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The thing I like best about Wikipedia is its obsessively detailed coverage of shit that isn’t real. See, for instance, the absolutely gorgeous entry on fictional martial arts and the best fictional martial art of all, Gun Kata.
Gun kata excerpt:
“Through analysis of thousands of recorded gunfights, the Cleric has determined that the geometric distribution of antagonists in any gun battle is a statistically-predictable element. The Gun Kata treats the gun as a total weapon, each fluid position representing a maximum kill zone, inflicting maximum damage on the maximum number of opponents, while keeping the defender clear of the statistically-traditional trajectories of return fire. By the rote mastery of this art, your firing efficiency will rise by no less than 120%. The difference of a 63% increased lethal proficiency makes the master of the Gun Katas an adversary not to be taken lightly.”
I like thinking that the developers of Gun Kata utilized massive computer simulations to generate new karate moves previously regarded as impossible. That’s computational karate, dude. Sister fields include computational skateboarding, computational parkour, and computational cup stacking.
Dan Dennett is alive and well and has recently written about his medical adventures and who he has to thank for his survival. (Hint: Not God!) Check it out over at the Edge.
The World’s Largest Brain - Brain Balloon Project
On Saturday, October 14, 2006* Atlanta-based neuroscientists will team up to raise a nine-story hot air balloon in the shape of a human brain! we will also raise awareness about the brain and brain disorders.
From Jared Blank, via the CUNY Cog Sci list.