December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment
in connection with the previous post, found this text from the bible (samuel 8:10-18) that implies almost the same idea. it is very interesting how people (and god?) believe in the corruption of the established authority and power and there has been nothing done about it.
samuel told all the words of the lord to the people who were asking him for a king. he said, “this is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: he will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. he will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. he will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. he will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. he will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. when that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the lord will not answer you in that day.”
December 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
vvvv is a toolbox to simulate and prototype the models and ideas in a very short time, effectively. the tool is very easy to use due to the graphical interface, and drag and drop functionalities. in less than couple of hours from downloading it i designed an audio to visual conversion utility (something like a media players’ visualizations) using fast fourier transform (basically that was why i downloaded it in the first place.) it has a lot of different mathematical/graphical functionalities like a small, portable, easy to use and also free matlab. it also has the capability of running on multiple computers to facilitate the heavier tasks. it also utilizes the direct-x capabilities on windows.
below is snapshots of the visualization.
December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
saw black swan by darren aronofsky. the movie was filled with gory, graphic and sexual scenes. the atmosphere was dark, as i can say that the whole movie could be inside someone’s dream, or happened inside a person. the scenes were all exaggerated and to the extreme. an overprotecting underachieved mom, an opportunistic co-dancer, a drastically abusive ballet director, dungeon like corridors and spaces for ballet practice, and nonetheless an exceedingly perfectionist ballet dancer. and surprisingly at the end, all these felt real, they all made sense. i could relate to each and every happenings, all the harsh scenes, the mother, the director, the co-dancer/friend, the bi-polar type of dreams. the movie put me into the mind of every persona and let me think in his/her shoes, doing the same thing they did in the movie. to find out at the end that the movie could be based on a true story with true characters without any exaggeration. a dark fairy tale that happened in the real world, a much realistic but negative big fish, an authentic the fall from a grown ups point of view. the fairy tale felt so real, felt so “in this world” that you believe in each and every part of the movie. you fell in love with the story as it is a dream like (more nightmarish) incident, and at the same time, can happen to you, yourself the next day.
i can say darren is the master of making movies that talk to you, talk to your insides. requiem for a dream was his other masterpiece, although a little bit darker (seriously it is), and with more despair and frustrations, you still think that you know people around you that are capable of turning into those characters.
also another plus for the movie was that it ran very smooth, the heartbeat was always almost at the same pace (close to the top of your lungs), that you never had a “how much of the movie has remained?” moment.
needless to mention, natalie portman’s act was breathtaking. you would never question a single mimic or a single movement in her act. her expressions were very real, you could not doubt the act.
highly recommended, you have to have guts for the scenes though.
December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
finished the eagle’s gift by carlos castaneda. carlos’s books are very engaging, now that the book is finished i somehow miss it, i feel somewhat connected to his group, and i feel i know and like a few of them.
the book starts very mysteriously; unknown happenings, magical figures and spirits of the dead warriors connected with the chichen itzas and other power places. then it continues by unraveling these mysteries and connecting them back to the memories of carlos. and of course, throughout the book you are provided by different techniques and practices of warriors.
below are few quotes that i like from the book:
you can lead people to truth, but you can’t make them understand it
i am already given to the power that rules my fate,
and i cling to nothing, so i will have nothing to defend,
i have no thoughts, so i will see,
i fear nothing, so i will remember myself,
detached and at ease, i will dart past the eagle to be free
a warrior knows that he is waiting, and knows also what he is waiting for, and while he waits he feasts his eyes on the world
December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment
found the sdo site of nasa which has up to date images from the sun in different frequency ranges and colours. you can watch sun as it changes (it is like every half an hour or so). beside all the serious stuffs in the site there are also fun links, for example, the site has a pick of the week photo which makes a very nice background for your computer (choose here from different colours). the solar flares and solar corona makes an unreal and unbelievable image of the sun, which is very different from the image that most of us have in mind. it also gives us another different mental image, a sense of how changeable the sun is.
another fun to read part of the site is the facts section, which blows your mind away, read this one for example: it takes 200,000 years for light to make it from the core to the surface of the sun but then only 8 minutes to reach the earth!
ok now the serious stuffs,which i excerpt from the sdo guide on the site!
the sdo mission is to study and observe the solar activities and their effects on the earth climate. the data is gathered from the sun’s interior, its magnetic field, the hot plasma of the solar corona and the radiations. beside influence on the weather, the solar flares and coronal mass ejections can also cause the disabling of the satellites and cut off communications. the sdo instruments are taking photos from sun continuously.
the sdo spacecraft has three main instrments; atmospheric imaging assembly (aia) which consists of four telescopes that photograph the sun on 10 different frequency ranges and colours, extreme ultraviolet variability experiment (eve) which measures the ultraviolet radiation of the sun that affects the upper layers of the earth’s atmosphere, and helioseismic and magnetic imager (hmi) which maps the magnetic field beneath the sun’s surface.
sdo was launched on february 11, 2010 at 10:23 am est. it is part of a nasa’s living with a star program (lws) that is to provide the scientific understanding needed for the united states to effectively address those aspects of heliophysics science that may affect life and society.