2009/09/30



Agni left "keep the kitschen clean" [sic] and we decided to change it to "keep your kit clean". just because now instead of a message commanding people we have a humanitarian message for the occasional drug (ab)user that visits. you know, a clean kit is very efficient at lowering spread of aids and other diseases. it's true that my kitchen is very kitsch, but the fact remains. telling people what to do is not encouraged.



ok, who wrote that? it's clearly overpriced.
movie night was pretty good. we played:
The Man Who Drank The Universe
Phil Zimbardo on his work The Time Paradox
extras:
Kirk Cameron's Dumbass Creationist Plot Against 'Origin of Species'
the referred banana man video
Sharp Blue: Relativity, FTL and causality
Pale Blue Dot

we ended up having a wonderful night of discussion, some random videos and websites about things like time dilation, philosophy of science and future of our species. we also had one guest from the peruvian jungle that had done ayahuasca and talked a bit about the experience during dinner. by about 3 am it was like a david lynch movie, with drunken shouts and deep thoughts mixed in a very funny context.

on the topic of longevity the referred talk is Aubrey de Grey says we can avoid aging. it presents the "aging escape velocity" concept which is pretty interesting.

also, going back to about one week ago on the Mayan Calendar, what I said was false. their longest time period, the "bactuns", are 144000 year periods. I claimed that they were 1/4th of the orbit around our galactic center. I looked it up. it is, in fact, between 1/1527 and 1/1736 of the said number (our galactic orbit takes an estimated 220-250 million years). I had read this in a new age DreamSpell calendar book about the Mayan astronomy. clearly after looking it up I realized that that book was full of shit. it's three orders of magnitude wrong! it doesn't change the fact that the Mayan Calendar is a wonderful work of mathematics, but it proves once more that the DreamSpell calendar is just another original work of fiction, like the bible.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/29

movie night tonight. we will play The Man Who Drank The Universe, a documentary on Ayahuasca and Phil Zimbardo on his work The Time Paradox

answer to last night questions about statistical significance, found at Parkin's Lot:


50 in the universe, sample 33 or 44
100 in the universe, sample 49 or 80
200 in the universe, sample 65 or 132
500 in the universe, sample 81 or 217
1000 in the universe, sample 88 or 278
and so it goes till you find that an ideal sample for a 10% error margin hardly moves above 350 no matter how big the universe (it's 500 for 5%).
we are on facebook now. I created a group to get the news out and etc etc. escotilha8 means hatch 8, and all of you know how it feels to go in that shitty place. just like through a hatch to a strange david lynch movie.
movie night tonight. might be atheist night or a proposed movie by
Michael, one of the guests, or another one proposed by Denis, so not
sure at all. just sure it will happen.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/27

update on the "no references" experiment. the average quantity of messages has lowered a lot, and today I got my first couple of high scores. this means that there are still people that are genuinely interested in visiting. they are also scoring much higher than average. so now I'm getting about 1 copy pasted request a day, scoring about 1, but I also got two 8/10 scores. this might mean that I may have found a way of limiting contact to just very high scorers. if this is true, I might not turn off this new system.

also, my prediction is confirmed. by faking not having any references, I have successfully eliminated requests from people that are only interested in playing it safe with an experienced host (they usually score 6/10 or 7/10).

I will run this for a week and extract numbers from it. if any original data is found I will repeat the process to remove experimental errors and let people know how important references really are.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆
today we had a really good INDUSTRIAL PT meeting and our work seems promising. so my big plan now is to explore this lounge we built and work on it. make a dance floor, a bar section and barbecue. plus, trying to get some more couches for the outdoor cinema.

spirits are high, so are the passions. all that's needed for a positive outcome.

2009/09/25

movie night was postponed to today. we were few and too tired, myself included. same movie.

also, a new experiment is now going on. I've faked an empty list of references on my profile and no friends. that, so far, has led to a TREMENDOUS decrease in the quantity of requests (literally, from 3,4 to ZERO). if you scroll down, you can still see my references. so I guess the test is: HOW LAZY ARE YOU THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN SCROLL DOWN?
I added a little lead, something to hint that something isn't right. also, my mimicry isn't perfect as some tags are filtered.

anyway, I hope to have better numbers on this soon. this was mostly driven by the fact that by now my long list of references seems to attract "play it safe" guests. I'm curious on how this will reflect on the total amount of requests and the overall quality of requests. so far, in two days, I've had only one request and it was a poor score (3/10), which means copy pasters will continue to ignore everything (expectable). I'm not going to stop using the rating system. it has led to an amazing vibe at the house.

so now, besides testing for someone's humility (rating system), I am also testing everybody's openness and trust. or, of course, their ability to scroll down.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆
video videorecycle! this is the outcome of a couple of weeks of backyard. a lot of bottles!

2009/09/24

movie night tonight. we will attempt to play Hwajangshil eodieyo? (Public Toilet) by Fruit Chan again. unless a director shows up with a documentary. again.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/23

videoTanguy playing El Mariachi
this blog has been cleared and will now focus on the hatch's main activities. personal stuff will be on personal pages (sidebar).

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆
movie night was amazing, but in the end, nothing like what was expected. one of the guests, David Massey, presented his (amazing) movie The Right to Protest (it's free and downloadable). it's about anarchist protests against the wall in israhell. afterwards, we had a wonderful discussion about the movie after I selfishly pulled David out of bed. some other movies complemented the night on what was one of the most successful movie sessions to date.

in order we played:

QualiaSoup's movie on Evolution
David's The Right to Protest
Noam Chomsky vs. Michel Foucault part 1, part 2
and, to offset the pessimism, I played Steven Pinker on the myth of violence

overall, it was thoughtful, interesting, and overwhelmingly rich in food for thought. also, I think moving the projection system to the lounge helped too. a better sheet will make it even better. and keeping it sheltered saved us from the cold and the wind. I think the move might be permanent for the cold days.

2009/09/22

movie night tonight. we will play Hwajangshil eodieyo? (Public Toilet) by Fruit Chan. a world view based on toilet design. movie proposed and provided by Denis, a guest.

humans expected: 4

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/20

video

make yourself at home kid, the sound system is in the fridge. toby on the guitar. and the sound system is in the fridge behind him.

2009/09/19

so we built a lounge. it's weather proof and loungey. so loungey I feel like a fucking hipster. yay!

2009/09/18

movie night was alright, we played an extra clip about the sunfish (Tierney Thys swims with the giant sunfish) since most guests are somewhat fascinated with that particular fish.
cold is starting to be a big issue, so movie nights might change shapes soon.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/17

movie night tonight. only a couple of short films for that required atheist dose. from QualiaSoup's excellent list of movies we'll play:
Skewed views of science
Putting faith in its place
Evolution
also the movie Darwin v Adam & Eve from Euphobia1

2009/09/16

movie night was pretty good. we played:
Moolaadé, a movie about female circumcision;
two short films that showed Toby's work in lighting (one of the guests);
Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds.

overall, too cold so only about 3 people remained. but the movie was fun.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/15

movie night tonight. we will play Moolaadé by Ousmane Sembene. a movie about female circumcision in Burkina Faso.

godspeed starstuff ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/14

it's done. it's a baby book. a lot might change but it's working now! check it out at stories.hipercubo.net. by the way, a good browser is recommended as I'm using embedded fonts (that means firefox or opera).

godspeed stardust ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/13



so my obsessive data hoarding habits have come to fruition. I am now capable of producing stats about my guests in "realtime". it also means that I had previously underestimated the total amount of guests: I hosted over 500 people so far! the stats are now on my CS profile. also, I will soon remove all poem portraits from this page. they are to be included in a personal project that will include other data. this explains the lack of updates. a lot has happened actually. one of the most amazing things was visiting the abandoned hospital. other than that, I've been having some late nights coding, which is a pleasure. I missed this. and above all, I missed numbers.

godspeed stardust ☆★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆

2009/09/07

tomorrow we'll have a late movie night, complete with Sam's Twelve Ways To Sunday trailer. not sure what else to play, but it'll work out.

humans expected: 13


saturday night was incredible. for some time now I've been checking out an abandoned hospital right in the middle of the city. so we went. it was just me and Laura, a guest. at first, it was kind of hard to get in. once we did it was mind blowing. the hospital halls were amazing and eerie and the cloister was very surprising. Laura filmed both friday and saturday adventures, so I might post some cool videos soon. also a surprisingly quiet body-like shape in one of the rooms made us wonder whether s/he was alive or dead. have to go back there I guess.

2009/09/05


we had a wonderful urban archeology session tonight. most guests were up for it, so we ended up having an excellent night out exploring abandoned buildings. still my favorite thing about this city!

besides this lovely lady, we found amazing wallpaper, some weird ritual leftovers and some other minor trinkets. then we moved on to another building, but it was pretty full of people ("homeless"). we did walk on rooftops though.

2009/09/04

movie night was pretty good. kill your idols is good, makes you angry and hate all these shallow new kids. now, it forgets the obvious. where is the heritage? the world is full of post-no-wave good music. it's just not rock'n'roll anymore.
we also played a cool documentary about human sexual behaviour (Human Instinct, episode Deepest Desires).
it was fucking cold!

godspeed starstuff

2009/09/03

bathroom is fixed! sodium hydroxide was the savior. that and the strange farty noises from the pipes. we can wash up again!

humans expected: 1

2009/09/01

movie night tonight is canceled. sink + bidet is fucked, shit everywhere. showers and toilet seem ok. won't do much more today, so washing up is in the kitchen!
on thursday we'll be playing Kill Your Idols by Scott Crary. movies start at 22h as usual. this movie was a request by a fellow attendant
movie night tonight. will play probably some short clips as I can't do long nights. maybe thursday we'll have a nicer movie night. also, I have no idea who's staying at the moment and who's not.

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