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Dream Blog #361

I walked down a long, white, carpeted hallway away from the olympic-sized swimming pool. As I passed the last window with a view of the pool room, I thought back to a few minutes earlier. I had just seen my friend Dylan, he told me he was living in the pool. I wasn't surprised, he basically lived in the pool in high school (he was on the swim team). Before you know it, I thought, he'll be growing fins.

Now I was on my way to visit my new neighbors. I had just moved to this rec-center-like-building. Earlier that day, I ran into them in the hall outside my door. They were an elderly couple; nice to me but always bickering. When I arrived I knocked loudly so they would hear me. A few moments after a muffled yell, the male counterpart opened the door.

Their apartment walls were white like the hallways. Though it was windowless, the room was bright because of their supplied décor. The interior was vibrant and bright. Upon entering, their very large and eager dog bounded over and inspected me to check if I was the type of person who pets dogs. I looked down and pet its smooth head.

Its body was made of black, overstuffed pillows with string tassels stacked one on top of the other. The head was one square, medium sized pillow, the body three large, rounded pillows, and each leg a dozen tiny, rounded pillows and so on. Its beady eyes looked me over and its pink tongue slipped out as it began to pant.

I followed my neighbor as he slowly brought me to the living room. I sat down on some bright, comfortable cushions and the dog laid down next to me, resting its head on my lap. The female counterpart brought me tea and asked if I thought I would be able to care for the dog while they go away on vacation soon.

I said yes and continued to chat with them. Eventually they left for their vacation and I remained, happily petting the pillow pup.

I wake up.

The Daily Word in Psi-Q, Swarm AI and Real-Life Frankenstein

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Some crafty blogger has taken an ancient (1983) computer code from a book called Test Your Psi-Q and converted it to javascript. Now you can test your own Psi-Q (or not, since the post also explains why this method doesn't actually work).

Eat your heart out, George Jetson. Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" had its first propulsion system test last week. The goal of a 700 mile-per-hour transportation system is closer than ever.

Get your pitchforks and torches ready. The first (living) human head transplant is slated to go down next year in China.

For the first time in two decades, Sandia Labs' managing contract is up for bid. Maybe the new boss can do something about that toxic soup they still have brewing.

There are only three northern white rhinos left in the entire world, but scientists are going to use stem cell technology and surrogate parenting to try and save them from the brink of extinction. The only problem: activists say it doesn't fix the issue that endangered them in the first place, and it might encourage laziness in the conservation efforts of the future. I'll give you two guesses as to which side the northern white rhino is taking.

A tech company has developed an AI that correctly predicted the winner of the Kentucky Derby by using "swarm AI."

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The Daily Word in super humans, robot humans and synthetic humans

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"A school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity." What a concept.

Native Americans face some of the highest rates of suicide, poverty and sexual assaults.

Pfizer drugs no longer allowed to be used in lethal injections.

Puerto Rican superhero? Yes, please.

What if your TA was a robot? Wonder no more.

Humans created with synthetic genome could become a reality.

What's up, Friday the 13th.

Jack's Back! One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at KiMo

Continuing the series "AFI Greatest Films Countdown" at the historic KiMo Theatre, the award-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest will screen on Saturday, May 14 at 2 and 6pm, and Sunday, May 15 at 2pm.

In the story, McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson) has gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, he pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for those deemed mentally ill. Once there, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates.

McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious nurse. Louise Fletcher's Oscar-winning performance crafted Nurse Ratched into one of the most reviled characters in movie history. Nicholson won the first of his three Best Actor Oscars for this film.

The supporting cast features Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Scatman Crothers, and was the second film to win all five major Oscars for the 1975 film (Best Picture, Actor and Actress in a Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay), an accomplishment by only two other films, It Happened One Night in 1934, and later in 1991 for The Silence of the Lambs.

Now considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is No. 33 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list. In 1993, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress
and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Don't miss this chance to see an outstanding story and award-winning performances on the big screen at the historic KiMo Theatre. The film is rated R: Ages 17+.

General Admission for each screening is $6 to 8. Tickets are available at KiMoTickets.com. Tickets are also available at the KiMo Ticket Office, 505-768-3544. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 3pm. Concessions available.

Jack Snell / Creative Commons

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Classic Albuquerque

Sunday, May 15: 32nd Annual New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Classic Auto Show

Hundreds of antique, classic, exotic and sports cars, along with trucks, motorcycles and vintage camper trailers are on display in the museum parking lot.

Literature

Poetry and Prose at Local Book Store

Jeanne Shannon, born on a farm in Virginia, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 15, to talk about and sign her book of poetry and prose, Summoning.

The book is described as such: "A collection of poems and hybrid works that hover at the boundary between poetry and prose, and that range from the abstract and experimental to the concrete and accessible. Employing imagery that is vivid and frequently surprising, the author addresses subjects that include the natural world (especially the plant kingdom), art and music, the dreamlike regions of memory, and the mysterious—the 'dissolving forms' that tell us the world is stranger than we might suppose. In the title poem and others, she summons recollections of her early life in 1940s southwestern Virginia, 'the heart of Appalachia.'"

Shannon was born on a snowy morning on a farm in southwestern Virginia, “the heart of Appalachia,” when the Sun was in Aquarius and the Moon was in Taurus. She has lived in the west (Arizona and New Mexico) for most of her adult life. She writes poems that she characterizes as paintings—often impressionistic, sometimes abstract. It's hard to find one that does not contain a reference to a member of the vegetable kingdom, be it tree, weed or flower. She is pleased to claim Robert Beverley, historian of early Virginia whose name appears in Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, as a maternal ancestor.

Annual Heritage Day Activities Planned at Casa San Ysidro

Created in 1998 by the Corrales Historical Society, the annual Heritage Day returns to Corrales on Saturday May 14, 10am to 4pm. This is a free community event for all ages that celebrates the village's history and agrarian heritage.

Casa San Ysidro: Gutiérrez/Minge House (973 Old Church Road, Corrales, NM 87048) is partnering with the Corrales Historical Association to highlight the history in your backyard. Activities at Casa San Ysidro focus on the tangible aspects of local history and culture such as wool production, blacksmithing, traditional music and art. Families may visit with multi-horned churro sheep and serene pack burros to learn about the importance of these hard working historic breeds to New Mexico's past.

"We are really excited about new performers to Heritage Day," says Emily Stovel, the new site manager of Casa San Ysidro. "An all-female mariachi band will be performing - they are totally awesome! And this will be the first time we've had pueblo dancers. The day really captures the total breadth and depth of our New Mexican communities and arts."

Performances at Casa San Ysidro

11am Mariachi Buenaventura, all female mariachi group

Noon and 2pm Arrieria, the ancient craft of packing and droving, with burros Freighter and Amiga

1pm Haak'u Buffalo Dancers (Acoma)

All day: Churro sheep, blacksmithing, horno bread baking, spinning, hands-on art project.
Art display: Tinwork, colcha, encrusted straw, and retablos
Heritage Day at Casa San Ysidro is supported in part by Wells Fargo.

Casa San Ysidro is a historic building managed by Albuquerque Museum. The c. 1875 home, restored and expanded by Dr. Ward Alan and Shirley Minge, combines traditional building techniques and architectural features that evoke New Mexico's Spanish Colonial past. Located in the farming village of Corrales, just north of Albuquerque, the museum is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail.

Summer tour hours run from June through August, Tuesday through Saturday 10:30am, noon, and 1:30pm.
Tour Fees: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+) and students (13+), $2 Children (12 and under), Albuquerque Museum Foundation Members are free. Group and school tours by reservation only. Call (505)898-3915.

The Daily Word in Crime, Animals and Global Warming

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Step one to dealing with a smart phone when you have ADHD: Turn your notifications off.

“I like him!” Paul Ryan says smiling while submerging himself in a tank of bleach.

Um, Loretta Lynch for president, PLEASE!

These pups can bring world peace.

What is the most watched television show in New Mexico? Have you ever heard of it?

Instead of stopping our use of fossil fuels, let's give cows oregano to combat global warming.

For-Profit schools are watching this closely (unless they're swimming in a pool of money).

Police are on the lookout for a man who may be connected to a double homicide that happened on Tuesday.

The horrible nitwit George Zimmerman tried to auction off the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin.

Painting by  Joseph Karl Stieler / Public Domain

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Roll Over, Beethoven!

Saturday, May 14: Beethoven Festival

A tribute to one of the most influential classical composers. Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams leads the program with special guest, Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner, Sean Chen.
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