[eBooks] aren’t books. You can’t hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn’t do that for you. I’m sorry.

Ray Bradbury, on the Kindle (via maxistentialist)

(via mei-gin)

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Dirtwire - The Well (ft. Rising Appalachia)

i don’t know how much longer i got
time to hit the road and find another spot
when the rain comes it all washes away
we lift our heads and this is what we say

poison steals my last breath
rattle snakes can eat my flesh
it was a rough ride until the end
but you know i’d do it again

Source SoundCloud / Dirtwire

Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods

Philosopher, pop-icon, shaman and story teller - as one of the most influential comic book writers in the market today, Grant Morrison is all of these things. His explosive and often controversial 30 year career has made him a household name for comic fans, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Morrison’s career is now taking a new turn, as he explores media beyond comic books.

wiki, website

MAPS IndieGogo Campaign
Help Complete a study needed to make psychedelic therapy a legal treatment

Government-approved research is showing that psychedelic therapy can help people suffering from serious mental health conditions, especially those for whom other treatments have failed. The world’s largest-ever clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is almost complete, and the results will help make MDMA-assisted psychotherapy the first legal psychedelic treatment by 2021.

We need your help to complete this study and legalize psychedelic therapy.

MAPS has already raised over $1.3 million for this study through contributions from individuals, private foundations, and our previous crowd-funding campaign. We’re asking you to help us raise the remaining $50,000.

The more you learn about virtual reality the more you question your own perception. How many of our data inputs are gathered from second hand sources? The television, the computer, the cell phone have evolved into the animated billboard, the taxi cab seat, the airplane headrest, and even the gas pump. Stimulating information is beamed into our senses in pretty packaged pixels and easily digestible talking points. Our stories and experiences are consumed in sanitized 30 second elevator pitches. There is a thin plastic veil being laid out in between us and direct experience and if we stay un-concious of it, we’ll soon find ourselves completely enclosed in this self perpetuating bubble.

We tread in the middle of this reality pond, immersed in a handed down, cookie cutter culture determined on stalling our individual and collective evolution.

So seek the edge of your reality, look for a seam, find the loose thread, and PULL.

The miracles that have occurred for you to exist today, right now, are counting on it.

Reblogged from poortaste


Decentralized Everything - ethereum.org

Computing platforms that empower Algorithms to take over the roles now played by trusted middlemen (banks, governments, corporations). Making it possible to decentralize control over all manner of social/commercial activity.

See also

The New Decentralized Internet - maidsafe.net

MaidSafe is a fully decentralized platform on which application developers can build decentralized applications. The network is made up by individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a world-wide autonomous system.

See also

OpenLibernet - Take Back The Internet

We aim to create a decentralized global mesh communication network that is robust, secure and anonymous. OpenLibernet is built around a robust payment system inspired by the Bitcoin protocol that rewards its users for actively joining, expanding and maintaining the network, and creates a traffic economy with perpetually decreasing prices.

(interesting comments on “OpenLibernet” over at reddit.com)

Reblogged from raycote