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Friday

How to See Sounds


Just watch this.  Amazing, see the notes.


I know some people that see sounds, they have a rare condition called synesthesia. "Individuals rarely agree on what color a given sound is (composers Liszt and Rimsky-Korsakov famously disagreed on the colors of music keys); however, synesthetes show the same trends as non-synesthetes do. For example, both groups say that loud tones are brighter than soft tones and that lower tones are darker than higher tones." check out the documentary below to learn more.


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Tuesday

Are we Human? Or are we Connectome?

Strange that I bumped into a monk in the park earlier in the day that asked me the question of, "Who are you? Are you your arms? Are you your brain?" etc. I asked him if he had seen this video by Alan Watts.
Then, when I got home and decided to unwind with a TED talk, it happened to be on the same subject.  I'd email it to my new monk friend, but he doesn't use the internet.

So, if you were to pay for cryogenics and froze yourself when you died, but then after death your soul was reincarnated into your next life as a dog, would that future dog become a soulless demon dog if your human body was thawed out? Well, of course it would, and Im sure it would inspire a bad horror B-Movie as well. This TED talk is like something out of an 80's sci-fi flick. Cyberdyne is here to tell you the future. Listen up. And feel free to hit rewind if you're not keeping up.

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Friday

7 "Documentaries" About Something Fake

1.  Blair Witch Project (1999) - The filmmakers told the press off the bat that it was fake, but that didn't stop people from believing.
The Blair Witch Project [Blu-ray]

2.  Curse of the Blair Witch [VHS] A creepy-cool fake documentary about the fake documentary.   So meta.


Curse of the Blair Witch [VHS]
3.  Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot (1977) Saw this in the theaters as a child and couldn't sleep for days.  Though it's a real doc, it contained footage of Bigfoot that we thought to be authentic at the time, the "Patterson Footage" due to fear of it going too far, it was not revealed as fake until 2002, after the death of a man involved in the situation.


4.  Im Still Here (2010)  The Joaquin Phoenix doc, starting with the David Letterman method acting stunt, Ben Afleck's brother, Casey, directed this documentary that was presented as real.


5.  Lost Unraveling the Mystery (2010) - Ok, had to put this one in there for a few reasons.  The frustrating TV show Lost was one of the biggest mysteries of the last century. 

LOST: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY
6.  Exit Though The Gift Shop (2010)  - Ok, this one might be about something totally real, but who can really trust the street art prankster Banksy.  This documentary has been questioned, as people wonder if it's a bit of a prank.  The documentary subject Banksy flips the camera on the documentarian and then proceeds to, sort of, help create a monster, "Mr Brainwash".  Many think that this Mr Brainwash's career was enabled by Banksy,  due to the cameras being there, and to emphasize a point about society and art.  To understand the previous sentence, you probably have to see the movie.  And you should see the movie. In fact it should be required.  Two thumbs way up.


7. Catfish - Though most everyone agrees that the subjects and inciting incident are real in this Facebook fakery documentary.  People think that the filmmakers pretended to not know certain things to add dramatic effect.  They may have allowed themselves to be fooled a little longer, and it is speculated they may have totally changed their actions purely for story purposes like taping a coin to a letter so they could maybe find it later in mailbox.  If you want to know more about this one check out 20/20 tonight, there is an hour long special on this doc.




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