The Light Bringer__



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Random Guy Pops Wheelie Alongside Tour de France Leaders_

Excite Bike_


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Brace Yourselves: A Kale Shortage Could Be Coming _

Savor that green juice while you’ve got it. America’s favorite cruciferous green known as kale might be a bit harder to procure in the coming months due to a shortage of seeds.

ABC News reports that the Netherlands-based company Bejo Seeds, who provide seeds to farmers across the globe, have run out of supplies for their Australian farms, who have seen robust profits from the kale market.

Says Modern Farmer:

Just southeast of Melbourne, the fields at Brunyen Farms in Pearcedale, once reserved for red cabbages and leeks, have been entirely turned over to kale. “We probably only planted probably 3,000 or 4,000 plants a season,” said Steve Brunyen, the farm’s proprietor, to The Daily Mail. “Now we’re up to about 25,000 plants. I still haven’t had enough.” Over in Clyde, another Melbourne suburb, Deborah and Darren Corrigan plant 150,000 seedlings every week, and are one of the country’s main kale growers.

Though kale has recently seen a resurgence in popularity both in the U.S. and Down Under, the fibrous green has historically been widely grown and eaten in cooler European countries like the Netherlands and Germany because of its ability to handle frosty winters.

So savor your superfood while you’ve got it, because you might soon have to have to find another source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.


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One Version of ‘One Version of Terence McKenna’s Life’_

The public story of Terence McKenna’s life—in my view, and by my estimates—is a ~450-page book, which could be titled One Version of Terence McKenna’s Life. It’s composed of Terence’s memoir, True Hallucinations (1993), his essays “I Understand Philip K. Dick” and “Among Ayahuasqueros,” certain sentences and anecdotes in dozens of his interviews and talks, and ~15% of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss – My Life with Terence McKenna (2012) by Dennis McKenna, Terence’s younger brother by four years.

In a lecture called “Surfing Finnegan’s Wake,” Terence referred to a book of literary criticism that told James Joyce’s 656-page novel, Finnegans Wake (1939), in a one-page version, a ten-page version, and a 200-page version. The following biography (which to some degree presupposes knowledge of Terence McKenna’s Memes) is my eight-page, fractal-inflected, short-story-esque version of One Version of Terence McKenna’s Life.

The world which we perceive is a tiny fraction of the world which we can perceive, which is a tiny fraction of the perceivable world. – Terence McKenna, 1987. [“Understanding and Imagination in the Light of Nature”]

1. Paonia, Colorado (1946-1962)

Terence Kemp McKenna was born on November 16, 1946, in “a Colorado cattle and coal-mining town of 1,500 people named Paonia,” he said in an interview in 1993. He elaborated:

They wanted to name it Peony but didn’t know how to spell it. In your last year of high school, you got your girlfriend pregnant, married her, and went to work in the coalmines. An intellectual was someone who read TIME.

It’s not known whether Terence read TIME magazine, but he did, at least for one issue, read LIFE magazine. The May 13, 1957 edition featured a first-person narrative, “Seeking the Magic Mushroom,” by Robert Gordon Wasson, a vice president at J.P. Morgan, about his experiences eating psilocybin mushrooms in Oaxaca, Mexico. The feature included watercolor paintings of the seven types of psychedelic mushrooms then known. In the unassuming, vaguely subliminal position of third—not first, second, fourth, or fifth—was a painting of four pale mushrooms, golden and bluish in areas, with this caption:

FIRST DISCOVERED in Cuba in June 1904,
Stropharia cubensis Erale grows on cow dung in

Terence was age ten when the mushroom—with characteristic charm and earnestness, appearing bluntly in an unlikely venue via a mushroom-obsessed, New York banker—introduced itself, but he would not eat it for another 14 years.

Growing up, Terence was “the persecuted, bespectacled type,” he told San Francisco Chronicle in 1993. He subscribed to the Village Voice and the Evergreen Review—a literary magazine that published Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and others from 1957 to 1973. He wrote, in True Hallucinations, of his childhood:

My interest in drugs, magic, and the more obscure backwaters of natural history and theology gave me the interest profile of an eccentric Florentine prince rather than a kid growing up in the heartland of the United States in the late 50s. Dennis had shared all of these concerns, to the despair of our conventional and hardworking parents.

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Fibonacci Orbital Symmetries_

As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!

Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..

So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!

You bet!! Depicted here is a:

◦2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)

◦3 sided symmetry (8 orbits x 5 orbits)

◦5 sided symmetry (13 orbits x 8 orbits) – like Earth & Venus

◦8 sided symmetry (21 orbits x 13 orbits)

I wonder if relationships like this exist somewhere in the universe….


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Satoshi Kon – Editing Space & Time_

Insightful tribute to the great Japanese animator director Satoshi Kon who died 4 years ago this week. Tony Zhou has put together a short video essay to present the sophisticated editing style and scene compositioning of Satoshi which has inspired many well known Hollywood productions.

Four years after his passing, we still haven’t quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.


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Gangster’s Paradise_

Lean on the Muddy River_


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Silicon Valley’s Algorithm Expert Wrote the Paper on Tip-to-Tip Jerking_

Silicon Valley’s attention to detail means even the fictional math is hyper-realistic. IEEE Spectrum profiles Vinith Misra, the brain behind Pied Piper’s compression algorithm—and the guy who wrote the mathematical proof of that epic dick joke from the season finale. This guy is a legend.

To be fair, Misra’s input on the show goes a lot further than the three-minute masturbation joke that serves as the turning point for Silicon Valley’s season one finale. Misra, who has since completed his Ph.D, designed the novel lossless compression algorithm that propels the show’s fictional startup to fame. That algorithm doesn’t actually work—but it’s detailed enough, and plausible enough, that even an expert would have to ponder it deeply before recognizing its flaws.

The whole story of how Misra and his advisor Dr. Tsachy Weissman achieved this is fascinating—you should really check out IEEE Spectrum’s complete profile. Silicon Valley is coming back for a second season, which likely means that Misra and Weissman will continue adding realistic math theory to bolster the show’s believability. And maybe even more next-level dick jokes.


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How a Blind Photographer Practices His Art_

Brenden Borrellini has been deaf and blind his entire life. He’s also been an unstoppable explorer and student. He picked up a camera at an arts center one day on a lark, but the joke soon turned into a serious pursuit with beautiful results. Australia’s Open Tropical North brings us this mini documentary on Brendan’s art.


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Perfect Shadow of Mt. Fuji at Sunrise_

The 12,388 ft. Fuji is notoriously shy and is often obscured by low hanging clouds or fog. This was the photographer’s 4th attempt to climb the mountain, an ascent in 2011 left him with a tantalizing, but ultimately unsatisfactory photograph of the mountain’s perfectly triangular shadow stretching out toward the horizon. In 2012 he arrived prepared and returned with this amazing shot.


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