I’m not deflecting anything. What is the nature of a government? What does it do? What metaphors function in place of a government? That can be tricky as government is a nominalization of a verb: TO GOVERN. Government governs. Act of governing. So where does this action of governing take place? On a plot of land with people and things on it. SO now we have a circumscribed place with an act (“governing”) taking place with people and things involved. What metaphor covers all that? A house. A family. Mom, Dad, kids, pets, stuff. Is it a good metaphor? I don’t know. But nation as house, leader as mommy or daddy, the people as kids, the economy as bank account, is SO commonly in use that it acts “as if” true already. Look at the budget. People talk about the budget as if it’s a bank account for their home. But it’s not. It’s entirely different, functions differently. But the metaphor of nation=house, leader = mom/dad is so strong, that even the smartest economists fall in that metaphorical trap and can’t get out of it.

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I don’t think it’s automatically chaos without laws. People can voluntarily comply with strong suggestions if they have a brain. But in areas of the country where every measure from authority is questioned on a normal basis, whether in times of feast or famine, I think you’re right: they need strong authority to go along with measures. But if the character of the local area has a different relationship with authority figures, a “hey don’t be stupid” can be enough for most. But in cases like this where even a FEW not complying can be disaster for all, the rules all change.

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“Line drawings may embody fundamental components of how our visual systems represent the world (Cavanagh, 2005; Sayim and Cavanagh, 2011). If so, we expect drawings to depict internal model predictions of missing scene information. We investigate this possibility by modeling occluded brain activity using line drawings.” “… We thus demonstrate that line drawings provide a window into the models that the brain creates internally.” Maybe I’m just looking for things that correlate to the direction I’m researching. But that it exists at all is enough for me. https://www.jneurosci.org/content/39/47/9410

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG4UMxP3HsM A few days ago I shared a video of what *appeared* to be a callous news anchor whose co-anchor just died after being set on fire on their birthday. But that’s not what happened at all. Here it is in context. Still awful but it shows the importance of pausing between sentences when subjects change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG4UMxP3HsM A few days
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More on line drawing. Working with larger models, this of a chair that was turned into a model using a video. I took it, ran it through rtsc which I’m using to understand the science behind how line drawings work and I went from selecting a lot of overlapping line drawing models down to one, occluding contours, which definitely is the winner of “simplest usable line drawing in most viewpoints” in my book, reconfirmed with each model I work with. Not true with every model but most. http://redwood-data.org/3dscan/models.html?i=279

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Why Do Line Drawings Work? https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.06260 14 Feb 2020 I’d just discovered “Pearson and Robinson’s cartoon drawing algorithm” from 1985/1990 where it uses valley detection instead of ridge detection and I liked the results I saw. Not much on it, but then I found this. Still working through “Making sense of children’s drawings” which is itself a segue and this is a segue from the segue that leads me back towards what I’m originally doing all of this for.

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There’s a great piece from NPR about what singing in Hagia Sophia might have sounded like over 500 years ago while it was a church prior to becoming a mosque. What fascinated me about the story (here: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/22/808404928/listen-the-sound-of-the-hagia-sophia-more-than-500-years-ago ) – is how they got a balloon into Hagia Sophia, recorded its pop and took that to create a unique echo profile of Hagia Sophia which, when added to a choir singing authentic period music, produced an otherworldly sound. Here I play the portion with the balloon pop. You can really hear and get a feel for the space and architecture within that building. I placed it on top of a 360 degree video of Hagia Sophia somebody took but without the 360 to give it an even more mysterious look.

There’s a great piece
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