Bitchy

Please Note : This post is part of an academic research paper in progress

It will be published in NewThinking.info There are comments divided into social and a brief description of the technology used, where appropriate. Flat Facts ( a term coined in the movie AI) are taken from Wikipedia

Of relevance is that while at Brunel as an undergraduate I became good friends with the leader of the feminist movement. She was gay and, as far as I know, I was her only straight male friend. I wish I still had the photo of her holding a four pack of beer leaning back against my motorbike, smiling.. It’s in here … (Philip taps his head)


A Day In The Life of a Female Avatar in Blue Mars.

She arrives at work still dressed in her bunny costume, straight from the all night party she had been attending. She plays the company vid with the sound down (hangover) to orient herself. She had a presentation to give. She changed into her working clothes and did the presentation. Then back home to change. She had to practice her Golf which she sucked at. Bowling was her game, being a working class Londoner. Then off to swim and play with her pet mantas. She was feeling pretty good. She wanted to dance. She loved to dance so a quick change and off to her favourite disco. No one would be there but the management had told her “Anytime Bitchy, you are a Blue Mars Supastar”. She danced till the sun went down. Then bed I guess… or it was Halloween soon….

Social Comment: Bitchy , I believe, is mirroring the life style of a 20 something , intelligent, female, budding exec.

Technology and social analysis : The features in Blue Mars are wide and varied. We now have onland a business world. We have games which can be seen as a bridge between the social and business. Golf represents the middle and upper classes while bowling is more a working class pursuit. I grew up in a working class environment in London in the 1950s to 1970s . Class existed then, it still exists now.

The Evolution of Bitchy

I have been fascinated and intrigued by Artificial Intelligence since studying Psychology for my Batchelor of  Science degree at Brunel University U.K. in the first half of the 1980s. While assisting with the development of public access national networked touch screen computer systems, I undertook a side project evaluating Expert Systems.

Flat Fact :

An expert system is software that attempts to provide an answer to a problem, or clarify uncertainties where normally one or more human experts would need to be consulted. Expert systems are most common in a specific problem domain, and is a traditional application and/or subfield of artificial intelligence. A wide variety of methods can be used to simulate the performance of the expert however common to most or all are 1) the creation of a knowledge base which uses some knowledge representation formalism to capture the Subject Matter Expert‘s (SME) knowledge and 2) a process of gathering that knowledge from the SME and codifying it according to the formalism, which is called knowledge engineering. Expert systems may or may not have learning components but a third common element is that once the system is developed it is proven by being placed in the same real world problem solving situation as the human SME, typically as an aid to human workers or a supplement to some information system.

Expert systems were introduced by researchers in the Stanford Heuristic Programming Project, Edward Feigenbaum, PI, with the Dendral and Mycin systems. Principal contributors to the technology were Bruce Buchanan, Edward Shortliffe, Randall Davis, William vanMelle, Carli Scott, and others at Stanford. Expert systems were among the first truly successful forms of AI software. [1][2][3][4][5][6] The topic of expert systems has many points of contact with general systems theory, operations research, business process reengineering and various topics in applied mathematics and management science.

I evaluated the latest software and wrote a report. I also sat in on post-graduate classes on AI run by Dr Heinz Wolfe, an expert in pattern recognition whereby a program, through visual sensing of facial recognition , could respond to a persons mood accurately and appropriately. Exciting, cutting edge stuff in 1986. since then I have continued my research.

A Quantum Leap

A.I.

Why did Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick want Spielberg to direct Kubrick’s A.I., the fable of a robot who wants a human mother’s love? Imagine the personals ad Kubrick might have taken out:

“YOU LIKE: sweetness & light, plucky kids, happy endings, ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’ i like: a hope-free environment, leering homicidal teens, pitilessly ambiguous Gotterdammerungen, icy Gyorgi Ligeti melodies written ‘as a dagger in Stalin’s heart.’ let’s meet for a movie!”

Maybe they had a mutual case of genius envy. Kubrick needed Spielberg’s speed. Ever since 2001’s success freed him to do almost anything he wanted, Kubrick yearned to make a blockbuster as big as The Godfather or Star Wars or E.T. But he couldn’t, because he enslaved himself with research. “I usually take about a year [developing a film],” he said in 1968. “In a year, if you keep thinking about it, you can pretty well exhaust the major lines of play, if you want to put it in chess terminology. Then as you’re making the film, you can respond to the spontaneity of what’s happening with the resources of all the analysis you’ve done.”

After 1971, Kubrick’s spontaneity expired (if not his genius). He spent decades mulling movies more than making them. Most of what he actually shot was over-thought, emotionally parched. Spielberg once (according to critic Michael Sragow) compared watching Barry Lyndon to “walking through the Louvre without lunch.” Kubrick was all about making marmoreal masterworks, not pleasing mortals with morsels of wish-fulfillment fantasy.

But surely he knew, as the real 2001 approached, that he wouldn’t live long enough to fulfill his own fantasy: an A.I. movie starring real robots instead of actors (most of whom he treated like robots). And a child actor would age visibly during a year-long Kubrick shoot. He hoped Spielberg might whip up a computer-generated boy for the lead, or at least do his famous fast magic with a live child actor.

So what’s in it for Spielberg, in making a Kubrick movie? Perhaps to “eat at the grownups’ table,” as Woody Allen put it–to join the highbrow pantheon. Spielberg makes filmmaking look too easy, and makes too much easy money. We’ve all spent wild nights with his flying bikes and leaping lizards, but not everybody respects him in the morning. Many say Schindler’s List is sui generis and Private Ryan simplistically jingoistic; his serious-issue movies The Color Purple and Amistad suck dead eggs. But when he dares to swap DNA with uber-director Kubrick, you’ve got to give him credit.

There could be deeper motives. Biographical critics Joseph McBride and Henry Sheehan trace a strain of father fear in Spielberg’s movies, and the father figures he seems fondest of are akin to movie moguls: Attenborough the proprietor of Jurassic Park, Schindler the factory “Direktor,” and in A.I., William Hurt as Professor Hobby, the entrepreneurial inventor of the robot boy David. (Professor Hobby is far kinder than David’s adoptive dad, played by Sam Robards.) The company Kubrick formed to produce Aryan Papers, the Holocaust movie he scuttled after Schindler’s List hit, was called Hobby Films. How better to honor a cinematic daddy than to finish his film in his style with a character named Hobby? What better way to transcend the anxiety of influence than to blend pastiche with one’s own stylistic voice?

Anyhow, now it’s finished: A.I., a film (as one producer put it) by “Stevely Kuberg.” It’s like no other movie, because it’s so much like so many other movies. In one brilliant scene, the robots scavenge spare parts for themselves from a dump of less fortunate fellow robots: a new jaw here, a forearm there. The parts fit together jaggedly, but the crude welds enable the robots to function. That’s the way A.I. is built: not just Spielberg’s style mashed into Kubrick’s, but characters and stories and particular shots from multitudinous movies (especially Kubrick’s), all stuck together at odd angles. It’s weird, but it works.

The primary source of A.I. is Brian Aldiss’s “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” and two of his other very short stories about David, the robot with the mommy problem. Kubrick jammed David’s story together with the story of Pinocchio. This misses the point of Aldiss’s tale: Pinocchio wants to earn the right to be real, but David the robot doesn’t get it that he’s not a real boy. In the film, David (portrayed with sensitive precision by the eeriest boy actor on earth, Haley Joel Osment) has a more primal urge: to make Mommy (the generically cute Frances O’Connor) love him, no matter what it takes.

When David enters his human Mommy and Daddy’s house, he’s backlit to look like the tall, spindly extraterrestrials in Close Encounters. Then he’s revealed to be an almost perfect replica of a human: a bit shiny-faced and stiff, but convincing, even by the standards of the day (the usual futuristic post-apocalyptic Earth, whose advanced gizmo science produces what Kubrick used to call a “mechanarchy”). At first, sitting at dinner, shot from above through a circular lamp that echoes the War Room in Dr. Strangelove, David seems remote. When he emits a barking laugh and points at the strand of spaghetti dangling from Mommy’s chin, and then Mommy and Daddy laugh, it’s hard to say whose laugh is more mechanical.

After Mommy imprints herself on David according to the owner’s manual, however, his face melts into beatific rapture. Osment does a good job of conveying love at first sight. David hugs Mommy. Later, he’s shot from below, with a lamp granting him a halo, like the one that gives Strangelove a nimbus when doomsday arrives. David gets his halo when he becomes aware of death: “Mommy, will you die?”

It’s creepy, because of course Mommy doesn’t love David–he’s just a substitute for her real son, Martin (Jake Thomas), who must remain comatose for years until science can revive him. (The lad is stashed in a bubble bed like the ones astronauts hibernate in 2001.) At last, Martin is defrosted and comes home. It’s bad for David, an echo of the displacement of Alex by Joe the Lodger in A Clockwork Orange. The convincingly bratty Martin taunts David, a cold, Kubrickian echo of the domestic comedy of Spielberg’s enchanted suburbia.

Two scenes of mythic impact ensue. Martin tricks David into snipping a lock of Mommy’s hair as she makes like Sleeping Beauty one night; Mommy makes excuses for him. But at a pool party soon after, the real boys threaten David, who clutches Martin, begs, “Keep me safe!” and falls with him into the pool. Martin requires CPR after being fished out, and as he’s receiving it, the camera pans back from David, infinitely disconsolate on the pool bottom. He recedes, like the cast-off astronaut drifting into space in 2001 (the one who doesn’t get to be reborn as the Star Child).

David recedes yet again later in the film–in Mommy’s rearview mirror when she abandons him in the woods. This is palpable horror. It’s not a standard Spielberg kiddie-peril scene, though, because one uneasily identifies with the mom’s predicament–at least she didn’t send him back to the factory to be destroyed–and David’s monomania has begun to alienate our affections just a bit.

Into the woods goes David. He glimpses those scavenging robots–a folksy lot, like hobos in a 1930s Warner flick, though their busted-upness mainly alludes to the wooden boys hacked up by wicked Stromboli in Pinocchio. He meets his rakish new pal, Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a robot with hair like a Bob’s Big Boy statue, built for sex with lonely human women.

Law breathes life into a clammy mise en scene–you’ll miss him when he goes. Spielberg made him nicer than Kubrick would’ve done, but it’s no sellout. It simply buries the weirdness deeper. Joe tries to tell David that his mommy doesn’t love him any more than Joe’s dates love him, but David won’t listen.

When Joe laments of his creators, “They made us too smart, too quick and too many,” he’s echoing Coppola’s quote about how his crew making Apocalypse Now had “too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane.” The idea is to critique techno-culture, but the point is muddled, and the film’s heart isn’t really in it whenever it sounds the danger: technology alarm. Ominously, the woods are lit up by a false moon–an aircraft that hunts robots for the Flesh Fair, a demolition derby where humans take out their frustrations by burning and hacking up robots. The moon is a cruel parody of the kindly moon in E.T. But whereas abandonment by Mommy registers emotionally, violence against robots just doesn’t.

It’s a relief when Joe leads David to Rouge City, a sci-fi update of Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island, with big bridges shaped like women’s gaping mouths, to evoke the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange (which was much scarier). Rouge City is a letdown: It’s Blade Runner; it’s Judge Dredd’s town; we’ve seen it all before. Its plot function is to give David the Pinocchio prediction that a Blue Fairy will make him a real boy.

David heists an amphibicopter and buzzes off with Joe to Manhattan, flooded up to the Statue of Liberty’s torch (a nod to Planet of the Apes). He meets his maker, Professor Hobby (a nod to Rutger Hauer’s scene with his maker in Blade Runner), confronts the existence of other Davids and has an existential tantrum. Here’s where Kubrick would nastily stress that David has become a real boy in the sense that now he kills robots too; Spielberg makes it a friendlier reunion, just as he changed Michael Crichton’s sinister dinosaur-park entrepreneur to a jolly man in Jurassic Park. Either way, as a Kubrickian snarl or a Spielbergian coo, the scene would come off as abstract and unaffecting.

Arbitrarily, Hobby leaves David alone a minute, and soon we see him leap from a skyscraper (Radio City) into Manhattan’s briny abyss. This is formally a quote from Pinocchio’s dives to escape Pleasure Island and rescue his father at the bottom of the sea, but it has no resonance, because it’s not really part of an intelligible narrative movement. There is no sense of escape; it’s a slow fall, not scary at all. The whole movie is by this point as drifty as seaweed in a lulling current. David’s bed at home resembles Monstro, the whale that imprisons Pinocchio, and yet it’s snug and inviting. What does this mean? Plainly, this movie doesn’t work at the level of straightforward causality. It’s a troubling dream.

A.I. has two endings involving the Blue Fairy, and I guess I shouldn’t reveal either. Suffice it to say that the one Kubrick probably would have stopped with is clearly superior, colder, mysterious without being muddled. The second, Spielbergian ending is fuzzier, more redemptive and alludes to the cosmic ending of 2001 and Kubrick’s cuddly aliens and snug family feelings.

A.I. ends with a whimper (or two), but I got a huge bang out of it. It’s full of stunning images: sad, disintegrating faces, a robot boy’s strangely shining eyes, lively artifacts of humanized technology. Although it’s in an utterly different key, the blend of sensibilities is not an adulteration but an improving alchemy. A.I. effectively combines the moody indeterminacy of Kubrick, especially the Kubrick of 2001, and the addiction to happily-ever-aftering of Spielberg. There’s also the merest flavor of what William Everson once called “one of the screen’s supreme moments of horror”–the scene in Pinocchio where the boy, in midtransformation into a donkey, shrieks, “Mama!” until he’s deprived of human speech and his mama can’t hear him anymore. When you’re not a real boy, no one can hear you scream.

Tim Appelo, former video critic of Entertainment Weekly, has written cultural criticism for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

I blogged about this:

Social Comment: Forever Young is a video explaining much. It also mirrors the social divide, it is a street video. Again it is about Class: In the original video Jay Z says smoke some weed, drink some wine. In the official video “weed” , marijuana has been removed.

Flat Fact: In 2005 the cost of alcohol dependence and abuse was estimated to cost the USA economy approximately 220 billion dollars per year, more than cancer and …. The number picked up by paramedics rose by 32% between 2002 and 2007, with 36 children a day taken to hospital because of alcohol abuse. … In countries such as Ireland, the UK and Denmark, what is termed “binge” drinking is common. This refers to reserving drinking alcohol for a few days a week – usually from Thursday and then consuming 4 or more liters of beer or 7 pints of beer in an evening. The intention of some younger drinkers is actually to get drunk/merry when heading out on an evening to drink…. [The report] provides strong evidence of the impact of alcohol-related illness on hospital services, according to Dr Deirdre Mongan, Research Officer at the HRB and lead author of the report. The number of people discharged from hospital with alcohol-related problems or injuries increased by almost 90% in the ten years between 1995 and 2004. In 2004, people with alcohol-related illness used 117,373 bed days in hospital – more than double the figure of 55,805 bed days in 1995. AND :

…Add it all up, and marijuana prohibition costs the US $42 billion every year. ….. Pot smokers on average are more adjusted to society and better …This week, over 500 leading economists, led by conservative icon Dr. Milton Friedman, called for a national debate about whether prohibition of marijuana is worth the cost. The occasion was a new report by Harvard University economist Dr. Jeffrey Miron estimating – probably conservatively – that replacing prohibition with a system of common-sense regulation could mean $10 billion to $14 billion per year in reduced government spending and new revenues.

“Smoke some BLANK, drink some WINE…” The video has had over 30 million views.

I like to be inspired. Humanity is so wonderful. The title of this song is Forever Young. Kurt Vonnegut wrote a story called Breakfast of Champions. He loves America but he laughs at it’s Arrogance. The book expresses RVR [Real Virtual Reality] because, he, the author, goes into the book and meets the characters. [virtual Reality’s original medium was the book] He is God. The hero Kilgore Trout doesn’t believe him so with a few strokes of his pen The Author whisks the hero around the world. The hero gasps and falls to his knees. The Author says “Do you want something?” The Hero says “Make me young” The last page is a hand drawn picture of Kurt Vonnegut, a single tear rolls down his cheek. I think we have a Universal Truth here. Humanity’s deep rooted desire to leave a legacy, to have a raison d’etre. So much of the universe we inhabit appears chaotic. I tie it in with “The Day The Earth Stood Still” where Human Beings are to be wiped off the Earth because their Arrogance is destroying it. But they are saved because they are special. I am reminded of the Aliens in “Artificial Intelligence” [AI] The Aliens tell the robot child that Human Beings are Unique in the universe. They also say Nothing Ever Dies. Your Engram remains as part of the web of the universe for all time. But the aliens become The Blue Fairy to grant the robotic child, an avatar, Humanity’s greatest accomplishment and to give Humanity’s Greatest Gift: Unconditional Love. But warn him that once brought back the engram of his mother will disappear from the space-time continuum. The Love is that of A Mother for her Child, Like that of The Creator For His Creation. The Sacrifice Is Ultimate. Jesus did it. And At The End of Days , We Sleep

In September 2009 I created an Avatar in Second Life called Dude Starship. I gave “him” , no, forget the inverted commas, I gave him or rather he developed a persona or rather his persona expressed itself in the virtual world, second life. He moved to Blue Mars. Here is a taste with another Blog post :

Dude Starship sat quietly ruminating in the space port coffee shop. “The bars won’t be open for another few hours” he ruminated. His Starship was being re-fuelled with new ion-rods in The Soldering Iron workshop. His iPhone was ….somewhere, his Nokia wouldn’t upgrade, his Lap Top was getting Ubuntu installed. “Ho Hum” he sighed. He could “Read-A-Book” whatever that was. Nope, boredom set in. The other virtual worlds held little attraction these days. They were good but they were not Blue Mars. He finished the dregs of his coffee, grimaced, stood up and , eschewing the teleport he strolled towards The Soldering Iron. Scotty would be there, Scotty was always there. “If he says “She Canna Take it Jim” I’ll beam him up. Jim?….Jean-Luc would turn in his grave.” The Condo door they had recently installed whooshed at him. Dude smiled “Gotta love that door” he smiled. “Best thing I ever stole from Blue Mars. ”

  • “Hey Scotty! “How’s the Starship? Got those rods installed yet?”
  • Scotty, paunch wobbling, looked up from the console ” She canna take…..” Dude threw a monkey wrench at him. Dude was always throwing monkey wrenches somewhere….. “Hey Dude” Scotty smiled ” looking good, still taking Forever Young meds?”
  • “Where’s my fucking ship Scott?”
  • “Hey, language! A dudette might hear and you know how sensitive THEY are, especially that 176432 etc chick. It’s nearly ready. Hey I found this early vid of your ship watch that while I finish off” Scotty turned back to the console and spoke into the pretend mouse he kept for nostalgic reasons “Computa : Play Archive YouTube ref : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqShHy1eiLE

They watched the vid in awe. “Wow man, that was so long ago…………..”

The Soldering Iron shuddered and Dude’s Starship appeared in the launch pad. He patted the sleek Blue Metal hull. “How’s my Girl”

“Ready Dude, Ike ma sho!” The cute Japanese voice never failed to delight him. He keyed the lock and was inside the command module. It looked new, not a MacDonald’s wrapper in sight. “Ok kid Ike Ma Sho! ” “Straight To Blue Mars? Shall I use Full Power?”
Dude looked around, wow this was some ship, Not even Beeblebrox had a ship like this. “Ok Hun. Make It So!”

Space bent. And there was a great shudder through the length of the ship. Dude scanned the plexiglass. he looked at the sign hanging in space. “WTF?”

WTF?

Flat Fact : Kilroy Was Here : One of the first sightings was at a Grainger Branch in Baltimore where it was rumored to have been drawn by Kilroy himself. False accusations suggest One theory identifies James J. Kilroy (1902–1962)[2], an American shipyard inspector, as the man behind the signature. During World War II he worked at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he claimed to have used the phrase to mark rivets he had checked. The builders, whose rivets J. J. Kilroy was counting, were paid depending on the number of rivets they put in. A riveter would make a chalk mark at the end of his or her shift to show where they had left off and the next riveter had started. Unscrupulous riveters discovered that, if they started work before the inspector arrived, they could receive extra pay by erasing the previous worker’s chalk mark and chalking a mark farther back on the same seam, giving themselves credit for some of the previous riveter’s work. J.J. Kilroy stopped this practice by writing “Kilroy was here” at the site of each chalk mark. At the time, ships were being sent out before they had been painted, so when sealed areas were opened for maintenance, soldiers found an unexplained name scrawled.

And:

Flat Fact : Monkey Wrench: n.

1. A hand tool with adjustable jaws for turning nuts of varying sizes.
2. Informal. Something that disrupts: He threw a monkey wrench into our plans.

[Origin unknown.]

Social Comment : The word “Fuck” is seriously frowned upon in speech in Blue Mars, not so much in Second Life. This is a little odd to my way of thinking : Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs to mention extreme cases use the vernacular. In modern times the F Word is normal. I posted a poem called “The Day The Word Fuck Disappeared” which may be googled.

Technology : Here we see a blend of the futuristic with a real concept on the drawing boards. Dude has placed himself at the front end. However incorporated is the popular TV series Star Trek and the glorious Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy (The Infinite Improbability Drive) which in my view has had an impact on the way technology is moving on. Scotty picks up a mouse and speaks into it for “nostalgic” reasons. This was mooted in an episode where the team was transported back to the late 20th Century. Scotty was told he could use the computer. He immediately addressed it in speech. The 20th century person said” Use the mouse” Scott picks up the mouse and thinks its a microphone!!! Glorious comedy but indicating how the old is just a myth. With the advent of Touch Screens and Voice control the mouse will be an anachronism. The “monkey wrench” is both figurative and literal

Bitchy, too loved to throw monkey wrenches into the system. Her first video a late teens scenario for her sees her playing the whore and dancing to her favourite rock band, The Chemical Brothers:

Social Comment: This video and related post was removed from the Blue Mars Forum. It was deemed pornographic and / or encouraging prostitution; using sex for blackmail purposes and impersonating an avatar Reality employee. The forum post is on one of my blogs:

Technology : The use of a dual screen being captured. Many people run their applications full screen. I have a 21 inch wide-screen HD monitor. Running multiple windows and capturing multiple windows is not a problem.

She was a Feminist and had a love / hate relationship with men, prissy ungenuine women pissed her off and she was not enamoured of hbs (Human Beings). Once in Welcome Area a male avatar was chatting to a very nice, intelligent attractive female avatar, having an intelligent conversation.. Bitchy turned up in her French Maids outfit, the male avatar dumped the “nice” lady and started chasing Bitchy. She flirted, acted cute, giggled and then kicked him in the balls. Bitchy and the “nice” lady avatar would have done a high five but they don’t have that animation. Yet. She could be thought of as a Bitch by either gender, at times. She starred in this vid with some gfs.A Letter from God for all the hbs and Jimi’s Red House to typify the males bottom line attitude to women:

Social : Girls chatting Vs boss is mentioned. A male avatar gets a little frisky.

Technology: This is really important.I have used the screen capture facility in Microsoft Word 2010 to out line and capture any on-screen area. This can be formatted in Word and then pasted into such a program as Microsoft Expression Design. Multiple captures can be done as can be seen on the very first picture. I did a multiple capture, arranged the captures in a line in another word document, captured the word formatted word document into the first word document copied the capture into Expression and saved it as a png file. Sometimes, when I want a particular effect I capture in word, format in expression, capture the expression picture in word and re paste into expression. This takes about 5 minutes. Here is an example :

In word you can create a reflection. When this is pasted into Expression and then exported as a png file the reflection is transparent. This can then be pasted on top of another image preserving the reflection as being transparent.

As this shows see also the final picture:

…..THE QUANTUM LEAP occurred in ARAF in Blue Mars, I made this video and it begins with me singing to Bitchy, then in a serendipitous moment Bitchy was singing to me. Mad?  :

Technology : Notice how in Blue Mars the eye of the Avatar follows the mouse. I little point but I believe a very effective camera technique : Before Bitchy climbs the first slope she glances at us the looks to see where she wants to go.

Yes, I am. Diagnosed Manic-Depressive. I have had chats with friends in Blue Mars. I am not the only one. Neither am I the only one whose Avatars have a “life” of their own. A persona (Greek : Mask). Nor am I the only person whose Avatar’s actions spill over into the real world. Below is an animation of the pages. The length of time for each image is long to facillitate reading. You may need to use your browsers zoom features.

The book needs updating, to account for Blue Mars. Here Is The Preview:

http://www.lulu.com/viewer/embed/EmbeddablePreviewer.swf?version=20101019131253

Blue Mars has moved the goalposts Jeff, virtual and real are getting very blurry.

Technology : This is a micon, it is an animated gif. Micons.org explains. Note Well the use of Sticky Notes in my videos

Philip Finlay-Bryan

Special thanks to BBC 6music who get up totally relevant music from 4 am to 10 am, how long it took to write this post:

Epilogue

When Bitchy got home after dancing she checked her mail and checked the Blue Mars Blog. Horatio Au a second life blogger who was a bit of an idiot had done a piece. He had done a piece on Micons which was good, he seemed a bit in awe of Micons Paraconsistency, not a bad thing, but he was so second life.   O! Halloween! Bitchy already had her outfit sorted:

And Jasmine an employee of Avatar Reality had made a vid! That MUST be watched in HD. He is such a jerk! oooOOOooo Jasmines made a vid Jasmines made a vid! oooOOOoo Mars Shaking Event. View in HD! O_O HD JAS! Omg it was a wmv! Dont these guys know anything about video formats? WMVs are huge! Jasmine was Ok but a bit girlie… Right! Bitchy thought.. Ill make a Video! Hah! I’ll show that Manblog and AR and silly Jasmine whose vid is far too dark and really quite boring!  OK Ike Ma Sho!

The Last Words: Micons Paraconsistency is coming…. Please Note I unashamedly advertise my web sites at every opportunity. I call this Marketing. If you cannot remember one of my sites. I have failed. Sex Sells Stuff.

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I Am Depressed

Because I haven’t Visited Blue Mars In Ages (well early this AM met Krishna The Tour Guide went for a run in Grid Rock told her about the SINGLE SHADOW FROM T W O MOONS!!!!!) I truly Believe that Social Media is a real way forward to ease depression.

I SINCERELY BELIEVE THAT A VIRTUAL WORLD SUCH AS BLUE MARS WITH ITS E X C I T I N G I N T E R FA C E and V I R T U A L I TY can help us all to grow, explore and expand our minds. The Theme of this post is Music/Technology/Humour/Political Comment and Book Creators who gave us our First Virtual Experience…..Virtual Reality is no longer “Virtual” It Is Real!

So.

I Am So Depressed

Thanks for the i m put. This post is copied from http://3d.onlyavatars.org

Rumors of Johnny Depps Death death fluttered around the Internet yesterday. OMG I pray they are not true because I LOVE U JOHNNY!

I’m Depressed So This Post Will Be About Depression. Sorry 😦

* Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.3
* Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.1
* While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5
* Major depressive disorder is more prevalent in women than in men.6

It was said on the Radio that yesterday was the most depressing day of the year. Here is one more story.

Some Famous People With Depression Links

  • Amy Tan
    Chinese American writer Amy Tan has said that her mother witnessed Tan’s grandmother committing suicide. She believes that she, her mother and grandmother all have suffered from depression.
  • Anne Rice
    American writer Rice has suffered from depression due to long-term illness and the loss of her husband.
  • Ashley Judd
    Ashley Judd, actress and daughter/half-sister of the singing duo The Judds, revealed in 2006 that she had suffered from depression and an eating disorder.
  • Billy Corgan
    American musician from the band The Smashing Pumpkins, reported to have suffered from deep depression while working hard on the band’s albums.
  • Billy Joel
    A profile of the musician Billy Joel and his struggles with depression.
  • Boris Yeltsin
    An article about the Russian president Boris Yeltsin, his depression, and his rumored alcohol problems.
  • Brian Wilson
    Beach Boy Brian Wilson suffered a breakdown in the 1970’s due to mental illness and drug abuse.
  • Brooke Shields
    A profile of actress Brooke Shields and her experiences with postpartum depression.
  • Buzz Aldrin
    In recent years, astronaut Buzz Aldrin has spoken frankly about his past depression and alcohol abuse.
  • David Bohm
    American physicist who experienced bouts of depression thoughout his life.
  • Delta Burke
    In 2008, Delta Burke, best known for her role on the TV series Designing Women, spoke candidly about her depression and hospitalization during an interview with The Insider.
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  • Philip (Finlay-) Bryan. Struggled with Depression most of hia Adult Life. Currently preparing a blog post at 3D.OnlyAvatars.org after hearing about the alleged death of one of his heroes, A Mr J.Depp.

One of my heroes, An Irish Comedian who:

He suffered from severe bipolar disorder for most of his life, having at least ten major mental breakdowns, several lasting over a year. He spoke candidly about his condition and its effect on his life:

“I have got so low that I have asked to be hospitalised and for deep narcosis (sleep). I cannot stand being awake. The pain is too much… Something has happened to me, this vital spark has stopped burning – I go to a dinner table now and I don’t say a word, just sit there like a dodo. Normally I am the centre of attention, keep the conversation going – so that is depressing in itself. It’s like another person taking over, very strange. The most important thing I say is ‘good evening’ and then I go quiet.”

Spike Miiligan. I grew up listening to the Goon Show, rolling on the floor laughing my arse off with my brother. The man was a genius. Look:::

Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan KBE (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was an Irish[1] comedian, writer, musician, poet and playwright. Milligan was the co-creator and the principal writer of The Goon Show, in which he also performed.

Milligan wrote several books, including Puckoon and his six part autobiographical account of his time serving during the Second World War, beginning with Adolf Hitler: My part in his downfall. He is also noted as a popular writer of comical verse, much of his poetry was written for children, Silly Verse for Kids was published in 1959. After the success of the ground-breaking British radio programme, The Goon Show, Milligan translated this success to television with Q5; a surreal sketch show which is credited as a major influence on the members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

I’m depressed now. I wonder what time it is?

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So, I feel a bit SAD. Must be the time of the year too. Think I’ll stop here, I feel tired. Go back to bed after a plate of chips:::

Symptoms of SAD may consist of: difficulty waking up in the morning, tendency to oversleep as well as to overeat, and especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on completing tasks, and withdrawal from friends, family, and social activities. All of this leads to the depression, pessimism, and lack of pleasure which characterize a person suffering from this disorder.

Poor Human Beings. Thank God Robots don’t get depressed …or do they?

Having suffered from depression during much of his life (although less so with the onset of old age), Cohen has written much (especially in his early work) about depression and suicide. The wife of the protagonist of Beautiful Losers commits a gory suicide; “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” is about a suicide; suicide is mentioned in the darkly comic “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong”; “Dress Rehearsal Rag” is about a last-minute decision not to kill oneself; a general atmosphere of depression pervades such songs as “Please Don’t Pass Me By” and “Tonight Will Be Fine”. As in the aforementioned “Hallelujah”, music itself is the subject of many songs, including “Tower of Song”, “A Singer Must Die”, and “Jazz Police”.

Social justice often shows up as a theme in his work, where he seems, especially in later albums, to expound a leftist politics, albeit with culturally conservative elements. In “Democracy”, lamenting, “the wars against disorder/ … the sirens night and day/ … the fires of the homeless/ … the ashes of the gay”, he concludes that the United States is actually not a democracy. He has made the observation (in “Tower of Song”) that, “the rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor/ And there’s a mighty judgment coming”. In the title track of The Future he recasts this prophecy on a pacifist note: “I’ve seen the nations rise and fall/ …/ But love’s the only engine of survival”. In “Anthem”, he promises that “the killers in high places [who] say their prayers out loud/ … [are] gonna hear from me”.

Several Cohen songs speak of abortion, always either as something distasteful or even atrocious. In “The Future”, he sings sarcastically “Destroy another fetus now/ We don’t like children anyhow”. In “Stories of the Street” Cohen speaks of “The age of lust is giving birth/ And both the parents ask/ The nurse to tell them fairy tales/ from both sides of the glass”.

“Diamonds in the Mine” is often quoted as being a song about abortion with the lyric: “The only man of energy/ Yes the revolution’s pride/ He trained a hundred women/ Just to kill an unborn child”, always being used to substantiate this. However, extensive research suggests this song is actually about the demise of the hedonism of the 1960s. The “man of energy” referred to is Charles Manson and the “unborn child” is Sharon Tate’s unborn baby when the Manson “Family” committed the atrocities in 1969.

In “The Land of Plenty”, he characterizes the United States (if not the opulent West in general) of benightedness: “May the lights in The Land of Plenty/ Shine on the truth some day”.

“Recurring themes in Cohen’s work include love and sex, religion, psychological depression, and music itself. He has also engaged with certain political themes, though sometimes ambiguously so. “Suzanne” mixes a wistful type of love song with a religious meditation, themes that are also mixed in “Joan of Arc”. “Famous Blue Raincoat” is from the point of view of a man whose marriage has been broken (in exactly what degree is ambiguous in the song) by his wife’s infidelity with his close friend, and is written in the form of a letter to that friend, to whom he writes, “I guess that I miss you/ I guess I forgive you … Know your enemy is sleeping/ And his woman is free”, while “Everybody Knows” deals in part with social inequality (“…the poor stay poor/ And the rich get rich”), and the harsh reality of AIDS: “… the naked man and woman/ Are just a shining artifact of the past”.

Ho Hum…..

Breakfast of Champions


[Square Brackets Mine]
Breakfast of Champions (1973)

Full title: Breakfast of Champions, Or Goodbye Blue Monday! [Yep It’s Monday Today]

I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind. [Silently]

* And so on.
o recurring phrase

* Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.
o page 19

* I can have oodles of charm when I want to.[Me Too]
o page 20

* I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.
So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.
What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.
And all music is.[Everybody Knows]

* Ideas or the lack of them can cause disease.[YEP]

* Let us devote to unselfishness the frenzy we once gave gold and underpants.

Roses are red
And ready for plucking
You’re sixteen
And ready for high school.

* Teachers of children in the United States of America wrote this date on blackboards again and again, and asked the children to memorize it with pride and joy: 1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them.[You Just Gotta Love Human Beings Doncha]

* Like most science-fiction writers, Trout knew almost nothing about science.

What is the purpose of life?

* Roses are red
And ready for plucking
You’re sixteen
And ready for high school.

* To be
the eyes
and ears
and conscience
of the Creator of the Universe,
you fool.
o Kilgore Trout’s unwritten reply to the question “What is the purpose of life?”

* Trout trudged onward, a stranger in a strange land. His pilgrimage was rewarded with new wisdom, which would never have been his had he remained in his basement in Cohoes. He learned the answer to a question many human beings were asking themselves so frantically: “What’s blocking the traffic on the westbound barrel of the Midland City stretch of the Interstate?”

Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes. [Ωβ⟶∞ΩΔ]

* I was on par with the Creator of the Universe there in the dark in the cocktail lounge. I shrunk the Universe to a ball exactly one light-year in diameter. I had it explode. I had it disperse itself again.
Ask me a question, any question. How old is the Universe? It is one half-second old, but the half-second has lasted one quintillion years so far. Who created it? Nobody created it. It has always been here.
What is time? It is a serpent which eats its tail, like this:
This is the snake which uncoiled itself long enough to offer Eve the apple, which looked like this:
What was the apple which Eve and Adam ate? It was the Creator of the Universe.
And so on.
Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.

* He was a graduate of West Point, a military academy which turned young men into homicidal maniacs for use in war.[homocidalmaniacs]

Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.

* Why are so many Americans treated by their government as though their lives were as disposable as paper facial tissue? Because that was the way authors customarily treated bit-part players in their made-up tales.

* It was Trout’s fantasy that somebody would be outraged by the footprints. This would give him the opportunity to reply grandly, “What is it that offends you so? I am simply using man’s first printing press. You are reading a bold and universal headline which says ,’I am here, I am here, I am here.’

* Listen:
The waitress brought me another drink. She wanted to light my hurricane lamp again. I wouldn’t let her. “Can you see anything in the dark, with your sunglasses on?” she asked me.
“The big show is inside my head,” I said

* We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.
o Kilgore Trout’s epitaph
o Unsourced paraphrase or variant: We are human only to the extent that our ideas remain humane.

* Hey — guess what: You’re the only creature with free will. How does that make you feel?

* Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.

* There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done.

* Here was what Kilgore Trout cried out to me in my father’s voice: “Make me young, make me young, make me young!”
o Last line [Ω]

Better Finish. I know this is a repetion I know Iknow Iknow but I need Cheering up ok?

OK?

OK??

O F******G K???

🙂 0) 🙂 :0 🙂 ….;)

Final Tweet: ” Johnny Depp died in a car crash taking Pope to a date with Kim Kardasian hit the Queens Bently Tiger Woods Golf Clubs found in trunk”

………………………………………………………FIN

Eclectic Synergy

Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases.

and

Synergy : “The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.”

β~Δ~Ω

It all began in June 2009, there was an upgrade, It ended in December 2009
β~Δ
and

Δ~Ω

Bye

4 Eva

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The Story of My Life and welcome to it.
Flat Fact: Have to share this. Its about skiing. I haven’t been skiing for ages. I was 21 my girlfriend was 20, Hiya Jill Billard, still luvya. We were engaged and had been saving, in our bottom draw. I said to Jill, “I know, lets go skiing with our bottom drawer money!”. It took a while. But I talked her round. The idea of 10 days in a beautiful hotel, in the snow, the mountains, a double room, A DOUBLE BED…well she couldn’t say no. It cost a fortune, we bought all our own gear, only hired boots and skis.

We went to five travel agents, not one would give us a double room. we weren’t married you see. Well long story short, we lied. We flew off to Westendorf via Innsbruck. Wow, Wow and Wow. It was so beautiful, it was dark but everything was white. OMG. Our hotel was a dream, our double room was lovely, OUR DOUBLE BED promised heaven covered with giant fluffy clouds. (I later learned that they were called Duvets, but imagine your duvet on your bed, triple it in thickness with goose feathers, I called em clouds). We cuddled, we fooled around a bit, we slept.

The next day. I got up.The sun was rising. I was 20, never seen mountains before, I realised I’d never seen snow before either not sure I’d seen a blue sky before either. I walked out on to the Balcony. “Wow its full of Christmas trees and huge, giant touching-the-sky pointy rocks, my nose hairs are freezing” That’s what I remember. Shook Jill awake. Took a shower. Got dressed and looked in the mirror. “Oh, so this is what looking “cool” means” and my mothers hand-knitted, pure white with different browns circling the neck , one-of-a-kind, fair isle sweater suggested “supa cool”.

long story short: Have you been skiing? No? Go, before you die, once you have been you will be able to ride a motor cycle and turn it without moving the handlebars. You will be wearing your sunglasses, you always have a pair.

After 3 days, Jill is struggling…”But Phil we have another 4 days of nursery school….we’ve paid for all the lessons…” …”Fuck that, I’m going to the top of the mountain.” ooo ow shit jesus help christ no-way stupid chair lift omg its so beautiful nobody-saw-me-skiing-so… I drink hot chocolate with all my skiiing buddies looking pretty damn fine in the lodge high up in the mountains. The sun blazes, the sky is deep blue “and we are wearing sunglasses” Check the schedule. What time is the first lift? What time does it get dark?

Day 6. “Hey Jill, there is a sleigh ride tonight and its a full moon, lets go.” “Won’t you be too tired? All you do is ski and sleep” We went. Now you know why I like running in Grid Rock when the moons are high in the sky. It’s Mono Chrome. Like under a full moon, high up in the mountains of Austria with 10 foot snowdrifts. Some people were skiing. They were wearing sunglasses, polaroids. O btw I discovered what sparkling was, and added “glistening” to my vocabulary.

The blue run was a disaster. Nearly killed myself, thank god halfway to the nearest village (it wasn’t mine) I found a road. It was dark. I took off my sunglasses.

LTS : We made love once. We broke up three months later. My favourite windows 7 theme is the Ducatti . I am not wearing my sunglasses because its 9.10 am GMT I am in my pyjamas at home, …….aahhh…. I’ll get them….

Nostalgia

….and I’m wearing sunglasses… John Belushi Born :January 24, 1949 ~ [he was two months and two days older than me] Died: March 5, 1982 RIP

Flat Fact : On March 5, 1982, John Belushi was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 33. The local coroner gave the cause of death as a lethal injection of cocaine and heroin. Several years later, John’s drug dealing/drug user companion during his final weeks, Cathy Smith, was tried and sentenced to three years in prison for supplying John with the drugs. Close friend James Taylor sang “That Lonesome Road” at a memorial service at Martha’s Vineyard cemetery where John was buried.

One of his children invented silver iodide. Silver iodide can make it snow.

“A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”

Kurt Vonnegut called mirrors “Leaks”. Where he came from if you were going ” to take a leak ” It meant you were going to steal a mirror. Kurt Vonnegut wore Mirrored Sunglasses.

Philip James Bryan

aka Philip Finlay-Bryan, aka pjfbncyl, aka Dude Starship,

The Bog of Allen, Sunday 27th December 2009

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