BNB #000004 – Death of Emotions, the News we Love.

Death of Emotions, the News we Love

Recently, in the internet we have been lost in the articles of the Ebola crisis, via text, images, sound, and video. We have been reading about the tragic news in West Africa; about the sudden spread of it into America and in Spain; and through interactive data visualizers. However, as long as we stay in our homes being able to watch news in our home sweet comfy sofas, we are not dealing with their reality, it is theirs to keep. We in our homes, news are as virtual as any interactive video game and farfetched from our daily lives as any YouTube channel.

The media is hurting us and it is pretty bad. Amusing Ourselves To Death, touches upon it more than three decades ago and the Brave New World written more than eight decades ago. Not by fault of technology or even the news media, but our own instincts added with technology makes us less human. We are lost in a vast ocean of information within the medium of the internet. When instagram users hear the news of Ebola it is a means of publicity: a new hashtag for instant fame; a theme for jokes; a subject for showing off cleverness and the occasional memoire of grief. When twitter users hear the news of Ebola, it is a means to criticize the government.

The issue of media is that it detaches us from the reality of the message. It detaches the receivers of the message from their emotions; there is a buffer created between the receiver and the sender by exact means of the technological advantage of the medium: greater the technology, the greater the buffer. Technology delays our natural feedback of attaching our emotions to the message.

McLuhan says the medium is the message and rightfully so. The medium today is capable of creating vast messages and humans can’t keep up without sacrificing: emotions for knowledge. For journalism the medium is the buffer. A buffer from experiencing reality as it exists. We see lesser versions of reality and are covering our eyes from guilt. As time flows our guilt loses itself in the buffer, we are being controlled only by what the media sees as honorable to let our human feelings to interact with the message. Then how can we get rid of the buffer and perhaps feel a little more guilt, and why should we? We cannot simply stop using internet to get our news. Media has trained many us to react with limited emotions. Many times media even simulates our efforts to be fulfilled by only feeling these limited emotions. And hides our true nature to find out how devastating a message really is. So how about we stop reading news after news in Facebook non-stop just to fill in our void? And only read a couple at a time? Maybe even just one, and stop and think about it, just for a day. We can’t simply let our emotional sides disappear without a fight, we stop becoming humane when death are just numbers and incidents are subjects for small talks, where is our human form of communication?

The media does help better equip the public to gain more access to information all around the world. But to the public it is a mere third party window to a play between the media message and its recipients. But the public think that they themselves are never the recipients, I think we should start critically reading one news article at a time, feel a bit more guilt and be moved to care, that’ll get us off from our couches.

Karam Byun
Former Professor of Multimedia Department, Huree University, Mongolia



PAZ #000005 – Imagine the word! Its depth and its girth.

Shakespeare# A twitter bot that spits, spews, spurns, speaketh Shakespeare, collecting all scripts from his plays. Make twi-bot learn the language, set a server and let it exist until the end of web 2.0 Marvelous absolutely marvelous. Perhaps it should be done in such a way the bot uses the single word occurrences only in the speech.

# A physical manifestation of dialogues, is it such nonsense that a mere human would speaketh to its objects? I fear that humankind has lost faith in expressing its lack of senses. I dare say, the blocks of light indeed holds captive the attention of the public. What say you?

# Blasphemy could have been a name. Butt whyy nott? Common sense, I sense. What is to feel common sense how do one visually see it? How can you teach common sense to a character in a painting? How will Puck learneth from Shakespeare of commoner’s itching feeling?

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TTE #000007 – Update for Foods

So Jason, John and I have been put into a group for a critiquing project or that’s the direction we’re going towards. I’ll be updating with photos, graphs, article sites and intriguing talks. (Mostly biased since I’m writing it)

We started with discussions of our foods and tackling brainstorming: we all seem to be interested in future foods: life cycle of it, its energy chain, its dietary significations, its affect globally and locally and patents. Then we started graphing and leaning more into food is dealt with today, finding grey areas.

IMG_6380 IMG_6377Initial graphing, helped us realize we had a long ways to go, and we made a few more graphs.

IMG_6381 IMG_6382We weren’t sure of the graphs, but with Jason’s In Vitro Meat Cook Book and talks of DRM of music with future foods was an interesting area to explore. We started to look into patenting of foods and started speculating on how corporations would use future foods for revenue, since the only way for things to pick up is by someone making money off of it. We started to think like marketers trying to sell In Vitro Meat and ways to block people from just stealing our product.

Patenting Cuts, Recipes, and production exist so why not for In Vitro Meat and other In Vitrolly produced foods? Having licensed knife sets that only cut these meat or a drm type safety in the food producing.

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And then it became serious, with creating names for the corporations, making a catalog for our products. Trying to food poison DIY Food Producers, Nano Scale Meat Lock, Campaigning for a greater future with out products.



You can definitely see the direction we are heading, with DRM, Bio Printers, Cartridges, and Knives. Time to think of delicious names for the meat cartridges.


PAZ #000004 – Markov & Shakespeare and the ‘Master of a Death.’

To raised in them.
Farewell, brother venture for you to dine with better could, what a torment I did fly;
Master of a death.
As thick as Acheron

And wilt or no.
And kill me misbeliever, cut-throat, you answered,
I can gleek upon my bear him? You mar our of my preserve
Now she hath, squandered that were good to bear my folly

BOTTOM with this master.
To credit his salt green stream,
Some that wert thou drivest means are,
For thou didst not know, Pyramus presently extirpate me,

I’m trying to remember why I have a sudden attachment to Shakespeare’s plays. It’s not the first time at this school where I try to use the source. It could be a obvious choice for word code playing, but I feel I have deeper connection than just ‘oh let me just use Shakespeare‘.

Anyhoo, the above quote(?) is from the markov generator with Shakespeare’s plays: ACT I Merchant of Venice, ACT I The Tempest, ACT III A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There are other great dialogues that are being generated, it is so much fun. I did try to find ‘Master of a death’ and couldn’t so it’s all the code’s doing. So Yeah, that’s it. Just play around with it people! As always code of the main js and below is the link the generator.

// Karam Byun
// From Daniel Shiffman's
// Programming from A to Z, Fall 2014

var lines;
// The Markov Generator object
var generator;
var paragraph =[]

// Preload the seed data of the acts
function preload() {
  lines = loadStrings('data/dialogue.txt');

function setup() {
  // The Markov Generator
  // First argument is N-gram length, second argument is max length of generated text
  generator = new MarkovGenerator(6, 50);
  // Feed all the lines from the text file into the generator
  for (var i = 0; i < lines.length; i++) {
  // Set up a button
  var button = getElement('button');

function generate() {
  // Display the generated text
  var output
  var text

  // Get 10 lines
  for (var i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
    output = getElement('namep');
    text = generator.generate();

  // Each line gets a new html p tag
  for (var i = 0; i < paragraph.length; i++) {

  // Clear paragraph for new lines
  paragraph = []


Markov Shakespeare Dialogue Generator

BNB #000003 – Ebola Spread – Rough Thought

Looking at many internet sources and trying to think about the reasons for the wide spread of Ebola. I am slowly focusing on the fact that there are a lot of factors to the recent outspread.


Although still cleaning out the ideas I have, I will try to write a few points for my own clarification: 1. There is obviously the hygiene issues that is helping to the spread of Ebola, but this is tied not only with death of people, but with the available spaces in hospitals as well as the number of trained people to take in patients as well as taking away bodies from Ebola deaths. Not only is there infrastructural issues, but also the emotions of families and their willingness to give proper burials to their family members which increases the spread. 2. There is heavy mistrust of the government from the citizens that decreases communication and awareness of the disease. This in turn is increasing the spread of Ebola. Mistrust have allowed for people especially in Liberia to not listen to the government about stopping Bushmeat Market, that may have a part in the spread of Ebola.

The technology that I am thinking about is not only about creating more spaces in the hospital, but also an artifact that builds relationship between the government and its people. This indeed seems important in carrying out actions to stop the spread of Ebola. Most technologies people are using now like HealthMap and track contact strategies are focused on the aftermath of an Ebola case. Maintaining trust between the government and the citizens seems to be also a good strategy to stop the spread of the Ebola as the people of a country are the ones that can take real and fast action. Most trained personnel in the hospital seems to be really concerned about their people and the reason that there is lag of the Ebola spread and it seems to be the case that they are letting the government do their part as they are more concerned in focusing in doing their part and not being skeptical of the government. The government is the center of the whole system that can easily communicate with everyone and have authority but when this power fades, it must be carried out by several different groups (usually hospitals or other) with different awareness to keep the citizens in check while taking care of hygiene and appropriate measures to treat Ebola.

PAZ #000003 – Concordance of Words between a dozen to forty wintry appearances from Hamlet

I’m set with just playing with texts that has anything to do with Shakespeare for now, that is why I’ve used Hamlet for our text analysis. I was curious about the words that Shakespeare used in the mid-range, not to common and not to eccentric. What were the words Shakespeare used commonly through out his stories? Could be a topic that I might involve myself for the rest of the half semester. Not only him but for any writer.  iamgesgraph

This coding below is more of a tool that helps me prototype an understanding of the words Shakespeare uses. The width of the canvas is the length of the book from beginning to end. The location of the ellipses are the initial appearance of the word itself and the size is as most of you have guessed correlates to the number of times the word has appeared throughout the story. Most of his single to twenty appearance words newly appear all through out the book, while the words he uses the most he shows them off right at the beginning ( like the, as, and those type of words/pronouns). Now the middle range words which he has repeated 20-200 times within Hamlet appears mostly in the first half of the book with a few exceptions, which I’m speculating as either names of characters or location.

//Karam Byun
//Drag load doesn't work

var lines;
var txt;

var dict = {}; //dictionary of all words
var bict = {}; //dictinoary of interesting words
var keys = []; //array of all words in order
var interest = []; //array of interesting words in order
var one =[]; //array oneshot words in order

var mult = 1;

function preload(data){
	lines = loadStrings('data/full_hamlet.txt');

function setup(){
	createCanvas(1960, 400);

	txt = lines.join(' ');
	//lines = loadStrings('data/test.txt');

	var tokens = txt.split(/\W+/);
	for(var i = 0; i < tokens.length; i++){
		var token = tokens[i]
		token = token.toLowerCase();
		if(dict[token] === undefined){
			dict[token] = 1;
		} else{

function draw(){
	for (var i = 0; i < keys.length; i++) {
		var size = dict[keys[i]];

		if(size > 200){
		} else if(size > 20 && size <200){
		} else{

function mouseDragged() {

	mult = mouseX/width;
		mult =1;

It has been interesting and worthwhile, however I think I need another model of study to get more information out of word data to actually see what are the words Shakespeare likes to usually use in his books.

SDA #000000 – Data, HongKong, Hashtags, Documenting

So it’s been a few weeks into Social Data Analysis and all I can do is search and maybe match Hashtags in twitter. The reason why these graphs probably don’t have much social data analysis except for what people were interested. Without further yap yap and writing here are some graphs with dates.

It was September 30 past midnight, and I was just querying “Hong Kong” I guess I wanted to see what Hashtags were trending when “Hong Kong” was typed in people’s twitter statuses:

hk_001_2amAnd it seemed obvious that these were the Hashtags associated with them. The purple letters are the nodes with the highest weights of nodes, so the number of times it appears in my small query. We see the obvious: HongKong, China, Kong, and a bit of OccupyCentral. The next morning around 11AM I did a similar query.

hk_001_1147am_circNot a good quality photo, but You can see some changes, Firechat and Tiananmen were trending, Hong Kong is also on the photo only shrouded by Occupy Central. Today I did one more search and found this


It was interesting to see that the Hashgtag “Hong Kong” was non-existent, we instead have “HK” and other interesting Hashtags like PakistanProtests, g20, openfollow, mentionfollfollback, HumanRights, ShameOnPrincessMaryam, SOSVenezuela and etc… Either the events in HK have had effects on parts of the world or people are back to their normal lives or the bots are back to their normal lives.



TTE #000006 – Proposal for Pumpkin Head Transplant Decor

Pumpkin Slide

Call: The Hospital of Yolkshire for Head Transplants is calling for creative and innovative solutions for the usage of safe-kept Head Transplants amounting to 5000 heads in the storage laboratory. These are heads from 20 years ago with life-forms being able to smell, taste, hear, and see the world around it. High stresses amounting to the heads have brought concern to the community. We hope that these Head Transplant may gain new life and be cherished. We look forward for your creative ideas.

(According to U.S. National Law, the heads must not be disposed and be kept functioning, it is considered a murder to cease functions of the head. Any ideas that hint at cease of function will be considered as a death threat, any offenders will be considered for criminal offense.)

Abstract: Pumpkin Head Transplant Decor, the objective of this proposal is to efficiently use the heads as kinetic decor for autumn holidays, to keep in the spirit of Halloween and its roots. It also relieves the head transplants from stress as it becomes used in various locations with subtle muscle movement close to the vertebrae. The head itself will be covered in pumpkin to protect the heads from surrounding environments to keep them safe and preserved.


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of Head Transplants – Since 2015 after Canavero’s first successful head transplant surgery there has been an increase in head transplants. Although today in 2036 there is a 98% success rate for head transplants, the first five years after Canavero’s first successful head transplant had a 34% success rate in re-attaching the heads to new bodies. The heads that were unsuccessful were kept alive in containers and since then have increased until 2020. There was a large controversy on the issue of ethics on which to consider the heads as human life forms.

The heads are not re-attachable to new bodies after 2 weeks, and are kept in storage laboratories for safe keeping them. In total estimate there is 70,000 storage kept heads around the world waiting for new technologies for re-attachment.

of Jack-O-LanternsJack-O-Lanterns, usually made during Halloween traces its roots back to Ireland and England. It was a form of scare as well as a lantern carved out of turnips and also a protection amulet to ward of ghosts on the Day of the Dead. These Jack-O-Lanterns are closely related to Will-O-Wisps. Will-O-Wisps are either considered mischievous fairies, such as Pucks, Pwca, Puca, Boggarts, Brownies, luring foolish ones to pits, hence they are also called Ignus Fatuus, meaning “Foolish Fire”; or they are depicted as guides for the wandering lost in either woods or marshes. The Will-O-Wisps are also depicted as wandering souls of dead infants.

of Symbolization of Heads – Heads are considered as the most important part of the body since humans roamed the earth.  They are the “ruling instrument of reason and thought” and “the manifestation of a person’s spirit, power or life force”, which explains why ancient civilizations valued severed enemy heads. They are fine trophies as they convey well the characteristics of any living organism. Heads and skulls were considered to have magical powers, hence the usage of them as magical protections and as medicinal components. Even the modern human use carved stone heads as great ornament motifs on buildings for luck-bringing or keeping demons away.


Project Description – 

The Hanging Pumpkin Head Transplant Decor (HPHTD), is a proposal to rekindle the symbolization of heads on to the modern world in the form of participatory art and community design. Theses manifestation of spirit, power and life force of 20 years ago must be brought into the light to be considered as proud technological advances of human culture.

The HPHTD allows for the community as a whole to enjoy several benefits. The heads themselves will be relieved to be out from the storage laboratories with new attached vertebrae and muscles for sensory movement; they will be able to participate in creative recreation as artists; and they will be looked upon as trophies of dignity for humanity itself. The community will enjoy the HPHTD as kinetic sculptures that will lighten up Halloween and give small scares, and best of all teach children up close about anatomy. The Hospital of Yolkshire will be a place to celebrate Halloween as main venues and become a center for creative artistic innovation as well as a community center for charity events.

Technical Description/Installation -

HPHTD consists of head transplants covered by pumpkins as head costumes, they not also add to the spirit of Halloween, but also serve as an encasing for the head transplant support technology and for protection of the surrounding environment. Synthetic vertebrae will be attached to the Pumpkin Head Transplants with basic nerve controls covered in lab grown muscle for easier manipulation of the vertebrae by the heads. HPHTD will be installed on ceilings hanging midway close to the floor depending on the stress-level tolerance coefficient of each head. Although the best scenario would be to allow them to seem like they are hovering, but having cylindrical  pool containers below each HPHTD for precaution measures are being researched.


Canavero, Sergio. “HEAVEN: The Head Anastomosis Venture Project Outline for the First Human Head Transplantation with Spinal Linkage (GEMINI).” Surgical Neurology International: 335. Print.

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms. Perf. J.B.S. Haldane. 1940. Short Film.

Leach, Maria. Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1949. Print.

Simpson, Jacqueline, and Stephen Roud. A Dictionary of English Folklore. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000. Print.

Tresidder, Jack. Dictionary of Symbols: An Illustrated Guide to Traditional Images, Icons, and Emblems. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1998. Print.

Van Dalen, Anton. “Anton Van Dalen.” Anton Van Dalen. Web. 28 Sept. 2014.

and many other folklore, fairy tales, patent drawings


TTE #000005 – Previous Sketches and existing Pumpkin, Vertebrae Patents, Head transplant patent? documentation.

First few sketches last week, where I tried create my own easy way of drawing pumpkins, and drew some of the paired words I have thought of. Pumpkin Trash, Pumpkin Hotels, Shelters, Fairies and other.

EPSON MFP imageBelow are patents related to pumpkin decoration, definitely got some nice crisp pumpkin head illustrations here.

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Below are patents and a drawing dealing with vertebrae:

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Below are drawings of patents that deal with human bodies and parts of the human body including hair and face lift.

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Here are the head tranplants documentation for explaining the procedure BE ADVISED! Well nothing to hard to watch.

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Just very interesting isn’t it? Fascinating really. That there is still that want of decapitation and the symbol of the head being the manifestation of any entity’s spirit, power, or life force. Here are other drawings of head transplants drawn by Anton van Dalen.

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Now, how am I going to make sense of all this…. a call, an essay, a proposal…

TTE #000004 – Will-o-Wisp, Brownies, Jacks, Heads.

Lovely new words to confuse me more, not much on pumpkins as I wanted. More about western jack-o-lantern origins, a bit on pumpkin icon in Asia, and a whole lot about more western culture celebrating the dead and its fairies.


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Below are useful books if anyone is interested, and some notes and connections I’ve made while searching through these books. It feels awful not to have dwell more in these discoveries to make more connections.

Connections I particularly like are and hope for are Lord Halewijn and Halloween, Jack-0-Lanterns and will-o-wisp, will-o-wisp with lost souls of infants, heads as trophies and magical objects, which leads to pumpkin heads in our porch to be representation of heads of infants of lost souls that have not found peace warding off demons for the sake of Hallow’s Eve or Samhain, in which are the heads are named Jacob.

Also the discoveries of Ignus Fatuus, Brownies, Boggarts, Puck, Puca, Pwca, which are perhaps the origins of the Jack-o-Lanterns; and the fascination of western culture with heads, skulls, decapitation has proven to be a source of maybe a good reasoning for pumpkin head transplants. I really want to know about this fascination of heads with culture, especially how the pumpkin jacky-lanterns may express this fascination of heads: by rooting it back all the way to these basic instincts of mankind to the symbol  of heads/ skulls.

But uh.. I think Futurama covered it pretty well to an extent; it definitely showed how people still relate the head as the most important part of the human body. “A manifestation of the person’s spirit, power or life force” adding also instrument for reason and thought.

Without any smooth transitioning of thought processes, I’ll try to patent a pumpkin head transplant or surgery or an head amulet OR make a futuristic fairy tale entailing these keywords or head transplant, head, will-o-wisps, and king of the garden.