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  • Call: Papers on TechnoShamanism [#geekgirl]

     

    CALL FOR PAPERS FOR BOOK ON TECHNOSHAMANISM

    http://tecnoxamanismo.metareciclagem.org/index.php?title=Chamada_em_ingles

    From July 1st till October 30th we are accepting materials for our forthcoming publication Technoshamanism. It will be a bilingual edition (in Portuguese and English) and is published as a collaboration between editors in Brazil and Denmark.
    We are inviting papers on the subjects of technoshamanism, animism, indigenous people’s culture and rights, shamanic practices, biodiversity, agroforestry, permaculture, retelling of shamanic experiences, hallucinogenic plants, indigenous struggle, DIY culture, science and technology, art and electronics, transhuman interfaces based on technological gadgets, and any other topic related to the broader concept of technoshamanism.
    The publication will discuss the issue of ancestral knowledge and new technologies and will pursue ecological alternatives as well as models and aesthetics to obtain new parameters for acting in the world in an era where not only the water supply, but also the very existence of forests and their peoples, of nature itself, are at risk.
    We are accepting articles as well as fiction or techno fiction, images, comics, photonovels and any other suitable means of expression, as long as they are no longer than ten pages for each person or group. The publishing, in print as well as online, will be taken care of by the technoshamanist network. We will accept submissions in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
    Please send your material to the following email address: [xamanismotecnologico@gmail.com].”

  • “Vantablack: the darkest material ever made…” [#geekgirl]

    [Via a Digital Journal article] “A company has produced a “strange, alien” material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light. This has set a new world record.

    The new material is called ‘Vantablack’ and it has been developed by Surrey NanoSystems, based in Newhaven. The remarkable thing about the material is how dark it is; no other material has been made that absorbs so much light. The lack of light reflected back accounts for the intensity of the blackness. The “super black” material is a type of coating made of carbon nanotubes (each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair), developed onto sheets of aluminium foil.”

  • (#Glitch) Music for a Computer Classroom [#geekgirl]

    Idea / design / programming: http://sergemaheu.com

    In a classical music orchestra, there is a maestro conducting in front of the musicians, in some kind of Master-Slaves relation, the musicians following what the maestro is deciding. It reminds me to the way computer networks function, where the data flow and the communication is often made with this Master-Slaves configuration. The idea here is to repurpose the classic school computer classroom and to reinterpret the space following this inspiration. Could it become a space for sound and music instead of a place for teaching and individual student work? What the classroom has to offer in term of sound / visual: quite crappy projection system and sound system. But if we think outside the box, the classroom has 24 individual speakers system and 24 screens spread almost equally into the 3D space: the computers. Nice setup for cool interactive and gltichy projects.

    keywords: Max/MSP, Kinect, Glitch, Interactive, sounds, orchestra

  • Horror Films Directed By Women Wanted [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: strangerwithmyface.com]

    [Image Credit: strangerwithmyface.com]

    Submissions for this year’s Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival are open from now until 3 July 2014.

    Entry is free and only online screeners are accepted.

    To qualify your film must be:

    • directed by a woman
    • produced in the last 2 years
    • a horror film (broadly defined, and dark fantasy, thriller, Gothic melodrama or similar may also be considered)

    You may submit films of any duration but note that only short films will screen competitively and only a handful of feature films will be programmed. If you have a feature film you would like us to consider, please submit or contact the festival about it as as soon as possible.

    Unless your film is unambiguously horror, comment in the bottom field as to what genre or sub-genre it belongs to and why you feel it may be suitable for the festival.

    Note that we may consider films that are older than 2 years under special circumstances.”

  • Google’s Self Driving Car [#geekgirl]

  • “A #Hackathon Designed By Women, For Women…” [#geekgirl]

    [From this article at Fast Company] “A Hackathon Designed By Women, For Women, To Solve The Gender Gap…Some programming events have become so male-centric that they don’t even have women’s bathrooms. The International Women’s Hackathon looks to get more women coding in a friendlier environment–while working on projects to get even more women coding.”

  • “The ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment” [#geekgirl]

    [From I Fucking Love Science] “One of the latest missions from the ISS is kind of amazing. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment consists of four cameras that have been attached outside of the ISS. Though temperature is controlled, the cameras are exposed to the radiation from the sun, which will allow astronauts to understand how radiation affects the instruments.

    The experiment is being run in conjunction with High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program that serves as outreach for students 9-12. Students participating in this program also helped design some aspects of the camera.

    The cameras point down at Earth at all times, which makes for some breathtaking images. The feed will sometimes go down as the signal switches between the cameras, and it is hard to see when the ISS is on the dark side of the planet. If the cameras are down, the screen will be grey.

    Watch the live stream here…”

  • #Facebook’s 2 billion-smackaroo acquisition of #Oculus VR [#geekgirl]

    [Via oculusvr.com]

    [Via oculusvr.com]

    So the Virtual Reality tech sector is all agog at Facebook’s 2 billion-smackaroo acquisition of Oculus VR, huh? I wonder how Facebook will seek to rampantly monetise the crap out of VR in general now [cue images of gold-farmer beggers and blanket biometric-targeted ads in all their simulated non-glory]? So for now it seems like Project Morpheus, here we come…

  • “Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat #Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It” [#geekgirl]

    [From this article at Wired] ‘One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

    After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.

    Until Bt corn was genetically altered to be poisonous to the pests, rootworms used to cause billions of dollars in damage to U.S. crops. Named for the pesticidal toxin-producing Bacillus thuringiensis gene it contains, Bt corn now accounts for three-quarters of the U.S. corn crop. The vulnerability of this corn could be disastrous for farmers and the environment.

    “Unless management practices change, it’s only going to get worse,” said Aaron Gassmann, an Iowa State University entomologist and co-author of a March 17 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study describing rootworm resistance. “There needs to be a fundamental change in how the technology is used.”’

  • #Android Wear Developer Preview [#geekgirl]