Slur (61510) writes "The Apple iTunes Music Store approval process is notorious for being dog-slow, frustrating, and opaque. But millions of iPhone developers received an unexpected gift Monday afternoon when iTunes Connect reopened after a 5 day holiday break. While the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, Apple stealthily deployed an expanded army of reviewers and instituted a more streamlined review and approval process for iPhone apps. The approval time for updates to existing apps has plummeted from 6 days typically to less than 24 hours. Even more positive reports from developers are coming in, with apps going into review within minutes of submission and being approved in as little as 20 hours." Link to Original Source top
Slur writes "Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update for Snow Leopard. Release notes state that the update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of the system, including fixes for compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems, an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly, some printer compatibility drivers not appearing properly in the add printer browser, an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock, instances where automatic account setup in Mail might not work, an issue where pressing cmd-opt-t in Mail brings up the special characters menu instead of moving a message, Motion 4 becoming unresponsive, and an update to the Flash Player browser plugin. More information is available at Apple's website, while the details about security fixes are posted in a separate knowledge base article." Link to Original Source top
Slur writes "Call it Moore's law for DNA molecules... The New York Times reports an insightful theory of Human evolution that gives credit for our accelerated evolution to the evolving brain. By virtue of our aesthetic and utilitarian preferences we ourselves have been responsible for molding the present human form and consciousness. Applied to other species we call it "artificial selection," but the new theory implies we did it all quite naturally, unconsciously, and that the exponential evolutionary acceleration we have achieved as a species in recent time is just what you'd expect. It also suggests that the current lull in our physical evolution is by "choice" as well. Is this the dawning of the age of Narcissus? Stay tuned." Link to Original Source
One day science will confirm the primacy of what you might call "pure awareness" as the foundation of the material universe. For my part, it will make this feeling of "being" seem more valid. It will dispel just a little of the mystery as to why my visual experience all seems to happen simultaneously, even though there is no one point where it all comes together in space. It all comes together in time, and somehow this arrangement of neurons - or more fundamentally, beings called neutrons, positrons, electrons... - somehow it translates into the experience of seeing - and making sense of it happens only after the seeing occurs. The seeing itself is not made sense of, it is merely accepted.
My question about your idea and my idea of consciousness is, if all we are is information processors, there is no need for there to be the residue of this visual experience, but it so happens that there is. Whether or not I pay attention to the lady in the green dress across the room, she is in my field. It may be said "I do not consciously see her" but this can't be true. She is there, in my experience. Information about her is not being incorporated and analyzed into my pictorial understanding of the world -- the map I was assigned to make at some point in the past.
And so we don't really bother to see the map either, and yet like the visual field it is there nevertheless like the corkboard collage of a madman, being experienced as a mirror image of the present moment. The mirror guides the dispensation of chemicals into blood, brain, and the environment: adrenaline, serotonin, pheromones. The pupils dilate to allow in more light, and as a sign of our disposition. The body stiffens or loosens.
Person to person we end up relating map to map, mirror to mirror. This hall of mirrors is the meeting place of people and nations. We need to acknowledge this in a common space.
My mirror, gleaned from a typically strangled life, stands as my guard on the window of reality, and lends me expectations, fears, concerns. The whole notion that "I am Scott" and that "this is my life" and every other aggregate concept I hold about men and women, old and young, mad and sane, and on and on vies for attention in every moment.
But back to the imminent experience of seeing. The imminent experience of hearing. There are Zen koans intended to crack these open for us, to demonstrate the difference between experience and interpretation. Meditation sets aside the senses and leaves you resting in the thinking mind - which in me is prone to drown out the present far too often.
There is no obligation in every moment to adhere to the being of one's socially-constructed self, and for those who take to solitary pursuits like boating, hiking, and even computing, there is joy to be found in immersing oneself in the act of acting natural, accomplishing larger goals by momentary steps.
In this visual culture one may as well be obsessed with the present act of seeing. Seeing - simply observed - leads directly to the realization of whose eyes we are seeing with, and how those eyes illuminate not only the so-called external world, but the whole universe within.