2012: Music From Last Year, For the Future

Let me start off by saying year-end music lists are terrible, unproductive ways to somehow discuss and rank the work of established and up-and-coming artists of the day. I hate list titled in any/all of these formats and more: “Best Albums”, “Best Artists”, “Biggest Letdowns”, “Biggest Disappointments”, “Best Albums by Bands with Stupid Band Names”,…

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Why We’ll Remember Oscar Niemeyer

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0847831906″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xLBp8INML._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Most of you likely to stumble on this article are aware of the death Oscar Niemeyer earlier this month. If you don’t know Niemeyer, he was one of the most brilliant minds of the modernist movement. You’ll probably recognize some of his buildings. They are graceful, naturally-inspired designs. With…

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Consciousness Considered: Phi by Giulio Tononi

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”030790721X” locale=”us” height=”250″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4173njDrKKL.jpg” width=”170″]Will neuroscience ever explain consciousness? With the surfeit of philosophic trench warfare over the past 20 years, one has good reason to feel skeptical. Whether explained away by the deterministic rigor of reductive materialism or obscured by the epistemological fog of mysterianism, a serious analysis of the conceptual landscape…

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Space Habitat: A 3D View of the Rama Craft

Sometimes procrastination can lead to something great. For all you redditors out there, I highly suggest subscribing to r/Retrofuturism. Thats where I found this incredible rendering by Eric Bruneton of the alien space habitat Rama from Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction series of the same name. In the first book of Clarke’s series, Rendezvous with Rama, said spacecraft moseys…

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Must Read Books That Will Prepare You For 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin‘….2013 is just around the corner and technology is speeding up faster than most of us can comprehend. Connectivity is increasing and consciousness is shifting. Don’t worry, we have you covered. We have compiled a list of must read books that will prepare you for 2013 and the near future. Hopefully some of…

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Why I’ve Been Playing Machinarium and You Should Too

I came across [easyazon-link asin=”B00846FWLE” locale=”us”]Machinarium[/easyazon-link] earlier this week. How? I couldn’t tell you exactly, but thats how you tend to find things on the internet these days isn’t it? Machinarium is a wonderfully designed point-and-click game by Czech development studio Amanita Design. You play as Josef (named after Josef Čapek, who came up with the…

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