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Sep. 27th, 2007

Gnakku from being_isis

"Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post your this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along."

aesthetic resonance
This is the phenomenon when something that has artistic beauty excels and reaches a large number of people for no easily definable reason. It's the indefinable quantity that makes a great work of art great.
My interest is largely from the psychological point of view: why do some things have appeal across a wide swath of people, regardless of culture?

information theory
automata theory
emergent behavior
These three I've grouped together because they are all related. First, they are all branches of the same family tree as computer science and mathematics, which is sort of where a lot of my life resides. These are all three areas of research that I was looking at for an advanced degree.

Automata theory is the study of automatons, as in self-guiding robots. It's a branch of the "artificial intelligence" tree, in the way that self-guided robots need some sense of AI to handle unexpected circumstances. My particular inter4est in this had more to do with cellular automata, which is akin to the way that a hive organizes, but in a very abstract sense. It's really cool.

Emergent Behavior is closely related, in that it is unexpected and unprogrammed behavior that comes out of a complex system, and it's very closely bound to AI. It's difficult to describe, but to try and provide an example, several years ago, there was a well-known university that was modeling some automatons sort of loosely based on insect behavior. Each "bug" was give n the exact same set of behaviors, and there were tens of thousands of identical bugs in this computer model. What was surprising is that the "bugs" started to take on different roles in the "hive", seemingly based on their position. The behavior had a lot in common with the organization of bees into workers, drones, and the like. That was unexpected behavior that could not be predicted by known models, and is a fascinating bit of operation.

Information theory was developed by a scientist at Bell Labs, a man by the name of Claude Shannon. Essentially it was the study of signal processing, breaking down signals into two parts: information and noise. It's a real breakthrough field, which has enabled a whole lot of telecommunications and electronic advances, from cell phones to synthesizers. The application of the philosophy is much more interesting when applied to things like psychology or semiotics, when you get away from pure information and into perception.
Incidentally, Shannon's initial book is available online for free.

dog magic
I love my dog. Sometimes we play games where I have the thing she wants in my hand, then I distract her and hide the thing quickly then restore my hands before she looks back, and she is absolutely puzzled as to where the thing went. To her, it's magic.

extrasensory deprivation
The '70s were a time when there was a lot of experimentation with sensory deprivation experiments. In a state of silliness, I once came up with the concept of extrasensory deprivation, which is where psychics were isolated from psychic phenomena to see if they'd eventually have psychic hallucinations. I am happily amused by the concept.

nipple gravy
While shooting the movie, there were times when we got so tired we became incoherent, but Tony and I had some sort of connection that would let us understand what we were talking about without actually being able to say the words. Eventually we would just point and say "nipple", which morphed into "Nipple. Gravy." Thus became the term nipple gravy which pops up when we forget the words for something.



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Sep. 27th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)

Sep. 27th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
compersion: so oft forgotten.,
lobos to watch over,
polyblah, polyeyerolling, polywally,
Sep. 27th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
I wish to do this meme with you as well, so, comment.
Sep. 27th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
bare feet,
conversations on couches,
kissing in inclimate weather,
stalking you,
weird clothes
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
I already have this in my journal, so I'm just responding to this.

1. bare feet
I like walking around barefoot in spring/summer/fall. my feet callous up really nicely once the warm weather starts, although recently during winter and stuff they've been getting really dry and cracking and stuff. no fun. but I still like being barefoot, especially in grass or sand.

2. conversations on couches
something about enjoying the comfort of being with someone where you can just curl up in a corner of the couch and talk about anything that comes into your head. it's rare for me to find people to be that comfortable with, so I enjoy it where I can find it.

3. kissing in inclimate weather
it's the hopeless romantic in me, what can I say. a good kiss in the rain is enough to make my toes curl.

4. stalking you
look outside your windwo

5. weird clothes
bad habit of mine, cutting up perfectly good clothes and then sewing them back together in strange ways. sometimes it turns out perfectly fine, sometimes....not so much. but I appreciate the odd bit of fashion when I come across it.

way to only list five.
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Way to not have weird enough interests. :)
Sep. 28th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
I'll add some more tonight. I don't like putting people in my interests....Marlon Brando is the only exception. I've got some that I can throw up there though.

so there. *raspberry*
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
*raises hand*

Me, too!!!
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I posted them in your journal. You know, just to be ornery.
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
*blink blink*

Not sure those are 'interests' I have... clam juice? Groupie cloth?

Here are yours, from me:

Creativity, darkness, joss whedon, kissing, lifecasting, the moose of death, women of caliber
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Creativity is the thing that draws me to people, at least when it's coupled with passion. There's something about creativity that is incredibly magnetic.

The dark is the time when those things of imagination tend to become more real and the veil between the living and the not-so-living drifts into near-invisibility. Fodder for creativity.

joss whedon
Creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly. I have a love-hate relationship with him, since I'm so impressed with his ability and motivation but jealous at teh same time.

What can I say? I like kissing, particularly in concert with other things. Slow, exploratory, teasing kisses...

Usually in the context of special effects makeup, using alginate, plaster, silicone and other materials to cast parts of the human body. Mostly it's for special effects stuff.

the moose of death
This is really more of a joke. A while ago I created a fake band called "Pighead", whose material was so offensive that each of their concerts had been cancelled due to obscenity. The tour shirts had all of the tour dates with CANCELED across them in big red letters. A while after I had Pighead listed as an interest, one day I noticed that other people had Pighead listed as an interest. I though that was hilarious.
I then added "The Moose of Death" as an interest. So far it hasn't been added to anyone else's list, but that is actually a character in a series that I hope to be shooting; consider that there is far more death in the world than a single entity of death can handle, so there are a number of death entities who each have their own territories. TMOD doesn't want to do it, he'd rather be a DJ and play videogames, but his father is trying to convince him that it's not a choice, its' a destiny.

women of caliber
This was actually a phrase coined by several women friends of mine to describe women who have strength and character and aren't flighty bimbos. I like them.
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Thank you. These are very good.

re: TMOD: My first thought was the Monty Python bit: "A moose bit my sister once" "Moose bites can be very nasty..."
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Moose are funny. Unless one is eating your sibling.
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
dog magic rocks!!

I don't think I have 7 interests so I can't play ...

Sep. 27th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
You should be interested in more things!
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
yeah, it is on my to-do list ..
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
re: "Dog Magic"
*laughs* My sweet Woofy Bear (may he rest in peace) was good with this: he LOVED to go in the car. And when Jim and I got him out on a sailboat, he was frightened, at first. Then Jim took Woof and spoke directly into his snoot, saying "It's the same magic that makes the car go! Water car!" And that goofy dog calmed right down; somehow he 'got' what a water car was. Dog Magic. :-)
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)

To be honest, I think my sister Suzan would give the moose a run for its money. She's pretty fierce (she has two boys under the age of 4), and her husband is in a rock band. Suz is a real trooper. :-)
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