Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ADD versus Nanotech Linguists

Amazon just delivered Haruki Murakami's new book 1Q84 to my doorstep. The book is nearly 1000 pages long so I likely won't finish it. These days there is so much good media available in bite sized chunks that it's not worth sacrificing 2000 great bites of wise miscellany for one thousand page meditation on a single thing.

The internet has changed the way we ingest information and entertainment. But it's not ADD, it's the result of a new cost-benefit analysis. We are developing better information-fuel-efficiency through selective intake.

The best authors of the 21st century will be concept refineries pumping out high octane concentrate with no impurities.

Next gen Poets will be nanotech linguists capable of compressing Anna Karenina into a limerick.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Leave Strange Ghosts








Neither ghosts nor biographies are fully formed people. After you die you will leave behind a caricature. So live strange and let your defining characteristics balloon.


Only your eccentricities will survive.






Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It's Time For You To Blow Up

Here's a public service announcement:

You are really good at that thing you do. Put it out there. Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't mind-blowing and be prepared to blow up.

In two years Jimi Hendrix went from this... (He's the guy in the back row)



...to this



Give the full extent of what you have to offer and the world will be better for it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Riemann Zeta Function

Recall the famous quote by Arthur C Clarke, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

Consider the possibility that any sufficiently confusing mathematics is indistinguishable from art.

Take, for example, The Riemann Zeta Function.

Stare at the complex plane and see Mark Rothko's influence on the variables within the equations.



Skim the Riemann Zeta Function's wikipedia page and note poetry like, "Trivial Zeros", "Asymptomatic Probability", and "the Critical Strip", "Holomorphic Functions" and "Globally Convergent Series."

Graph the Riemann Zeta Function and watch the recursive spiraling through recursive loops, only to miraculously escape the predictable. See within this graph the narrative structure of every tale you've ever read. A character faces trial after trial after trial, held back by his own nature, until finally , through the lessons he learned in those trials, he grows enough as an individual to succeed.

Listen to an MP3 of the Riemann Zeta Function represented in sound waves. Hear it's music and imagine, alternately, the glowing of Merlin's staff and the powering up of the Large Hadron Collider.