaged with, but they are also to be controlled, punished, and disciplined.

When analysed deeply, one can see remark- able homogeneity in the ‘gender project’ of patriarchal imperialist order, despite its apparent diversity. Imperialist patriarchy has fragmented women’s movements globally and has forced them to become donor-driven; the two forces of fundamentalism and imperialism are driving the global ‘gender project’, though opposing each other to divert attention away from the struggle around the oppression and exploitation of women. The two belligerent forces of imperialism and fundamentalisms are forcing women into a framework of patriarchal family roles, motherhood, morality and decency, nationalism, and cultural practices to reinforce gender violence. They have transnationalised the apparatuses of punishment and control of women’s bodies and sexuality through instruments such as ‘War-on-Terror’, ‘War-on- Drugs’, torture, and surveillance. […]

The global scene is messy and chaotic. We can conclude that the global explosion of violence against women coincides with the heightened finance capitalism in the past three decades, and remarkably resembles the globalised violence against the whole of humanity. At the core of current imperialist forms of violence is the intensification of the socialisation of production and the private appropriation of (re)production. At stake is building a global women’s movement that can relinquish itself from the restraining forces of reformism, relativism, essentialism, and pragmatism, and set a stage for a renewed revolutionary social transformation.

—  Shahrzad Mojab, “Anti-imperialism: A revolutionary feminist rupture”
disharmony was closer and more understandable than harmony

My feelings, my ability to feel, were fashioned by that underground blow. I had trouble understanding anything to do with stability, immutability, and firmness, even though I wanted those states I could not achieve; disharmony was closer and more understandable than harmony. When I took walks in the city, I was attracted by old houses, sinking and decrepit. Cracks in walls and windows, cracks on the sidewalk which children sometimes try to avoid, cracks in the marble siding of the metro joined into a complex network for me, as if the entire world was tormented by secret tensions. […] Objects that had lost their companions—a single mitten, a shoe left alone while the other was being repaired, a domino dropped in the playground—called me to understand how they lived in their insufficiency. […}

But I was certain: yes, the world was built on discord, yes, my sensations were truthful, in the way that the sensation of the nearness of bad weather, of high pressure, of electrically charged air before a storm was truthful.

~ Sergei Lebedev, “The Year of the Comet” translated by Antonina W. Bouis (New Vessel Press; February 14, 2017)

  • Morticia: Oh, Pugsley, Humans just lead short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they’re a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world’s problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone’s control.
  • Fester: It’s sad... But funny!
Catch me if you can

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Baekhyun I Angst, Suspense I 948 words

He stared at you like a wolf at his prey.


Do you fear me, Detective Y/L/N?” His light voice echoed through the destroyed room, sending chills up and down your spine. 

4 years you had worked day and night for this exact moment, the moment you would finally point your gun towards Byun Baekhyun, leader of the most complex criminal network of all Asia and one of the top ten of Interpol’s most wanted.

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Rescue Party Finds Chihuahua in Blanket Cave After 4-Hour Search

Nico the chihuahua has been extracted from a complex network of blanket caves after a four hour search, according to a statement by the Ford County Sheriff’s Department.

“Our citizens and our emergency responders can rest easy tonight, knowing that Nico is safe,” said Captain Arnold Gomez, the officer leading the rescue operation. “It seems the pup dug himself a cozy den to keep warm and just went a little too deep.”

The search was organized when concerned friends and family noticed Nico did not come running at the sound of the can opener.

“He’s never one to miss a meal,” says Rachel Fitzgerald, who filed the original missing pup report. “That’s when we knew something was wrong.”

Sources close to the situation say Nico is resting comfortably on the couch, avoiding contact with all blankets and pillows for the time being.

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Classic video game system used to improve understanding of the brain

The complexity of neural networks makes them difficult to analyze, but humanmade computing systems should be simpler to understand. In a study published in PLOS Computational Biology, researchers applied widely used neuroscience approaches to analyze the classic games console Atari 2600 - which runs the videogame “Donkey Kong” - and found that such approaches do not meaningfully describe how the console’s microprocessor really works.

The field of neuroscience is advancing rapidly. Scientists are able to record the simultaneous activity of more and more neurons in more and more organisms. However, testing the validity of data analysis algorithms is difficult since it is still unclear how even relatively simple neural systems like the brain of a fruit fly work.

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  • Nick Valentine: What's wrong?
  • Sole Survivor: I think I broke Piper's heart....
  • Nick Valentine: Oh. Humans just lead short, boring insignificant lives so they make up stories to feel like they're a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world's problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone's control.
  • Hancock: It's sad... and funny!

Following two days of preliminary air strikes, the Imperial bombardment intensified across the 30 km front held by the greenskin horde. At 5 am, the guns and howitzers of the Astra Militarum extended their firing range to allow for the infantry to advance behind a rolling barrage. The concentrated bombardment succeeded in clearing the foliage on Triangle Hill and Sniper Ridge, destroying most of the above-ground fortifications on the two positions.

As the guardsmen approached the Ork defenses, they were met with a fusillade of heavy weapon fires. Unable to safely advance, guardsmen were forced to rely on close-support artillery to subdue the Orks, but a complex network of bunkers and tunnels allowed the Orks to bring up reinforcements as the above-ground troops were depleted.

The Orks managed to inflict heavy casualties on the attackers, but their defenses were starting to give way under devastating firepower. The defending Orks was forced to withdraw into the tunnels. Even so the Imperial battalions suffered heavy casualties. When only partial progress could be claimed by the late afternoon, Imperial attacks subsided and preparation of defensive positions to face a Orks counterattack began.

On Pearl’s view of humanity

“Oh, Steven. Humans just lead short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they’re a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world’s problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone’s control.” -Pearl, in Keep Beach City Weird

“Everything I ever did, I did for her. Now she’s gone, but I’m still here. Sometimes, I wonder if she can see me through your eyes. Oh, what would she think of me now?” -Pearl, referring to Rose Quartz, in Rose’s Scabbard

These two lines really, really need to be addressed together.

Line #1 was an offhand, casual shutdown of the nature of humanity, when Steven was upset at hurting Ronaldo’s feelings. She was seemingly trying to comfort him, as if he shouldn’t worry about it, it’s better this way since he’s being realistic now. She doesn’t care that Steven is depressed about it, or that Ronaldo is apparently heartbroken. Humans are better off not being disillusioned- which is probably why she’s willing to say those things about humanity to Steven, who is half-human. It’s better, she thinks, that he not have any false ideas about his people: humans are insignificant and take great, pathetic lengths convince themselves that they matter.

But Pearl isn’t exactly a happy individual. We see throughout the series that she has a lot going on that we don’t know about. As realistic, logical and rational as she is, it doesn’t make her any happier, and- as she acknowledges in line #2- it doesn’t make her a better person in the eyes of the one she so desperately wants to please.

It’s really important to acknowledge the hypocrisy in her spiel about the nature of humanity. She even uses the word “insignificant.” It sounds like something we would hear out of Peridot’s mouth, or Jasper’s. Rose Quartz would absolutely never have condoned or accepted that attitude from one of the Crystal Gems.

I think Pearl realizes that. I think her attitude is part of the reasoning behind line #2. She’s trying so hard to live up to the legacy Rose Quartz left behind, and she tries so hard to empathize and care for this planet and its creatures, but the truth is she’s tired. And it isn’t getting any easier. Rose’s Scabbard occurred right after Marble Madness, the episode where we met Peridot for the second time, and it became clear that another war against the Gem Homeworld was coming. Pearl is scared and unsure and she’s constantly trying to look like she knows what she’s doing. She left everything to be with Rose Quartz on this planet she didn’t particularly care for, and now Rose is gone. The resulting bitterness, confusion, resentment are probably a source of shame for Pearl. She knows Rose Quartz wouldn’t have wanted Pearl to harbor negative feelings toward Earth, but she can’t help it. That must be so painful.

But that doesn’t make her attitude any less problematic. It doesn’t change that that line was mean and unfair. It doesn’t change the fact that those humans are allowed to live their insignificant lives and make themselves happy- which is everything Rose Quartz fought for.

I can’t describe how disappointed I am when people agree with Pearl’s speech. It needs to be acknowledged that Pearl is a great character with many flaws, and that proves it. I can’t wait to see the show explore them in the future.

Repeat After Me:
  • No one is entitled to my body but me.
  • No one controls my mental/emotional state but me.
  • I have the right to be in pain, and to express it.
  • I have the right to be happy, and to express it.
  • I am worth infinitely more than the amount of time/attention people are willing to give me.
  • I am a beautiful and complex network of blood, cells, nerves, bones and memories.
  • I have what it takes.
  • I control my life.
  • I am enough.