(I’m switching over computers and going through some old files. Some are blog posts I was working on but never posted. I decided to post them now.. enjoy)
(this one circa 2009)
In Star Trek there is the concept of the Prime Directive where when they visit a new civilization that is not as advanced as theirs is they are not allowed to give them any technology or expose them to any concepts ‘from the future’. This is to preserve the natural evolution of the civilization in question.
I think there is another reason why this is a great idea, you don’t want to overwhelm the primitives with stuff they can’t comprehend. At a minimum this is cruel, at its worst I would guess it could cause paranoia and insanity.
With that thought in mind I’d like to try a thought experiment. I ask you to consider the case where you are some super resourceful entity that is in charge of preparing some people who have traveled forward in time (for whatever reason) about 200 or so years. Your mission is to adjust them to their new home in our present as smoothly as possible. Imagine how shocking even the simplest things would appear. Technology, language, societal rules, etc. So as much as you’d like to take them on a airplane and fly them around, you need to get them used to clothing and cars first (for example).
So how do you do this without blowing their minds out completely? Perhaps you decide to create some safe location that is very similar to the one they left behind. Perhaps you construct a village out away from the city and technology and you make it as close to their old world as possible. Perhaps you intend over a year or so to adjust them to new technology and customs so you make the culture shock as minimal as possible.
Your plan would be pretty good if you had the resources to pull it off. It seems to be very humane and logical. Maybe you take it farther and you don’t even let them know you are adjusting them to the ‘new world’. You let them learn themselves and you simply provide them with clues along the way. Kind of like the lobster in the slowly heating up pot of water.
Let’s extend the problem some now. Say you had to prepare 6 billion people to enter some new experience that was orders of magnitude more even more complex and different? How would you do that? What if that task belongs to someone/something and we are being systematically adjusted to this new place? Could Earth be some very complex and huge staging ground? Could what we know of as ‘our lives’ simply be some complex training for some unimaginable experience? I wonder. At least it’s a possibility right?
I give money from time to time on Kickstarter and I was just thinking that I’ll be a bunch of my friends and contemporaries do as well. I give when I think the project is worthwhile and I give an extra bonus when it’s a project by people I know and trust will do a great job. The problem is that I don’t get exposed to enough projects and the ones I do get exposed to don’t get enough contributors.
What if I organized a group of friends and we all trusted each other enough that we would contribute blindly to projects that the others recommended? For example, I just gave to a project that I thought deserved some serious funding. It would be awesome if I could drop an email to my Kickstarter Union and told them to contribute and they would since they knew that when they needed me I would do it for them. What if we had a web site/app that would make this easier to manage?
Good idea? I don’t know. In the meantime go to my profile and support the active projects that I’m currently supporting!
All done building the Star Destoyer. I’ve got more photos at home but I wanted to update all of you anyway so I dropped what I had into this post. Only thing left is to bring in my real camera and take some better pictures and then hang this thing from the ceiling at work somewhere. Thanks JHarv for the legos!
Can someone please explain to me why there is a Philadelphia Police officer stationed in the Apple Store here in Philadelphia? Or the one at Target? Or the one at Whole Foods? Or the one at TD Bank? Or the one at Bank of America?
Why is it that my tax dollars are paying for security guards at these private institutions? Perhaps you will tell me that they are off duty and making a few extra dollars. But why then are they fully uniformed with badges and radios and guns?
Isn’t there something somewhere that says that this is not allowed to happen? Why don’t more people complain about it?
So a lot of progress has been made since I last updated you all on the build. The first thing I needed to do was to build a second frame. This time around it went pretty quickly and one thing I did differently was how I built the guns. To speed things up I built a lego jig to hold the gun assemblies while I filled them with their tiny parts :Once the second frame was done I had to bind them together.
That was done with these little ‘connector’ things:
Here’s a look at the two frames together:
We then build some stand things to hold it up and started on the back engine assemblies. I say we since one of my coworkers joined me on the build. We also took over an office mates desk since he was on vacation this week.
Here’s a shot of the destroyer and stands :
Once the engines were done then we started work on the ‘wings’. This was tedious and required a lot of steps. Here is the lower starboard wing section mostly complete:
Note the magnets used to attach it to the frame assembly. There are a few of them and when we went to attach to the frame we found that the middle one was not in the right place. After some careful inspection we determined that I had placed the entire center brace section one space too far up. This required some major surgery to the frame. But Once I got it complete, the wing connected in perfectly.
Here are some photos of the second wing in place.
Progress on the topside starboard wing went fairly quickly and it was soon attached as well.
Check out how nice the gun sections are hidden inside of the wings.
And how there are these cool guns exposed…
All in all I’m pretty happy with this kit so far and my coworker is as well since he’s been doing his share of the building. Stay tuned!
I had some time at work so I decided to start building the Destroyer. I put in a little time yesterday afternoon and this morning and I got 19 steps done. Interestingly enough I was getting all excited to tell you that I had built the main frame for the thing but when I got to the end of step 19 in the bottom right I saw a nice little “2x” there. Apparently I need to go through and build a second frame to attach to the underside of the one I just built!
Ok, so here are some photos (in order)…
Here we are at Step 1
And this is the first sub assembly completed
And here is the frame after the initial Triangle shape was established. It was kind of neat how they did the angles. They used what I call “swing blocks” to make the corners.
And above is the assembly all completed but without the “guns” mounted on the edges. Step 19 required me to build 18 gun assembly modules and then mount them to the triangle main assembly.
Most of the parts for the gun assembly modules.
The completed gun assembly modules
Closeup of the assemblies mounted on the main triangle frame
And a completed triangle. Now I need to build an exact duplicate of it..
Well I’m finally done the inventory of the Lego Star Destroyer! It only took me a few months of working a little at a time. Out of the 3100 part set, there were only 7 parts missing. I will now have to locate them. Some are not available anymore from Lego so I will have to look on ebay and other places to find them. If I can’t find them then I will need to do some work making up replacement/substitutes.
Here is a look at the fully inventoried kit.
Visual: We start with a totally white screen. After a few seconds we see a tiny change in the whiteness, it’s a blue tint, it’s moving…actually, we are moving. As we move around more in the white, it becomes more and more clear that we are in a cloud as more and more blueish areas are seen and condensation is becoming more clear. We end up finding a raindrop and we track it down out of the cloud. As we head down towards the ground, its obvious that this is the first drop in a rainstorm. We continue following the drop as it accelerates. Finally we are in an overhead position and we see a man standing in front of a building. The building is an office building, but it’s recognizable from its architecture. The drop continues it’s fall to land on the tip of the mans nose. He looks up at the sky (and the camera which is directly above). The rain begins pouring and he goes back to his standing and moves his head back to normal. He walks out of the frame. Credits roll over the sound of the rainstorm and the overhead shot of the street. Others are rushing around to get out of the unexpected storm.
Plot: It turns out the man is the main character of the film.
Visual (about 30 minutes in): The man is talking with some other men, they are all in suits, we are not sure where they are. The film up to this point has been following a very dramatic and predictable arc, the viewer believes the film (although stylized) is just a regular drama. The camera subtly gets away from the back and forth dialog, the voices slowly fade into the background. The man looks to his left, the camera follows his view since by this point it’s on his right profile (it’s been slowly tracking around him). We see that he is looking at the sky. He pauses, turns, and bolts into a full run towards where he was looking. The camera pulls out to reveal we are on the top of a building and the man is running towards the edge. He is totally booking and we can hear his shoes on the rooftop. He gets to the edge and jumps off.
Plot : The movie at this point has totally gotten weird, but we are not going to rip off the viewer, there will be a perfectly cool explanation of what just happened. The story now is Sci Fi/Matrix like. The man (already a very slow, calm, cool, aware man in a very fast paced, clueless, stressed city) has realized something about the sky and the cloud. He had a taste of it when the raindrop hit his nose and he finally figured it out and realized that he could do whatever he wanted. He realized he (as is everyone else) has the ability to create his own reality. He became (at that moment) aware of his ‘graduation’. He, at that moment, became a master, he had the power of god.
Hi, my name is Vince Fumo. I’ve been in the video production business for over 7 years, but have been involved with computers and programming since I was a young boy. I’m currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Software Engineering at Drexel University. I have a 3.90 GPA with 10 courses completed. Even though I have no current work experience in software development, I am extremely qualified to work for Sun. I am an extremely fast learner and have a very high aptitude for programming in any language. I am a seriously devout reader of Wired magazine and every time I see an article about future technology, like Jini for example, I get very frustrated. Frustrated because I know I belong in that field doing future technology research and development. Two of my favorite people from Sun include Bill Joy and Bruce Tognazzini.
Below is just something I wrote one day. I feel that sometimes resumes can’t tell you everything about a person. In my case, that seems especially true because of my work experience. But I feel I have to somehow convey my knowledge and aptitude. The short essay below is a start.
A Few Things I know…and don’t
By Vincent Fumo
I know the significance of 802.3. I know how to create a linked list in Pascal, C and C++. I know how to make a web page. I used to know how to program graphics on a DOS machine, but I know now that the new compilers won’t let me get to the interrupts I need. I know I’ll need DirectX to do it now. I know 3 different ways to translate an ER Diagram to a relational database. I know how to quit when I’m using vi. I know that the Data Link Layer is the coolest part of any network. I know the components of a URL. I know how to work with an Oracle database. I know the port number for email. I know that ATM cells are 53k. I know how to use UML to design a system. I used to know that the web was really fast. I know why it’s not anymore. I know that a good user interface is the key to making the users happy, but it’s hard to do right. I know getty is the first program called in Unix. I know how to program a window with and without MFC. I know what spanning tree routing is. I know the Internet was really cool before it got popular. I also know what I don’t know.
I don’t know a damn thing about Cobol other than the fact that making 200 grand a year with it does sound a tiny bit appealing. I don’t know what’s going to happen Jan 1, 2000, though I plan on being somewhere warm and safe just in case. I don’t know Windows programming as well as I could. I don’t know how to program a Cisco router, but I’d love to learn.
So a while ago I started working on this lego star destroyer project. I figured I’d update you guys on the progress.
Yea. I know. It doesn’t look like much but I assure that it is. I’ve inventoried over 900 parts (out of 3100 total) and I’ve also sorted them as well.
The problem is that this is a work project so it’s pretty slow going. Whenever I’m waiting for a build or have some dead time I do inventory.
What I have left is all of the small/tiny parts. They are in a separate case. Once they are done then I will order/find any missing pieces. Once I have them I can finally begin building. Like any engineering project, the hard work is all the prep.
Stay tuned friends!