28 February 2006

Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy





This is a two-hour documentary. Watch it at home when you've nothing else to do. In the meantime, watch the previous video, which runs under six minutes: Quantum Physics Double Slit Experiment.

25 February 2006

Being me

Arena

(known to self and others)

vulgar, cynical, chaotic, insensitive

Blind Spot

(known only to others)

aloof, glum, simple, lethargic, withdrawn, hostile, brash, distant, childish, boastful, blasé, impatient, loud, unethical, self-satisfied, smug, dispassionate, callous, foolish

Façade

(known only to self)

inattentive, unreliable

Unknown

(known to nobody)

incompetent, intolerant, inflexible, timid, cowardly, violent, stupid, insecure, irresponsible, selfish, unhappy, unhelpful, needy, unimaginative, inane, cruel, ignorant, irrational, imperceptive, weak, embarrassed, vacuous, panicky, passive, rash, overdramatic, dull, predictable, cold, humourless

All Percentages

incompetent (0%) intolerant (0%) inflexible (0%) timid (0%) cowardly (0%) violent (0%) aloof (50%) glum (12%) stupid (0%) simple (12%) insecure (0%) irresponsible (0%) vulgar (50%) lethargic (25%) withdrawn (12%) hostile (12%) selfish (0%) unhappy (0%) unhelpful (0%) cynical (25%) needy (0%) unimaginative (0%) inane (0%) brash (12%) cruel (0%) ignorant (0%) irrational (0%) distant (50%) childish (12%) boastful (25%) blasé (25%) imperceptive (0%) chaotic (37%) impatient (12%) weak (0%) embarrassed (0%) loud (25%) vacuous (0%) panicky (0%) unethical (25%) insensitive (37%) self-satisfied (25%) passive (0%) smug (37%) rash (0%) dispassionate (12%) overdramatic (0%) dull (0%) predictable (0%) callous (12%) inattentive (0%) unreliable (0%) cold (0%) foolish (12%) humourless (0%)

Created by the Nohari Window on 1.3.2006, using data from 8 respondents.
You can make your own Nohari Window, or view Don Eglinski's full data.

22 February 2006

Quantum Mechanics : Information Theory

Oh yes, quantum computing

By combining quantum computation and quantum interrogation, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found an exotic way of determining an answer to an algorithm – without ever running the algorithm.

Using an optical-based quantum computer, a research team led by physicist Paul Kwiat has presented the first demonstration of "counterfactual computation," inferring information about an answer, even though the computer did not run. The researchers report their work in the Feb. 23 issue of Nature.

Quantum computers have the potential for solving certain types of problems much faster than classical computers. Speed and efficiency are gained because quantum bits can be placed in superpositions of one and zero, as opposed to classical bits, which are either one or zero. Moreover, the logic behind the coherent nature of quantum information processing often deviates from intuitive reasoning, leading to some surprising effects.

"It seems absolutely bizarre that counterfactual computation – using information that is counter to what must have actually happened – could find an answer without running the entire quantum computer," said Kwiat, a John Bardeen Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at Illinois. "But the nature of quantum interrogation makes this amazing feat possible."

Sometimes called interaction-free measurement, quantum interrogation is a technique that makes use of wave-particle duality (in this case, of photons) to search a region of space without actually entering that region of space.

Utilizing two coupled optical interferometers, nested within a third, Kwiat's team succeeded in counterfactually searching a four-element database using Grover's quantum search algorithm. "By placing our photon in a quantum superposition of running and not running the search algorithm, we obtained information about the answer even when the photon did not run the search algorithm," said graduate student Onur Hosten, lead author of the Nature paper. "We also showed theoretically how to obtain the answer without ever running the algorithm, by using a 'chained Zeno' effect."

Through clever use of beam splitters and both constructive and destructive interference, the researchers can put each photon in a superposition of taking two paths. Although a photon can occupy multiple places simultaneously, it can only make an actual appearance at one location. Its presence defines its path, and that can, in a very strange way, negate the need for the search algorithm to run.

"In a sense, it is the possibility that the algorithm could run which prevents the algorithm from running," Kwiat said. "That is at the heart of quantum interrogation schemes, and to my mind, quantum mechanics doesn't get any more mysterious than this."

While the researchers' optical quantum computer cannot be scaled up, using these kinds of interrogation techniques may make it possible to reduce errors in quantum computing, Kwiat said. "Anything you can do to reduce the errors will make it more likely that eventually you'll get a large-scale quantum computer."

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
via PhysOrg.com

Terry Gilliam on piracy

Clashes with Miramax head honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein (they have since sold their stake in the company) are rumoured to have marred the recent The Brothers Grimm production. And a couple of years ago lack of funds and sheer rotten luck scuppered his adaption of Cervantes' Don Quixote, as documented in the biopic of the aborted project, Lost In La Mancha.

His next project, according to an interview with the BBC, is a western, of a sort, Anything for Billy, based on a book by Larry McMurtry, who also shares screenplay credit for favoured Oscar contender Brokeback Mountain.
"It's one of Larry's best books. The difficulty is there's so much in it that we'd have to lose a lot to condense it into a movie."

As with another of his mooted projects - an adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, Good Omens - the problem lies in raising enough money to do it justice.

"I want to put things on screen that are visually elaborate, but I'm getting tired of how complicated that is to do.

"Every few days you have to compromise just to keep the film going. You're constantly shifting, just to appease the money people."

Having suffered through more than his share of studio executives penny-pinching his films into oblivion, he finds it hard to sympathise with their anguished bleatings over how pirating of movies is driving them to the poor house.
"It's hard for me to worry about the studios losing money. I'm not very sympathetic to their money problems, because they certainly haven't been sympathetic to mine.

"When you look at one of their accounting sheets you realise you're never going to see a penny, so if someone wants to rip them off that's fine with me.

"If you're going to pirate, though, make sure the quality's good. Have some respect for what you're pirating!"

via Bits of News

21 February 2006

My absence

Photo by the wonderful Kara YerexJust wanted everyone to know that I've been working on an article for some kind people at the Stanford Institute of Design (d.school), on "Spirituality and Japanese Design Practise." I've learned more about Japanese aesthetics than I ever thought possible, which is also why it has been kicking my ass for the past months. (Sorry, Wendy!) Whether they end up using it is a whole other question, as I've found that I have difficulty translating my thoughts from their abstractions into lucid, flowing written pieces.

The beauty is that I believe this blog has now become moot as I've answered my own questions about occult design. In the coming weeks, I shall have to figure out what to do next with myself. As the article is cleaned up, I shall see if I can throw it up for everyone's pleasure. What I learned from the Japanese correlates with what I've recently been covering in my guest-lectures at the University of Alberta. The two are relative to one another, but the West needs to be educated in its approach.

The above photo is by my friend, Kara, and compliments the piece. We'll see what the future brings shortly!