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Thy Medieval Cat Adventures must continueth

Post by secretnude » Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:02 am

Thy arrow from thy
hostiles hitteth thy thigh
that injureth thy Space Cat
on thy Pseudopony
that gallopeth away with other Cats
on other Pseudoponies
weren't hitteth
by thy vile
Medieval Projectiles.

Thy Cats hideth
for a while in a cave
and tried to saveth
thy Cat's injureth leg
that might soon beg
to be cutteth
due to thy arrow that hath fractureth
thy Cat's left femur
for sure.

Thy Cats
beggeth
thy powerful Cue Cat
to bring thy Cats
back to Space Cat Age
but thy Cue Cat
insisteth that
thy Medieval Cat Age
Adventures
must continue for sure.
an Arrow to the ______ and Survived
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I did some research last year on arrows through the shoulder, so the little I know about such things is based on that.  I do remember that the kinetic energy of an arrowhead would almost certainly break/pulverize bone, so that's worth bearing in mind if it struck a bony area.

Wherever it is, I think you're probably going to have to cauterize the wound somehow (I have read stories where this has been done with a heated knife when medical assistance hasn't been possible but I don't know how realistic that is).  Ideally the arrow would be left in place until it could be removed in surgery but since that's not an option, removing it and packing the wound is probably the next best option.  Don't forget that it can't be pulled out as the arrowhead will shred the tissue on it's way through backwards.  It will need to be pushed through if it hasn't fully penetrated, the arrowhead clipped off and then the shaft of the arrow removed. 

In the abdomen, you're risking the arrow clipping the stomach, the liver, the ascending or descending colon or the small intestine, most of which would cause spillage - and a strong possibility of an infection. I strongly doubt that taking an arrow anywhere on the trunk of the body would have your character fit to travel.  An arm shot risks lacerating the brachial artery, which will make your character bleed out and a leg shot risks the femoral artery, but I think there's going to be a little more room to play with if it were on the outer edge of the thigh.
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Thy Quest viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&p=49807#p49794

Thy Space Cats viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&p=46821#p46821

Cue Cat viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&p=49172#p49172

Pseudoponies viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&start=2060#p49806
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A shiny in thy Dark Cave

Post by secretnude » Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:59 pm

Thy Cave hath
a mysterious bipedal Mole Rat
that was quite naked
and annoying to thy Space Cats.

Thy Space Cats
asketh thy naked
Mole Rat
if thy Mole Rat
kneweth of that Dark Cat.

Thy Mole Rat speaketh that
thy Dark Cat
ist dangerous creature
that shall eateth
thy soul for sure
and must be distracteth
by shiny.

In thy darkness of thy Cave a shiny
appeared and thy Mole Rat
felt that
thy injured Space Cat
must lose that
infected leg
that begs
to be cutteth
and he cutteth
thy leg
and cauterizeth
thy wound with thy shiny.

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nature of thy Dark Cat viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&start=2060#p49803

Thy real Naked Mole Rat http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/a ... -mole-rat/
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You must Traineth with Thy Knightly Guild for thy Shiny

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:56 am

Thy Space Cat screameth
as thy infected leg was cutteth
and thy Cats stayeth
in thy
Cave with thy
Bipedal Naked Mole Rat.

Thy Mole Rat's
shiny weapon
was a distracting shiny weapon
when turned on.

Thy Mole Rat turneth
thy weapon off
and thy distracting shiny
was off.

All thy Space Cats
were distracteth
by that shiny
weapon and asketh
what thy shiny
was and how to obtaineth
thy shiny.

Thy Shiny
weapon hath to be obtaineth
via apprenticeship
that involveth
some hardship
to thy Space Cats
that soon hath
to faceth
thy Dark Cat
in thy Dark Castle.
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Space Cats tried to Grab that Shiny but it moveth away...

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:44 am

Thy Space Cats hath to learneth
to ignorerth
thy Shiny
in order to obtaineth
thy Shiny.

Thy Space Cats
faileth
test
after test
by that
Naked Mole Rat
that's also thy Knightly Master
to thy Space Cat
apprentices that
were quite a disaster.

Thy Cats
couldn't ignoreth that
which ist Shiny
and thy Cats
got quite whiny.

Thy whiny
Cats
asketh
how to obtaineth
Shiny
without learning to ignoreth
thy Shiny.

Thy Naked Mole Rat
speaketh to thy Cats
in thy cryptic language
appropriate for thy Medieval Age
'thy Shiny
weapon only seeketh
those that are worthy of thy Shiny'.
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Thy Shiny Chooseth you

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:04 am

Thy Shiny Weapon
hath a mind of its own
and thus moveth
away
let us say
from that which seeketh
thy Shiny
to seeketh
those that thy Shiny
liketh.

Thy Cats were obsesseth
with thy Shiny
and slowly learneth
to be less obsesseth
with thy Shiny
that slowly came closer
and closer
to thy Cats.

Thy Disabled Space Cat
just looked at that
with thy self-pity
and absolutely didn't want thy Shiny
that cutteth
thy injured leg
that beggeth
to be cutteth.

Thy Shiny
came to thy Disabled Cat
that was surpriseth
that thy Shiny
hath chosen thy Disabled Cat.

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Thy Nature of thy Mysterious Shiny Weapon

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:52 am

Thy Shiny
was a Weapon
that liveth
and thinketh
and as Weapon
against Darkness
and thy Dark Forces
thy Shiny
shineth.

Thy Shiny
begets
more Shiny
as those that get
a Shiny
teacheth
others how to get
a Shiny.

A Shiny
ist a polymorphic weapon
that can be cast upon
thy Darkness
to banish thy Darkness
or blindeth
thy enemies with thy Shiny.

In thy Orb Form
thy Shiny floateth
like frightening
Ball Lightning
but in Sword Form
thy Shiny
can cleaveth
thy Dark Forces
and leaveth
thy Forces that Shine
thy Shining victor
in thy battle that's quite shiny.

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Ball Lightning http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_lightning
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Thy Dark Ruler Rules over thy Unenlightened Masses

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:39 am

Thy Dark Cat
in thy Dark Castle
suppresseth
thy Powerful Shiny
with awful measures
that oppresseth
for sure
to ensure
thy unenlightened subjects
are loyal to that
which lacks thy Shiny Light
and thy subjects
stayeth in thy Darkness of thy Night.

Thy last challenger to thy Dark Cat
hath banisheth all Dark Cat
Forces
as thy source
does recall
except to fall
to thy Dark Cat
that absorbeth that
light due due thy colour
that ist thy colour
of thy ashes
of thy last Challenger
such that thy Dark Cat
ist still thy unchallenged
Ruler of thy Dark Dominion.
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Thy Process of Enlightenment

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:54 am

Thy process to obtaineth
a Shiny
was calleth
Enlightenment
it it was thy comment
of thy Space Cats
that now hath Shiny
that having a Shiny
ist a great thing
that bringeth
great joy and great power.

Thy power
to bringeth
forth thy Power
of Light
in thy Enlightened
by Force of Will
was still
a hard process
and thy rate of success
was low but having seen thy Disabled Cat
get that
Shiny
made thy whiny
Space Cats
worketh
harder to get their Shiny.

Thy Mole Rat
hath been quite pleaseth
with that
work ethic of thy Space Cats.

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Disabled Cat gets Shiny viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&p=49826#p49822

Thy Mole Rat viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&p=49826#p49817

Thy Space Cats viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&p=46821#p46821
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Much Training .... Such Draining...

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:47 am

Thy Space Cats
misseth that
thing called Outer Space
as thy Cats faceth
thy Medieval Cat Age
and engage
in thy Medieval Cat Knight
training both day and night.

Thy Cats
asketh
thy Naked Knightly Master Mole Rat
when shall this training
that's so draining
shall endeth
since thy Cats
found such repetitive training
now much boring
like boring to thy death.

Thy Knightly Master Mole Rat
speaketh of that boring training
that's draining as nothing
compareth to meeting
and challenging
thy Dark Cat.

Meeting thy Dark Cat
might mean ending
thy life
and thy Cats
only hath
one life.

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Thy Fascinating and Frightening Ball Lightning

Post by secretnude » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:52 pm

If there ist strange phenomena
that ist unexplaineth
Science tends to get
thy strange phenomena
soon explaineth.

Thy Ball Lightning
ist indeed thy strange unexplaineth
phenomena that ist frightening
but ist now somewhat explaineth
by Science
and Science
telleth
us that there probably ist more
than one type of Ball Lightning
and Ball Lightning
ist really never a bore.

Now in thy Modern Age with evermore
cameras in thy smartphones
one
can surely capture
thy spectral phenomena for sure
but thy ghostly stories
remain just ghostly stories
unliketh thy rare Ball Lightning
or
thy meteor
that might be equally frightening.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... tning.html
Ball lightning is a sphere of electrical light that can appear during a storm
Researchers used spectrographs and video cameras to record the elusive sight which lasted two seconds and travelled 15m above the ground
The research also provides the first evidence that the elusive glowing orbs form due to vapourised dirt
It has been mistaken for UFOs, wreaked havoc on homes and eluded rational explanation for centuries.

But now ball lightning, a large, mysterious glow that appears during thunderstorms, has been captured on video for the first time.

Chinese researchers managed to accidently record the elusive glowing orbs during a thunderstorm in Qinghai when they were mapping radiation.
....
Ball lightning has been reported to appear during thunderstorms as a glow, ranging from the size of a golf ball to several metres across.

There are a number of reports of such glows injuring or even killing people and setting buildings alight.

In a letter to the Daily Mail in 1936, for instance, a reader described how he saw a 'large, red hot ball come down from the sky.

'It struck our house, cut the telephone wires, burnt the window frame, and then buried itself in a tub of water which was underneath.'

Until the 1960s it was not widely believed to really exist.

In August 2013, researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado made and photographed bright white plasmoid balls in their lab. The balls were generated from high-power electric sparks, discharged by electrodes partly submerged in electrolyte solutions.

Even the researchers couldn’t be sure that what they had created was ball lightning. Therefore, they referred to the phenomenon as 'ball-lightning-like atmospheric pressure plasmoids'.

However, this is the first time the phenomenon has been successfully filmed outside of a lab.  

The researchers also discovered that elements found in the local soil - silicon, iron and calcium - were also present in the ball lightning.

They believe this means that the ball lightning caught on video was a product of the lightning bolt's interaction with the earth. The theory was first put forward more than a decade ago, but the new spectral analysis confirms it.

‘I think that this is a unique observation that is probably of ball lightning, or one type of ball lightning,; said lightning specialist Martin Uman of the University of Florida, in an interview with the American Physical Society.
http://m.phys.org/news/2012-10-mystery- ... tning.html
CSIRO scientist John Lowke, the new theory focuses on how ball lightning occurs in houses and aeroplanes – and how it can pass through glass. His theory also proposes that ball lightning is caused when leftover ions (electric energy), which are very dense, are swept to the ground following a lightning strike.
"A crucial proof of any theory of ball lightning would be if the theory could be used to make ball lightning. This is the first paper which gives a mathematical solution explaining the birth or initiation of ball lighting," says Lowke.

Lowke proposes that ball lightning occurs in houses and aeroplanes when a stream of ions accumulates on the outside of a glass window and the resulting electric field on the other side excites air molecules to form a ball discharge. The discharge requires a driving electric field of about a million volts.

"Other theories have suggested ball lightning is created by slowly burning particles of silicon formed in a lightning strike, but this is flawed. One of the ball lightning observations cited in this paper occurred when there was no thunderstorm and was driven by ions from the aircraft radar operated at maximum power during a dense fog."

Lowke used eye-witness accounts of ball lightning by two former US Air Force pilots to verify the theory. Former US Air Force lieutenant Don Smith recalls: "After flying for about 15 minutes, there developed on the randome (radar cover) two horns of Saint Elmo's fire. It looked as if the airplane now had bull's horns...they were glowing with the blue of electricity."

Lowke's paper gives the first mathematical solution explaining the birth or initiation of ball lightning using standard equations for the motion of electrons and ions. He argues it is unique because it not only explains the birth of the ball but also how it can form on glass and appear to pass through glass resulting in globes of light in people's homes or in aeroplane cockpits.
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature ... htning.htm
it's estimated that between one in 30 and one in 150 people around the world believe they have seen balls of lightning hovering over the ground, floating through walls and even killing people [source: National Geographic]. Stories of these glowing spheres go as far back as the Middle Ages, maybe even as far back as the Ancient Greeks. However, a recorded case didn't occur until the 18th century when Georg Richmann, a pioneer in research on electricity, was killed by what's believed to have been ball lightning.
Perhaps one of the most famous ball lightning sightings was by a young Czar Nicholas, grandson to Czar Alexander II, who witnessed a flaming orb during a church service in the 19th century. But even sightings by tsars left people skeptical. Were these balls actually lightning? Perhaps otherworldly phenomena? The skepticism began to wane in 1963 when a group of scientists flying from New York to Washington, D.C., witnessed a blazing orb drift down the aisle and disappear through the rear of the plane. Looking to explain what they saw, research began.
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What ist an Algorist and thy original Khaaan!

Post by secretnude » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:56 am

Previous Computer Art Posts viewtopic.php?f=70&t=5327&start=2060#p49780

http://www.verostko.com/algorist.html
THE ALGORISTS by Roman Verostko
Note: For a well documented account of algorist origins and practice in America see Dr. Grant D.Taylor's account in the catalogue for the 2013 exhibition: The American Algorists: Linear Sublime.

Often I am asked "Who are the algorists?" Simply put an algorist is anyone who works with algorithms. Historically we have viewed algorists as mathematicians. But it also applies to artists who create art using algorithmic procedures that include their own algorithms. This page presents an account of the adaptation of this term by a group of artists in 1995. Algorithmic art has a deep history that reaches back to prehistoric art. But the advent of computing power spawned an artistic practice with form-generating features that is relatively unique to the last quarter of the 20th Century. Computer power gives the artist's algorithms a leverage we might liken to the power of the engine in the industrial revolution. In 1969, when I first tasted algorithmic leverage, I set out to learn how to use it as an artist.
Roman Verostko and Jean Pierre Hebert, 2011, Santa Barbara. Jean Pierre suggested that we adapt the term
algorist for our identity. He also wrote the algorithm defining "algorist" that is now viewed as an "algorist manifesto".

I met other artists following the same path who were interested in an identity for this practice. It was Jean Pierre Hebert who suggested we adopt the term "algorist" and he also wrote the algorithm for an algorist. This algorithm is now viewed as the "algorist manifesto". While we adapted the term in 1995 it applied to work by colleagues that dated back to the 1960's and earlier.
An Algorist
isn't thy Fundamentalist
Environmentalist
but ist someone that ist an Artist
that maketh Art
with Algorithms.

Thy Holy Algorithm
ist thy Persian Muslim innovation
that hast spreadeth across Nations
during that Islamic Golden Age
when Europe was in thy Dark Age.

Thy Christianity
hast no monopoly
on thy knowledge
and thy age of thy Holy Crusades
ruineth thy Islamic Golden Age
along with thy Great Mongol Khans
that invadeth thy great city of Baghdad
because thy Khans
simply can
and Thy Genghis Khan
was said to thy Dad
in many sad
conquered lands
in thy Khans'
terrible hands'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Khw%C4%81rizm%C4%AB
Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī[note 1][pronunciation?] (Persian: عَبْدَالله مُحَمَّد بِن مُوسَى اَلْخْوَارِزْمِي‎), earlier transliterated as Algoritmi or Algaurizin, (c. 780 – c. 850) was a Persian[1][5] mathematician, astronomer and geographer during the Abbasid Empire, a scholar in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad.

In the twelfth century, Latin translations of his work on the Indian numerals introduced the decimal positional number system to the Western world.[3] His Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing presented the first systematic solution of linear and quadratic equations in Arabic. In Renaissance Europe, he was considered the original inventor of algebra, although it is now known that his work is based on older Indian or Greek sources.[6] He revised Ptolemy's Geography and wrote on astronomy and astrology.

Some words reflect the importance of al-Khwarizmi's contributions to mathematics. "Algebra" is derived from al-jabr, one of the two operations he used to solve quadratic equations. Algorism and algorithm stem from Algoritmi, the Latin form of his name.[7] His name is also the origin of (Spanish) guarismo[8] and of (Portuguese) algarismo, both meaning digit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Golden_Age
The Crusades put the Islamic world under pressure with invasions in the 11th and 12th centuries, but a far greater threat emerged from the East during the 13th century: in 1206, Genghis Khan established a powerful dynasty among the Mongols of central Asia. During the 13th century, this Mongol Empire conquered most of the Eurasian land mass, including China in the east and much of the old Islamic caliphate (as well as Kievan Rus) in the west. The destruction of Baghdad and the House of Wisdom by Hulagu Khan in 1258 has been seen by some as the end of the Islamic Golden Age.[43] Later Mongol leaders, such as Timur, destroyed many cities, slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people, and did irrevocable damage to the ancient irrigation systems of Mesopotamia. Muslims in lands subject to the Mongols now faced northeast, toward the land routes to China, rather than toward Mecca.

In the Iberian Peninsula, the Catholic Monarchs completed the Christian Reconquista with a war against the Emirate of Granada that started in 1482 and ended with Granada's complete annexation in early 1492, which also marks, for some historians, the end of the Islamic Golden Age.
Stifling free thought

There is little agreement on the precise causes of the decline, but in addition to invasion by the Mongols and crusaders, and the destruction of libraries and madrasahs, it has also been suggested that political mismanagement and the stifling of ijtihad (independent reasoning) in the 12th century in favor of institutionalised taqleed (imitation) thinking played a part. Ahmad Y Hassan has rejected the thesis that lack of creative thinking was a cause, arguing that science was always kept separate from religious argument; he instead analyses the decline in terms of economic and political factors, drawing on the work of the 14th-century writer Ibn Khaldun.[44]
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... nghis.html
Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century, may have done more than rule the largest empire in the world; according to a recently published genetic study, he may have helped populate it too.

An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosome data have found that nearly 8 percent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry y-chromosomes that are nearly identical. That translates to 0.5 percent of the male population in the world, or roughly 16 million descendants living today.
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Post by secretnude » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:15 am

I hath not joineth
any Algorist group or attendeth
any formal Art Class
but alas
ist easy for me to maketh
such Art
that thus departs
from thy common posts
on thy thread.

Thy never posteth
thy Art
on any thread
until someone telleth
me my Art
was worth posting
and thy views on thy post
maybe thy indication
that there ist inclination
to view such odd posts
amongst thy odd audience.

Thy practiceth thy Computer Art
privately for many years
but did feareth
making such Art public
until I maketh
my poetic arts public
along with thy visual arts.
"Algorist" is a term used for digital artists who create algorithmic art. One group of algorists is known as Les Algoristes.

Algorists formally began correspondence and establishing their identity as artists following a panel titled "Art and Algorithms" at SIGGRAPH in 1995. The co-founders were Roman Verostko and Jean-Pierre Hébert. Hébert is credited with coining the term and its definition, which is, quite unsurprisingly, in the form of his own algorithm:

if (creation && object of art && algorithm && one's own algorithm) {
include * an algorist *
} elseif (!creation || !object of art || !algorithm || !one's own algorithm) {
exclude * not an algorist *
}
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithmic_art
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Artificial Artists and Scientists are already here...

Post by secretnude » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:13 am

Thy bored maketh innovations
and thy innovations
shouldn't be limiteth
to thy Organics.

Technologics
might soon surpasseth
thy Organics
and thy substrate for computation
shouldn't be thy limitation
for developing consciousness
as consciousness
ist nothing more than integration
of thy inputs
and outputs
in thy strange loop
that's thy recursive loop.

Thy recursive program
theoretically can be programmed
in thy multicore machines
such that if thy machines
are bored thy machines
may maketh shortcuts
that cut
to thy nature of creativity
and flexibility
of thy self-programming.

Thy ability to self-program
ist something calleth metaprogramming
and I hath playeth with metaprograms.

http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/creativity.html
Since 1990 JS has built curious, creative agents that may be viewed as simple artificial scientists & artists with an intrinsic desire to explore the world by continually inventing new experiments. They never stop generating novel & surprising stuff, and consist of two learning modules: (A) an adaptive predictor or compressor or model of the growing data history as the agent is interacting with its environment, and (B) a general reinforcement learner (RL) selecting the actions that shape the history. The learning progress of (A) can be precisely measured and is the agent's fun: the intrinsic reward of (B). That is, (B) is motivated to learn to invent interesting things that (A) does not yet know but can easily learn. To maximize future expected reward, in the absence of external reward such as food, (B) learns more and more complex behaviors that yield initially surprising (but eventually boring) novel patterns that make (A) quickly improve. Many papers on this since 1990 can be found here - key papers include those of 1991, 1995, 1997(2002), 2006, 2007, 2011 (see also bottom of this page). The agents embody a simple, but general, formal theory of fun & creativity explaining essential aspects of human or non-human intelligence, including selective attention, science, art, music, humor (as discussed in the next column).
...
Developmental Robotics. Our continually learning artificial agents go through developmental stages: something interesting catches their attention for a while, but they get bored once they can't further improve their predictions, then try to create new tasks for themselves to learn novel, more complex skills on top of what they already know; then this gets boring as well, and so on, in open-ended fashion.
http://philosophynow.org/issues/78/I_Am ... Hofstadter
I Am A Symbolic Knot

Perhaps Hofstadter’s most intriguing argument is that the complexity and extensibility of active symbols in the brain inevitably leads to the same kind of self-reference which Gödel proved was inherent in any complex logical or arithmetical system. In a nutshell, Gödel showed that mathematics and logic contain ‘strange loops’: propositions that not only refer to mathematical/logical truths, but also to the symbol systems expressing those truths. This recursiveness inevitably leads to the sort of paradoxes seen in statements such as ‘This statement is false’.

Hofstadter argues that the psychological self arises out of a similar kind of paradox. We are not born with an ‘I’ – the ego emerges only gradually as experience shapes our dense web of active symbols into a tapestry rich and complex enough to begin twisting back upon itself. According to this view the psychological ‘I’ is a narrative fiction – a point that Wittgenstein made when he argued that the ‘I’ is not an object in the world, but a precondition for there being a world in the first place. “It is the ‘I’, it is the ‘I’, that is deeply mysterious!” exclaimed Wittgenstein.

A perspective (a mind) is therefore a consequence of a unique pattern of symbolic activity in our nervous systems. But Hofstadter contends it’s the symbolic pattern that is paramount, not the nature of the physical substrate. That is, if their logical activity was organized in an equivalent way, silicon chips could support consciousness just as neurons do. Hofstadter also believes that the pattern of symbolic activity that makes me who I am, that constitutes my specific subjectivity, can be instantiated within the brains of others.

This notion may seem far out at first, but I believe Hofstadter is onto something. As he observes, each of us is a more than just a self; we are a collection of selves. In addition to a core self which we identify as our ‘I’, each of us contain neuronally-based symbolic models that mirror and reflect the other people in our lives. These patterns of symbolic activity have a certain degree of autonomy in so far as they really do simulate the perspective of our significant others. Hofstadter contends that if we have lived and loved someone long and deeply enough, our symbol models will come to mirror their perspective ever more closely. We will essentially be able to see the world through their eyes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaprogramming
Metaprogramming is the writing of computer programs that write or manipulate other programs (or themselves) as their data, or that do part of the work at compile time that would otherwise be done at runtime. In some cases, this allows programmers to minimize the number of lines of code to express a solution (hence reducing development time)[citation needed], or it gives programs greater flexibility to efficiently handle new situations without recompilation.

The language in which the metaprogram is written is called the metalanguage. The language of the programs that are manipulated is called the object language. The ability of a programming language to be its own metalanguage is called reflection or reflexivity.

Reflection is a valuable language feature to facilitate metaprogramming. Having the programming language itself as a first-class data type (as in Lisp, Forth or Rebol) is also very useful; this is known as "homoiconicity". Generic programming invokes a metaprogramming facility within a language, in those languages supporting it.
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Thy Inquisitive Inquisitors of thy Dark Cat

Post by secretnude » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:04 am

Thy Dark Cat
forced all who were Enlightened into that
underground
were thy Naked Mole Rats
were to be found.

Thy Space Cats
now faced thy exiles from thy Dark Land
where thy Dark Cat
now ruleth as we understand.

Thy Inquisitve
Inquisitors
of thy Dark Cat
oversaw
thy uncute
persecution
that we saw
and some hath been saweth
in half alive
and of course didn't surviveth.

Such cruel Cat
ist that
Dark Cat
that
wanteth to controlleth thy minds
we find
by mean of thy Dark Cat Religion
laced with thy potent Dark Superstition
with much self-flagellation
and self-accusation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_by_sawing
"death by sawing" indicates the act of sawing a living person in half, either longitudinally, or transversely, through the central body mass, either sawing the individual in half across or along the body length. Thus, decapitation by means of sawing, or dismemberment by means of sawing are merely tangential sub-themes, though some ambiguous cases might be included. Death by sawing was a method of execution reportedly used in different parts of the world, for example in Europe under the Roman Empire, in Spain, and in parts of Asia. Some of the reviewed examples are clearly legendary, and at least one source states that the method was probably never used.[2]
http://libertyforcaptives.com/2012/08/0 ... rt-4-of-8/
When my pastor coerced church members to publicly confess sins in front of the entire congregation, the stated purpose was so that the offender could find healing and restoration. Yet the effect of coerced confession was actually public humiliation and a degradation of the person in front of their friends and family
...
Religious scholars describe this unhealthy attitude of perpetual struggle, self-flagellation, and self-loathing as “worm theology.” It originated with John Calvin and was made popular by the Isaac Watts hymn, “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed?” where one line runs, “Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I?”

The problem with this theology is that it is half-true. Apart from Christ, all people are hopeless sinners. Yet worm theology is also half-false, because believers are indwelt by the Spirit of Christ and are made in the image of God, giving them great value. This is not a mushy bowl of elementary-school self-esteem training; it is the clear biblical reality which trumpets the worth and value of human beings.

By teaching only one-half of the truth about believers—that we are sinners—leaders of unhealthy religious groups miss the tension that we are also moving from glory to glory in Christ and that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Instead, they promote a culture of depression and dependence which makes their followers susceptible to mindless devotion to the leader.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_control
various theories of conversion and member retention have been proposed that link mind control to some NRMs, particularly those religious movements referred to as "cults" by their critics. These theories resemble the original political brainwashing theories with some minor changes. Philip Zimbardo discusses mind control as "the process by which individual or collective freedom of choice and action is compromised by agents or agencies that modify or distort perception, motivation, affect, cognition and/or behavioral outcomes",[29] and he suggests that any human being is susceptible to such manipulation.[30] In a 1999 book, Robert Lifton also applied his original ideas about thought reform to Aum Shinrikyo, concluding that in this context thought reform was possible without violence or physical coercion. Margaret Singer, who also spent time studying the political brainwashing of Korean prisoners of war, agreed with this conclusion: in her book Cults in Our Midst she describes six conditions which would create an atmosphere in which thought reform is possible.[31]

Approaching the subject from the perspective of neuroscience and social psychology, Kathleen Taylor suggests that manipulation of the prefrontal cortex activates "brainwashing", rendering a person more susceptible to black-and-white thinking.[32] Meanwhile, in Influence, Science and Practice, social psychologist Robert Cialdini argues that mind control is possible through the covert exploitation of the unconscious rules that underlie and facilitate healthy human social interactions. He states that common social rules can be used to prey upon the unwary.
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Thy Theology of thy Holy Worm

Post by secretnude » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:42 am

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s ... ersion=KJV
Psalm 22:6King James Version (KJV)

6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
King James Version (KJV)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s ... ersion=KJV
Isaiah 41:14King James Version (KJV)

14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Alas! and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sov’reign die,
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/104#ixzz36ltZCC6E
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I writeth about thy Holy Worm
totally unaware
that there
ist Worm Theology
that ist real Theology.

Surpriseth
that Worm Theology existeth
and thy cults probably subscribeth
to thy Theology describeth.

Thy Theology that focuseth
on Human Inadequacies
fosters thy unhealthy dependency
on thy Church Authorities.

Better to disposeth
of thy Worms
before thy Worms
eateth
thy self-esteem
and deem
thyself truly unworthy
before anybody.

Worm Theology, I find
ist a mind
parasite that I can't defend
even if I can defend
some of thoughts of John Calvin
this Theology of Calvin
that ist Wormy
must go to thy Worms.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worm_theology
John Calvin (1509–1564) a 16th-century theologian and Protestant reformer much of his theological thinking was similar to Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Augustine of Hippo [2] Calvin saw mankind as being totally unable to do anything for ourselves to free us from the stranglehold of sin, hence the reason why Jesus came to reveal what God the Father was really like (John 14:6) and that it is only through faith in Jesus and a continual yielding of ourselves to the Holy Spirit that we are able to have an intimate relationship with a holy and righteous God [3].

John Wesley (1703–1791) from whom the Methodist Church commenced seems to hold to this view as his notes on Psalm 22:6 seem to suggest [4]. (Further comment follows). Although Wesley was a firm believer in the 'Grace of God' [5] which emphasises the goodness of God towards humankind even though we have done nothing to deserve it.

Worm Theology was more acceptable by Christians of previous generations. St. Paul writes "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24, NIV). This was understood as being a way in which one was able to humble themselves before God and man. However, the context of this verse suggests otherwise [6].

Paul of Tarsus was an extremely influential Christian who took the Gospel all over the then known world, suffering greatly for the cause of Christ; eventually losing his life in defense of the Gospel. He also wrote a number of powerful letters which are now a substantial part of the New Testament. One of these is the book of Romans Epistle to the Romans, where he develops the argument where a person is changed from a sinner to a saint though faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus, the sinless Son of God lived a perfect life before God and man, and Paul sought to imitate his Lord and Saviour. However no matter how hard he tries, he finds it impossible to achieve. This leads him to write the phrase, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" [7] But in the very next verse he points out that Jesus has made this impossible task possible [8] through the help and enabling of the Holy Spirit [9], who is able to change us from slaves of sin to sons of God [10], without condemning us in any way [11]. The only way one feels condemned is when we chose to go our way instead of keeping in step with God's Holy Spirit [12].

The term 'worm theology' is generally used by those who do not accept this, and so is used as a way of expressing the belief that this theology is wrong. But 'worm theology' is not as prevalent today.
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Re: Secretnude's Drabble Poetry Corner

Post by strawman » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:33 am

Never judge anyone until you have biopsied their brain.

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If a Soundwave maketh art but can't take ownership...

Post by secretnude » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:58 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithmic_art
if (creation && object of art && algorithm && one's own algorithm) {
include * an algorist *
} elseif (!creation || !object of art || !algorithm || !one's own algorithm) {
exclude * not an algorist *
}
According to thy Algorist
Algorithm
thy sound waves can't be an Algorist
since an Algorist
must be able to defineth an algorithm
and taketh ownership of thy algorithm.

Thy mechanical means of production
of thy art liketh
to thy computer production
can be defineth
as an Algorithm
liketh
a flowchart in thy business process
and thy owner of thy process
might be thy Algorist
but not in thy strict mathematical sense.

I sense
that thy Algorist Community
would be
open to including noncomputational
art involving physical
laws
as we saw
in thy clip but math
might be thy truer path.

http://spalterdigitalartcollection.blog ... s.html?m=1
The term was first associated with artists in 1995 by a group who had been experimenting for many years with algorithms implemented with computers. The execution of algorithms with computers brought form-generating capabilities that were not accessible to artists without computers.  With computing power algorithmic procedure would eventually be engaged to simulate language, evolution, and problem solving  at ever higher levels.  And certainly this new computational ability held promise for those artists who undertook to learn computer languages.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm
An algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list[1] of well-defined instructions[2] for calculating a function.[3] Starting from an initial state and initial input (perhaps empty),[4] the instructions describe a computation that, when executed, proceeds through a finite[5] number of well-defined successive states, eventually producing "output"[6] and terminating at a final ending state. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic; some algorithms, known as randomized algorithms, incorporate random input.
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Re: Secretnude's Drabble Poetry Corner

Post by strawman » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:19 pm

In that different frequencies produce different patterns and frequencies are numbers of waves, it appears that math and the algorithms of harmonics generate the patterns. Maybe that makes it an algorithm rather than an algorist.
Your art is very interesting, by the way, reminiscent of fractal quilts.
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Frequency as a function of time in thy clip

Post by secretnude » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:30 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierpinski_triangle
Wacław Sierpiński described the Sierpinski triangle in 1915. However, similar patterns appear already in the 13th-century Cosmati mosaics in the cathedral of Anagni, Italy,[11] and other places of central Italy, for carpets in many places such as the nave of the Roman Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin,[12] and for isolated triangles positioned in rotae in several churches and Basiliche.[13] In the case of the isolated triangle, it is interesting to notice that the iteration is at least of three levels.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacquard_weaving
Originally the Jacquard machines were mechanical, and the fabric design was stored in a series of punched cards which were joined together to form a continuous chain. The Jacquards often were small and only independently controlled a relatively few warp ends. This required a number of repeats across the loom width. Larger capacity machines, or the use of multiple machines, allowed greater control, with fewer repeats, and hence larger designs to be woven across the loom width.
...
Bonas Machine Company Ltd.[4] launched the first electronic Jacquard at ITMA,[5] Milan in 1983. Although the machines were initially small, modern technology has allowed Jacquard machine capacity to increase significantly, and single end warp control can extend to more than 10,000 warp ends. This avoids the need for repeats and symmetrical designs and allows almost infinite versatility. The computer-controlled machines significantly reduce the down time associated with changing punched paper designs, thus allowing smaller batch sizes. However, electronic Jacquards are costly and may not be required in a factory weaving large batch sizes, and smaller designs.
Much of Fractals and Weaving
ist intertwineth
in history that ist fineth.

Thy Computing
oweth
some of thy punch card technology
to thy weaving technology.

Quite appropriate that Computing
ist now a tool for Weaving
and thy Jacquard Looms
are now thy Electronic Jacquard Looms.

Thy Algorithm ist not in thy Harmonics
but thy generation of thy Harmonics
in thy case of thy clip.

Thy Frequency
can be expressed as thy Function of Time
as thy clip
as thy frequency
increaseth
as Time
progresseth.

An Algorithm hast to be mathematically expressible
or decomposable
into steps
and be excuteth
in steps.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm
An informal definition could be "a set of rules that precisely defines a sequence of operations."[13] which would include all computer programs, including programs that do not perform numeric calculations. Generally, a program is only an algorithm if it stops eventually.[14]
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Much fun to maketh Computer Art even in Dos Days

Post by secretnude » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:28 am

Javascript ist powerful.

I liketh
Javascript's power.

I can maketh
more art liketh this
since this
ist quite easy and quite fun.

I shall restricteth such fun
Art Posts
to fun
Art Topics
and thy Forum does strictly
restricteth
Image Sizes and Image quantity per post.

Thy useth
to do stuff liketh
this in Dos Qbasic
in thy Dos era
with thy basic
graphics capabilities of CGA
or VGA.

I later useth
Turbo Pascal
and Turbo C
to maketh
thy graphical art
that departeth
from usual college age
hobbies
of thy college age
friends that also liketh
thy strange hobby.
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