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Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas and Inventions

Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas and Inventions
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Black Rock City, Nevada 89412 - Google Maps!!! Did you know that Black Rock City actually has a post office? Burning Man IS a real city, not an Utopian place, and its zip code is 89412!!! If you look for it on Google Maps, you can even spot Black Rock City's location, but you have to zoom in and look very carefully to spot it. This is how the Playa looks like from above with Google Maps, and a decent zoom - it was not easy to spot the exact location in the area, I had to beat the map almost inch by inch to find Black Rock City!!! Then you give the zoom a last click, et voila' - ladies and gentlemen, geniouses and weirdos, here is Black Rock City in all its airview splendor! You actually get two Black Rock Cities in one shot - the South-western one is the previous location of Black Rock City, up to Burning Man 2004. You can zoom in a lot, and explore Black Rock City - this one below is a nice view from above centered at Center Camp, with the Esplanade and all. Now you can ask Google Maps driving directions straight to Center Camp!

The Anthropic Principle Has the universe developed for the express purpose of being observed and understood by intelligent beings, or is it just a lucky break for the intelligent beings that they exist at all? The Anthropic Principle was proposed in Poland in 1973, during a special two-week series of synopsia commemorating Copernicus’s 500th birthday. It was proposed by Brandon Carter, who, on Copernicus’s birthday, had the audacity to proclaim that humanity did indeed hold a special place in the Universe, an assertion that is the exact opposite of Copernicus’s now universally accepted theory. Carter was not, however, claiming that the Universe was our own personal playground, made specifically with humanity in mind. The version of the Anthropic Principle that he proposed that day, which is now referred to as the Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP) stated only that by our very existence as carbon-based intelligent creatures, we impose a sort of selection effect on the Universe.

EPBOT - Waterfox Preparation Driving to Burning Man from the Wormy Apple... Travel Advice from taraball(at)earthlink(dot)net 2 girls alone on the highway, quenching of the unsatiated desire for fire Driving to Burning Man from the East Coast is a spiritual journey that I have participated in, with Samantha the Pantha, for the last two years. Leave NYC late at night, not in the day. Make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Don't run out of gas. We drove like hell all day to make good time. We generally stopped well after dark at campsites or RV lots. The best thing to do is watch your map and stop when it seems good, or when you are exhausted and the highway becomes a dull video game. I can't really say, “this was the greatest” about anything. Our favorite state was Wyoming. We had a couple of scares. We both like to drive like nut jobs, but remain within speed limits to a certain degree. As you get closer to Black Rock, you will see people on highway who are going to Burning Man as well. Observe all sunsets.

Cosmic Jackpot Cosmic Jackpot, also published under the title The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?,[1] is a 2007 non-fiction book by physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, describing the idea of a fine-tuned Universe. The Enigma[edit] In Cosmic Jackpot, Davies argues that certain universal fundamental physical constants are precisely adjusted to make life in the Universe possible: that we have, in a sense, won a "cosmic jackpot," and that conditions are "just right" for life, as in the The Story of the Three Bears. After explaining this enigma, Davies discusses possible solutions, such as the anthropic principle, the idea of a multiverse which contains many different universes (including our "just right" one), and the idea of intelligent design. The Multiverse[edit] Davies also discusses a number of other ideas connected with the "multiverse." Chapters[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News | tech, science, news and social issues for geeks Is It A Book? A small History of the Book, or, how its Past relates to the Topic at Hand Some thoughts on Nonlinearity in Literature An Analysis of narrative in Comix, and the work of Alan Moore [new section, July 2005] Nonlinearity as it relates to Form and Function in the Book Arts A discussion of Dreams, Memory, and the Cinema Several amusing Tricks and Games, which Employ various aspects of Nonlinearity A discussion of the Possibilities for the Future of the Book in the present Electronic Age A Bibliography, and list of Web Resources relating to Nonlinearity [updated July 2005] If you are Curious, please Consult our List of Seldom Asked Questions For those needing Aid in Navigation, and for those merely Curious about our Methods &/or Intentions, we have Provided an Assistance Page Please consult our Credits if you are Curiousabout the origins of this Page or how Properly to Cite our Work Return to Book Arts Web - Links i s i t a b o o k ? - Lewis Carroll, Alice in wonderland

The Mind of God The Mind of God is a 1992 non-fiction book by Paul Davies. Subtitled The Scientific Basis for a Rational World, it is a whirlwind tour and explanation of theories, both physical and metaphysical, regarding ultimate causes. Its title comes from a quotation from Stephen Hawking: "If we do discover a theory of would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would truly know the mind of God." In the preface, Davies explains that he has been interested in ultimate causes since childhood, having annoyed his parents with unending "why's" about everything, with each answer demanding another "why," and usually ending with the reply, "Because God made it that way, and that's that!" He concludes with a statement of his belief that, even though we may never attain a theory of everything, "the existence of mind in some organism on some planet in the universe is surely a fact of fundamental significance. Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness.

NOBILITY | These are not the Heros you're looking for… Is It A Book? | Literature | i s i t a b o o k ? In which it is our Pleasure to provide some examples of Nonlinearity in the field known as Literature. "Poetry is indispensable -- if only I knew what for." - Jean Cocteau Flashback . . . Flashback has been part of narrative technique at least since Homer composed the Odyssey three thousand years ago. Reversal of time . . . In Time's arrow by Martin Amis, every action is related in reverse, as in a movie being rewound. Branching paths . . . Stories written using this technique are dynamic, and change depending on what the reader chooses to read first. Shuffling the deck . . . Most so-called hypertext fiction fits into this category. Afternoon, a story, a hypertext written by Michael Joyce, has 950 links, none of which are visible. Delayed or interrupted narrative . . . We consider this more complex than most other nonlinear styles, because it depends for its effect on the interplay between the text on the page and the reader's concept of the story. Simultaneous writing . . .

Pattern survival versus gene survival I decided to write this article after I found that many colleagues and participants whom I spoke with at the recent Humanity+ (ref. R.A. Koene, 2010b) and Transvision (ref. We are hampered by a historical dearth of attention to the very fundamentals that could support choosing a technological objective, such as cryonics, the elimination of biological aging, artificial general intelligence, or mind uploading to a whole brain emulation or other implementation of substrate-independent minds. There is a brewing debate about whether it is truly possible to enhance the human experience, or whether the way we experience being is in fact already the most that we can aspire to. None of us want our efforts to go to waste, or to chase down lesser and near-sighted ends. What does a self-consistent, intelligent and capable person do? This is very important, because each of us has to choose where to dedicate our time and our effort. In my work, I have reached this point twice, from different angles.

Being There: Ambient Loops from Famous Sci-Fi TV and Movies A look into the fascinating subculture of ambient sound loops, taken directly from sci-fi TV and movies like Blade Runner, Star Trek and Alien. For all the attention afforded services like Spotify, Pandora, Beats, and SoundCloud, YouTube remains an active place of musical reinterpretation and presentations, the official videos and VEVO channels supplemented by unofficial remixes, live bootlegs and users’ own creative efforts. One of the most interesting musical microtrends hosted there, though, might also be one of its most mysterious. It might even be hard to call it music at all. It can best be described as loops of ambient sound from movies and TV – and, very specifically, science fiction productions. One high profile fan is Jason DeMarco, Adult Swim vice president and the figure behind their yearly online singles series. Listening to any one of these pieces rapidly becomes a dual listening experience. The aforementioned 24 hour Next Generation piece is a perfect test case for this.

Is It A Book? | Future | i s i t a b o o k ? In which the Future of the Printed Word is discussed, not without some temerity but Hopefully with a general sense of the Rational Order of Thought. "The original is unfaithful to the translation." - Jorge Luis Borges The electronic document has, in a sense, a life of its own -- it is dynamic and changes to it can easily be made at any point in its life span. These seem like new problems, brought on by new technology, but in reality they are forgotten ones. As we asked in our Foyer section, what is the psychological weight of text? William Gibson, who coined the term cyberspace, wrote an autobiographical story on disk called "Agrippa: a book of the dead." "Agrippa" is more insistently linear than any traditional book The biggest problem electronic texts have is their dependence on a mediating machine to be read (or translated). Medieval manuscript layout is echoed by modern hypertexts. -- written by Emily-Jane Dawson and Karen Drayne