I got the chance to ask Aubrey de Grey of SENS Foundation the questions for his Reddit AMA — we got some excellent answers coming you way very soon!
Daniel Anderson is no stranger to churning out dense, 8-bit tinged, genre-splitting records, like it’s no big deal. After 2 albums w/ Bellingham born Idiot Pilot, several EP’s and last years full length Glowbug debut, (not to mention a full time guitar spot in Hyro Da Hero which features members of Seattles own Blood Brothers). The dude is a music making machine. Today after a trail of teasers, we unveil the first single from Glowbug’s latest LP offering, Suit Of Swords (out on bandcamp tonight at midnight). The track, “Heatwave” trades pop melodies with lyrical introspection “I used to run with the idiots/cut my teeth in one resentful tribe” gluing itself together on 8-bit bounce like your nintendo after your friend accidentally kicked the thing over for the 10,000th time. Infectiously fun and made for a summer day, the track and album come to us just shy of Seattles sun streak, but I’ll tip you off that there’s some trademark dan in here made for the rainy ones too. Enjoy Heatwave below and look for the album to go live here at midnight.
A word from Dan:
Hello! It’s Glowbug.
I am writing to inform you that our sophomore LP “Suit of Swords” is out at Midnight on Tuesday, May 22nd as a digital download. Even more exciting, it is completely free with a suggested donation (preferably the cost of an album, around 10$) to the Cancer Research Fund or the Cure Search for Childrens Cancer. With or without a donation, it’s just a few clicks away and I would love for you to check it out.
Glowbug is the ambient/dance/pop project of Daniel Anderson (Ex-Idiot Pilot, current guitarist for Hyro Da Hero), hailing from the sunny coast of Los Angeles, California. “Suit of Swords” is a 14 track album written, preformed and recorded entirely by Anderson.
Glowbug on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/GlowbugOfficial
A bunch of girls got naked, covered themselves in blood, and wrapped themselves up in meat packaging at the 3rd St. Promenade in protest of eating meat for PETA.
“Science Rules. It will help you heal.” — Bill Nye
To help her out, go here: http://www.operationjacque.com/
On Sunday, April 29, 2012, Jacque Saladino was the victim of a deliberate hit and run. She is currently in a medically induced coma and undergoing treatment for brain trauma and bone fractures at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Hollywood, California. Her injuries include a shattered pelvis, almost all of her ribs are broken, and a brain that is trying very hard to come to terms with the amount of trauma it has sustained. She may have an utterly broken body but her spirit remains strong and every day of care and recovery brings new hope and challenges.
Hope and challenges are nothing new to Jacque. Since first experiencing the movie E.T., Jacque fell in love with space, hoping to one day travel to the stars and knowing that there would be many challenges to that dream. Jacque, a political science major and fashion stylist, woke up one day and realized that she had muted her passion for space long enough and she was now ready to change the world for the better while orchestrating her roundtrip ticket to the cosmos. Jacque has spent the better part of the last few months working with two friends in the space industry on finding ways to integrate space and science into the general public in a way that is fun, interesting, and compelling. Her work has allowed her to become an integral part of the New Space community in LA and has helped form a movement to recalibrate general perceptions on how cool and important space actually is. While Jacque is a fighter, her journey ahead is long, intense, and expensive.
There is uncertainty as to what the extent of the medical bills will be, and given the nature of her injuries, it’s not yet known if insurance maximum coverages will be met. And further, beyond what insurance covers of Jacque’s medical bills and rehabilitation, she has a life to rebuild once she’s recovered. We are looking at many months of recovery– somewhere in a six months to a year time frame.
The good news is you can help fuel Jacque’s road to recovery by making a financial contribution — any amount of relief is sincerely appreciated. Together we can be Jacque’s Social Engineers as we raise funds to solve problems that she doesn’t even know she has coming. Please embrace your role in supporting Jacque’s road to physical and financial recovery by clicking the button on the right side of this page and giving what you can. The fund is set up to go directly into Jacque’s boyfriend, Chris Peterson’s account (the most readily available, accessible, and verified account in the circumstances), to provide for Jacque’s future.
There has been an amazing outpouring of support from people in Jacque’s life. We have filled her room, and the waiting room, with people and things that Jacque loves — pictures of galaxies, nebulae, stars, hand-drawn pictures of E.T., and photos of Jacque with her friends and family. Thank you, everyone, for your love and support.
The following is a theory I have devised over the years. It’s not even really a theory, just an idea I joke around with and don’t take too seriously. It’s fun to think about, and when I tell people, most of them haven’t really thought of it before, so what the hell. Here goes.
Bear with me here.
Throughout the pages in our history books, our ancestors were visited by what they believed to be Gods, Angels, Demons, and the like. These divine visitors usually came to them in “chariots of fire”, descending from the heavens and imparting wisdom and guidance to the native inhabitants. Some made the people write down rules, commandments, teachings, and other “tips” on how to behave and develop their civilizations. We followed these rules without question; with an unblinking faith that until only very recently we never thought to re-examine.
For some reason, during the time period from 5,000 B.C. to the year 200 A.D., these visitors appeared in their initial incarnations to the masses. Yet, as time ticked on, the visitations stopped, the miracles abated, and the Holy Voices grew fainter. The religious still claim to hear these voices, but by and large, we have not seen any of these “miracles” happen since the Bible, Torah, Koran, and other Holy Scriptures were written.
Why? Many people wonder where God went. Has He left us alone to ponder his deafening absence?
So it would seem.
Now, let me now change subjects dramatically to the dubious subject of UFO’s and “aliens”. They come, they watch, and they disappear. They too, like our ancient visitors, appear to descend from the heavens in “chariots of fire”, though they do not (to our knowledge) impart wisdom to us. It seems that instead, they (supposedly) abduct us, probe us, mutilate our cattle, and then disappear at rapid velocities. Many people wonder why they travel such vast distances across the universe, which even at the speed of light would take years if not generations, just to lurk around in the clouds.
Another question – isn’t it a little strange that of all the possible combinations of evolution, they just so happen to have two arms, two legs, two eyes, a nose, and a mouth? According to some abduction stories, the aliens are even stunningly human-like.
Let us now move to the third act of the theory.
Stephen Hawking once asked “If time travel were possible, wouldn’t we see time tourists from the future, visiting us now?” My response to the professor is that we do, and that we have since the dawn of time.
You see, the ancient visitors that demanded we scribble down their teachings, and the so called “aliens” that we have come to know as of quite recently are one and the same. They are time travelers from the future.
Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha, the Gods of the Greeks, the Romans, and the Egyptians…all time travelers.
Think about it.
If you had a time machine, and truly wanted to make a difference in history, wouldn’t you go back in time thousands of years and give your ancestors clues and hints about what pitfalls to avoid? Wouldn’t you yourself be tempted to write a “better version of the Bible?” One that included instructions for inventing electricity sooner, information about preventing diseases, and even a warning about the fall of civilization?
Throughout history, these visitors appeared at crucial points – they helped the Egyptians build beautiful pyramids that, even by today’s standards, are technologically impressive. They helped the Greeks contemplate democracy and law, and they helped the inhabitants of Mesopotamia develop agriculture and currency. All over the world we find artifacts that couldn’t have been created with the technology available at the time.
Also, consider this: Throughout history, there have been people that are startlingly ahead of their time. Nostradamus, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Nikola Tesla may have also been from the future.
For some reason, we first began seeing Flying Saucers right after the atomic bomb detonation. Perhaps these time travelers were visiting us and changing history, because in their timeline the world had been destroyed by a nuclear war. And maybe these so called “abductions” were actually instances of time travelers taking crucial people “out of time” for a day or two – maybe a potential Hitler or Stalin – so that they would not go on to commit their horrendous crimes against humanity.
As for the appearance of the typical “alien” – big head, frail bodies: isn’t this the direction we are heading towards? As we use computers and automobiles more and more, evolution will deem our physical bodies less reliant on strength; and that our brains be larger to accommodate our increasing intelligence. This would also explain why they never communicate with us – perhaps they want us to think that they are aliens, because if we realized that they were time travelers, we might rest on our laurels and never get around to inventing the time machine “because its going to get invented anyway, right?”. That, and the whole paradox-destroying-the-space-time-continuum thing.
If you built a time machine, it would need to be a spacecraft. If you go back in time, say, 1,000 years into the past, you would be going back in time to where and when the Earth was – a completely different part of the galaxy – dead space.
You would need a spacecraft that could effectively “follow” the Earth back through time on its orbit in reverse. I believe the time machine will involve the manipulation of gravity – it would “lock onto” the Earth’s gravity path in time.
To sum it all up, I believe that history is a temporary phase, like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Soon, we transcend to the next level of existence: the Post Human Era. We will not only become God, but we will become the Universe, and whatever lies beyond it.
Maybe this has all happened before; maybe an earlier precursor of Jesus went back in time to warn us about our impending doom and failed.
Let us all wait and see.
This theory will not be proven true until we ourselves build the first time machine,
and try our hand at being God for awhile.