Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Turning Information into Knowledge?

Google Knowledge Graph getting rolled out as a new model.

As the Google car drove past my house this morning, updating the view of the street where I live,  I took it as a small synchronicity hint that I should also give this new model a try today.  I tried Bob:

Of course, this display will shift with the Feedback button under the thumbnails, but above you can see an initial sample.

Article on Mashable about this service (The long-awaited "Semantic Web" aka Knowledge Graph).

Give it a try, maybe?


Wilson: All we can say now is we got a model that seems to work -- for the present. It probably won't work in another ten years; the lifetime of models is getting shorter.
Walker: Why is this?
Wilson: Because of the information explosion: information is doubling faster all the time. It took from the time of Jesus to the time of Leonardo for one doubling of knowledge. The next doubling of knowledge was completed before the American Revolution, the next one by 1900, the next one by 1950, the next one by 1960. You see how [it keeps] moving faster? Now knowledge is doubling every eighteen months.
With all these new bits, bytes, blips of information, no model can last long because models only include the bytes of information that were available when the model was made. As new bytes of information come in it gets harder and harder to adjust our old models to include the new blips and beeps of information, so we've got to make new models.

KBOO-FM Interview with Robert Anton Wilson
by Cliff Walker
The 1990 (or so) interview with Robert Anton Wilson on KBOO FM, Portland, Oregon

Also check out the RAW Links on Bob's website

Saturday, June 16, 2012

HAPPY BLOOMSDAY!


"When, lo, there came about them all a great brightness and they beheld the chariot wherein He stood ascend to heaven. And they beheld Him in the chariot, clothed upon in the glory of the brightness, having raiment as of the sun, fair as the moon and terrible that for awe they durst not look upon Him. And there came a voice out of heaven, calling: Elijah! Elijah! And he answered with a main cry: Abba! Adonai! And they beheld Him even Him, ben Bloom Elijah, amid clouds of angels ascend to the glory of the brightness at an angle of fortyfive degrees over Donohoe's in Little Green Street like a shot off a shovel."
– JAMES JOYCE, ULYSSES

Thursday, June 14, 2012

ERIC WAGNER

 

I am very pleased to share w/ the previously uninitiated Eric Wagner's weblog: "Ask Eric" 
(Which can also now be found amongst the increasingly wonderful collection of newsfeeds in the OM sidebar)

I shd also like to help propagate the news that Eric will be teaching another wonderful class at the Maybe Logic Academy beginning August 13th!  Schrodinger's Cat: A Chronotransduction

Obviously and of course you shd also check out An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson: Eric’s indispensable exegesis on the hidden symbols and other jokes & profundities in RAW’s immortal works.  Along w/ my own accompanying artwork and Tom Jackson's interview w/ Eric about the book.

You could also listen to Eric's appearance on The RU Sirius Show #78: Robert Anton Wilson Lives!

For even further Wagnerian goodness check out Eric Wagner on RAW and Misunderstanding Finnegans Wake which tells the story behind this portrait of Mr. Wilson: "RAW BURGER"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Be Seeing You!


Good to see the Maybe Logic Academy open again after a sabbatical, with forums, courses, etc.

Upcoming Events

July 23 - RAW Retrospective, tele-seminar, free as can be

July 24 - Initiation, online course with Lon Milo DuQuette

July 30 - Cosmic Trigger, tele-course with Erik Davis

Aug 13 - Schroedinger's Cat, online course with Eric Wagner

Aug 20 - RAW Politics, tele-seminar, free for enrolled students and MLA Initiate members





Sunday, June 10, 2012

PROPAGANDA ANONYMOUS



I wd like to echo Steve's sentiment!

Steve "Fly Agaric" 23: "Is happy to share a great article by my buddy Prop Anon, that reminds me of his foresight in developing the album project 'squat the condo's', before the housing market collapse and before, during and after the Occupy movement. Respect."
http://www.realitysandwich.com/squat_condos

Further Undeniable Links!
http://propanon.com/
http://www.realitysandwich.com/blog/propaganda_anonymous
http://propanon.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/PropAnon
http://archive.org/details/Squat_The_Condos-7113
Meeting with a Remarkable Man: Prop Anon interviews Robert Anton Wilson




Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Illuminatus! vs Atlas Shrugged


John Higgs, who wrote the better Timothy Leary biography, I Have America Surrounded, has made a comparison chart on his blog between The Illuminatus! Trilogy and Atlas Shrugged, which might amuse sombunall of you.  It has also led to some enlightening discussion in the Comments.

Find it on his blog, here.


Sunday, June 03, 2012

The H.E.A.D. Revolution (RAW Lecture 1988)

"The HEAD Revolution - Hedonic Engineering And Development - began with the psychedelics and bio-feedback machines of the 1960's, then graduated to Lilly float tankes, scientific study of yoga, and neo-reichian body relaxation and neuro-awareness teques. Describing the latest brain-change machines, Dr. Wilson argues that Hedonic Engineering has come of age and we are the first generation in history to have the capacity to tap the full potentials of our brains and graduate from humanity to superhumanity.

RAW lecture given on 03/04/1988, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Everything you know is wrong!!

A Very Sirius Production"

Friday, June 01, 2012

Joyce's Voices

For Bloomsday this year (16 June 2012) the BBC will be handing Radio 4 over to Ulysses. Throughout the day there will be readings of a special adaptation of the text, along with live broadcasts from Dublin (where fans re-enact moments from this complex book. Sadly, this may not prove accessible to all countries.

This will be an edited version, not the 'complete' text which was broadcast in 1982 (which took nearly 30 hours).

The details below are from the BBC Media Centre (without permission) which contains further information.

Here, at a glance, are the main Bloomsday broadcasts on Radio 4:

Part 1 09.00 – 10.30: Saturday Live From the Martello Tower to School
Sian and Richard present a special Bloomsday edition of the show, which will include the first three extracts from the drama as well as discussion and location reports, with input from Mark Lawson in Dublin.

Part 2 10.30 – 11.00 From Bloom’s House, through the Morning Streets, to a Funeral

Part 3 12.00 – 12.30 From the Beach, to a Newspaper Office, into Davy Byrne’s Pub

Part 4 14.30 – 15.30 The Library, Through the Lunchtime Streets, to the Ormond Hotel

Part 5 17.30 – 18.00 In Barney Kiernan’s Pub

Part 6 20.00 – 22.00 From Sandymount Beach at Evening, to the Maternity Hospital, and into Nighttown

22.15 – 23.00: Ulysses Today Mark Lawson chairs a discussion about the abiding popularity of Ulysses and its relevance today, with Declan Kiberd, author of Ulysses And Us – The Art Of Everyday Living; Professor Anne Fogarty, Director of the Dublin James Joyce Summer School; and others.

Part 7 23.00 – 00.00 From a Cab-man’s Shelter, to Eccles Street and Home

In the week before the Bloomsday broadcasts, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra will be broadcasting a number of programmes on the theme of Ulysses:

James Joyce had a fine singing voice and sang professionally as a young man. In James Joyce’s Playlist, David Owen Norris and guests will listen to some of Joyce’s favourite songs in the Martello Tower in Dublin where he lived for a time. This will be broadcast on Saturday, June 9th.

On Thursday, June 14th In Our Time will discuss the background to Ulysses, considering its historical and literary context, its themes, contents and style, and the impact it has had since publication. Melvyn Bragg will be joined by Steven Connor, Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, London; Jeri Johnson, Fellow and Tutor in English at Exeter College, Oxford; and Richard Brown, Reader in Modern Literature at the University of Leeds.

4Extra: Blind Date With Bloomsday – another chance to join Peter White on his Bloomsday visit to Dublin, during which he meets some enthusiastic celebrants. Friday, June 15th.

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