Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week
Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.
It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.
Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…
1. BURBLES THE STARFISH CAT
Burbles the Starfish Cat is a robotic art piece that intends to be both cute and horrifying. Burbles is cat on top, starfish on bottom. He has heat-seeking sensors that react by mewling, clawing, and moving towards heat, particularly the heat from a human body. Burbles’ creator, Christine Sunu, says “Increasingly, machines move with action that seems genuinely spontaneous. We don’t always admit it, but we consider these robots alive…: At the same time, we can dismantle, debug, and replace robots. Robots exist, then, in a half-alive state. The concept of a not-living and not-dead object should be hard for our brains to handle, except that we’ve been seeing such objects in movies for years.”
This piece made me wonder about 1. How I, personally, see technology in my day-to-day life (Do I consider Siri alive? Why doesn’t she freak me out?) and 2. If we would be comfortable with Burbles if he was actually alive, instead of his current robotic form. How do you see technology? Is Burbles just a case of the uncanny valley, or are we more uncomfortable replicating an animal that isn’t anthropomorphized? Click here to read about Burbles.
2. RADIOEIGHT: CHILDREN DESCRIBE THEIR DREAMS
In honor of our upcoming “Parenting/Caring for your Inner Child” week, I’ve included a project by RadioEight in which children around the world describe dreams they have had. Despite the various cultural and geographical differences, a lot of the dreams children (and people) have are similar: A little girl in Ethiopia and a little boy in Vietnam both dream about their grandmothers dying. Children in South and North America dream about being visited by aliens. I don’t know if dreams are a direct window into our psyche in the same way that Freud originally thought, but I do think that dreams can affect our pattern recognition on a conscious level. I can still remember nightmares that affected my conscious behavior as a child, and subsequently shaped how I see the world as an adult, regardless of how irrational my fears were as a kid. Click here to hear their stories.
3. STONEWALL COLUMBUS QUEER GHOST HUNTERS (POSSIBLY NSFW)
Imagine a group of ghost-hunters who each identify as different genders and sexual orientations (hence the reclaimed use of “queer,” which is traditionally used in a derogatory way) searching for, and looking to communicate with, the LGBTQIA+ dead? It may sound corny, but it’s real. If you think about it, the Queer Ghost Hunters are reclaiming more than just terminology— whether or not you believe in ghosts, they’re also reclaiming the past. The ghost hunters look in nunnery graveyards, insane asylums, prisons, mansions, and literal closets to communicate with a demographic of human beings who have long been ignored or punished. Our upcoming theme is on parenting, whether that be parenting oneself or someone else, and I think the Stonewall Columbus Queer Ghost Hunters are a great representation of excavating through and making peace with the past, which is often a substantial part of personal development work. Click here to check out their webseries trailer.
4. THE BRIGHT SESSIONS
The Bright Sessions is a podcast that follows the therapy sessions of Dr. Bright with humans that have superhuman abilities. Not “superhuman” in the way of the Hulk, but more in the way of the X-men. Each episode reveals information about the main characters in question: Sam, Caleb, and Chloe. I won’t supply any spoilers, but I think that as an Enneagram 4 I really identify with the “I’m like other people but not” narrative. It’s a very compelling story and I highly recommend it to our podcast listeners. Click here to listen to the Bright Sessions podcast.
5. CRACKED: SEVEN TRUE STORIES THAT SHOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE INTO MOVIES (NSFW)
Cracked is fantastic Exploration (Ne) fuel. One of my favorite videos to date is a compilation of funny retellings of borderline-insane historical figures. My favorite is Eli Olsberg’s story about Olga the Saint/Olga of Kiev, who was a woman that killed several thousand people by 1. Burying them alive, 2. Setting them on fire, and 3. Pretending to agree to marry the neighboring tribe’s leader under the condition that she receive three sparrows and three pigeons from each of the neighboring tribe’s houses, and then killed another 5,000 soldiers with her bird army. She was dubbed a saint by the Catholic church because she tried to spread Christianity before and after her murderous rampage. Click here to watch the video.
So there you have it. Of course, these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.
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