Monday, December 31, 2012

badideas 2012

Bad ideas, brain farts, no filter, 2012

sayit-- (greeting card captions)
    • Inbox protection insurance
    • The title Urban Douchebag sounds mainstream at this point; how about Hipster Taliban?
    • On groups: Do groups whose member prefer the same type of music work better than mixed groups?
    • AI: The cursor. The cursor corresponds to what you are thinking, along a timeline, like there is a little person inside your head talking and directing your thoughts. The cursor has to do with dialog, and internal vocalization does that. So the brain centers that make up the reception of sound, parsed into language, before connecting to concepts, is where the cursor would occur. It is singular. It collapses all concurrent thoughts into a real-time single stream, discarding anything not intense enough to be integrated. Incidentally this kind of a mechanism would mirror the external self, with limited attention, needing to operate in real-time, driving a single body, synthesizing a personal best world view based on all available information whether from memory or senses.
    • On super organisms: Larger means more energy to bend reality. The trending flat-liner video demonstrates how an ant walking on a sheet of paper can only move from A to B by walking across it. If however, a person folds the sheet of paper and enables the ant to go from one area on the surface to another instantly, then this would be to the ant like teleportation. The ant does not have enough energy to do such a feat. Even a colony of ants, with pooled resources cannot do it, as there is not enough energy density and rigidity even if the ants are really close together. By way of a human parallel, it is not surprising that pooled muscle resource of many men are no match for a machine with a high density energy source, like a car engine, to exert the same power as the other by equivalent mass and volume. Efficiency and context is another matter.

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

    Enmore gawking

    An old school triptych.

    Nonchalant on a red giant -- how it's done.

    Comet-man flying like a comet.

    This dude's pimped electrified ride was spotted before, parked at ARC.

    And then there was the non-electric doppelgänger.

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    mini vs micro bike pump

    I am annoyed that there is no user friendly way to get a spare part for my bike pump. I am referring to the twisty nut part that is used to swap the valve interface at the business end of the pump.

    Said that, the occasion gave me an excuse purchase a new pump, smaller than the one before, via ebay hence for cheap.

    But I mean really, should one bother the global supply chain system about a small non essential part, to do with a $12 complete gadget? I think not, for a volume of reasons. And the upgrade does make my life easier and more happily enjoyed.

    The following, in order are:
    1. pen, for size reference
    2. new pump, the compact Giyo GM-42 Pocket Mini Pump W/Lockable Handle
    3. old pump with the missing front bit, Giyo GP-09 Alum Mini Pump W/T Handle
    [btw, the missing front bit was later found at the bottom of my bag -- who would have thought]

    Friday, December 07, 2012

    Magnificent Revolution at The Rocks meetup ride

    On Friday we went to see Magnificent Revolution. Met at Sydney Town Hall steps, and then the gang rode to The Rocks.

    The bike powered cinema had 2 banks of 4 bikes. Each bike was coupled to a 200W motor, from electric scooters. Each bank of 4 fed into a separate deep cycle battery. The batteries operate a consumer grade digital projector and audio.

    36 photos

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Critical Mass bridge ride 2012 meetup ride

    This is a cross post via my photography blog, 

    Hey Peter. Thanks for looking into Critical Mass and putting up a meetup for it. Great event.

    Thanks to everyone else for being good sports with me taking your shots. I hope you like them. Needless to say, grateful to the organisers for the heavy lifting in making this happen.

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    Sydney Bike Hash 36 ride

    The bike hash is a lot of fun. If you have not been to one, it is basically a pub crawl with a group of 50, on bikes. And I went to one on Sunday.
    197 photos

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

    ARTcycle ART1ST Ride

    Went on a gallery hopping ARTcycle ride, via meetup . It was leisurely and enjoyable as always. Took a few shots on my phone along the way.