Update 2010.02.21

The EPOC and Scratch demos @ Jigsaw Renaissance went pretty well. We may be hosting some Scratch classes in the future, and I am still working on tutorials for Scratch as an introduction to multimedia ritual design. In response to members’ interests, we will be hosting a regular EPOC meetup at Jigsaw. I have been having some problems with my EPOC, including broken electrodes and my wireless connection frequently drops. Hoping to get through to Emotiv‘s support soon. Also still unable to get Neurovault working.

Boe-Bot (more images) I won a Boe-Bot with Gazbot accessory from Parallax, two weeks ago (contest details). A few days later, Michael Parks gave a Propeller demo @ Jigsaw, and we talked about him giving some Propeller classes there. He turned me onto 12Blocks, which is like Scratch for Propeller. All of these experiences are converging on me learning the Propeller platform in the near future. The more I consider it, the more I dig its multi-cog architecture, and the more excited I become for possibilities of creating robots having multiple personalities sharing and competing for the same resources, as wells as multiprocessor robots for rituals.

Omen Antiquitatum (more images) I recently acquired some Elder Sign (Omen Antiquitatum) props from HPLHS, and the old Scary Laboratory set from the LEGO Studios collection, for a common ritual I expect to disclose more about in days to come. An unexpected score from the LEGO set was the Studio effects software which includes a cool interface for manipulating audio, and a bank of horror movie sound effects — will post pics of that, later.

Coming soon: using scents in multimedia rituals.

Question: How would you begin to design an artificial intelligence that could alter a REG‘s output with the “power” of intention?

Empirical Evidence of the Efficacy of Sex Magic?

I’ve been watching The PEAR Proposition, which includes Jahn’s lectures about the lab’s experiments in intention influencing random event generators. Here is a graph from one of the lecture slides:


You may need to watch the lecture in order to understand the data in the graph, but it can be interpreted to suggest that when multiple operators are working together to influence the REG’s output…

  • All multiple-operator experiments considered together do not yield results much better than those of single operators (but note the following)
  • Two males or two females together yield backwards results (I am not yet clear about whether that means they tend towards no significant results whereas the remainder of operators and co-operator pairs tends towards significant results, or if it means that when trying to go high they produce an extraordinary number of lows and vice versa)
  • A male and female together yield better results than (the average of) male or female operators working alone, even if their relationship is casual (“unbonded”)
  • A bonded pair of male and female operators produces the greatest results of all

What would Paschal say? Probably, “I told you so.”

One student did ask something I wondered when I first saw this presentation: Did any experiments include homosexual pairs? Another student replied there was one study albeit having a small database, that suggested that homosexual pairs behaved similarly to heterosexual pairs. However, Jahn cautioned that the data set was not large enough to say much about that, yet.