EM Awards Reality’s “Game-Changing” Influence on Synthesis

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“For 25 years, the Editors’ Choice Awards have recognized the best music production technology for artists, producers, and engineers. This year, in honor of our anniversary, we’re expanding our focus—in addition to honoring the year’s best new innovations, we’re also paying tribute to game-changing products that have shaped the way we make music.

Seer Systems Reality has been selected for a 2017 Electronic Musician Editors’ Choice Legacy Award.”

Deepest thanks to Electronic Musician, who similarly honored Reality’s release in 1998. The Legacy Award article appears in their forthcoming NAMM edition.

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Thank You for Everything, Mr. Grove.

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In January, 1995 I was concluding dinner in Palo Alto with Intel managers from the Hillsboro Architecture Development Lab. We had been negotiating Seer’s continuing development of our synth/audio engine into the forthcoming Pentium. As we were leaving, boss Don Dennis asked me to pause to meet someone. I demurred, but he routed me to an adjacent table, containing a few Intel officers I recognized, and simply interrupted: “Here he is, Andy. This is the synthesizer guy.”

And right next to me rose Andrew Grove, in a gently-reddish sweater, turning and graciously extending his hand. He looked me in the eye and said, “Thank you. Thank you. And if you ever get another great idea like that, you be sure to let me know.”

“Thank you so much, sir. I’m deeply honored, of course. We’ll keep at it.”

With reason, many entrepreneur/inventors consider such meetings, however brief, as the high point of their careers. And that reflection illuminated my evening drive.

Two months prior, Mr. Grove had upset CES by announcing Intel’s initiative to migrate natural data types to the motherboard—with an argument that rested upon demonstrating for the first time a laptop running Seer’s real-time audio synthesis. The Native Signal Processing War was now on with Microsoft over how quickly the industry would adapt to faster processors.

Thank you always Glenn Spencer, Avram Miller, Ralph Smith (Intel Badge #14) and Andrew Grove, who somewhere along the line signed-off on Intel’s relationship with “a bunch of Birkenstock-wearing hippies.”

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Stereo Orb Challenge Answered

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SJL solved the stereo orb challenge, as reported in real time on Facebook last October. This is a summary of the work.

The challenge posed by skeptics was to capture an orb on a pair of cameras simultaneously. This would prove that the orb is not a particle near only one lens. Another version of the challenge is to mount the cameras at right angles in order to capture the depth of the object. I didn’t try that and you will soon learn why it is off the table.

To be honest, orbs do correlate with inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras that mount their flash close to the lens. I demonstrated in an entry below (“Think for Yourself”) that I could tell you the camera make from its false orb pattern.

The cameras in use here were “professional.” The Fuji S3 UV-IR is an infrared police evidence camera (in a Nikon d2 body); the Nikon d300s is a well-proven DX-format workhorse, current until 2016. Premium quality Nikkor lenses were used on both, and set to 50 mm, no filters, both focused manually to infinity. Synchronization was achieved using the 10-pin interface with the d300s acting as master timer.

The system operated robotically over several nights at rates from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Many control shots and several single orb appearances were obtained. It is frustrating and tedious to publish the 8000 shots preceding these pair, as they are mostly blank. Let’s just focus on the significance of this one of two pair of shots. (Six minutes later a second pair with similar but less dramatic features was recorded.)

Oddly in my experience, these orbs appear with holes in them. As this is the only time I have used a stereo setup, and the only time these holes have appeared, I must hypothesize they result from interference patterns between the two flashes. The flashes fired together on all 8000 shots—so in any case the lighting was a constant.

Now, if we consider the image produced by the S3 police evidence camera we see a somewhat convincing orb shot with nice rounded edges.

But if we look at the simultaneous d300s picture we see the iris scallops that prove it is a faux orb shot.

Therefore, photography cannot now answer the orb question. You can come to the same conclusion a few ways. The cameras disagree. The difference between the lack of scallops on S3 and scallops on the d300s proves that no matter the quality, any camera can be fooled.

The stereo challenge was met, with pro cameras. Yet we know the images are not veridical. So, further work like this is pointless. It just explores the limits and failure modes of photography—though some might well be concerned that a specially-designed forensic camera is shown to “lie” compared to an off-the-shelf Nikon.

Unless there are actually breathable nanodrones out there—which I highly doubt—I must after a decade of study conclude that orbs are still but a matter for personal intuition. This is why many have heard me say it is not the pictures that count, it is the story. The pictures are interesting, intriguing, but largely result from optical and electrical chaos beyond direct observance or predictability in highly-miniaturized systems.


“So does this mean this is the end of your orb studies?” —Lori Denning

It is the end of photographic work. After all, I proved that a multi-thousand dollar forensic camera marketed by a first-tier imaging company specifically to LEOs in a limited run of 10,000 units in 2006-2009 lies with its flash. What does that suggest about the rest of the market?

This is something the industry needs to address. The evidence shows that they are cranking out cameras with little attention to random sensor behavior and processing errors. It will continue like this until complaints force a change. I suppose the first complaints deserve to come from anyone convicted on the basis of the S3 and perhaps the S5.

When we finally get “pro” cameras that don’t produce random errors, someone can perhaps take up photographic technique again. After all, in a decade we could have handheld Hubbles.

However, subjectivity still plays a role. Without falling into full-fledged delusions, we habitually apply interpretive tools (heuristics) to bring new experience into alignment with prior understanding. For example, pareidolia in particular encourages us to see animals or faces in cloud shapes, and is operating always to keep up the efficiency of observation. These kinds of perceptual mechanisms were elucidated to the Nobel level by Kahneman and Tversky (see “Thinking—Fast and Slow”), and tend to substantiate that part of the orb phenomenon attributable to cognitive biases. That is to say, the next notable contribution to the orb phenomenon may come from this new science of behavioral economics.

Thanks to Dean Radin, Ph.D. for his balanced advice on this matter over many years.


TSC 2014 Abstract Accepted

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SUBTLE ENERGY LEGITIMIZED: U.S. Pat. #8,362,766 Circuit For Analyzing And Affecting Subtle Energy Resonance. Principles And Applications.

Without instrumentation, philosophers cannot compete with neuroscientists. A Cartesian presumption endures that mind must ever be so private and immaterial as to be technically undetectable. Approaching the fourth century of this logjam, how does philosophy progress? Excluding emerging categories of technical evidence precludes the ability to ground consciousness objectively, yet apart from mere switches (neurons). Addressing this quandary, SJL’s research into peculiarly-sensitive semiconductors has now earned the first USPTO recognition of its kind: a system for analyzing and affecting consciousness-related energies so subtle as to have evaded detection by conventional electromagnetic means. SJL’s newly-certified instrumentation offers philosophy an escape from self-imposed limitations by enabling objective insight into two key areas inaccessible to neuroscience. First, is consciousness of inner states unprovoked by sensory input–reflection, memory, reverie–creative and intuitive solutions emerging from 95% unconsciousness into 5% consciousness: and how effectively the 5% concentrates, intends, attends, meditates, operates upon the world. The second area concerns impressions of spaces or places. Ceremonial venues or humble doorways may suggest the sacred, commercial, natural, entertaining, competitive, healthy, or the dangerous. What is the origin, information content, and accuracy of these sentiments? Novel devices have been asserted to store intentions that could later and elsewhere influence physical, chemical, and biological processes. Continent-spanning entanglement stimulated some deep re-thinking of quantum physics. Yet these claims were vulnerable for their dependence on highly-practiced meditators. Since 2006, SJL has focused on removing idiosyncratic variables from psychoenergetic technology. To TSC 2009 we reported our real-time analyzer, and entanglement experimentation showing register-specific data transfers exceeding 75% accuracy. To TSC 2010 we reported the patent application and accompanying videos. To TSC 2011 we reported FFT proof that our sensors encode situation-specific periodic waves with high signal-to-noise ratios. To TSC 2014 we are honored to report 2013 January receiving U.S. Pat. #8.362,766 Circuit for Analyzing and Affecting Subtle Energy Resonance, and to update the conference on what has now been demonstrated, learned, and theorized. To stimulate research we introduce a modular sensor that can be interfaced to any popular micro-controller. For example, an adapting detector can seed a music synthesizer with evolving waves that uniquely voice its studio. Emotion-sensitive detectors enhance personal electronic devices. Signature capture also informs reversing the process: impressing minds and places with signatures generated from other sources. Signatures as diverse as healing disease, managing classrooms, purifying materials, increasing solar panel yields, or modulating nano-fabrication space could be distributed via the web. Theoretically, we suppose a Subtle Timbral Spectrum model within electromagnetics describing a massively-parallel wide-band crystalline-based gigahertz frequency response through stochastic resonance–invoking this biological mechanism to highlight the interface of inanimate and animate. Finally, we solicit the conference’s expertise in quantum consciousness with regards to prior suggested SU(2) gauge state modulation, but more importantly, possible congruence with the Penrose-Hameroff-Bandyopadhyay trajectory–the coincidental points being animate emergence of the crystalline realm, and microtubule megahertz frequency generation.

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On Contemporary Fireworks Displays

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A sparkler’s glow in this rapt child’s eye,
eclipses sterile bombs in a distant sky.


Field Day

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My first ham Field Day was 46 years ago, and today a few of us continued the tradition at Portola Valley Town Center admittedly with some adjustments for comfort. It’s THE national contest that simulates emergency field radio operation and no it just doesn’t get much nerdier. One year I continuously operated so much high-speed Morse Code, that as I drove away, each rattle and bump became a random letter.

I owe radio a lot. Nothing quite like the confidence it gives you to (in 1970) build an 2000W RF amp from a 3-page article and see it pump out 4000W because of your power supply improvisation. Abundant challenges and opportunities continue from the contributions of a hugely talented and diverse international pool. We are at the forefront of ad-hoc mesh networks. We have complete radio-based mail and file sharing with gateways. We have satellites that refresh messages and location information, weather; even the ISS is linked in.

To see the progression from repurposing WWII surplus gear to having my own satellite tracking system has been astonishing and a privilege, with which I hope especially my gear-head friends can sympathize.

Thanks to Chris Raanes, Ray Rothrock, Steve Golberg, Dale Pfau and Stuart Young for a great meet.

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Orb Theory Updates

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Two confirming additions to my main article about orbs can now be included.

Friend and illusionist Kirk Baeta has pointed out that in late 2012 popular scientist Michio Kaku suggested we consider nanoscale alien probes. This certainly and credibly extends the artificial intelligence argument, especially regarding reported flocking behavior: Michio Kaku: The von Neumann Probe (A Nano Ship to the Stars). It has been suggested that nanoprobes could be so small as to be breathable.

Fueled by the February release of David Toomey’s Weird Life, the extremophile theory has received a major nod from scientific consensus emerging around a “Shadow Biosphere.” Today’s RAW STORY article includes the interesting confession that to this point science has only prepared to detect biology substantially like us! It now requires little speculation to suggest that lifeforms so subtle as to still be overlooked could easily account for intermittent and unusual photography—particularly in the infra-red range. The search seems now well on for “Life that is Very, Very Different from Our Own:” ‘Shadow Biosphere’ theory gaining scientific support.


Genachowski Gone—no Bang, no Whimper… just hold FCC’s revolving door, please.

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Possibly the least effective Chairman in the history of the FCC departs in yesterday’s ignoble Friday afternoon news dump, two years after Wikipedia predicted so. The sequester didn’t stop FCC from hiring consultants to scrounge up revisions to his Wiki history: “entries were added that tout accomplishments such as his work with Mexico to prevent stolen cellphones from crossing the border.” {Washington Post} Of course the fence he built to stop the illegal cell phones is only 8-inches high.

And that ‘hardened Internet’ he promised in bold headlines—well, just check contemporary headlines about cyberwarfare and hacking. And how about that unified National Emergency Communications program that can perform under cyberattack—nope, no progress since 9/11. Ever much the lawyer, clueless on technology—he held an “ask Julius” Twitter session at Twitter, which failed for his not knowing how to tweet.

“If someone like him upholds compromise, it quickly leads to capitulation, which is what he’s done. He folds, folds, folds to the pressure of big companies.”——Derek Turner, head of policy analysis at public interest group Free Press.

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