August 11, 2014
Recently I’m looking a lot at the videos of Brien Foerster about ancient aliens and their works. They are very inspiring but they could use some TLC. The ancients used high speed high power tools to make pyramids and other structures from stone. They left some unfinished works which we can see today as evidence of their skills.
There are cuts left by large tube saws and large circular saws. The first ones are easy to measure to get a grip on what size they were, but more puzzling are the large circular saws. If you will happen to find a stopping block with clear marks you can measure the saw with a simple compass and a ruller if you know some math (or, like me, know how to google it and piece two large chunks together since I’m too lazy to do it myself) Read the rest of this entry »
June 30, 2014
I was thinking the other day. There is a lot of need for green electric power, without all of flooding and dramas of displacement of people. Or if you see it from politician eyes, need for the energy free from war controlled resources like gas and oil, energy that will not raise public outrage like nuclear and very inexpensive and non intrusive unlike wind that generates lots of irritating humm.
The most reliable of all is hydroelectric power, however it raises a lot of grief, it causes displacement of up to 4,000,000 people in case of Chinese Three Gorges Dam. The planned Brazilian Belo Monte Dam will displace many native tribes. What if there is alternative way to making a big powerplant, that is not only cheaper to make, but also does not require flooding lots of land?
February 14, 2014
This is source code package accompanying my (Artur Sowinski) software CV.
It contains selected projects:
- Twitachu twitter reader project in ruby
- Hive testbed of few technologies – sockets, own physics engine, templates, diy foreach c++ macro
- Wlog the php weight logging app.
- 33600 – My early (1999) 3d artwork, part of the demoscene movement.
Also notable project:
- Diskless linux system capable of full 3d, with single hdd for entire organisation with clever network caching system that allows instant propagation of installed software
Other technology related blog entries are here.
September 12, 2013
If you have a laptop with Ubuntu system on it, which you take with you every now and then, you most likely encountered a pesky bug in the network setup. When booting from cold start the laptop starts to look for a connected ethernet cable, but when you are on the go, there is no such thing, thus it waits 3 minutes at the boot time before deciding to go without network. Many forums have some strange solutions to this problem, I found out what really is wrong, and how to EXACTLY fix it.
August 6, 2013
After going plant based I simply could not stop thinking about a one thing: humans and non-humans are pretty much of the same construct. We all form tribes of shared beliefs, we create tools that aid our overall well-being in our lives, we love, we sometimes disagree and throw faeces, rocks or small metal pebbles, sometimes even larger pebbles that are somewhat radioactive at each other to prove something. By we I mean all species of this place.
What if they would actually exist? What if there were more then one species that can create highly specialised transformations of reality based on imaginary constructs?
What if they are of same moral construct as all else of this place and are not that different than we are? This is what I think they see us like. Scared, confused by unknown technology, however they seem to appreciate curiosity of the select few who chose to stay, overcome the fear and want to investigate what is going on.
January 26, 2013
When about two days ago, I was merrily going around my life I saw something strange. I was throwing out the trash. When I opened the trash shed, a stray scared cat jumped out of the trashcans. On top of that there is -12°C ( 10°F, global warming my ass ). Few weeks ago I saw on facebook some photo of someone making a booth for stray cats. I forgot how that person made it, but I decided to make one myself with what I had at hand.
January 30, 2012
I was thinking about some stuff and I have some pretty nifty ideas about some devices that might help a lot people out. I also come from a Linux crowd where we just share ideas under GNU GPL and other licenses that allow freedom of usage of any software to anyone as long the modified software is released under the same license.
I am also a vegan, who sees non-human animals as peers upon which I don’t assert control ( tho I understand the need of other humans to stick to their own beliefs, even if they do not reflect reality of the world they’re in, and I don’t want to push my view onto others ).
What I want to know if there is some court-proven license that would guarantee me basically something like GPL but in the physical non-imaginary real-world. Some license that would allow me ALL of the following abilities:
- invention belongs to all of the sentient beings (human and non-human) capable of making sense of my invention who would:
- use it for non-commercial purposes ( something like Creative Commons CC BY-NC )
- use it for benefit of self or ‘own close ones’ ( group of beings where at least once per month each participant physically hugs at least 80% of other participants of that group )
- the document describing my invention would act as a prior art in the current patent system. In case I would want to patent it later on I would like to effectively block others from patenting my invention
- I am the keeper of the for-profit usage of my invention, giving out licenses to others to use it in a commercial way
- after deciding that I made enough money from my invention I would like to raise non-commercial restriction so others would like to have their fun as well
I am aware of existence of very liberal licenses in the arts and imaginary world of so called ‘intellectual property’, i.e. WTFPL or Creative Commons or GPL. However I want some sort of license that would allow me same degree of freedom in the real world of physical inventions and detachment from monetary flow.
Basically I want to release my invention blueprints in a way that regular people would benefit in some rural communities, and money-uped corpos would not hijack my invention to keep statusquo with scale of production unless I would allow them on one-by-one basis.
Then It dawned on me.
Why just release it instead on a dual license:
CC BY-NC so non-commercial usage would be permitted. And for commercial usage go with simple honor system as in: “I would like you to pay $X, but I’m okay if you pay as much or as little as you want for commercial license” – something like Radiohead did recently with their pay-what-you-want album. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about controlling anything and flow of money would be secured, and it will figure as prior art because I will trumpet it all around and It’s non-commercial license :)
I guess I will go with this scheme as soon as I will get prototype working :)