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Inventions of a lifetime

Inventions of a lifetime

Do you ever think about how much things have changed in your lifetime? Things we never thought of before, but then we got them and they have become a very important part of our lives?

When I was a child my family wasn’t rich, but my parents owned a house, so we were better off than most.

We heated that house with a coal oven in the living room and one in the kitchen. We also had one in the…

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I’m freaking the fuck out.
I got an e-mail from my Math61 professor saying that the final exam scores were up. I’m in an area without great cell reception, so it took FOREVER to get on the UCLA site to see my score.
During what resembled dial-up speed connectivity, I imagined the likely scenarios: if I scored a 75, I could get a B-, but what if I failed the exam? If I got a C in the class, I’d have to just live with it. If I got a C- or a D, I’d have to take the class over.
Ok, I resigned myself to that being a possibility and thought of the scheduling changes I’d have to make to my already confirmed spring quarter schedule.
The score finally popped up.
An 80. A fucking 80. Was it a mistake?
No. No, I did it.
Fells good.

clayhousecadenza asked:

The silence of the ruins was broken as the blaring sounds of static and a dial-up connection blasted forth from the nigh-forgotten computer's speakers. The sounds stopped as suddenly as they came, but not before Buns was forcefully ejected onto the floor of the room.

A small slug-like Hydro Head squealed in surprise, sending the remainder news of Bun’s return.

celestialovato I’ll write here cause I’m tired of seeing that picture reblogged. Omg I forgot about dial up connection, istg my mom used to use the phone all the time on purpose just to piss me off.. But wasn’t a huge fan of the internet then anyway. Preferred sims! & I literally have no idea who that creep is.. Or why he’s so obsessed with golden showers, it’s the grossest thing ever


The year was 1998. I was a 14 year old recluse hiding in my room praying for a dial up connection so that I could jump on AIM under my Exphile2002 screen name and chat with random people in the middle of the night. My proudest accomplishment was learning how to program my VCR to tape every episode shown in syndication at all hours of the day until I had a complete collection in the original air date order.

In 1999 I upped my game and started using my babysitting money to buy tapes like this on ebay because youtube didn’t exist yet. Whoever made this tape and sold it to me, bless you.

Think how far we’ve come!

While the kick is still here

Some years back if I can piece it together right there was a family gathering I was forced to attend(It was likely Easter because I think it was Spring but not quite sure)and there were comments about my cousins who were roughly once again the sweetest part on this half of the family(If you want to know my point on this scale my mother is the aunt everyone forgets exist and I would prefer as little involvement as I can get).Can’t quite piece if I had cable yet and Cartoon Network was airing reruns or I was still on my dial-up connection,lack of cable,and trying to get an idea of my usual mess of things but I was seeing just what was going on with KND.Then around the next day we were driving around a little bit farther than usual(I believe it was a bookstore,you know me)and since that was the only thing I really had that’s what I talked about.

This unnecessary and blurred setting aside this is what her response was:

“So you’re basically a member of the Kids Next Door and your cousins are the Delightful Children?”

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This weeks task is to edit something. Either a work we’ve seen in the lecture, or something we’ve worked on. I’ve revisited two of my experiments that were part of the box transformation assessment.

I’ve used Garageband to edit two sound tracks: one of me wetting the box with a hose, and second the boxes tumbling down stairs etc.

In this process I experimented with effects to distort the sound. The white noise sound from my second experiment is already distorted, so I chose an effect similar to it. I’ve made it sound like a telephone line or dial-up internet connection. I’ve duplicated this track and edited again with an effect titled ‘intense whispering’ which sounds like a train chugging on. The second track of boxes tumbling I added an effect titled ‘zapper.’ It sounds like a science fiction laser weapon with reverb. 

Anthropology in an Internet Age

After this week’s readings and films, I have come to the conclusion that the internet is a strange universe indeed. Anthropologists such as Boellstorff are forging ahead as virtual trekkies, exploring what it means to be human in the virtual sphere. As Bird points out, the virtual world is a platform that enables interactivity on a scale and scope hitherto unknown. One’s reach is now infinite to those with a dial-up or wireless connection, yet the impact of aggregate online activity is hard to be determined. The potentiality of the internet is evident, however its potency is still up for debate. I appreciated her reflections on how digital forms of protest are not equivalent to facts on the offline ground (in the case of the 2009 uprising of Iranians). I also appreciated how she acknowledged issues of power with respect to those who manage the digital platforms we engage in. It makes me wonder what types of conversations occur at board meetings of Facebook, Twitter, or Google…not to mention unnamed companies that monitor/create the advertising platforms. Perhaps that is a field for anthropological research: digital community hierarchies. 

Boellstorff’s article on Second Life was absolutely intriguing. I was honestly shocked at the idea that some avatars are assumed by multiple personas. I’m not trying to make an evaluative comment, but rather point out how personhood is conceived of differently in this online world. I appreciated how he made a connection with Malinowski with respect to the role of “imagination” in one’s life. Second Life provides a visual outlet for one’s imagination that hitherto was only possible in the worlds of theatre and the visual arts. We now have the capacity to “image” ourselves in a new way that creates the possibility of multiple “selves” and the attendant need to manage these multiple profiles. Boellstorff also mentioned how people who are active in/on Second Life refer to themselves as “residents” rather than “users” or “gamers,” revealing the importance of paying attention to the discursive language of virtual worlds. I can see how this is fascinating content for anthropologists. 

I watched Life in a Day last night and it actually encouraged me that self-reflexivity is “in” right now :). Knowing the types of films that Scott has done, I was prepared for a “heroic epic” soundtrack, which I got. While the film focused quite a bit on “extra-ordinary events” such as proposals, births, surgeries, and a man cycling around the world, there were moments of banality that gave the film more credibility in my eyes. One of the scenes that intrigued me the most was the scene with the upset young son who told his father to turn off the camera while he was talking with his surgery-recovering mother. Even at a young age, the son seemed to sense that the camera is not appropriate for difficult conversations. As much as we could see in the film, the vast majority of our lives will always remain off screen. 

If you could push a button, flip a switch, or utter a simple command and have all of the vast knowledge of the human race suddenly embedded in your memory. Would you?

Imagine it. A sudden flash and you can recite Shakespeare on a whim, do calculus in your sleep, build a nuclear reactor in your back yard, and speak every language on the planet. Like Neo and his flash drive brain having an expertise in Kung-Fu uploaded through a dial up internet connection.

Seriously, would you do it? I would. Without hesitation. Though I’ve asked around and there are some who wouldn’t. I put together an impromptu poll asking this question and I floated it around my various social media accounts and the results weren’t really surprising. The poll is still open, but of the respondents at the time of writing, more than 75% answered in the affirmative (either an unconditional yes, or a conditional yes depending on what subjects would be covered). As I said, that’s not surprising. What is surprising – at least to me – is that a small percentage of even the few who answered the poll indicated that they wouldn’t want to have knowledge effortlessly implanted by technological means.

Was this the result of my poorly thought out poll answers? Or are there people who really don’t want to know what exists beyond their small circle? This, to me, is a bizarre idea, but I’m sure they have their reasons. Off the top of my head, I think those reasons might stem from a mistrust of the process – whatever that may be (see below) – or a mistrust of those administering it. I’d like to think that those people might change their minds if those trust issues didn’t exist. But I can’t speak for them.

This is all hypothetical fantasy though, isn’t it? It’s Hollywood, Keanu Reeves, superhero stuff, right? Well, not really. What we’re talking about is creating new memories in the brain containing whatever information we want to upload, so to speak. Think of a computer, with bytes of information being used by the operating system. In this case, replace bytes with memories, and the operating system with your consciousness, and voila! You’ve got yourself an insta-learning gizmo.

I’ve already told you about researchers using flashes of light to erase and then reintroduce frightful memories in rats. This confirmed the molecular basis of memory. I’ve also discussed how a different group of researchers recently created new, conscious memories in mice through the direct stimulation of a special kind of neuron called place cells.

So there you go, proof of concept. I will admit though, that these examples are far from what I described above. The basic principal is the same though, sort of.

It’s one thing to induce vague associations with fear and reward, which is something we’ve been doing for centuries, but even with these high tech methods there isn’t much of a difference between direct neuron stimulation and good old-fashioned behavioural conditioning. There is no explicit information being introduced, all they’re doing is manipulating previously existing memories or associations to create new behaviours. So the prospect of introducing usable knowledge is still out of reach. But that’s only one of the possible methods we could use to achieve these ends.

One of my favourite tech subjects is neuroprosthetics. That is implanting technology into a person’s brain to act as a synthetic replacement for areas of their brain that have been damaged one way or another. At the current level of materials and neurosurgical techniques we’re able to provide people with congenital defects such as blindness and deafness with a fully integrated technological solution that, in some cases, allows them to recover more than 100% of the lost sense. That is to say, they can see and/or hear better than you or I because of the implants.

But that’s not all they do. These kinds of implants are what allowed Jan Sheurmann (a quadriplegic) to fly an F35 Joint Strike Fighter jet (in a simulator).

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