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IdeaLust Studios https://idealuststudios.com A Passion for Ideas Mon, 04 Jan 2016 01:39:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.28 Back to the future https://idealuststudios.com/back-to-the-future/ Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:17:57 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=255 Time to Reverse Time
This is all sorts of mental gymnastics. I can't quite pin down what's happening with the particles and the significance of their interactions and decay. But I'll be damned if I don't try to get better a better grip on it.
#time   #timetravel   #science   #knowledgefrontiers  

Jonathan Langdale originally shared this post:

Back to the future

I've been trying to come to grips with the idea of time symmetry and time-reversal.  +Sean Carroll writes an interesting post about the recent B meson "arrow of time" experimental result that was announced recently. 

"The reason why it’s an impressive experiment is that it’s very difficult to directly compare the rate of one process to its precise time-reverse. You can measure the lifetime of a muon, for example, as it decays into an electron, a neutrino, and an anti-neutrino. But it’s very difficult (utterly impractical, actually) to shoot a neutrino and an anti-neutrino directly at an electron and measure the probability that it all turns into a muon."

What I'm struggling with is the idea of time reversal as distinguished by

1.  Going forward in time and constructing a muon from by-products coming together in the same way they decay


2.  Going backwards in time from the by-products to a muon. 

There seems to be a fundamental difference between these two ideas.  If you're still going forward in time, is that really a time symmetry? It seems like it would be a different process than actual time-reversal. 

Time-Reversal Violation Is Not the “Arrow of Time” | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine

arxiv | Looks like the good folks at the BaBar experiment at SLAC, feeling that my attention has been distracted by the Higgs boson, decided that they might be able to

Another Fear Inducing “US is the Roman Empire” Comparison https://idealuststudios.com/relevant-as-i-have-recently-been-reading-about-the/ Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:29:01 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=248 Another Fear Inducing US is the Roman Empire Comparison

Maybe we’ll start paying attention to history after we repeat it a few more times.

#history   #rome   #campaignreform   #citizensunited   #money   #politics   #culturalperspectives

Jürgen Hubert originally shared this post:

Relevant, as I have recently been reading about the Roman Republic.

How Political Campaign Spending Brought Down the Roman Republic

Two years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which allowed unlimited corporate and union money into American politics, there is one line that continues to echo: “The appearance of …

Huge Mars Colony Eyed by SpaceX Founder Elon Musk https://idealuststudios.com/huge-mars-colony-eyed-by-spacex-founder-elon-musk-8/ Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:10:03 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=164 Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, wants to help establish a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet for perhaps $500,000 a trip.

In Musk's vision, the ambitious Mars settlement program would start with a pioneering group of fewer than 10 people, who would journey to the Red Planet aboard a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.

Elon Musk wants to help put 80,000 people on the Red Planet.

Smallest pyramids capture living cells A field full of pyramids, but on a micro scale. Each of the pyramids… https://idealuststudios.com/smallest-pyramids-capture-living-cellsa-field-full-of-pyramids-but-on-a-micro-scale-each-of-the-pyramids-7/ Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:54:26 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=162 Smallest pyramids capture living cells

A field full of pyramids, but on a micro scale. Each of the pyramids hides a living cell. Thanks to 3D micro- and nano scale fabrication, promising new applications can be found.



Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain – Slashdot https://idealuststudios.com/study-finds-similar-structures-in-the-universe-internet-and-brain-slashdot-3/ Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:42:57 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=137 SternisheFan writes “The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex netw…

Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter The Public Domain? The Data Says… No | Techdirt https://idealuststudios.com/do-bad-things-happen-when-works-enter-the-public-domain-the-data-says-no-techdirt-3/ Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:30:49 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=138 Surprise! Bad things don't happen when works enter the public domain.

It’s getting to be that time again, when Mickey Mouse gets closer and closer to the public domain — and you know what that means: a debate about copyright term extension. As you know, whenever Micke…

Library of Congress pulls diaries, letters from those who experienced Civil War for exhibit https://idealuststudios.com/library-of-congress-pulls-diaries-letters-from-those-who-experienced-civil-war-for-exhibit-3/ Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:21:47 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=140 Can't believe it took them this long to release archives in order to gain a more personal account of the US Civil War.

Library of Congress pulls diaries, letters from those who experienced Civil War for exhibit

#war #history


WASHINGTON — Letters and diaries from those who lived through the Civil War offer a new glimpse at the arguments that split the nation 150 years ago and some of the festering debates that survive toda…

Entry to Video Contest: The Past Re-imagined as the Future – “Make Space, Not War” https://idealuststudios.com/entry-to-video-contest-the-past-re-imagined-as-the-future-make-space-not-war/ Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:28:48 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=95 After several weeks of planning and tossing around a handful of ideas, 2 weeks of dedicated work on combining two ideas into one new idea, and a grueling 3 day edit fest, I have completed my video remix for the Free Music Archive and Prelinger Archives hosted video contest “Sound for the Moving Image : The Past Re-imagined as the Future.”


Make Space, Not War

Vote here: http://videoremix.freemusicarchive.org/video/160/make-space-not-war

You’ll have to sign up for a Free Music Archive account. It’s a great website and they provide a great service. The people who run it are awesome as well. Do it. I’d recommend it even to not vote for my video.

(Update: Nov 13, 2012: Having been able to sit back and no longer being lost in the trees. I see the forest and realize that I should’ve left a lot of the war and nuclear blast footage on the cutting room floor in order to make the argument/story flow better. The meat of the video doesn’t really get started until 4:34 in. Far too long. I plan to make and updated version and maybe even a TL:DR version.)

Moon Landing Play by Play https://idealuststudios.com/moon-landing-play-by-play/ Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:43:24 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=85 I found the script for the first Moon landing. Did I say script? I meant interactive play by play. You can act it out in real time. (Just as they did! 😛 I kid. I kid.)


Stumbling through Space History https://idealuststudios.com/stumbling-through-space-history/ Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:29:38 +0000 http://idealuststudios.com/?p=81 I just learned a very insightful piece of historical information – the Soviets beat the USA into space due to their lack of technology. What? Yes.

They were building massively huge Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in order to launch their awkwardly large and unsophisticated nuclear arsenal. The US was streamlining the tech. Going for quality and accuracy over quantity and brute force. This gave the Soviets the foundation and advantage in sending heavy launch capsules that carried satellites, animals, and eventually people into orbit.

I found this great information completely on accident.

I’m working on several video compilation projects for an upcoming contest. (Update: Here’s the contest entry – http://videoremix.freemusicarchive.org/video/160/make-space-not-war) I haven’t really made much in that arena and I need a good motivator, enforceable deadline, and would love to find out what latent talents the competition can bring out of me.

I was browsing Space.com and stumbled upon an article on Jon Glenn’s historic space flight back on February 20, 1962.

I tried finding the full video so I could download it and possibly use some clips for my current and future video remixing. First stop wasn’t a stretch: archive.org. Since my video compilation research was in that domain I figured might be a good shot to find the video and maybe some related to it. Didn’t hit pay dirt, but I did find some similar videos. A broader interweb search led me to c-span. Yes, that C-SPAN. But there was no easy way to download what I found: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/303736-1.

I then scoured Nasa.gov. Their footage – pictures, audio, and video – is public domain. It’s our well spent tax dollars that pay for all the greatness. But the closest thing I was able to find were pictures available to download from the History of Mercury Control. Great stuff and highly interesting, but not the video I was seeking.

Then I found it in one of the last places I would’ve thought it to reside: vimeo.

Friendship – 7 50th Anniversary from Guy Noffsinger on Vimeo.

Available in all it’s glory and even more than expected. A truly great documentary. Sit back and enjoy.