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(11 Chuen (Frog) / 19 Pohp - 9/260 - 18.104.22.168.11)
union: concrescence, coalescence, fusion, merger, mixture
1. a. The act or process of compressing. b. The state of being compressed.
2. a. The process by which the working substance in a heat engine, such as the vapor mixture in the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine, is compressed. b. The engine cycle during which this process occurs.
- compres´sional adjective
Data Compression, also called data compaction. In computer science, a term applied to various means of compacting information for more efficient transmission or storage, used in such areas as data communication, database management systems, facsimile transmission, and CD-ROM publishing. One common compression technique, called key-word encoding, replaces each frequently occurring word- such as the or here- with a 2-byte token, thus saving one or more bytes of storage for every instance of that word in a text file.
Space: Dimensions: Contraction
compression, pressure, compressure,
compaction, squeeze, squeezing, stenosis, strangulation
constriction, constringency, astriction, astringency
contractility, contractibility, compressibility
smallness: compression, abbreviation, abridgment, contraction
diminution: compression, squeeze, contraction
joining together: tightening, astriction, drawing together, contraction, compression, closure
energy: compression, spring, elasticity
shortening: contraction, compression
narrowing: narrowing, compression, contraction
closure: contraction, strangulation, compression
conciseness: compression, condensation, telescoping
compendium: contraction, compression, conciseness
restriction: constriction, squeeze, compression
retention: squeeze, compression
Rupert's theory is, at this point a hypothesis. There are no equations, there's no predictive machinery, it's a way of speaking about experimental approaches. My time wave thing is like an extremely formal and specific example of what he's talking about in a general way. And then what Ralph Abraham is doing is providing a bridge from the kind of things Rupert and I are doing back into the frontier branch of ordinary mathematics called dynamic modeling. And Frank is an expert in the repetition of fractal process. He can show you the same thing happening on many, many levels, in many, many different expressions. So I have named us Compressionists, or Psychedelic Compressionists. A Compressionism holds that the world is growing more and more complex, compressed, knitted together, and therefore holographically complete at every point, and that's basically where the four of us stand, I think, but from different points of view.
- Terence McKenna
The nucleus of a cell is equivalent in volume to 2-millionths of a pinhead. The two-yard thread ofDNA packs into this minute volume by coiling up endlessly on itself, thereby reconciling extreme length and infinitesimal smallness, like mythical serpents. The average human being is made up of 100 thousand billion cells, according to some estimates. This means that there are approximately 125 billion miles of DNA in a human body - corresponding to 70 round-trips between Saturn and the Sun. You could travel your entire life in a Boeing 747 flying at top speed and you would not even cover one hundredth of the distance. Your personal DNA is long enough to wrap around the earth 5 million times.
Jeremy Narby - _Cosmic Serpent - DNA And The Origins Of Knowledge
[...] For really what I come to believe about the psychedelic experience that it is a compressed instance of what we call understanding... so that living psychedelically is trying to live in an atmosphere of continous unfolding of understanding so that every day you know more and see into things with greater depth than you did before...
This is a process of education. What the psychedelic experience is it's the process of education so compressed that it has become a cascade of actual visual images which, rather than a kind of slow unfoldment of linked perception, but really, attention to attention and appreciation of the immediate.
- Terence McKenna - _Nature Is The Center Of The Mandala Part 2_ MP3 (32k)(44:12)
"keep it dense. keep it in-tense."
fuck, okay. "you are what you cache". or, to codify it:
REMEMBER, you are what you cache". taking this form, we bring as much as we can with us (pack rats), but the problem with clutter is that it's bulky. not very efficient.
to streamline, we digitize. paper, images, sound, etc. there's a ton of information in hi resolution images and sound. but storage and processing power is growing and so far has no limits.
brute force is not a problem. but in the meantime, and this is exemplified by slim systems like palmtops, embedded systems, "elegant coding" for pda's, etc. demos.. this is all training for elegant, efficient, schemes.. but for what... compressions....(!)
this is the key. we are compressing time. we are fractally involutingly sinking into a wormhole and in order for a tight squeeze you have to compress.. that's right. so this whole thing about compression schemes and compression algorithms.
minidiscs, etc. you want pure? go brute force.
you want the "gist"? the main information?
go pkzip. and pk could be psychokenesis, right?
so this is where we're at.
compressions. the gist of it.
we all interpret differently anyway, and pure reps don't amount to much because we all have different filters. of course, that IS the optimum and it should be stored SOMEWHERE. like the idea that, atomjack, at oct 14 1998 4:55 pm should remain pure in that form. but to go elsewhere with it? do i need everything? do i need all the unnecesasry baggage? or can i leave it at home on the server where i can access those things i need with my pda?
this is compression. this is compressing time. this is one step closer to fucking immortality and i'm going to get there and bring everyone along with me. scratch that, everyone is ALREADY there.
- @Om* on acid 10/14/98
Digging Deep Into Compression
By Mark K. Anderson
2:00 a.m. Feb. 6, 2002 PST
Unless tea leaves or crystal balls are involved, predicting the future is typically a matter of finding patterns in the past.
While there are many approaches today to pattern recognition and matching, two clever techniques have recently found new applications from hurricane and earthquake forecasting to analyzing authorship of texts and making sophisticated search engines.
The first involves the seemingly unrelated task of file compression -- as performed in applications such as WinZip and StuffIt -- while the other borrows its lessons from the world of chaos, complexity theory and fractals.
In the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, three Italian scientists used the Unix compression program gzip on text files to address such pattern-matching issues as language of composition and authorship.
Since data compression entails recognizing and tagging repeated strings, the more repeated internal patterns that a file or collection of files has, the more it can be compressed. Thus, if one wants to know the language in which file X was written, just compress it with files whose language is known and then compare how efficiently each operation is carried out.
If, by comparing raw and compressed file sizes, one finds that X plus an Italian text file zips tighter than X plus a French text or X plus an English text or X plus one's other linguistic reference texts, then congratulazioni! You've likely just found the language of X without even opening it.
The scientists -- Dario Benedetto, Emanuele Caglioti and Vittorio Loreto of Rome's La Sapienza University -- used this technique to discern the language of mystery texts as small as 20 characters. Furthermore, using a database of 90 texts from 11 different authors, they found their method could even pick out individual authors with a success rate of 93 percent.
Search engines, they say, could use this simple technique to categorize their quarry by semantic content and more qualitative categories such as style and readership level.
"I would like to see if this method could distinguish the music of John Lennon from Paul McCartney," Caglioti said.
Ming Li, a professor of computer science at the University of California in Santa Barbara, developed the file-compression technique for categorizing genetic datasets. He said he's impressed by Benedetto et al.'s work, but he cautioned that the "zip" format leaves much to be desired.
"For some rough purposes, it's OK," he said. "But for many applications you need a better compression algorithm."
He developed the program GenCompress for his DNA
pattern-matching problem. In a forthcoming issue of _Scientific American_,
Li Bin Ma of the University
of Waterloo, Canada, and Charles Bennett of IBM apply the same algorithm on a series of chain letters to divine the historical evolution of its text.
At the U.S. Geological Survey, Christopher Barton has been applying a different technique to quantify patterns in datasets.
After two sabbaticals with the "father of fractals" Benoit Mandelbrot, Barton and colleagues at the USGS began using Mandelbrot's mathematical toolkit to analyze such disparate phenomena as Mississippi flooding, hurricane landfalls and the location of oil and gas deposits.
At last December's meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Barton presented recent work (PDF) on fractal modeling of the U.S. coastline.
His presentation was part of a larger effort by the AGU to incorporate more fractal geometry -- the study of fragmented patterns nested within larger copies of themselves -- into geology and geophysics.
Barton is publishing a free USGS book and CD-ROM later this year on fractal modeling of hurricane windspeeds. He said fractals have enabled his team to predict natural phenomena with unprecedented accuracy.
"Mandelbrot has created a mathematical approach that allows us to quantify complex patterns without having to simplify them," said Barton.
"As Mandelbrot now says, fractals are the 'science of roughness.'"
At today's rates of compression, you could download the entire 3 billion digits of your DNA onto about four CDs. That 3-gigabyte genome sequence represents the prime coding information of a human body — your life as numbers. Biology, that pulsating mass of plant and animal flesh, is conceived by science today as an information process. As computers keep shrinking, we can imagine our complex bodies being numerically condensed to the size of two tiny cells. These micro-memory devices are called the egg and sperm. They are packed with information.
That life might be information, as biologists propose, is far more intuitive than the corresponding idea that hard matter is information as well. When we bang a knee against a table leg, it sure doesn't feel like we knocked into information. But that's the idea many physicists are formulating.
- Kevin Kelly