• Ambient & Psy 2011 In Review

    1 Ene 2011, 0:39 de gtutor

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    28 Feb 2009, 0:41 de solipsisticast

    Getting this week’s edition of solipsistic NATION was a bit of a chore.

    Last week my iPod had a glitch and requires that I connect it to iTunes on my Mac to do a restore. The problem is that I use my iPod as an external drive to store all my music and also where I build playlists for solipsistic NATION. If I do a restore it will wipe out everything! I haven’t found a way around this (email me if you have a solution) so I’m patiently waiting for the battery in my iPod to die and then I’ll connect it to iTunes. Hopefully this will resolve the reconnect issue.

    Fortunately, I have thousands of MP3 on my Mac to choose from (check the links below, nearly half the tracks that appear on this week’s are available as free downloads!), not to mention the stack of new CDs that I’m constantly trying to work my way through. Still, it’s unsettling that I might lose everything on my iPod. I’ve got a bunch of rare tracks that would cause me great pain if they end up unsalvagable.
  • solipsistic NATION No. 122: Causal Domain Shear

    27 Dic 2008, 11:56 de solipsisticast

    Philosophy and science fiction has always been a part of solipsistic NATION. In fact, the name solipsistic NATION was taken from Greg Egan’s science fiction novel, Permutation City.

    Recently I’ve been reading Neal Stephenson’s novel, Anathem. Stephenson’s books are great reads full of adventure, heady concepts and passages that have made me laugh out loud. Anathem is a very different book for Stephenson. For one, it’s written in the first person. Secondly, it takes place in the future and in an alternate universe. Stephenson thinks big and Anathem is no exception.

    There are many themes in Anathem and one of the most compelling is the idea of causal domain shear. Stephenson first introduces this concept through a dialogue between two characters, one, a student, the other, his mentor. These two characters belong to a monastic-like organization who pursue mathematicians and science rather than religion. …