Star Trek: Axanar

At time of this posting, $638,471 pledged, movie has been funded. See more, including pictures of the cast here.


Twin Peaks References in Songs

With the release of the Twin Peaks Blue Ray set, this post features a number of songs located by Pigeons and Planes that reference the TV show. I've pasted them below for your viewing (and listening) pleasure. Enjoy!


Campter Van Beethoven - "That Gum You Like is Back in Style"
Reference: See below...


Kool AD -- Eroika

Reference: "Watching Twin Peaks, bitch, look I'm Laura Palmer."


"Just You" by the Icypoles

Reference: The track is a cover of Twin Peaks character James Hurley's infamous "Just You."


Surfer Blood - "Twin Peaks"

Reference: The title, obviously.


Ben Frost - "Leo Needs a New Pair of Shoes"

Reference: "You punks owe me ten grand! Leo needs a new pair of shoes!"


EL-P - "Tasmanian Pain Coaster"
Reference: Samples the falling in space scene from Fire Walk With Me.


Stars of the Lid - "Music for Twin Peaks Episode #30 Part 1"
Reference: The insinuation that it would've soundtracked the season 3 premiere


Sky Ferreira - "Night Time, My Time"
Reference: Named after a line spoken by Laura Palmer in Fire Walk With Me, interpolates numerous quotes from the same scene into the lyrics


Mount Eerie - "Between Two Mysteries"
Reference: Interpolates elements of Angelo Badalamenti's "Love Theme from Twin Peaks."


Implicit memory, prejudice, and behavior patterns

A student in my Cognitive Processes and Decision Making course recently asked me this question:

Authored by: T.D.
Authored on: Aug 31, 2012 11:09 AM

Dr. Raine, do you think cognitive science and cognitive psychology can explain why people seem to attract certain types of individuals? For example, why does it seem habitual for people to enter into abusive relationships? 

Excellent question! The answer is: Absolutely. It is definitely related to implicit memory (the long-term memory we have, but are not explicitly aware of having). Here is how Wikipedia defines implicit memory: "Implicit memory is a type of memory in which previous experiences aid in the performance of a task without conscious awareness of these previous experiences." If you think of riding a bike, that is a type of procedural memory, which is a type of implicit memory.

So how does that relate to behavioral patterns?

Well, notice that implicit memory aids us in performance of tasks. Sometimes these are physical tasks (that is when we call it procedural memory), like riding a bike or dancing or putting on mascara. Sometimes, these implicit memories are less physical and more emotional or cognitive, like how to solve a physics problem, how to put out a fire if you're a fireman, how to get from point A to point B in a maze task, knowing that someone always hurts you when you shake their hand, knowing that Pavlov will give food when he rings a bell, knowing that when you see a certain person, you generally feel happy... etc, etc. These are all examples of implicit memories.

See the image of memory types here (in a new window).

There are all kinds of ways that implicit memories can play into behavior patterns because they basically define what kinds of rote knowledge we have. To add complexity to this, our implicit knowledge is the type we don't know we have!! There are clever ways to test implicit knowledge, like priming (see the Wikipedia entry on implicit memory, also linked above). The IAT test also claims to test implicit memory. Another factor that makes implicit memory's effect on our behavior a little tricky is that although it is efficient (a good thing), it is also incredibly flawed (a very bad thing).

When our implicit memory falsely links two things together and thinks they are associated, we might develop inaccurate stereotypes or prejudices, wherein we think good people are bad because of some error in associations and thinking. This is a very sad side effect of implicit memory, and can be overcome by thinking logically and as a reasonable person. Especially prejudices. It is hard to be prejudice against a group of people if you think about things logically. That is why prejudice is such an ignorant display of poor character.

Implicit memory can also have an alternate effect. That is, sometimes when someone is actually harmful to us, we might repeatedly return to them without realizing what we are doing. This is a more difficult pattern to break, and is not easily broken by thinking through things. When our implicit memory remembers relationships with certain character traits, we are not consciously aware of it. Therapy is probably the best way to break this pattern.

Now for why it could occur: Imagine two abusive men, who physically harm women they are in relationships with. At first the men do all kinds of nice things, like bringing flowers, going to shows, etc. There are also probably other little minor things these men might have in common. Little things that you can't explicitly, consciously notice. Like a "look in the eye" or minor gestures or facial expressions that occur on the milisecond level. Those are the kinds of things that affect our attraction to individuals, and they also affect our implicit memory.

One more related factor: if you are familiar with something, you are more likely to like it!
This is why political smudge campaigns don't work! If you see a commercial on TV over and over again, and that commercial is of candidate X, even if it says bad things about candidate X, you will still like that candidate just because of the commercial! Because familiarity does not breed contempt. In fact, familiarity makes us like things more, even if they are bad for us.

So all of those familiar gestures and facial expressions, although not consciously detected, will impact how attracted we are to a person! Whew! What a conundrum, right?

If you know anyone in any kind of abusive relationship or abusive behavior pattern, please seek help. A good place to start is the University of Memphis Counseling Services. Even if you are not in the area, please call them and they will help you locate help near you.



Most beautiful subways around the world

barcelona's Drassanes Station

moscow's Komsomolskaya station

moscow's Komsomolskaya station

prague's a line

See more.


Not a spiral.

You'll need to follow one of the blue circles with your cursor/mouse dealio to realize that this is not a spiral. Each blue ring is a full circle.

circuit board head



Robot plants


these plants navigate around getting what they need for themselves. robots make plants mobile.



Getting around

Treadmill bike.


French Teen Wolf.


Researchers at the Shibaura Institute of Technology of Tokyo recently introduced this robotic skateboard, that uses technology similar to the Segway. By transferring one's weight, the rider can communicate with the computer to accelerate. The target market date is 2013.


MapQuest's new turn-by-turn voice-guided GPS. It's FREE.

In an older post here on GfL, I mentioned a $160 camera for taking time-lapsed shots of flowers. IF I were willing to pay $160, this is one more idea that I have for it.

by Sean Stiegemeier.

today's girly robot:

Make your own CD LadyBug robot.


Biological Art


Mollie Manier of Syracuse University dyed sperm to watch them glow and investigate their travels. Sometimes good science makes for intriguing entertainment.

Medical imaging from Hybrid Medical Animation.

Many more, from Battlestar Gallactica to Mario Brothers, to Star Trek here.

Cute goldfish.

Make your own this free pattern.

In other news...
Biology art.


I'm only going to eat chocolate bunnies today.

Lady Gaga / Alice in Wonderland mashup.

The mashup is pretty cheesey. But the real movie wasn't all that extraordinary either. They probably could have used some gaga up in there.

Cartman does Poker Face.

18 Google Chrome extensions that you should download.

Knitted "moon cake" earmuffs
Made from fair-trade Tibetan herded yak fibers.
Avail ($35).

today's girly robot:


Memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning "Remember you must die"


05 - Emisora Cadaver (Var) by Loquaz
More by
Escuela Flamenca here. Check out Proceso de Paz (Process of Peace) if you liked this song. It is beautiful too.

In other news...
"Scientists from Buffalo, Cleveland, and Oklahoma City made a huge step toward making the blind see, and they did it by using a form of gene therapy that does not involve the use of modified viruses. "


I just finished reading this book. It was excellent. A NY Times bestseller, and with good reason for that.

A new iPhone ap that lets you view cadavers at a number of layers.

made by the University of Utah, the ap comes with the following features:
  • Rotate the cadaver and zoom in or out to more clearly see any structure
  • Each label is accompanied by text describing its structure and function
  • A search engine allows you to easily locate any structure on the cadaver
  • A toggle button on the home screen allows you to toggle on or off a “Genital Blur” lest you be tempted to giggle at the genitalia while studying…
Avail ($9.99).
But if you're willing to splurge ($39.99), Netter's is better.


Linear Road Town

Linear "Road town" proposed in 1910 is still a neat and somewhat appealing idea. But it does remind me somewhat of a cruise ship...

"It is linear city housing a thousand people per mile is surrounded by farmland, so people can move along its length to get things that are made elsewhere, but one need only go perpendicular to the town to find (or grow) food. Bountiful electric power will make it all possible."
More about all that here.
Or you can read the entire proposal here on Google, or below.


the water issue


See WaterFarms.org.

from Xindaan's photostream on Flickr

Mühlensee, Germany

Gullfoss, Iceland

In other news... You are drinking poop.
"In the last three years alone, more than 9,400 of the nation's 25,000 sewage systems—including those in major cities—have reported violating the law by dumping untreated or partly treated human waste, chemicals and other hazardous materials into rivers and lakes and elsewhere, according to data from state environmental agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency."
Charles Duhigg talking about toxic waters on WNYC radio.

Built for two, SpaBerry portable hot tub has simple construction and easy break-down. You can customize your own online. They're also super cute. You can even upload your own image for its design. The drawback is the price tag: $5000.
Also see the less expensive ($3000) Soft Tub.

In an older post here on GfL, I mentioned a $160 camera for taking time-lapsed shots of flowers. IF I were willing to pay $160, this is one more idea that I have for it.

More links:
Water and your health.


New(ish) art site

Plugged Art is a fairly new art site with some interesting goings-on in today's art scene. Check it out. (And I added it to "Friends of GFL" if you'd be interested in visiting it later)


recursive biology

Alan Turing, who is famous for the Turing test, which is an objective and very famous test for artificial intelligence, also did some work on pattern recognition... but not in computer science... it was in biology...

Read about Turing patterns (which violate the principle of entropy here).

And this brings me to the concept of Mendelbrot's fractals, which are found all over nature. They are infinitely repetitive. Each corner and curve is repeated down to infinity. Here is a video. Notice that each time the camera zooms, the same pattern appears. Another anti-entropic concept.

And that one reminds me of this blast from the past:

THING I WANT: barnacle storage pods.


Ladybugs, ink on the walls, 70s pictures, blueprints and 9

Ladybug infestation:


ink calendar spreads ink across your wall.

Trailer of the new animated movie 9, which is coming out September 9th and looks pretty good.

Blueprint art.

Interesting (possibly disturbing) 70s-looking photography that has definite reference to pulp fiction and the like.


I'm going to Rotterdam until Tuesday evening.

I'm going to Rotterdam until Tuesday for the Society for Text and Discourse's annual meeting. I'm looking forward to meeting Herbert Clark and Danielle McNamera, along with seeing talks by Jean Fox Tree, Rick Dale, Dale Barr, Adrian Bangerter, Art Graesser, and Michael Schober... among others. I might not be posting for a couple of days. I leave you with these random technologies and crafts.

Here's a robot you can make out of paper or cardboard:

Visit this blog entry for a downloadable template.

And here's a robot kitchen timer. She lets you know that the time's up by moving her head and playing a samba tune.

It's available on Ebay for almost $40 in BIN after shipping, or you could take your chances and bid on it. It's cute, but probably worth about the price of shipping if you ask me. I'm just sayin'.

Here's a rotating rock climbing wall:

It senses where you are with lasers and rotates (or stops rotating) depending on your movement as you climb it. there's a video here.

There's a whiskered robot rat at the University of Bristol. Also see my previous post about the University of Bristol's robot Jules.


Free stuff and things to make from Orange.

I just found all kinds of neat things on the How about Orange blog.

1. First off, there is a feature on these paper toys:
The templates to make these yourself are at Marshall Alexander's website.

2. Then there are these cute little mice:

The directions to make your own pair are available (and free) here, at SewingStars.com.

3. A video tutorial on how to create your own carved stamp from Geninne's Art Blog. I think it is good to skip around the video. You probably don't want to sit through the whole thing, but it is kind of neat to skip around and see the steps. More of Geninne's tutorial is on her blog here.

Geninne also has an Etsy shop. See how great her stuff is? She was a featured seller on Etsy recently.

4. Picture frame silkscreening (with free templates!) from Martha Stewart.

5. Free wallpapers for your computer like the ones pictured below.

These and more are available for free download at the Kindred site.

As I mentioned above, all of these are via How About Orange. She's also got a tutorial on how to mod podge a paper bowl, links to free greeting card and thank you card downloads, printable gift tags, customizable and super neat business card .pdf downloads, instructions on how to make a basket from newspapers or magazines (plus how to decorate them with paper flowers). It's a nice blog. I've pretty much shared all my favorites from it here, but you might want to visit it yourself in case you like some things I've left out!