Friday, January 23, 2009
Old web bud viscousplatypus pointed
to a link to this song. At first I was taken aback by the immediate forcefulness of this song, but it's infectious lyrics quickly warmed my heart. give it chance, snap your fingers, tap your feet, smile knowingly.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Rev. Lowery Inauguration benediction. Transcript.
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Transcript courtesy Federal News Service
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand -- true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we've shared this day. We pray now, O Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national and, indeed, the global fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hand, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink, though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.
For we know that, Lord, you're able and you're willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor or the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.
We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that, yes, we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seeds of greed -- the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.
And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.
And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.
Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little, angelic Sasha and Malia.
We go now to walk together, children, pledging that we won't get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone, with your hands of power and your heart of love.
Help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid; when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- (laughter) -- when yellow will be mellow -- (laughter) -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- (laughter) -- and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
REV. LOWERY: Say amen --
REV. LOWERY: -- and amen.
AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)
Courtesy Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun -Times
-"The red man can get ahead, man".
This one line kind of summed up the entire feeling of hope that this day had. It's obvious that the landscape of our culture has changed in a big way today, and the fact that Reverend Lowery mentioned in his benediction those of us that still continue to be oppressed in this country filled me with even
more hope than I had at the beginning of the ceremony. Thank-you Rev. Lowery. Thank-you for making what could have been a very solemn situation into a solemn, yet funky time.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, tilt, color, movement), and cognitive illusions where the eye and brain make unconscious inferences.
Rotation and expansion
I've been using Paint Shop Pro 9 for a while now, to create all sorts of digital images that result in multiple interference patterns that fool ones eye into seeing movement where there is none. These types of images have captured my attention since I was a child. I remember my aunts and uncles having fuzzy flack light posters with all sorts strange and wondrous images, many of them designed to give the impression of some sort of movement. When I was a little older, I discovered that I could make similar images with string art, tying string in straight lines on a board to give the impression that there were curves in the design, in spite of all of it being made with straight lines.
Here is an example of string art. The following image is part of the public domain, and is not my own work.
"Physiological illusions, such as the afterimages following bright lights or adapting stimuli of excessively longer alternating patterns (contingent perceptual aftereffect), are presumed to be the effects on the eyes or brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type - brightness, tilt, color, movement, etc. The theory is that stimuli have individual dedicated neural paths in the early stages of visual processing, and that repetitive stimulation of only one or a few channels causes a physiological imbalance that alters perception.The Hermann grid illusion and Mach bands are two illusions that are best explained using a biological approach. Lateral inhibition, where in the receptive field of the retina light and dark receptors compete with one another to become active, has been used to explain why we see bands of increased brightness at the edge of a color difference when viewing Mach bands. Once a receptor is active it inhibits adjacent receptors. This inhibition creates contrast, highlighting edges. In the Hermann grid illusion the gray spots appear at the intersection because of the inhibitory response which occurs as a result of the increased dark surround." - From this wikipedia article.
That paragraph is referencing the following image:
The types of images I really enjoy attempting to make employ techniques that cause the viewer to experience both expansion and depth. Other types of movement that can be perceived with these types of illusions is rotation, collapse and flicker.
"perception is an active construction of the mind rather than a valid representation of objective reality." - Psychological Assessment Referral & Treatment Services
"Researcher Mark Changizi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York says optical illusions are due to a neural lag which most humans experience while awake. When light hits the retina, about one-tenth of a second goes by before the brain translates the signal into a visual perception of the world. Scientists have known of the lag, yet they have debated over how humans compensate, with some proposing that our motor system somehow modifies our movements to offset the delay.Changizi asserts that the human visual system has evolved to compensate for neural delays, generating images of what will occur one-tenth of a second into the future. This foresight enables human to react to events in present. This allows humans to perform reflexive acts like catching a fly ball and to maneuver smoothly through a crowd.  Illusions occur when our brains attempt to perceive the future, and those perceptions don't match reality. " - Wikipedia
The organizational mechanisms of vision are best demonstrated by illusions. Illusions illustrate that perception is a creative construction that the brain makes in interpreting visual data ....Learning does not prevent us from being taken in by these illusions.
- Eric Kandel
Found this picture from a few months ago. I was seriously flirting with all of @Twitter, but one person specifically, who asked me for a naughty pic after sending me a few. I had very bad pink-eye at the time, and I was staying w/ my sister, so it was difficult to do, and she wouldn't help. She has opinions about nude pictures of my being posted online, so I had to do it myself. Not that I minded, but I was very afraid to drop my HTC Touch in the bubble bath. I couldn't see, was very slippery, it was cold, and the smile was very difficult to come by! lol. I cropped some of my face because with the way my eyes were looking from the pink eye, it made me look corpse like. Even though the picture is blurred and slightly in motion and doesn't quite look exactly like me, I still think it is somewhat artistic, and even marginally titillating.
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