Goodbye Dear

This is a post about the afterlife of our beloved pets!

I experienced the unlucky event of my cat Paññā passing away the week before so I contacted this company called Goodbye Dear who takes care of everything after a pet dies. Last Monday afternoon I went to witness the cremation of Paññā at the company’s HQ and it was an absolute eye-opener. Below I’m going to share some photos from the place. It says so much more then the mere death of an animal – but ultimately about how their owners project their own thoughts of mortality.

Souvenir: DNA Necklace

You can choose to make a necklace with your pets’ hair&bones.

 

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Different types of ash urns.

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Buddhists pets.

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Recommend an awesome documentary

You can find it on vimeo. :)

 

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis.[1]In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have “distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.”[2] The title is taken from a 1967 poem of the same name by Richard Brautigan.[3] The first episode was originally broadcast at 9pm on 23 May 2011

Singularity

Hi folks, hope you had a good time during CNY holiday! I caught a cold last weekend right after I had dinner with another friend who had a cold so I didn’t go to class yesterday as I don’t want to spread it to you..

This poor body, because of the illness, now becomes a restriction of my mind, no matter how much I wanted to go somewhere else.

For the past week I’ve scattered my time on chapters from the following books: <How We Became Posthuman> by N. Katherine Hayles and <A Singularity is Near> by Ray Kurzweil, together with <The Phenomenological Mind> by Shaun Gallagher and <How to Build a Time Machine> by Paul Davies, etc. They are all very inspiring. I haven’t finished them all but they open up a new window in my understanding towards the human mind and our relationship with computers and it’s a fascinating field.

Apart from the books listed above, I’d also like to share some interesting articles that I encountered recently, related to neurology, BCI(Brain-Computer Interface), singularity, etc:

  • The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

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Same event covered by MIT Technology Review.

 

 

  • 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

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  • Hugo de Garis: It’s only a wikipedia page here, but his belief in The Artilect War is worth digging deeper into.

 

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Below are some artists/exhibitions that I discovered recently and found interesting (not related to my research tho)

 

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The SPEED SHOW exhibition format: Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and live pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted.

2. Monkey Business

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An interactive installation by Ralph Kistler & Jan M. Sieber. Film by Susann Maria Hempel. NEW FACE AWARD 2011, 15th JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

 

3. The Khronos Projector:

[a video time-warping machine with a tangible deformable screen]

A bit techie now:

4. Just read this article: How to become a hacker

5. A nice interactive morse code learning website that I have marked down an afternoon in Chinese New Year Holiday for it: https://www.morsecode.io

Last but not least, I’d like to share a quote allegedly from Father Alfred D’Souza (though I can’t find any information about the person online except for all the nice quotes credited to him).

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time … and remember that time waits for no one…”