I wrapped up this semester in Rest of You with a project that I’m proud of, which is really a lovely feeling.
Computer Breath, better known now as iBreathe, is a simple sensor that reminds you to breathe by dimming your computer when your breathing shallows.
Linda Stone calls it “email apnea”, people attribute it to poor posture . . . → Read More: iBreathe Documentation and Summary
via . . . → Read More: Dreams – Presentation
Keystroke logging, . . . → Read More: Mental Diet
Mirror neurons + Ramachandran
Thinking about computers mirroring us . . . → Read More: Them
It’s been awhile, but thankfully I took some notes which led me to recall this powerful assertion from David Deustch – who’s work in physics led him to encourage a “multiple parallel worlds” investigation of quantum theory. Here he talks a bit about perception and testable observation en route to explanation:
“But what creationist and empiricists both . . . → Read More: All Actions Are Theory-Laden
After playing with my stretch sensor and thinking a bit more about breathing + computing, I began looking for ways my computer could notify me when my breathing was becoming shallow, or stopping. I first changed the graph to a simple color changing screen – it shifts from purple (inhale) to magenta (exhale). I tried thinking . . . → Read More: Cyborg Inversion
This week I wanted to quantify my breathing using a stretch sensor + Arduino.
I set up the sensor using some alligator clips, stringing the conductive elastic around my ribcage to get an analog read correlating to lung expansion. Once I had consistent serial reads, I used Processing to graph my breath, and watched contentedly as my . . . → Read More: The Obvious Unnoticed
illusion – (n) a false idea or belief
delusion – (n) an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder
Recently I had the opportunity to have my palm read by an alleged expert – a Colombian man nearing . . . → Read More: Personal Illusions