In school we studied types of fungi and it was incredibly boring. Now I’m on Wikipedia doing it for fun. The difference? I grok evolution.
Here’s a sneak peek at a song called Your Moment…
Back in September of 2012 I wrote this song for a Time Warner commercial. Soon after, my email inbox was overflowing, I was getting over a thousand visits per day to this site and I was seeing comments random places online.
I immediately started work with a talented producer friend on a long version of the song. Originally the song was literally only 15 seconds long for the ad. We developed it into a full Chris Merritt-eque pop song. It’s cool.
I tried to get my company and Time Warner to back the release of a full song, but my proposals went pretty much ignored. I doubt it was intentional, it’s just…. advertising.
I was flattered by the huge response and I felt terrible that the long form couldn’t be released. Ain’t gonna mess with legal issues. This is just a small clip, but I wanted you to know that it’s here, and that I haven’t been intentionally ignoring anyone out there who wanted the song. I put a ton of work into it after I saw such a great response.
We plan to work out some kinks and get the thing mastered eventually, too…
The future is on the front porch, ringing the doorbell. I want to see an American political leader who calls for a cure, before the decade is over, for cancer.
Technology is accelerating so fast lately it feels impossible to keep up with – doesn’t it? If your answer is no then you aren’t paying enough attention.
In an age of explosive technology, many people are more anti-technology than ever. I feel their pain, man; our biological bodies and minds did not evolve for this shit. A barrage of nonstop information. A monkey sphere of thousands of individuals. The stress of the constant problem-solving associated with a damn smartphone. But I believe that the only way out is through. Global Warming, for example, is a problem caused by technology – and clearly, in my mind, it is only soluble through technology. We must solve problems. This is the philosophy of Popper and more recently championed by quantum physics genius David Deutsch. It seems clear to me that our only hope for life on Earth is to find explanations, solve problems, and shed our rigid prejudices; we should be especially wary of ethics that seem obvious.
Did you know:
…that researchers are experimenting with arthritis treatments that use nanotechnology to hide from a patient’s immune system? Think of the implications of that kind of technology.
…that someone has successfully encoded works of Shakespeare with DNA?
…that we are in the beginnings of automating medical care?
…that all those “this area of the brain controls the butt flexors” articles could be skewed? (This is generally when people say “Ha! Look how wrong and useless science is!” And then they bury their faces back in the tiny supercomputer that permeates every aspect of their lives.)
…that we have Star Trek medical Tricorders?
…the future is for guys like this who are going nuts with nanotechnology?
…we could soon be curing the paralyzed on a mass scale?
…certain lethal viruses may have met their match?
On May 5, 1961, Kennedy proposed to Congress that America land a man on the moon before the decade was over. We didn’t have the technology. It seemed difficult. Popular opinion was against it.
But we figured it out. We spent the time finding the explanations. We put our resources into technology. And we got benefits like the miniaturization of electronics, the most accurate topographical map of the Earth ever, lightweight composite materials, heart pumps, robots and robotic software, thermal protection blankets (used in firefighters suits), giant leaps in computer technology, insight to evolution and the environment, even ultraviolet protection suits for people with rare UV light intolerance.
In our current political climate, it seems almost impossible to have a leader that actually does anything. It’s all rhetoric.
I want a leader to come out and say “I propose to end cancer, once for all, safely and cheaply, by the end of the decade.”
I think it’s possible, interesting, and one of the most worthwhile pursuits in the history of man. At the very least, trying alone is worth it for the heaps of industry and economic benefits.
Umm….. the title of this post says it all!
9 PM Cruise Elroy plays…. come hear our songs before the record is released!
Here’s a funky jamb called Rad Pad that I did for a CM fan. A song for a fan for a friend for an apartment.
I’ve been in the habit of recording random ideas at the studio in the evenings or in the morning. Here’s a random thing I did last night.
New music! All the new stuff is getting close and kind of secret for now, but I have plenty of little demos and stuff. I’ll drop some random speakershots daily. Here’s a groovy little ditty I made recently:
OK, I’m feeling really nice… here’s a sneak peek at Future Caveman
I’m in this weird zone in the creative process. I think I’m going nuts, actually. I’ve released lots of music in the past, and I usually have some sort of release coming out, or something to show the world. It’s been my thing. Lately I’m in this zone of having projects very close, but still a lap to go. I feel like I’m in a sensory depravation chamber.
Almost two years ago I started down a path to make a “real” record with Jake and Brett, and we called our band Cruise Elroy. Meanwhile, I started a project with two students called Future Caveman and committed to making a great record with them, too.
Since then, I’ve done nothing but work on those records, and maintain my new career as a jingle writer in the New York City advertising scene.
To say it’s been difficult is the biggest understatement I can imagine. That’s like saying it’s difficult to give a rectal exam to a live bear.
To say it’s been fun is also an understatement. It’s been hilarious, enlightening, motivating, exciting, life-changing, bla bla bla.
To say it’s been horrible is… well, that’s kind true, too. It’s been lonely, hectic, stressful, dark (like, physically, I’m a damn vampire).
Every day means a hectic commute, usually around 9 hours at the office, in a new career that requires 100% of my mind, focus, and socio-political skills (which are humiliatingly pathetic). And then a desperate dash to work on projects. Rehearsals, tracking, mixing, writing, singing, playing. I’m also creating a video game for the release of the Future Caveman record, creating music videos for both groups, and brainstorming awesome ways to release them sons of bitches. Meanwhile I fight the increasing onslaught of social media, try to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, and I still somehow manage to get my laundry done. Well, sometimes.
Did it sound like I was bitching just now? Oops. No, I was more bragging.
Do you want to help? I’m tentatively looking for pixel artists, web designers, 3D design artists or animators, film editors, and more. If you would like to help me please email me at starfoxsixty4 at gmail. We can have lots of fun!
The age of robots is beginning! The upshot of robotics, which we will see in our lives, will be self-healing, adaptable, evolutionary machines capable of long distance flight and space travel as well as nano-scale exploration in a blood vessel.
My new friend Federico Pistono is an expert on robots – you’ll notice my music (Radio) at the end of this video! Federico wrote a book called Robots Will Steal Your Jobs (And Why That’s Okay) (Amazon link). I’m a few chapters in and it’s profound and terrific. Federico is a genius and visionary (here’s his TED talk) who predicts a profound change in the way society and economy functions. I want to talk more about this, but I haven’t finished the dang book yet. Um. Sorry. I’m working on it.
It’s hard to make a robot. As we become sophisticated automation geniuses, we uncover the subtle brilliance of nature and millions of years of evolution. For example, as organic beings, there are complex counter-balances built in to every move we make (Walt Disney discovered that he could implement these and create more realistic, less jerky robotic characters at his theme parks). And of course, the bigger challenge of true general intelligence is far from being uncovered (Kurzweil would disagree). But fully autonomous robots become a more viable and explosive force every day. And it all points towards one ultimate goal: building a life-sized Bender Bending Rodríguez with a gleaming metal posterior. (For those of you weirdos that aren’t obsessed Futurama junkies, Bender is guy on the thing… here’s wikipedia).
It’s time for Robo News, everybody!
- The RoboEarth Cloud Engine is being launched to allow robots to universally share information and computation power. This may be the humble start of something as enormous as the Internet.
- Robot manufacturing is exploding. Manufacturing plants will quickly start looking like science fiction. The gap between concept and physical reality shortens. Robots may have the potential to bring back manufacturing to The United States (it’s becoming even cheaper to hire a robot worker than outsource to a country like China).
- This robot already rivals nature in running efficiency. Here’s a bi-pedal mind-blower. Here’s a dancing robot who loves cliches and can’t think of anything original.
- New flic – worth checking out? Pass the joint, man.
But what about building a working, life-sized Bender? I think it’s a good idea. You could inspire the interest of millions while doing groundbreaking science.
Suppose you started a Kickstarter campaign to realize your goal. A beautiful Bender prototype. A funny video. I would think with the proper packaging, something like this would bloooow the hell up on the Innernet.
I imagine a fully autonomous, mobile robot that looks and acts like Bender. Imagine your goal was to build an actual walking Bender that could execute basic locomotion and walk around and be a jerk. I speculate that Bender’s basic body plan would be a great template to experiment with human-like bi-pedal automation. Bender’s design is simple but versatile – he’s basically a giant keg on thick legs with two thick arms. Plus, his mechanics would be easy to hide in his tank-like body.
It could also have useful and entertaining features. It could move around and carry objects. It could store things. It could bend objects. It could blend objects (I think someone built a Bender beer brewer already, and I also saw a Kickstarter for a robotic drink mixer). It could be security. It could “steal” your money and act as a sort of savings account. It could say hilariously flippant things. It could burp fire. What other wonderful things could your personal Bending unit do?
I often try this thought experiment: if the world was made up of people very similar to me, what would the world look like? Well, for sure we would be working on a real Bender robot like it was the damn cure for AIDS.
This real-life bending unit already exists! It is severely lacking in the shiny-metal-ass department.
(THUNK, THUNK.) Hello…. (THUNK…) is this thing on?
I’ve decided to start updating my blog again, but with a few changes to my manifesto.
Firstly, I intend on keeping it well-updated.
Secondly, I’ve decided not to shy away from controversial subjects. This barbaric disregard of social niceties may offend you, so I apologize in advance. In the past, if I made people upset and said something like “the Pope is kind of a dick”, I actually felt terrible when people predictably got annoyed. I crack like an egg. In the past, I’ve been insecure and sensitive.
And still am. But this blog will also represent my personal journey into the world of not-giving-a-shit-what-other-people-think. I mean, I hate the idea of someone being turned off to my music due to my big mouth (I mean besides due to the vocals) and yet, after lots of reflection on the subject, I’m convinced that risking my reader’s feelings (and my own feelings) is worth the intellectual pursuit of truth.
And what makes me, an aging artist, a wannabe scientist, a guy who wears this shirt openly in public the authority on objective truth? Good question. Well, none, really. You should totally decide for yourself. Don’t be stupid. Plus, I’ll also be posting lots of great music, science news, and updates on all my projects (which currently include records, a video game, and music videos).
By the way, I think I should take a moment to just say, hi, how are you? How have you been? I’ve really missed you guys… you CM fans have continued to inspire me, and because of you I’ve been creating hard. I’ve been making the deepest records of my career, as well as some other exciting treats.
Which reminds me of my 3rd canon. I want to encourage the focus to be on conversations as opposed to my measly essays. I don’t expect that I’m always right. I want you to convince me that I’m wrong. I will be promoting logical and/or hilarious conversation. Info-tain me.
Those subjects that are controversial in society often represent the edge of the known, the fringes of our science. Increasingly our planet is desperate for answers. As physicist David Deutsch points out, the future is becoming less and less knowable, faster and faster. One of my main goals will be to convince people that progress in knowledge is our species’ only hope. Reason will be the deciding factor between a world of happiness, art, progress, and the end of disease (including aging), or a world of misery, death, hopelessness, and Friends reruns.
Yeah, yeah, I know, shut up and play a song. I’m feeling that, man. Been working on some stuff for hours and hours, every day, for almost two years. All will be revealed.
Skeptical and optimistic,
Sorry for the lack of updates. It won’t be like this for very long. Hugs. That is all.