On The Road

February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I happened to be looking through my copy of “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac looking for a good quote to animate for motion graphics and I wanted to share the most famous quote from the book :

AND something I noticed that came after :

I didn’t see them for about two weeks, during which time they cemented their relationship to fiendish allday-allnight-talk proportions.


Okay so first I realized I really really miss creative writing being a part of my life.  It’s like playing with the code of words in such a fun and personally associative way… its like metaphysical mindplay.

Hmm OMG okay I just had a crazy breakthrough hahaha what is to stop us from putting words or poetry or images or film in our mandala! Definitely its allowed 🙂

I was just about to make a joke about how if you feel up to it, your welcome to code your mandala!  Lol and then I realized I was really joking about COMPUTER code, and IN FACT I do LOVE many other types of codes and patterns!!! Like puzzles and paint (colors in that medium) and WORDS I love stories (sequences of words telling a narrative), nature’s scientifically and mathematically observed phenomena, umm even CLOTHES lol, etc.

OH sorry ok so my point of sharing the quotes lol was that I love the first one because it has so much energy and life with beautiful words, and that is how I feel 🙂

The second quote was to show how narrative can capture the dynamic of two unequal or lets just say unique parts come together to make a whole.  In the On the Road narrative, the parts were the two people who the narrator didn’t see for two weeks, and the whole took proportions of allday-allnight talks! 🙂 Ohmygosh!  More examples of these parts and proportions are listed in Stuart’s Blackboard lecture notes “Narrative Conventions – 7 Basic Plots” :

1. [wo]man vs. nature

2. [wo]man vs. man

3. [wo]man vs. the environment

4. [wo]man vs. machines/technology

5. [wo]man vs. the supernatural

6. [wo]man vs. self

7. [wo]man vs. god/religion

Narrative and words are so powerful because they capture all the human nuances – that you could never capture with numbers and generalizing infographics.  Both are good mediums for different things.  I guess narrative is good for letting people speak for themselves or to the personal viewpoint and details of the “individual”.  And dataviz is good for the collective voice of the information 🙂

With narrative you have an infinite amount of parts and proportions and dynamics in which they come together.  Of course there are patterns or basic plot conventions 😉 but we know the system allows for infinite variety and always a unique story unto itself each time.

The Omega Point

February 28, 2011 at 8:36 am | Posted in research | Leave a comment
The definition of OMEGA is the ending of a series or sequence;
  • the last (24th) letter of the Greek alphabet
  • “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” – Revelations of the New Testament

“The Metamorphosis of Narcissus” by Salvador Dali (1937)

(perfect for our realization of loving surrealism and collaged imagery

COMBINED with the content we are all about)

1. The “Age of Narcissism” is slowly but surely coming to an end as trans-national deep crises cut the model of “me-first and me-last” ranging from those events we are yet to see in the global financial markets, socio-economic systems, lifestyle experiments to health and well being awakening.

2. The Metamorphosis of Narcissism, ie, Selfishness, towards the Golden Age of greater good and self-lessness is bound to prevail in the midst of a series of global and personal crises precipitated by nature and short term gain capitalism.

3. Evolution from an ego-centric self-gratification vision of the world towards collective-thinking and community betterment/survival shaped by global crises will increasingly become a necessity.

4. The Noosphere‘s (The Sphere of human thought) role is vast in helping to eliminate “manipulations, errors and omissions” by hierarchical authorities and to raise “collective consciousness” to reach the “Omega point” via the global internet, web and mobile technologies as well as inner spiritual progress. This will provoke all to understand “who am I and what is my purpose?”

The French philosopher Teilhard de Chardin emphasizes the way that geography and distance are eliminated as human minds coalesce to solve a problem or fight a common enemy eventually to reach the “Omega point.” Teilhard de Chardin said, “The age of nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the earth.”


The Omega Point is a term coined by Teilhard de Chardin to denote the state of the maximum organized complexity (complexity combined with centricity), towards which the universe is evolving – from our initial state of DISorganized complexity.

Teilhard’s universe is subdivided into matter and love, which are the tangential (rotational) and the radial (centripetal) components of the same spiral flow of fundamental psychic energy.

Here is Telihard’s own words describing this process 🙂

We shall assume that, essentially, all energy is psychic in nature; but add that in each particular element this fundamental energy is divided into two distinct components: a tangential energy which links the element with all others of the same order (that is to say, of the same complexity and the same centricity) as itself in the universe; and a radial energy which draws it towards even greater complexity and centricity—in other words forwards.
Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being. This is no metaphor; and it is much more than poetry. Whether as a force or a curvature, the universal gravity of bodies, so striking to us, is merely the reverse or shadow of that which really moves nature. To perceive cosmic energy ‘at the fount’ we must, if there is a within of things, go down into the internal or radial zone of spiritual attractions. Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than the more or less direct trace marked on the heart of the element by the psychical convergence of the universe upon itself.
—Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de, The Phenomenon of Man
I just thought this idea was amazing and Beautiful and its blowing my mind 🙂  I do have to say however if there is this great force of love drawing everything together …. there must be an equal and opposite counter force as always right?  And I don’t even want to know the nature of this opposite of love force 😦 Sigh … but I guess we must know its nature in order to battle it … anyway its inside us probably … its which side of the duality you choose to live in the end …

Five attributes of the Omega Point

  1. Already existing. Only thus can the rise of the universe towards higher stages of consciousness be explained.
  2. Personal – an intellectual being and not an abstract idea or a human collective. The increasing complexity of matter has not only led to higher forms of consciousness, but accordingly to more personalization, of which human beings are the highest attained form in the known universe. They are completely individualized, free centers of operation. It is in this way that man is said to be made in the image of God, who is the highest form of personality. Teilhard expressly stated that in the Omega Point, when the universe becomes One, human persons will not be suppressed, but super-personalized. Personality will be infinitely enriched. This is because the Omega Point unites creation, and the more it unites, the increasing complexity of the universe aids in higher levels of consciousness. Thus, as God creates, the universe evolves towards higher forms of complexity, consciousness, and finally with humans, personality, because God, who is drawing the universe towards Him, is a person.
  3. Transcendent. The Omega Point cannot be the result of the universe’s final complex stage of itself on consciousness. Instead, the Omega Point must exist even before the universe’s evolution, because the Omega Point is responsible for the rise of the universe towards more complexity, consciousness and personality. Which essentially means that the Omega Point is outside the framework in which the universe rises, because it is by the attraction of the Omega Point that the universe evolves towards Him.
  4. Autonomous. That is, free from the limitations of space (nonlocality) and time (atemporality).
  5. Irreversible. That is attainable and imperative; it must happen and cannot be undone.

So this idea is founded on the idea of a sacred geometric pattern of life being a dynamic force and that we are evolving towards a moment of universal collective consciousness, which would thus bring us into the next higher state of universal being.

This is connected with the telescoping of time (scene from Waking Life) and Revelations (final story in the bible detailing the end of the world in which the true believers aka those aligned with the true consciouness of the universe, will continue on to the next stage and those who do not will perish).

I’m just so excited its about LOVE!!!  🙂   Everyone knows its the most powerful, transformative force of all 🙂


Chaos, Pattern and Meaning

February 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Posted in pattern, research | 1 Comment

Foundation for Mind-Being Research Editorial

Chaos, Pattern and Meaning

Modern, high-speed supercomputers have helped bring into being a new branch of science called “chaos.” This term describes the phenomena exhibited by a dynamic system displaying apparently random behavior even in the absence of any random influences from outside the system. The mathematics of chaos involves the solution of non-linear equations; hence only with the computer is it possible to simulate the complex behavior of these systems.

One of the remarkable things to emerge from the science of chaos is that under certain conditions, ordered, regular patterns can be seen to arise out of seemingly random, erratic and turbulent processes. Computer graphics makes it possible to study how these patterns appear and disappear with changes in the system parameters. Many natural phenomena, such as the vortex of a tornado, can now be subjected to computer modeling.

Another very interesting finding of chaos theory is that there are higher levels of order that unify many of the diverse and complex patterns observed in different types of systems. That is, even though the systems themselves and their associated patterns may be quite different, there is a commonality in the rules which seem to govern the transition from chaotic to ordered motion. A simple analogy will illustrate this point: every house can be described by a unique set of blueprints, but each set of blueprints must conform to the Uniform Building Code. In other words, even the rules have rules.

Chaos theory is only one of the many areas where the appearance of patterns acts as a powerful engine driving scientists in an unending study of nature and the human condition. The following question seems appropriate: What is it about patterns that is so attractive that some of us spend an entire lifetime digging away in a dimly lit corner of human knowledge searching for something as intangible and as abstract as “structure” or “order”?

In attempting to answer this question it is important to realize the extent to which patterns affect our lives from birth onward. We enter this world with an exquisite pattern recognition system which immediately goes to work processing megabytes of input data every second. Shapes, cycles, sounds, tastes, smells, feelings–all going into the creation of higher order structures which are vital to our growth and adaptation to the environment. The program which does all this data processing could be called MEANING, and one of its jobs is to let the organism know when the pattern recognition process has come up with a “match”. Now I don’t know how it does this, and I don’t think anybody else does either. But if I had to speculate I would say it’s probably by means of a wonderful little molecule called an endorphin. Whatever it is, it results in a feeling that we later learn to associate with “understanding” or “got it!” or “aha!” Or maybe just “meaning.”

Our sensory input is a mixture of signal and noise. But the excellent graphics capability of the brain/mind bio-computer can form recognizable patterns in the midst of the chaos and as a result the signal is registered, the noise is rejected and we experience “meaning.”

Robert L. Shacklett, January 1989

The Structure of the Universe?

February 27, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Starting top left and moving left to right: we have 12.8 byo; 12.0 byo; 10.3 byo; 6.8 byo; 3.4 byo; and today. Images created by via Lactea | & ||. Cosmological structure formation simulations. Created to study the formation of GALAXIES from a COSMOLOGICAL perspective. Meaning reconstructing the structure forming process of the milky way as a piece of a larger system (the cosmos). The images look like their TELESCOPING into today. The images are measures of epochs composed of 24 decades.

but look at the image constructed for the ‘oldest’ epoch:

it doesn’t fit into the telescoping progression. This constrcution simultaneously represents 13.3 billion years ago, and only 460 million years after the big bang. Each of these images comes with a corresponding age after the big bang. They move in 2 different directions of time…

the via lactea project

time warp dance:

refs to alice in wonderland shrinking and growing…

&&  zot!

Scott McClouds comic Zot! includes so much of what we are talking about in a creative narrative way.

Neville Brody + David McCandless : Data Viz

February 27, 2011 at 4:59 am | Posted in research | 2 Comments

is the mandala….  data viz.

Archimboldo & Ball Nogues : pieces and a whole

February 24, 2011 at 10:04 am | Posted in research | Leave a comment

Burcum posted these to her audio visual system blog and they reminded me of the Mona Lisa.

And fruit portraits. 16th c. artist Giuseppe Archimboldo did a series of fruit portraits representing each of the 4 seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. ( hah I just posted this and when I checked the post I realized the figures were looking at each other! cool… )

Also, this firm Ball Nogues does installations based on SMALL MODULAR PIECES coming together to create a WHOLE. They work with light through transparency and shape, making really dynamic installations that change throughout the day and interact with the spaces they are installed in.

Spontaneous Collaborative Subway ART

February 24, 2011 at 6:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Isadora has been trying to do a public intervention to spread happiness everyday and I helped her out with one today.  I thought it would be interesting and fun for people to spontaneously participate in collaborative art piece by each drawing or writing something on the same piece of paper.  It was really great to see people’s curious eyes looking at the paper and when it got to their turn, they smiled and said yes they wanted to add something 🙂  A couple people told us they were not having a good day and they didn’t want to…I wonder how we could make those people happy…

Sesame Street – Geometry of Circles

February 23, 2011 at 5:17 am | Posted in pattern, research | Leave a comment

Sesame Street gets it 🙂  hahah

oh and Philip Glass specifically composed this for them 🙂

String Installation (from Lea! :)

February 22, 2011 at 4:47 am | Posted in research | Leave a comment

These installations are the work of Gabriel Dawe, who over hundreds of hours creates them out of miles of string.

I think his work is really powerful because from any point you perceive it, you can clearly see how you are connected to all the other points (as is with mandalas 🙂  And I almost feel that he has distinguished each color separately and as one, depicting the parts and whole of the color prism.

In his artist’s statement, Dawe says the Plexus series is about “the human need for shelter. Among numerous other reasons, we use clothing to protect ourselves from the elements. Similarly, one of the functions of architecture is to safeguard us from the inclemency of the weather. In taking the main component of clothing—sewing thread—and generating an architectural structure, scale and material are reversed to create a new construction that no longer shelters the material needs of the body, but instead creates something that is symbolic of the non-physical structures humanity needs to survive as a species.”



World Peace Crystal Grids at Poles

February 22, 2011 at 3:32 am | Posted in research, symbols | Leave a comment

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