Fun and Games


Introducing the Unfocused Brain Hallucination Generation device. A Trance Machine based on visual stimulation.

In ancient times people used what is known as the Psychomantium to talk with the spirits. Nostradamus used one to tell the future. In the 1960’s Brian Gysin and Ian Sommerville created the Dreammachine. Recently pioneer Mitch Altman gave us the Brain Machine in Make: Volume 10.

All of these devices try to bring us to a heightened state of consciousness where we can achieve our full potential commune with the universe and see the future.

My device does one thing and one thing only. Makes you see trippy stuff.

I’ve built a Psychomantium. I built the Brain Machine. What I learned was that playing with your visual processing can make you see stuff.

The Brain Machine makes you see really neat stuff. Stuff like I used to see in the old days staring into a Circle K cup held over a strobe light. I tried the Brain Machine without the sound and it seemed to make me have hallucinations as well as with the sound. Plus certain transitions, like from theta to delta, made really neat visuals.

Getting bored quickly and wanting to just have the transition visual effects I made my own. This one has buttons. It allows you to switch from one state to another at will. It allowed me to find out what worked best for me.

This is just the start of my path down the visual stimulator trance machine path. I plan on making one that I can tune to which ever frequencies in each range work best for me. Then I plan on making one where I can easily store programs of different patterns and play them back. Possibly as a USB device. I have even thought about making one that will fill a whole room with light so that the patterns can be given to me while sleeping.

This is going to be fun. 8)

So, I've gotten into another game. This one is called RuneScape. It is played in a browser with Java enabled. That means it will run on just about any machine. It has some pretty low requirements hardware wise. So it works on my older linux boxes.

RuneScape is a MMORPG. I have been playing on server #38 for a couple days now. Which usually has about 350-900 people on at any given time.

This game is very mud like. You can make money by going around killing or through trade. I've been working on my fishing skills. I'm at level 24 on fishing.

One of the things I like about it is that it is classless. That is you don't pick a character who is a mage or warrior or whatever. Instead it is skills based. If you want to be a better fighter then go practice fighting, a mage then practice magic.

There is a free version and a pay version. The free version is the same as the pay except you are limited to only about 1/3 of the total map of the world and certain quests are available only for members. The membership is only $5 a month so not too bad.

Hello my name is Jacques.

I haven't played on a MUD for at least 6-8 years. This weekend I decided to give it a try again. Searching around the net I found one that looked pretty interesting. Its called AVATAR MUD.

What attracted me to this one is that there seemed to be a good crowd on it and it feels similar to a mud I used to play back in the 90's. That one wall called EPIC. It was a DikuMUD .  (I wonder if the code for that mud exists somewhere. I have lots of memories from it.)

 Playing a mud is super simple. Its text based. All you need is a telnet client (built into just about every operating system) or there are tons of java browser based clients.