Ann Vole

Rodent tracking roving artificial intelligence

I probably posted this stuff earlier in this blog but there may be subtle changes in plans over the last few years. Two land animals have been tested for a relatively complex verbal language with confirmed results. They were both burrowing communal rodents who are active in the day and have a wide variety of predators visible in a flat landscape. The warning calls contained the equivalent to nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs within a single call and for one of these two animal types, unique calls were formed for potential dangers they have never seen before that were very similar in unrelated groups suggesting that these units of information can be combined to describe things that do not have an existing call for. These two animal groups are Richardson ground squirrels located in Alberta and 3 species of prairie dogs found in the southern parts of USA. My city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada has a lot of wild Richardson Ground Squirrels as persistent pests and they are legal to keep as pets here. Canada has banned the import of prairie dogs and my province has banned the ownership of prairie dogs to protect the unique subspecies of prairie dogs in this province that have been genetically distinct from USA prairie dogs of the same species for about 20 thousand years due to a minor mountain range along the USA's northern border (North Dakota to Montana). In South America is a smaller rodent group of species called degus who live a lot like ground squirrels but genetically very unrelated (closer to porcupines and guinea pigs and even the rabbit order or mammals than the squirrel-like rodent group that has prairie dogs and ground squirrels). One species of degu is popular in the pet trade and has a very wide variety of vocalizations and the ability to learn and imitate the sounds of other rodents. They also retain their instincts to use a wide variety of warning calls in spite of their use as lab animals for 3 decades prior to 3 more decades as pets. Degus are 5 times smaller than ground squirrels so 5 times cheaper to care for. My plan is to make doors and food dispensers and other interactive robotics that the degus will operate with vocalizations using computers to hear the sounds, interpretative analysis of them, and operate the equipment accordingly (open doors, dispense foods). The secondary goal is to provide a better life for the individuals by allowing more freedom of movement while preventing certain individuals from meeting to limit breeding and prevent fighting. Monitoring the individuals for weight, food consumption, level of activity, sleep schedule, water consumption and many other things will also find, isolate, and inform humans of their change in health automatically. This will require the identity of each individual but there are problems, including cost, for all the identification methods that change the individual (attach something, tattoos, notches cut out of ears or feet). I figured weight would be the best identification method that does not make physical changes to their body. This would also measure how much they eat, pee, poop, and lose in hair loss or dehydration. The problem is trying to connect the weight of someone going through a tunnel to the potential individuals in the areas on each side of that weigh tunnel. If I create a unique copy of an artificial intelligence computer program for each individual, that program can physically move with the animal through data connections between individual computers that control these physical robotics (like doors, weigh tunnels, food dispensers, poop and pee gathering and weighing mechanisms below floor grills, air monitoring, movement sensors). These computers will also need audio transducers like piezoelectric units that can work as both a microphone and a speaker and well into the ultrasonic range. Most computer operating systems are not effective for audio recording or live music creation due to working on interrupts... the processor does a task until some other part of the computer needs the processor to do something and sends the processor an interrupt signal so the processor can stop what it is doing and deal with the interrupt. When you are dealing with live sound processing, you can't stop the processes or you mess up the sound signal. You can do parallel processing though if the change in processing threads is extremely regular and the processor is running fast enough that each thread can get enough processing to do the jobs needed to keep up with the changes in the sound wave it is processing. This means each computer needs an audio-friendly operating system. Moving programs around from computer to computer will be best be accomplished by housing the program in a virtual operating system. These physical computers will also need their operating system to host these virtual operating systems to give them access to their microphones and attached robotics and information storage systems. This is my programming challenge involving operating systems, audio processing in the ultrasonic range, voice recognition software bent to deal with communication methods that are not based on consonants and vowels like human speech.

Ann Vole

Malware is kicking me off Facebook

I have always thought my tablet has some sort of data-logging malware but I tried several rootkit detectors and malware detectors and they did not find anything. Facebook has booted me because they say suspicious activity is happening. In trying to recover the account, they gave me the option to choose previous comments but they want me to choose 4 and only three were definitely mine. I went back and chose that option again but this time only 2 were mine. When asking for access codes, Facebook emailed the same code twice so that is very suspicious Later it sent a different code twice. I had to reboot the tablet because the buttons on the track ball (replaces a traditional computer mouse) only worked on some places and not others. This is one of many indicators of malware. The emailed stuff suggests I am also dealing with a spoofed Facebook website too. Obviously LiveJournal is too unused to be of interest to spoof website hackers but as you might guess, I am not going to be on Facebook for a bit longer until I figure out how to clean my tablet of all malware or buy/build a new computer for home use. Hopefully my facebook account is actually locked down by the real Facebook and not going to be used for bad stuff.

Ann Vole

Facebook return

They let me back on but I don't trust the platform any more. Of course Facebook is a horrible blog format even as a page so I will continue to blog here for the time being and try to figure out photo/video hosting options for what I blog here (LJ has no options for more memory than a few dozen photos). I have a problem with any of the long list of blog platforms either controlled by Facebook and Google or by communist countries like China. LJ may be owned by Russians but is still hosted from California... I trust Russians way more than China. The problems with image hosting and video hosting are connected with advertising to children that had YouTube making huge payouts. I would rather have the videos hosted somewhere with less controversy about content and who, like Facebook, often kick people off with no explanation or options to appeal their boot. 

Ann Vole

Meerkat vs mongoose

On Lion King 2019 (the "live action" remake), the young Simba and Nala run with a group of banded mongooses at one point in the "Just Can't Wait To Be King" song but the subtitles say that the meerkats are making sounds. I am watching a nature show about banded mongooses and it is very obvious that the Lion King creators were definitely making this species of mongooses for that scene. One way to determine the difference between the several species of meerkats and the very long list of mongoose species is that the iris of the eyes of all mongooses is horizontal the same as most hoofed animals (like goats) but the meerkat irises are always round (like human eyes). The local warthogs in the nature show look exactly like Pumba so they modeled the species after this area of Africa. The hornbill looks exactly like Zazu too.

Ann Vole

Ukraine plane crash in Iran

"Most passengers on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight died, said Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services."

The Boeing 737-800 with 180 people on board was delayed an hour due to technical difficulties. It was on fire several seconds and eventually exploded a second before hitting ground about eight minutes after takeoff from Tehran, Iran heading to Kyiv, Ukraine.

Ann Vole

Need a new news source

When on Facebook with a friend list that has people from all over the world, I would get hints that something big was happening long before "western" news sources had any articles on the event and often, none of them reported anything at all on the event. The "landing page" for several browsers has an automatically created collection of news articles from various sources and that is my current news source but it is half about Trump and 1/4 about celebrities I don't even know their names. Lately a lot are on the Australia bush fires but a few weeks ago it was all the Amazon... never anything about the similar problems in Africa. Nobody reports earthquakes or tsunamis so I have to seek that information with a search engine. Same goes with the ongoing space race where new stuff is sent into space several times a week from dozens of players. Of course I am mostly interested in animals and animation with animals and there is definitely nothing about that without careful searching and wading through a couple hundred unrelated search results. Absolutely nothing on efficient building techniques with daily detailed searching. less interesting but still more interesting than politics is the furry stuff (people who represent themselves as animals such as comics, suits, videos) which is not found in news media AT ALL. Medical research on aging is interesting but only from the perspective of figuring out how to make my rodents live longer healthier lives... all I can find is BS from diet salespeople. 

Ann Vole

Dreamwidth

I noticed a lot of the people still active on LiveJournal say they are crossposting from Dreamwidth so I looked it up... "Dreamwidth Studios: A blog/journal system for people who create." I am not sure if there is much advantage to adding another little-known blog platform to the mix but it is worth investigating. I am still concerned over the newish Russian ownership change to LiveJournal but not sure I trust other countries any better.

Ann Vole

Sweatbox movie writing

I watched a "banned" making-of documentary of the Disney movie "The Emperor's New Groove" called "The Sweatbox". There are a few "bad" words used that are un-edited like the F-bomb and it has the "time code" on the bottom starting at 1 hour, 1 minute, 1 second. The basic premise of the documentary is that each time they showed the prospective movie as an animatic (images that suggest scenes and actions and sometimes limited movement) or rough version of the film to Disney executives, the decision is that the movie needs a major re-write or change in key creative personnel (like music director or animation director or the entire story team). This viewing of the rough version of a film or scene by an executive that did not work on the film at that point is called "the sweatbox viewing" and named after a small screening room that was rather hot all the time where Walt Disney would view these rough movie ideas or scenes when he was the head of all things Disney. I need to figure out how to weed out bad ideas in a movie script before it is even written as an idea and before people go through the process of designing characters who will later be removed from the final film or choosing music styles that will not be appropriate to the final film (they started with Sting as the head song writer... he only added a song to the credit roll in the end but worked 4 years writing for it). I think I have some good sense of what will work and what won't but of course everyone thinks they have that skill and clearly they don't. Of course you want something fresh, unique, and breaks the mold of the films that came before but of course the films that succeeded before are not those things. I can probably use computer technology to determine cultural trends both in story and artistic elements but that still doesn't point out how to go beyond trends without deviating from the direction of those trends. Finally, I have no way to get people with the power to fund a film to watch my animatic.