Journal

The way you interface is about to change…

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The firm, Emotiv, is developing a brain-wave detecting video game headset.

From the article on Salon.com’s The Machinist

“Thinking my way through a video game was terrific fun. The warrior-master asked me to clear my mind, and then to imagine myself levitating a boulder a few feet off the ground. I concentrated, my brain working as hard as it’s ever worked. The boulder began to levitate, but as soon as it did, my excitement that the thing was working broke my concentration, and the boulder tumbled. I tried again, and this time the game responded within a second — the boulder floated off the ground. As I pushed through the warrior landscape, I was asked to move more and bigger hurdles — a mountain, a bridge I had to get across — and by the third or fourth time, the objects seemed almost to be lifting themselves. I didn’t even have to think about thinking: Simply seeing the object, comprehending that it needed to be lifted, sent it flying up. There was something very nearly magical to it.”

Music I’m obsessed with this week…

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The Devil Makes Three

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The Black Keyes

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Dengue Fever

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Aretha Franklin

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This album is amazing!! I thought I had everything by Aretha, but this collection of demos, throwaways, outtakes, b-sides and alternative versions is mind blowing and an absolute must if you’re fan of hers or just a fan of late 60’s early 70’s soul in general. This gets my highest recommendation.

Cold War chess genius Bobby Fischer dies in Iceland

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America’s first and only world chess champion dies at age 64 in Reykjavik after a serious illness.

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On his life and the controversy behind his numerous anti-Semitic remarks and tirades against the US here.

(Note… the following posts are all culled from my friend Jack’s peer to peer mail out list. He and others on the list did all the digging. I just dressed the links up pretty and am sharing them with you. Scroll down a ways to see the pics from my signing with Mike Mignola)

Nature As Amusement Park

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Artist Ilkka Halso believes that, once we’re done depleting the ozone, destroying the rainforests, and using up all arable land, nature will be on view in amusement parks.

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More awesome imagery here.

Eight Reasons Why The Hero’s Journey Sucks

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Great article here on how lazy writers use the Hero’s Journey template.

Some highlights…

“It discourages originality”.

“The ‘hero’ is always a man”.

“It confuses personal growth with solving problems”.

Etc.

It’s a good read that I couldn’t agree with more.

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