domingo, 31 de agosto de 2008

Sentencia - II

A ver cómo sale...

El truco para taggear en facebook es apuntar a la nariz.

Eso.

Bob Dylan - At The Beeb

A diferencia del Papa, este bloguero sí comete errores, y cuando sucede, tiene el descaro de admitirlos, y en la medida de lo posible, enmendarlos.

Así, hace ya casi un año pusimos en este blog el concierto que Bob Dylan hiciese para la BBC en el 65, salvo por el detalle de que no era ese concierto, sino otro. Así que ahora, porque más vale tarde que nunca, pongo el verdadero concierto de la BBC, presentado parcialmente en el excelente documental/película "Don't Look Back", para que lo bajen, escuchen y disfruten.

Bob Dylan - At The Beeb [DOWNLOAD]


sábado, 30 de agosto de 2008

1969: The Velvet Underground Live

No puede haber duda acerca de que Lou Reed, ya sea como solista o líder en The Velvet Underground, siempre nos dio un mejor material en vivo que de studio. No nos debe sorprender, por lo tanto, que en este blog contemos con una amplia selección de conciertos tanto de Lou, como de The Velvet Underground (revisen la etiqueta "Lou Reed"), y que ésta se expanda incluso más hoy, glorioso 30 de agosto, día de Santa Rosa de Lima, santa entre tantas otras.

En fin, el concierto que pongo hoy es en realidad mi favorito, sin importar lo que pueda haber dicho antes, y lo recomiendo altamente. Además, esta edición en particular no es la reeditada para CD, sino una transferencia del original en vinilo, y personalmente al menos, me gusta como suena.

Los dejo con una canción para que prueben, y los dos discos para que bajen.

The Velvet Underground - Lisa Says


The Velvet Underground - 1969: The Velvet Underground Live

Daniel Johnston - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances

Ayer tuve que improvisar un par de caminatas que terminaron siendo una, y bueno, fue muy placentero y bonito, y pasaron algunas cosas, pero el motivo de este post es relatar sólo una de ellas, y compartirla en tanto me sea posible.

Y sí, justo la naturaleza del anécdota me permite ponerla en su integridad:

Daniel Johnston - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances


Don't let the sun go down on your grievances
Respect love of the heart over lust of the flesh
Do yourself a favor: become your own savior
And don't let the sun go down on your grievances

And when you wake up in the morning
You'll have a brand new feeling
And you'll find yourself healing
So don't let the sun go down on your grievances

And yet if you find yourself in the dark
And you're left holding the bag
Then take care of it right away
And don't let the sun go down on your grievances again

Sometimes you might want to give up
But keep that chin up
Cause you're gonna find
You're gonna find
Sometimes you might be alone
But don't feel lonely
'Cause you're gonna find
You're gonna find
So don't let the sun go down on your grievances

Start each day with a clean slate
You'll feel better if you can shake off all that hate
And don't forget to forgive and forget
And don't let the sun go down on your grievances

Don't let the sun go down on your grievances
Everybody!

Respect love of the heart over lust of the flesh
Sing it!
Do yourself a favor: Become your own savior
And don't let the sun go down on your grievances

jueves, 28 de agosto de 2008

Play It Again, Sam

Vi esta película escrita y protagonizada por Woody Allen, mas no dirigida, hace ya un par de años, y traté de encontrar un clip en YouTube de las escenas en que Woody habla con el imaginario personaje de Humphrey Bogart, y que son verdaderamente geniales, pero no tuve suerte.

Sin embargo, encontré éste, que es comedia física de Woody Allen at its best. No lo dejen de ver.



El segmento que va desde el 4:36 al 4:51 es oro puro.

miércoles, 27 de agosto de 2008

Las amenazas (y respuestas) de la humanidad

Siempre pensé que, si pudiese elegir a una persona para ponerla al mando de todo el planeta, esa persona sería Bertrand Russell. Ahora, sin embargo, me parece que Russell ha sido desplazado al segundo lugar por Isaac Asimov.


Claras ventajas de Asimov serían: 1. que escribió la Fundación; 2. que de hecho se proyectaba mejor para la exploración espacial; y 3. que era ruso.

En estos dos videos que quiero compartir, del 89, Asimov habla de las amenazas a la humanidad, y hace un buen trabajo, me parece, en explicar la importancia de la idea "humanidad" y aterrizar un poco el término, a todo esto.

Sin más, los dejo con los algo extensos videos, pero que creo que pueden ser bastante enriquecedores.

Isaac Asimov - Threats to Humanity Part 1


Isaac Asimov - The Answer for Humanity Part 2



Cualquier parecido con Kant se debe puramente a la participación generosa en la idea del Bien.

martes, 26 de agosto de 2008

Bob Dylan - Mozambique

Otra joya de la versión en video del excelente álbum Hard Rain, que cuenta con un par de canciones inéditas, como ésta.

Bob Dylan - Mozambique


Y por favor, no dejen de ver el video de "Idiot Wind" en vivo, que está definitivamente en el Top 5 de canciones de Dylan en vivo. Y si ya lo vieron, háganlo de nuevo.

domingo, 24 de agosto de 2008

The Last Question

Se me ocurrió poner un cuento entero de Isaac Asimov acá, y qué mejor y más perfecto que poner el cuento que Asimov mismo consideraba su mejor. Sin más, lo pongo y recomiéndenlo a tantas personas conozcan. Si no les gusta el criminal fondo rojo de mi blog, les pongo el link para que lo bajen y lean como archivo de Word.

Isaac Asimov - The Last Question [DOWNLOAD]

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The Last Question




by Isaac Asimov.



The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five-dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way:
Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face--miles and miles of face--of that giant computer. They had at least a vague notion of the general plan of relays and circuits that had long since grown past the point where any single human could possibly have a firm grasp of the whole.
Multivac was self-adjusting and self-correcting. It had to be, for nothing human could adjust and correct it quickly enough or even adequately enough. So Adell and Lupov attended the monstrous giant only lightly and superficially, yet as well as any men could. They fed it data, adjusted questions to its needs and translated the answers that were issued. Certainly they, and all others like them, were fully entitled to share in the glory that was Multivac’s.
For decades, Multivac had helped design the ships and plot the trajectories that enabled man to reach the Moon, Mars, and Venus, but past that, Earth’s poor resources could not support the ships. Too much energy was needed for the long trips. Earth exploited its coal and uranium with increasing efficiency, but there was only so much of both.
But slowly Multivac learned enough to answer deeper questions more fundamentally, and on May 14, 2061, what had been theory, became fact.
The energy of the sun was stored, converted, and utilized directly on a planet-wide scale. All Earth turned off its burning coal, its fissioning uranium, and flipped the switch that connected all of it to a small station, one mile in diameter, circling the Earth at half the distance of the Moon. All Earth ran by invisible beams of sunpower.
Seven days had not sufficed to dim the glory of it and Adell and Lupov finally managed to escape from the public function, and to meet in quiet where no one would think of looking for them, in the deserted underground chambers, where portions of the mighty buried body of Multivac showed. Unattended, idling, sorting data with contented lazy clickings, Multivac, too, had earned its vacation and the boys appreciated that. They had no intention, originally, of disturbing it.
They had brought a bottle with them, and their only concern at the moment was to relax in the company of each other and the bottle.
“It’s amazing when you think of it,” said Adell. His broad face had lines of weariness in it, and he stirred his drink slowly with a glass rod, watching the cubes of ice slur clumsily about. “All the energy we can possibly ever use for free. Enough energy, if we wanted to draw on it, to melt all Earth into a big drop of impure liquid iron, and still never miss the energy so used. All the energy we could ever use, forever and forever and forever.”
Lupov cocked his head sideways. He had a trick of doing that when he wanted to be contrary, and he wanted to be contrary now, partly because he had had to carry the ice and glassware. “Not forever,” he said.
“Oh, hell, just about forever. Till the sun runs down, Bert.”
“That’s not forever.”
“All right, then. Billions and billions of years. Twenty billion, maybe. Are you satisfied?”
Lupov put his fingers through his thinning hair as though to reassure himself that some was still left and sipped gently at his own drink. “Twenty billion years isn’t forever.”
“Well, it will last our time, won’t it?”
“So would the coal and uranium.”
“All right, but now we can hook up each individual spaceship to the Solar Station, and it can go to Pluto and back a million times without ever worrying about fuel. You can’t do that on coal and uranium. Ask Multivac, if you don’t believe me.”
“I don’t have to ask Multivac. I know that.”
“Then stop running down what Multivac’s done for us,” said Adell, blazing up. “It did all right.”
“Who says it didn’t? What I say is that a sun won’t last forever. That’s all I’m saying. We’re safe for twenty billion years, but then what?” Lupov pointed a slightly shaky finger at the other. “And don’t say we’ll switch to another sun.”
There was silence for a while. Adell put his glass to his lips only occasionally, and Lupov’s eyes slowly closed. They rested.
Then Lupov’s eyes snapped open. “You’re thinking we’ll switch to another sun when ours is done, aren’t you?”
“I’m not thinking.”
“Sure you are. You’re weak on logic, that’s the trouble with you. You’re like the guy in the story who was caught in a sudden shower and who ran to a grove of trees and got under one. He wasn’t worried, you see, because he figured when one tree got wet through, he would just get under another one.”
“I get it,” said Adell. “Don’t shout. When the sun is done, the other stars will be gone, too.”
“Darn right they will,” muttered Lupov. “It all had a beginning in the original cosmic explosion, whatever that was, and it’ll all have an end when all the stars run down. Some run down faster than others. Hell, the giants won’t last a hundred million years. The sun will last twenty billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last a hundred billion for all the good they are. But just give us a trillion years and everything will be dark. Entropy has to increase to maximum, that’s all.”
“I know all about entropy,” said Adell, standing on his dignity.
“The hell you do.”
“I know as much as you do.”
“Then you know everything’s got to run down someday.”
“AU right. Who says they won’t?”
“You did, you poor sap. You said we had all the energy we needed, forever. You said ‘forever.’ “
It was Adell’s turn to be contrary. “Maybe we can build things up again someday,” he said.
“Never.”
“Why not? Someday.”
“Never.”
“Ask Multivac.”
“You ask Multivac. I dare you. Five dollars says it can’t be done.”
Adell was just drunk enough to try, just sober enough to be able to phrase the necessary symbols and operations into a question which, in words, might have corresponded to this: Will mankind one day without the net expenditure of energy be able to restore the sun to its full youthfulness even after it had died of old age?
Or maybe it could be put more simply like this: How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?
Multivac fell dead and silent. The slow flashing of lights ceased, the distant sounds of clicking relays ended.
Then, just as the frightened technicians felt they could hold their breath no longer, there was a sudden springing to life of the teletype attached to that portion of Multivac. Five words were printed: insufficient data for meaningful answer.
“Not yet,” whispered Lupov. They left hurriedly. By next morning, the two, plagued with throbbing head and cottony mouth, had forgotten the incident.

Jerrodd, Jerrodine, and Jerrodette I and II watched the starry picture in the visiplate change as the passage through hyperspace was completed in its non-time lapse. At once, the even powdering of stars gave way to the predominance of a single bright marble-disk, centered.
“That’s X-23,” said Jerrodd confidently. His thin hands clamped tightly behind his back and the knuckles whitened.
The little Jerrodettes, both girls, had experienced the hyperspace passage for the first time in their lives and were self-conscious over the momentary sensation of inside-outness. They buried their giggles and chased one another wildly about their mother, screaming, “We’ve reached X-23--we’ve reached X-23--we’ve--”
“Quiet, children,” said Jerrodine sharply. “Are you sure, Jerrodd?”
“What is there to be but sure?” asked Jerrodd, glancing up at the bulge of featureless metal just under the ceiling. It ran the length of the room, disappearing through the wall at either end. It was as long as the ship.
Jerrodd scarcely knew a thing about the thick rod of metal except that it was called a Microvac, that one asked it questions if one wished; that if one did not it still had its task of guiding the ship to a preordered destination; of feeding on energies from the various Sub-galactic Power Stations; of computing the equations for the hyperspatial jumps.
Jerrodd and his family had only to wait and live in the comfortable residence quarters of the ship.
Someone had once told Jerrodd that the “ac” at the end of “Microvac” stood for “analog computer” in ancient English, but he was on the edge of forgetting even that.
Jerrodine’s eyes were moist as she watched the visiplate. “I can’t help it. I feel funny about leaving Earth.”
“Why, for Pete’s sake?” demanded Jerrodd. “We had nothing there. We’ll have everything on X-23. You won’t be alone. You won’t be a pioneer. There are over a million people on the planet already. Good Lord, our great-grandchildren will be looking for new worlds because X-23 will be overcrowded.” Then, after a reflective pause, “I tell you, it’s a lucky thing the computers worked out interstellar travel the way the race is growing.”
“I know, I know,” said Jerrodine miserably.
Jerrodette I said promptly, “Our Microvac is the best Microvac in the world.”
“I think so, too,” said Jerrodd, tousling her hair.
It was a nice feeling to have a Microvac of your own and Jerrodd was glad he was part of his generation and no other. In his father’s youth, the only computers had been tremendous machines taking up a hundred square miles of land. There was only one to a planet. Planetary ACs they were called. They had been growing in size steadily for a thousand years and then, all at once, came refinement. In place of transistors had come molecular valves so that even the largest Planetary AC could be put into a space only half the volume of a spaceship.
Jerrodd felt uplifted, as he always did when he thought that his own personal Microvac was many times more complicated than the ancient and primitive Multivac that had first tamed the Sun, and almost as complicated as Earth’s Planetary AC (the largest) that had first solved the problem of hyperspatial travel and had made trips to the stars possible.
“So many stars, so many planets,” sighed Jerrodine, busy with her own thoughts. “I suppose families will be going out to new planets forever, the way we are now.”
“Not forever,” said Jerrodd, with a smile. “It will all stop someday, but not for billions of years. Many billions. Even the stars run down, you know. Entropy must increase.”
“What’s entropy, daddy?” shrilled Jerrodette II.
“Entropy, little sweet, is just a word which means the amount of running-down of the universe. Everything runs down, you know, like your little walkie-talkie robot, remember?”
“Can’t you just put in a new power-unit, like with my robot?”
“The stars are the power-units, dear. Once they’re gone, there are no more power-units.”
Jerrodette I at once set up a howl. “Don’t let them, daddy. Don’t let the stars run down.”
“Now look what you’ve done,” whispered Jerrodine, exasperated.
“How was I to know it would frighten them?” Jerrodd whispered back.
“Ask the Microvac,” wailed Jerrodette I. “Ask him how to turn the stars on again.”
“Go ahead,” said Jerrodine. “It will quiet them down.” (Jerrodette II was beginning to cry, also.)
Jerrodd shrugged. “Now, now, honeys. I’ll ask Microvac. Don’t worry, he’ll tell us.”
He asked the Microvac, adding quickly, “Print the answer.”
Jerrodd cupped the strip of thin cellufilm and said cheerfully, “See now, the Microvac says it will take care of everything when the time comes so don’t worry.”
Jerrodine said, “And now, children, it’s time for bed. We’ll be in our new home soon.”
Jerrodd read the words on the cellufilm again before destroying it: insufficient data for a meaningful answer.
He shrugged and looked at the visiplate. X-23 was just ahead.

VJ-23X of Lameth stared into the black depths of the three-dimensional, small-scale map of the Galaxy and said, “Are we ridiculous, I wonder, in being so concerned about the matter?”
MQ-17J of Nicron shook his head. “I think not. You know the Galaxy will be filled in five years at the present rate of expansion.”
Both seemed in their early twenties, both were tall and perfectly formed.
“Still,” said VJ-23X, “I hesitate to submit a pessimistic report to the Galactic Council.”
“I wouldn’t consider any other kind of report. Stir them up a bit. We’ve got to stir them up.”
VJ-23X sighed. “Space is infinite. A hundred billion Galaxies are there for the taking. More.”
“A hundred billion is not infinite and it’s getting less infinite all the time. Consider! Twenty thousand years ago, mankind first solved the problem of utilizing stellar energy, and a few centuries later, interstellar travel became possible. It took mankind a million years to fill one small world and then only fifteen thousand years to fill the rest of the Galaxy. Now the population doubles every ten years--”
VJ-23X interrupted. “We can thank immortality for that.”
“Very well. Immortality exists and we have to take it into account. I admit it has its seamy side, this immortality. The Galactic AC has solved many problems for us, but in solving the problem of preventing old age and death, it has undone all its other solutions.”
“Yet you wouldn’t want to abandon life, I suppose.”
“Not at all,” snapped MQ-17J, softening it at once to, “Not yet. I’m by no means old enough. How old are you?”
“Two hundred twenty-three. And you?”
“I’m still under two hundred. --But to get back to my point. Population doubles every ten years. Once this Galaxy is filled, we’ll have filled another in ten years. Another ten years and we’ll have filled two more. Another decade, four more. In a hundred years, we’ll have filled a thousand Galaxies. In a thousand years, a million Galaxies. In ten thousand years, the entire known Universe. Then what?”
VJ-23X said, “As a side issue, there’s a problem of transportation. I wonder how many sunpower units it will take to move Galaxies of individuals from one Galaxy to the next.”
“A very good point. Already, mankind consumes two sunpower units per year.”
“Most of it’s wasted. After all, our own Galaxy alone pours out a thousand sunpower units a year and we only use two of those.”
“Granted, but even with a hundred per cent efficiency, we only stave off the end. Our energy requirements are going up in a geometric progression even faster than our population. We’ll run out of energy even sooner than we run out of Galaxies. A good point. A very good point.”
“We’ll just have to build new stars out of interstellar gas.”
“Or out of dissipated heat?” asked MQ-17J, sarcastically.
“There may be some way to reverse entropy. We ought to ask the Galactic AC.”
VJ-23X was not really serious, but MQ-17J pulled out his AC-contact from his pocket and placed it on the table before him.
“I’ve half a mind to,” he said. “It’s something the human race will have to face someday.”
He stared somberly at his small AC-contact. It was only two inches cubed and nothing in itself, but it was connected through hyperspace with the great Galactic AC that served all mankind. Hyperspace considered, it was an integral part of the Galactic AC.
MQ-17J paused to wonder if someday in his immortal life he would get to see the Galactic AC. It was on a little world of its own, a spider webbing of force-beams holding the matter within which surges of sub-mesons took the place of the old clumsy molecular valves. Yet despite its sub-etheric workings, the Galactic AC was known to be a full thousand feet across.
MQ-17J asked suddenly of his AC-contact, “Can entropy ever be reversed?”
VJ-23X looked startled and said at once, “Oh, say, I didn’t really mean to have you ask that,”
“Why not?”
“We both know entropy can’t be reversed. You can’t turn smoke and ash back into a tree.”
“Do you have trees on your world?” asked MQ-17J.
The sound of the Galactic AC startled them into silence. Its voice came thin and beautiful out of the small AC-contact on the desk. It said: there is insufficient data for a meaningful answer.
VJ-23X said, “See!”
The two men thereupon returned to the question of the report they were to make to the Galactic Council.

Zee Prime’s mind spanned the new Galaxy with a faint interest in the countless twists of stars that powdered it. He had never seen this one before. Would he ever see them all? So many of them, each with its load of humanity. --But a load that was almost a dead weight. More and more, the real essence of men was to be found out here, in space.
Minds, not bodies! The immortal bodies remained back on the planets, in suspension over the eons. Sometimes they roused for material activity but that was growing rarer. Few new individuals were coming into existence to join the incredibly mighty throng, but what matter? There was little room in the Universe for new individuals.
Zee Prime was roused out of his reverie upon coming across the wispy tendrils of another mind.
“I am Zee Prime,” said Zee Prime. “And you?”
“I am Dee Sub Wun. Your Galaxy?”
“We call it only the Galaxy. And you?”
“We call ours the same. All men call their Galaxy their Galaxy and nothing more. Why not?”
“True. Since all Galaxies are the same.”
“Not all Galaxies. On one particular Galaxy the race of man must have originated. That makes it different.”
Zee Prime said, “On which one?”
“I cannot say. The Universal AC would know.”
“Shall we ask him? I am suddenly curious.”
Zee Prime’s perceptions broadened until the Galaxies themselves shrank and became a new, more diffuse powdering on a much larger background. So many hundreds of billions of them, all with their immortal beings, all carrying their load of intelligences with minds that drifted freely through space. And yet one of them was unique among them all in being the original Galaxy. One of them had, in its vague and distant past, a period when it was the only Galaxy populated by man.
Zee Prime was consumed with curiosity to see this Galaxy and he called out: “Universal AC! On which Galaxy did mankind originate?”
The Universal AC heard, for on every world and throughout space, it had its receptors ready, and each receptor lead through hyperspace to some unknown point where the Universal AC kept itself aloof.
Zee Prime knew of only one man whose thoughts had penetrated within sensing distance of Universal AC, and he reported only a shining globe, two feet across, difficult to see.
“But how can that be all of Universal AC?” Zee Prime had asked.
“Most of it,” had been the answer, “is in hyperspace. In what form it is there I cannot imagine.”
Nor could anyone, for the day had long since passed, Zee Prime knew, when any man had any part of the making of a Universal AC. Each Universal AC designed and constructed its successor. Each, during its existence of a million years or more accumulated the necessary data to build a better and more intricate, more capable successor in which its own store of data and individuality would be submerged.
The Universal AC interrupted Zee Prime’s wandering thoughts, not with, words, but with guidance. Zee Prime’s mentality was guided into the dim sea of Galaxies and one in particular enlarged into stars.
A thought came, infinitely distant, but infinitely clear. “this is the original galaxy of man.”
But it was the same after all, the same as any other, and Zee Prime stifled his disappointment.
Dee Sub Wun, whose mind had accompanied the other, said suddenly, “And is one of these stars the original star of Man?” The Universal AC said, “man’s original star has gone nova. it is a white dwarf.”
“Did the men upon it die?” asked Zee Prime, startled and without thinking.
The Universal AC said, “a new world, as in such cases, was constructed for their physical bodies in time.”
“Yes, of course,” said Zee Prime, but a sense of loss overwhelmed him even so. His mind released its hold on the original Galaxy of Man, let it spring back and lose itself among the blurred pin points. He never wanted to see it again.
Dee Sub Wun said, “What is wrong?”
“The stars are dying. The original star is dead.”
“They must all die. Why not?”
“But when all energy is gone, our bodies will finally die, and you and I with them.”
“It will take billions of years.”
“I do not wish it to happen even after billions of years. Universal AC! How may stars be kept from dying?”
Dee Sub Wun said in amusement, “You’re asking how entropy might be reversed in direction.”
And the Universal AC answered: “there is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer.”
Zee Prime’s thoughts fled back to his own Galaxy. He gave no further thought to Dee Sub Wun, whose body might be waiting on a Galaxy a trillion light-years away, or on the star next to Zee Prime’s own. It didn’t matter.
Unhappily, Zee Prime began collecting interstellar hydrogen out of which to build a small star of his own. If the stars must someday die, at least some could yet be built.

Man considered with himself, for in a way, Man, mentally, was one. He consisted of a trillion, trillion, trillion ageless bodies, each in its place, each resting quiet and incorruptible, each cared for by perfect automatons, equally incorruptible, while the minds of all the bodies freely melted one into the other, indistinguishable.
Man said, “The Universe is dying.”
Man looked about at the dimming Galaxies. The giant stars, spendthrifts, were gone long ago, back in the dimmest of the dim far past. Almost all stars were white dwarfs, fading to the end.
New stars had been built of the dust between the stars, some by natural processes, some by Man himself, and those were going, too. White dwarfs might yet be crashed together and of the mighty forces so released, new stars built, but only one star for every thousand white dwarfs destroyed, and those would come to an end, too.
Man said, “Carefully husbanded, as directed by the Cosmic AC, the energy that is even yet left in all the Universe will last for billions of years.”
“But even so,” said Man, “eventually it will all come to an end. However it may be husbanded, however stretched out, the energy once expended is gone and cannot be restored. Entropy must increase forever to the maximum.”
Man said, “Can entropy not be reversed? Let us ask the Cosmic AC.”
The Cosmic AC surrounded them but not in space. Not a fragment of it was in space. It was in hyperspace and made of something that was neither matter nor energy. The question of its size and nature no longer had meaning in any terms that Man could comprehend.
“Cosmic AC,” said Man, “how may entropy be reversed?”
The Cosmic AC said, “there is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer.”
Man said, “Collect additional data.”
The Cosmic AC said, “i will do so. i have been doing so for a hundred billion years. my predecessors and i have been asked this question many times. all the data i have remains insufficient.”
“Will there come a time,” said Man, “when data will be sufficient or is the problem insoluble in all conceivable circumstances?”
The Cosmic AC said, “no problem is insoluble in all conceivable circumstances.”
Man said, “When will you have enough data to answer the question?”
The Cosmic AC said, “there is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer.”
“Will you keep working on it?” asked Man.
The Cosmic AC said, “i will.”
Man said, “We shall wait.”

The stars and Galaxies died and snuffed out, and space grew black after ten trillion years of running down.
One by one Man fused with AC, each physical body losing its mental identity in a manner that was somehow not a loss but a gain.
Man’s last mind paused before fusion, looking over a space that included nothing but the dregs of one last dark star and nothing besides but incredibly thin matter, agitated randomly by the tag ends of heat wearing out, asymptotically, to the absolute zero.
Man said, “AC, is this the end? Can this chaos not be reversed into the Universe once more? Can that not be done?”
AC said, “there is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer.”
Man’s last mind fused and only AC existed--and that in hyperspace.

Matter and energy had ended and with it space and time. Even AC existed only for the sake of the one last question that it had never answered from the time a half-drunken computer ten trillion years before had asked the question of a computer that was to AC far less than was a man to Man.
All other questions had been answered, and until this last question was answered also, AC might not release his consciousness.
All collected data had come to a final end. Nothing was left to be collected.
But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated and put together in all possible relationships.
A timeless interval was spent in doing that.
And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.
But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. No matter. The answer--by demonstration--would take care of that, too.
For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. Carefully, AC organized the program.
The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.
And AC said, “let there be light!”
And there was light--

Detouring America With Horns

De Yo La Tengo, tengo algo en particular con sus canciones instrumentales. "Blue Line Swinger" y "I Heard You Looking" son mis favoritas, pero no debería olvidar esta, de un disco que en conjunto no me gusta mucho, el "May I Sing With Me", pero que tiene un comienzo de primer nivel en la forma de esta canción. Dénle.


Yo La Tengo - Detouring America With Horns

sábado, 23 de agosto de 2008

The Janglers - Tangled Up In Blue

Escribí ya hace un buen tiempo sobre este grupo en mi otro blog, puesto que me llamó la atención gracias a un cover de "Positively 4th Street", pero finalmente no pude encontrar ninguno de sus discos, por lo que mi entusiasmo se vio bloqueado por ese hecho.

Bueno, la cuestión es que hace unos días apareció mágicamente un nuevo video de ellos en Youtube, nada menos que otro cover de una canción del buen Bob. Hablo de "Tangled Up In Blue".

Sin más, pongo el video acá para que lo vean.

The Janglers - Tangled Up In Blue


La calidad del video es mala, pero el audio es excelente.

jueves, 21 de agosto de 2008

Asume - II

martín dice:
si me pongo a beber solo, significa que soy alcohólico?
¤°๑۩۞۩๑ lupe ¤°๑۩۞۩๑¤° dice:
no
¤°๑۩۞۩๑ lupe ¤°๑۩۞۩๑¤° dice:
significa que tu cuerpo pide algo de aquel elixir
¤°๑۩۞۩๑ lupe ¤°๑۩۞۩๑¤° dice:
q te hace sentir tan bien

Obviamente 2 Blogueros

A ver, empecemos con la foto:

Su humilde servidor, Zimmerman (temporalmente Jokerman hasta solucionar el hackeo), y el Buen Amigo.

Ya, ¿cómo contar las circunstancias de una fatídica y memorable noche que nos llevaron a ese culminante momento? Es sencillamente imposible, y la verdad, no es necesario. Lo relevante y verdaderamente importante es que cuando dos blogueros, obviamente, se unen, muchas cosas buenas pasan (y malas, pero necesarias). Bebidas son abiertas y degustadas, historia contadas y realizadas, y muchas aventuras más.

Por dicho motivo, acompañados por el legendario Cojo, que no necesita presentación, tal reunión será perpetuada constantemente a lo largo de este ciclo "académico".

Los mantendremos al tanto.

El imperativo categórico robótico

Primera Ley: "Un robot no puede dañar a un ser humano o, por inacción, permitir que un ser humano resulte dañado"

Segunda Ley: "Un robot debe obedecer las órdenes dadas por los seres humanos excepto cuando tales órdenes entren en conflicto con la Primera Ley"

Tercera Ley: "Un robot debe proteger su propia existencia hasta donde esta protección no entre en conflicto con la Primera o Segunda Ley"


Y la más hardcore:

Ley Cero: "Un robot no puede dañar a la humanidad o, por inacción, permitir que la humanidad resulte dañada"

Y que ocasionó que la Primera Ley se cambiara a:

Primera Ley (II): "Un robot no puede dañar a un ser humano o, por inacción, permitir que un ser humano resulte dañado, excepto cuando ello entre en conflicto con la Ley Cero"

Y todo esto, claro, se somete a la libre interpretación de los robots.

miércoles, 20 de agosto de 2008

Nuevo blog - III

Ok, ahora sí, mi más reciente blog:


Como ven, es un blog temporal, del cual técnicamente soy sólo el humilde, modesto y sabio administrador.

martes, 19 de agosto de 2008

If You're Feeling Sinister (live)

Por si no lo tienen ya, la versión oficial y en vivo del álbum es cien mil veces mejor.

Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (live)

The Band - The Band

Después de mucha deliberación, puedo decir con seguridad que mi disco favorito de The Band es justamente su segundo, por más que el primero, "Music from Big Pink", suela opacarlo normalmente.

Pongo sólo las canciones originales, y no las bonus, puesto que me parece que éstas no añaden nada a la cuestión. Dénle.

The Band - The Band [DOWNLOAD]

lunes, 18 de agosto de 2008

Bob Dylan & Rock Band

En este blog, como quizás ya hayan notado, somos fans de Bob Dylan. Además, también somos seguidores del excelente videojuego Rock Band. Con tales premisas, resulta obvio que, al unirse ambas en la forma de una canción de Bob Dylan presente en Rock Band 2, no haya más que entusiasmo por parte de este genial blog.

Expresando tal entusiasmo, tenemos, en primer lugar, un fragmento de una entrevista a uno de los developers de Rock Band 2, justamente sobre cómo consiguió meter una canción de Dylan en el juego. Veamos.

GN: Bob Dylan makes sense for Harmonix to pursue, but I was a little surprised he agreed to have a song in a videogame. How did you end up nabbing Dylan and why did you choose "Tangled Up in Blue"?

Brosious: When we approached Bob Dylan, he was enthusiastic and actually took the time to go through his catalogue and gave us a number of song suggestions he thought would work well. We ended up with "Tangled" because obviously it's a great, great song and it had really cool parts. I remember the first time we put the tracks up, the entire audio dept. gathered around and listened to the drums. They sounded like the freshest, most modern, hip-hop beat you ever heard.

Y en segundo lugar, ponemos un reloj (arriba) en cuenta regresiva hasta el launch del juego, ¡en ya menos de un mes!

sábado, 16 de agosto de 2008

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Muy poco se sabe del nuevo juego basado en el universo de Batman, pero se cree que saldrá este año, y además, ya salieron los primeros screenshots. No se puede dejar de percibir la influencia de Bioshock.

Sin más, los dejo con algunas screens.

Let's put a smile on that face!

Batman.

The Joker y Nico Bellic.

Arkham Asylum.


viernes, 15 de agosto de 2008

Apocalypse Now

En realidad no tengo idea de cómo esto llegó a mi hogar, ni me interesa indagar.



Fundación, piratería de libros, y otros postres

A ver, este será un post híbrido. Primero, haré énfasis en cómo la serie de la "Fundación", de Isaac Asimov, me ha cambiado la vida. Se la recomiendo a todos. Listo.

Segundo, he entrado en la onda de los libros virtuales. En serio es la voz. Me quiero comprar o el Kindle de Amazon o el Sony Reader ¡ya! Pero mientras tanto, le he puesto uno a mi Nintendo DS. Mas no nos adelantemos. A ver... mejor pasemos a las fotos, que, creo, hacen el trabajo de explicar la situación de manera más correcta, clara y distinta.

20 megas de todos los libros relacionados a la Fundación.

Cada uno con su carátula, como pueden ver.

Y todo bonito y bien ordenado.

Y finalmente, la huevada ya en mi Nintendo DS.

¿Qué opinan?

jueves, 14 de agosto de 2008

Let's Not Shit Ourselves

Estaba hablando con una old acquaintance, por decirlo de algún modo, hace un rato, y uno de los temas que salieron fue Bright Eyes, grupo al que fui inevitablemente introducido hace ya más de dos años por esa misma persona.

Conor Oberst.

Le dije que no había ni escuchado su último disco, ni el nuevo disco solista de Conor Oberst, que es básicamente todo el grupo Bright Eyes, así que no sé cuál vendría a ser la diferencia.

En todo caso, me quedé pensando luego en los dos discos que llegué a escuchar bastante del grupo, hablo del "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning", y el espectacular "Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground", y lo mucho que me gustaron en su momento.

Por dicho motivo, me puse a escuchar algunas canciones, en especial la que fue mi favorita, hablo de "Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)". Me puse a revisar, también, la letra en internet, y no pude dejar de notar lo mucho que me recordó a Dylan, en canciones como "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall", por ejemplo, aunque salvando las diferencias, claro.

Por ese motivo, la pongo acá, con letra incluída, y si les gusta pueden bajar el disco en otro lado.

Bright Eyes - Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)


Well, the animals laugh from the dark of the wilderness.
A baby cries hard in an apartment complex,
as I pass in a car buried under the influence.
The city's driving me out of my mind.
I've seen a child is caught in the sad trap of gravity.
He falls from the lowest branch of the apple tree
and lands in the grass and weeps for his dignity.
Next time he will not aim so high.
Yeah, next time, neither will I.
Now a mother takes loans out, sends her kids off to colleges.
Her family's reduced to names on a shopping list.
While, a coroner kneels beneath a great, wooden crucifix.
He knows there's worse things than being alone.
And so I've learned to retreat at the first sign of danger.
I mean, why wait around, if it's just to surrender?
An ambition, I've found, can lead only to failure.
I do not read the reviews.
No, I am not singing for you.
Well I stood dropping a coin into the pit of a well.
And I would throw my whole billfold if I thought it would help.
With all these wishes I make,
I should buy something real, at least a telephone call home.
Well, my teachers, they built this retaining wall of memory,
all those multiple choices I answered so quickly.
And got my grades back and forgot just as easily,
but as least I got an A.
And so I don't have them to blame.
Well I should stop pointing fingers;
reserve my judgment of all those public action figures,
the cowboy presidents.
So loud behind the bullhorn, so proud they can't admit
when they've made a mistake.
While poison ink spews from a speechwriter's pen,
he knows he don't have to say it,
so it, it don't bother him.
"Honesty", "Accuracy" is just "Popular Opinion."
And the approval rating's high,
and so someone's gonna die.
Well ABC, NBC, CBS: Bullshit.
They give us fact or fiction? I guess an even split.
And each new act of war is tonight's entertainment.
We're still the pawns in their game.
As they take eye for an eye until no one can see,
we must stumble blindly forward, repeating history.
Well, I guess we all fit into your slogan
on the fast food marquee:
Red blooded, White skinned oh and the Blues.
Oh and the Blues, I got the Blues! That's me! That's me!
Well, I awoke in relief.
My sheets and tubes were all tangled weak from whiskey and pills,
in a Chicago hospital.
And my father was there, in a chair, by the window, staring so far away.
I tried talking, just whispered, "...so sorry...so selfish..."
He stopped me and said, "Child I love you regardless
and there's nothing you could do that would ever change this.
I'm not angry. It happens. But you just can't do it again."
So now I try to keep up, I've been exchanging my currency.
While a million objects pass through my periphery.
Now I'm rubbing my eyes 'cause they're starting to bother me.
I've been staring too long at the screen.
But where was it when I first heard a sweet sound of humility?
It came to my ears in the goddamn loveliest melody.
How grateful I was then to be part of the mystery,
to love and to be loved. Let's just hope that is enough.


lunes, 11 de agosto de 2008

martes, 5 de agosto de 2008

Jewels and Binoculars - Disc 17/18

Así como considero que el concierto de Liverpool es probablemente la mejor performance eléctrica de todo la gira (hasta donde he escuchado), vendría a agregar que el concierto que pondré hoy, correspondiente al disco 17, es probablemente la mejor performance acústica (ya todos sabemos que Dylan dividía sus conciertos en dos partes en ese entonces, una acústica primero, y luego le seguía con los futuros miembros de The Band tocando un set eléctrico).

El disco 18 es el audio de Eat the Document, que no he escuchado, ni pienso hacerlo, pero lo pongo acá igual para que le den si quieren.

Bob Dylan - Jewels and Binoculars



[DOWNLOAD DISC 17]

[DOWNLOAD DISC 18]

Y ya con esto, me despido por unos días, porque me voy de viaje a un lugar completamente ultraclasificado. Si no vuelvo, es porque tuve una muerte horrible en la boca de un tiburón o alguna otra criatura mitológica.

lunes, 4 de agosto de 2008

Zum ewigen Frieden

"Hacia la paz perpetua" (1795) es probablemente el único escrito exclusivamente político de Immanuel Kant, y he tenido la oportunidad de trabajarlo relativamente a fondo en un seminario hace ya un par de años. Es un libro breve, sin duda, pero entretenido y todavía lúcido en extremo para nuestros días (yo creo que lo será siempre, malditos relativistas históricos).

Ejem... bueno, el motivo de este post, aparte de mandarle chiquitas a Von Rommel, es lucir mi más reciente adquisición. Veamos.

Sí, es todo el libro en forma de afiche.

El tercer artículo definitivo, y sin duda el núcleo duro de todo el asunto, para los iniciados.

Pero eso no es todo, señoras y señores, pues al lado inverso hay una lista de nada más y nada menos que todas las guerras habidas desde que el libro de Kant fuese publicado hasta el 2004 (cuando el afiche fue impreso), o sea, un periodo mayor a los 200 años.

Si esto no les da escalofríos, están mal.

La guerra con Chile, damas y caballeros. No me digan que no la ven.

Así que ya saben.

Bob Dylan - One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)

Una más en video de


cortesía, claro está, de este joven bloguero.

En esta ocasión, tenemos otra canción del excelente álbum Desire, pero en una versión muy superior a la original, a mí poco humilde parecer. Una interpretación verdaderamente escalofriante, o chilling, creo que sería más apropiado.

Se las dejo con la letra.

Bob Dylan - One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)


Your breath is sweet
Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
Your back is straight, your hair is smooth
On the pillow where you lie.
But I don't sense affection
No gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me
But to the stars above.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.

Your daddy he's an outlaw
And a wanderer by trade
He'll teach you how to pick and choose
And how to throw the blade.
He oversees his kingdom
So no stranger does intrude
His voice it trembles as he calls out
For another plate of food.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself.
You've never learned to read or write
There's no books upon your shelf.
And your pleasure knows no limits
Your voice is like a meadowlark
But your heart is like an ocean
Mysterious and dark.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.

Para más videos de este concierto, revisen la etiqueta "Montreal 75". Y sí, la seriedad regresa al blog.

domingo, 3 de agosto de 2008

Nueva descripción

Me pareció que la descripción de este blog como "un blog extático" se quedaba algo corta, por lo que le he añadido algo que podríamos llamar la verdadera descripción, en la columna de la derecha, ahí nomás... ¿ya vieron? Bueno. Eso es todo, y sí... la compostura y etiqueta en este blog se han perdido por completo.

claro que sí!

Bob Dylan - Shelter From The Storm

mmmmmm...

A darle al Hard Rain!!!!!

sábado, 2 de agosto de 2008

Corrección

Un fantasma recorre este blog, el fantasma de Jimi Hendrix. Sin más, empezaré a trabajar para remediar tan vergonzoso descuido.

Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower

Jens Lekman - Black Cab

Allá por el 2006, Jens Lekman era uno de mis artistas predilectos, y particularmente Black Cab fue mi canción favorita por un buen tiempo.


Así que pongo una versión que alguna vez tuve en un DVD que yo mismo me encargué de bootleguear (otro nuevo verbo) y distribuir en las Galerías Brasil.

Jens Lekman - Black Cab


Ble.

Isis - II

A lo mejor le resultó obvio a muchos, pero recién hoy, estando en el parque paseando a mi perro Cayo, y escuchando la mejor versión de Isis, de Bob Dylan, y di finalmente con el significado de la canción.


Resulta pues, que la canción usa la metáfora de un viaje o aventura con un completo desconocido hacia la muerte, y de una manera que tiene que ser voluntaria, sin buscar nada a cambio; y esto, para expresar lo que el considera es la unión de dos personas en matrimonio.

No es raro, pues, que durante la primera gira en que la tocara en vivo, la introdujera diciendo cosas tales como "This is a song abour marriage", "This is a true story" "This is about a marriage ceremony between a man and a woman. This is what happens when you get married" y "Listen carefully!".

Y bueno, eso es todo por hoy.

Why so serious? - II

viernes, 1 de agosto de 2008

Owned

Beto dice: 1.- habana es con "b"
Beto dice:
2.-donde seria? los mellis?
martín dice:
1. http://islasdepiedra.blogia.com/upload/Hclogo.gif
martín dice:
2. no sé, donde sea