Maps in iOS 6 vs. Android: Where IS the Washington Monument?

September 30, 2012 / 0 comments

On Apple tech blogs, tumblr, and now in a recent article in the New York times, iPhone users are bemoaning the failure of Apple’s new maps application that replaced Google Maps in the iOS 6 update (and also comes pre-installed on the new iPhone 5). I keep coming across a popular example of the new map…

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After Dark: Where have the screensavers gone?

September 23, 2012 / 0 comments

I got my first personal computer in 1994. I had just started as a freshman at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon (Steve Jobs’ alma mater) and the school was an all Mac campus as part of the Apple Consortium. My roommate and everyone else I knew in our dorm had purchased new Macs to start our tenure…

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Life Creates the Universe

November 12, 2010 / 0 comments

“Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe,” by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, argues for a theory of everything built on biology, not physics.  Lanza writes “according to biocentrism, it’s us, the observer, who create space and time.”  On the surface, Lanza appears to be applying…

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Exoanthropology

October 13, 2010 / 0 comments

The recent discovery of a possibly Earth-like planet, Gliese 581g, had me thinking about exo-/xeno-/astro-anthropology again and about the possibility of studying cultures on other planets.  Since the early 90s when I started my undergraduate education in biology and philosophy, I’ve been interested in the relatively easy acceptance of the “hard sciences” approach to studying theoretical…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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Laughlin & Throop (on experience and reality)

October 10, 2009 / 0 comments

“The forms of knowledge that technologies mediate is integral to both a society’s cultural information pool, and to the extramental reality in which they live. Technology itself constitutes an alteration of that relationship — especially as it intervenes in the experiential aspects of that relationship . . . Technologies are in a sense ‘artifacts of…

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Andy Letcher at Horizons 2009

October 9, 2009 / 0 comments

I looked forward to hearing Andy Letcher speak at Horizons.  I hadn’t heard of his work or his book “Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom,” but the synopsis for his presentation sounded interesting: For those who have encountered the sacred mushroom, the psilocybin experience is like an ancient codex whose glyphs are at…

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures

August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Vincent Callebaut Architectures is designing entirely new spiritual spaces. Many of his recent designs are buildings that function as eco-technology. They integrate with the multiple environments that overlap in our cities: human, mechanical and Gaian.

OGMA

May 31, 2009 / 0 comments

OGMA releases his his first album. His ecstatic music can be heard on myspace.

Earth2 and The Gaia Hypothesis

May 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Karla Tonella has constructed an online document where she is looking at Earth2, an NBC television series from the 1990s. “Set 200 years in the future when the depleted Earth(1) is mostly uninhabitable, this series turns us back on ourselves to reconsider our relationship to our own planet, indigenous peoples and other species. While post-colonial…

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Megalith Genesis

March 7, 2009 / 0 comments

This video, which was sent to me by Alberto Duarte of City College, CUNY – depicts the genesis of a new life form following the interaction of nature and a megalithic structure. Venetian Snares – Szamar Madar from David OReilly on Vimeo.

HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden

February 14, 2009 / 0 comments

Are there thoughts that are not permitted by the software of the brain? Human rights depend on Animal rights. We can never have liberation of humankind without the same for all of animalkind. So long as we enslave, we will never be free. If your browser isn’t functioning well, get an upgrade. New Version Culture.

“Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch”

February 2, 2009 / 0 comments

A post on _Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ titled “_Emily is Not Real_: Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch” refers to my paper “Mapping the Temples of Cyborgism” and uses the graphic I created to illustrate an expansion of Mori’s map of the uncanny valley. The post is a RICH mine of links – so check it out….

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Film – Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within

January 30, 2009 / 0 comments

Playing tonight, here: The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St., New York, NY (Doors 7p, screening 8p sharp, $10)

Samadhi

January 17, 2009 / 0 comments

The Temple of Awakening Divinity. There’s something to this, my friend and I in elementary school used to say while high-fiving: “we’re the TOADS, totally outrageously awesome dudes!” Little did I know we were right, but it actually stood for Temple Of Awakening Divinity Supplicants. Learn about the Temple of Awakening Divinity on The Entheogenic…

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