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A Dangerous Method This was a bit of a disappointment - A Dangerous Method is a Cronenberg movie after all, but i feel like he touched upon a interesting subject and instead of going deeper into it, he decided to make a partially funny (deliberately or not) romance movie. We are introduced to the relationship between Jung and Freud, but we don't see enough of it to feel the pain of the rupture between them. The rupture that will bring Jung to a nervous breakdown (or: when he gives in and let's his unconscious take over). Also, the sexual relationship between Jung and Sabina Spielrein has lots of potential - may it be a doctor-patient relationship, a soda-masochistic sexual one, or the partnership admiration between two scientists - yet at the end of the movie we are meant to believe it was a (mainly) romantic one. I feel we are missing scenes to make both those 2 relationships believable. Maybe it's all there in the 3-hour director's cut, i'll just have to wait. edit wp | stream | movie Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:08:37
DISPLACE (v 1.0) I attended an experimental session inside DISPLACE (v 1.0), a Performative Sensory Environment developed by LabXmodal and the Concordia Sensoria Research Team (CONSERT) here at Concordia University in Montreal. In groups of six - sometimes together, sometimes alone, sometimes alone yet together - over a 30 minute period, you experience a dark space filled with multiple sensory phenomena. You are guided and encounter 3-4 stations, where you taste and smell, feel vibrations, feel heat, walk through corridors with nearly invisible walls, perceive flickering lights, listen to surround sound and sit on a rotating platform. When you leave you feel slowed down and more mindful, like after a meditation session. edit wp | stream | exhibition Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:15:38
json_en/decode in PHP4 A fix to use json_encode() and json_decode() on servers only running PHP4 can be found and downloaded at Using json_encode() and json_decode() in PHP4. edit wp | stream | code Wed, 02 Nov 2011 12:48:55
Standard Gerber Files .GBL – Gerber Bottom Layer .GTL – Gerber Top Layer .GBS – Gerber Bottom Solder Resist .GTS – Gerber Top Solder Resist .GBO – Gerber Bottom Overlay .GTO – Gerber Top Overlay .GBP – Gerber Bottom Paste .GTP – Gerber Top Paste .GKO – Gerber Keep-Out Layer .GM1 – Gerber Mechanical 1 .GM2 – Gerber Mechanical 2 .GPT – Gerber Top Pad Master .GPB – Gerber Bottom Pad Master edit wp | stream Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:10:26
define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M');
in /wp-config.php doesn't help, edit the limit in /wp-includes/default-constants.php instead:
if ( !defined('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT') ) {
  if( is_multisite() ) {
    define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M');
  } else {
    define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M');
No more Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted ...
edit wp | stream | code Fri, 20 May 2011 22:00:44
Subaqueous Spring A series of events celebrating the seasonal shift from darkness to light at the historic Bain St-Michel in Montreal. Florian Grond: Material Probes and Laura Emelianoff: Catalyst phase II - exploring the sonic space of water with melting ice, boiling water, electromagnetic fields and a touch of alchemy. edit wp | stream | performance Fri, 22 Apr 2011 22:11:32
Jane Eyre Beautiful adaptation of Jane Eyre. There have been many before, but this one seems to get it just right. Grand and intimate, epic and sensitive, dreamy and realistic. edit wp | stream | movie Sun, 03 Apr 2011 14:21:02
Kevin Kelly: Invention and Discovery Are the Same "To find something is the same as making it. To make something is the same as finding it.

We tend to think that natural forms are discovered while artificial forms are invented, but when stripped to its essentials the path to arriving at a novel natural form is exactly the same journey as arriving at a novel artificial form. "


It's been all about ideas, inventions and discoveries lately and how they come to be. I've read Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From, and have yet to get a copy of Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants (both were released last October).
edit wp | stream Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:07:55
All in the Mind: Are You Conscious? All in the Mind is 10 years old, and produced a couple of retrospective podcasts on research and discoveries covered over the last 10 years. Here's a great one: All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 2: Are You Conscious? - Zombies, the consciousness mystery, the brain/mind problem, disembodied brains, The Matrix, etc. with Daniel Dennett, Susan Greenfield and others. edit wp | stream | podcast Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:59:21
The line between life and not-life Martin Hanczyc of the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT) in Denmark, shows off protocells - simple chemical blobs that display life-like behavior - in his TED talk. The protocells move around, feed on energy, dance with each other, merge, split up again and very much resemble digital artificial life environments. I am looking forward to a point where wetware labs become more and more common in the art-tech scene, and coders get their hands dirty with chemicals and primordial goo.

Three characteristics we look for to recognize life out there: the system needs to be in non-equilibrium, needs to be in a liquid form, and has to be able to make and break chemical bonds.
edit wp | stream | video Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:36:27
SimpleDateFormat Fri Oct 28 2011 > 20111028
DateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("E MMM d yyyy");
Date day = df.parse("Fri Oct 28 2011"); 

SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyyMMdd");
String newFormat = format.format(day);
edit wp | stream | code Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:27:30
@transform_reset 1 After frustrating for a while why my jitter.noise just doesn't look proper when send to render on a videoplane, i finally stumbled over the solution: transform_reset!
[ z 
@transform_reset 1]
edit wp | stream | code Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:57:04
David Eagleman talks Incognito On this Nature Podcast neuroscientist David Eagleman talks about his new book on the secret, subconscious, lives of the brain. About rethinking criminal behaviour and punishment and time as a construct of the mind. edit wp | stream | podcast Wed, 11 May 2011 23:57:42
NOVA – How Does The Brain Work? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is everywhere (even on The Big Bang Theory) and usually very entertaining to watch. He presents the NOVA scienceNOW episode How Does The Brain Work?. The documentary focuses on perception and attention in relation to magic tricks, artificial intelligence and IBM's Watson answering Jeopardy questions, neuroscientist David Eagleman and his experiments with time perception and synesthesia, and the effects of Transcranaial Magnetic Stimulation on moral judgment and wiggling toes. edit wp | stream | video Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:26:54
Limitless Limitless (2011) takes an interesting idea and completely ruins it. It's about a pill that amplifies your focus and attention capabilities to a max and gives you unlimited access to every possible memory. Which in combination makes you very clever of course. Yet because drugs are bad you go onto a downward-spiral once you are off it. Unless - you can afford to keep the pills coming, then you learn to overcome it's dangerous side-effects and eventually make your brain adapt to stay in hyper-mode without the chemicals. So, why was there a need to include gangsters and shootouts in this story? edit wp | stream | movie Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:18:26
David Brooks: The social animal Great TED talk by New York Times columnist David Brooks titled The Social Animal. He talks about how our society is based on reason, while our emotions are mostly smarter than our reasoning. How you should have a couple of good night sleeps before making big decisions, to give our unconscious the opportunity to work away on the issue, before communicating back the results in form of intuition and emotion. edit wp | stream | video Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:02:31
Stuff to Blow Your Mind I've been listening to Stuff to Blow Your Mind continuously while walking. Catching up on their old podcasts too. And there are so many of them!

Recent favorites (MP3 links)
edit wp | stream | podcast Sun, 27 Nov 2011 22:58:29
This in Timeouts Setting a timeout on a class method that relies on another class method, causes errors as the callback function loses the reference to this. The solution: hand on the initial this as parameter to the callback.

empty: function() {
   return true;

process: function(self) {
   if(!self.empty()) {
       setTimeout( function() {

edit wp | stream | code Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:05:12
Sound falling off tapes … On Radiolab's new show on Loops William Basinski talks about the discovery and beauty of his Disintegration Loops. edit wp | stream | podcast Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:48:29
Crick on trained brains Francis Crick talks about our (brain's) ability to grasp and understand the idea of consciousness in The Astonishing Hypothesis - The Scientific Search for the Soul:

"Our brains have evolved and developed so that we can deal fluently wit many concepts related to our everyday world. Nevertheless, well-trained brains can grasp ideas about phenomena that are not part of our normal experience, such as those of relativity and quantum mechanics. Such ideas are very counterintuitive, but constant practice with them enables the trained brain to grasp them and manipulate them easily. "
edit wp | stream | quote Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:10:52
The paradox of the observer in Bit-format The observer is observing, and asking questions and making statements that must ultimately be expressed in discrete bits. John Archibald Wheeler: "What we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-no questions. [...] All things physical are information-theoretic in origin, and this is a participatory universe."

Found in: The Information by James Gleick
edit wp | stream | book Tue, 10 May 2011 16:02:36
Audio Spatialization I went to a few presentations at the Workshop on variable acoustics in large spaces for music at CIRMMT - Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, McGill University, Montreal - today and heard about highly equipped research/performance/recording spaces at IEM, EMPAC, IRCAM and CALIT2. With a setup of 50-300 speakers units, and a highly configurable environment (absorbing, reflective or diffusing surfaces) you can experiment with Wave Field Synthesis - artificial wave fronts giving the illusion of a virtual sound source. edit wp | stream | talk Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:51:39
Just A Corner
That's all!
edit wp | stream Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:46:31
A Brief History of Mathematics on BBC Radio 4 I love love love hearing about the people behind the math and the science. A Brief History of Mathematics is an excellent podcast series by Professor Marcus du Sautoy about the lives and works of famous mathematicians - from Newton and Leibniz to Cantor and Poincare - featured on BBC Radio 4. edit wp | stream | podcast Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:10:44
Melancholia Depressive people stay calm at the onsite of an approaching disaster because they already expect bad things to happen. This is what inspired Lars van Trier to write and direct Melancholia and is beautifully portrayed when at the end Justine finds her strength and comforts Claire and Leo. Gorgeous setting, dramatic music, and a most beautiful harbinger of death in the form of a blue planet dancing it's last dance. edit wp | stream | movie Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:29:58
Martha Marcy May Marlene
I am back from the movies, and i am still puzzled and captivated by Martha Marcy May Marlene. Mostly due the ambiguous abrupt ending that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Amazing work by first time director Sean Durkin, who also wrote the screenplay, incredibly acting by Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes, slow and intense storytelling, beautiful camerawork, great editing. Very recommended.
edit wp | stream | movie Sun, 06 Nov 2011 00:43:50
Loveland by Charles Stankievech
Charles Stankievech
LOVELAND (video still), 2009–2011
Video installation
Soundtrack by Tim Hecker

Yesterday I ran through the Quebec Triennial at the MAC in Montreal, and was pretty much only intrigued by this video installation by Charles Stankievech. You encounter a projection of a white arctic landscape inside a white painted room. Slowly purple smoke beings to fill up the landscape, accompanied by atmospheric noise by Tim Hecker.

The work is inspired by painter Jules Olitski's Instant Loveland and The Purple Cloud, an obscure science-fiction story. Stankievech says: "Our experience of nature is sublime, and there is something sublime in the video of a smoke grenade exploding into the white landscape." Yes, there is.
edit wp | stream | art Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:54:21
On the multistability in consciousness James Kent talks about his new Book Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason. On the multistability in consciousness:

"The brain does not want to exist in multiple states at once, by nature it transitions from one state to another with little or no overlap. [..] Forcing the brain out of linear stability requires some kind of radical intervention, like psychedelics, which allows the brain to find stability in overlapping states that would normally be transient or fleeting, like a prolonged lucid dream between waking and sleeping."
edit wp | stream | book Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:28:35
path / thispatcher How to output the file-path of your current Max/MSP file:
edit wp | stream | code Wed, 04 May 2011 20:24:35
Paul Root Wolpe: It’s time to question bio-engineering Great overview by bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe on recent bio-engineering experiments, from hybrid pets to mice that grow human ears in his TED talk. The living eel brain inside the robot-car was actually already done in 2001! edit wp | stream | video Sun, 03 Apr 2011 14:51:06
Mesmerism and the Armonica With the introduction of the 'Baquet', Mesmer's treatment procedures became increasingly like theater: Mesmer would appear wearing a cloak decorated with alchemical symbols and then play the glass harmonica (an instrument that produced an eerie, ethereal sound). Large mirrors were erected in his magnetic salon to reflect invisible fluids and his assistants, like stage hands, were positioned to catch his convulsing patients.

Found in Hidden Minds - A History of the Unconscious by Frank Tallis
edit wp | stream | book Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:59:52
If file_get_contents() doesn’t work … ... simply replace it with this:
function new_file_get_contents($url) {
$ch = curl_init();
$timeout = 10; // set to zero for no timeout
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $timeout);
$file_contents = curl_exec($ch);
return $file_contents;
edit wp | stream | code Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:37:04

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