Ryan Toll
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Sebastian Portelli replied to Ryan Toll's discussion What are you doing to promote H+? in the group Transhumanists of Atheist Nexus
"I can't really do much at this point unfortunately. I'm probably the only person on the island who understands even the simplest concepts of "future technology" so I'm practically isolated when it comes to H+…"
Apr 17, 2009
Lepht Anonym replied to Ryan Toll's discussion What are you doing to promote H+? in the group Transhumanists of Atheist Nexus
"haha, i like that question. aside from talking about H+, both here, in discussion groups at my university and just to my crew and people i meet, which i guess doesn't do much apart from raise awareness, my main contribution is what i do, i…"
Apr 17, 2009
Ryan Toll added a discussion to the group Transhumanists of Atheist Nexus

What are you doing to promote H+?

What are you doing to promote H+ or what do you plan to do? Are you raising support for the cause? Do you give financial support to H+ research? Are you contributing research of your own? I'd like to hear what others are doing or why those of you who aren't don't contribute.I myself plan to do research & development work in private industry. I want to contribute to the many little steps that build the collective of human knowledge and lay the foundation for the technologies of the…See More
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At 8:40pm on May 19, 2009, Brian C. Newbold said…
Well, I didn't feel anyone was taking it very seriously so I figured why bother? I would however like to know what you thought of that video, shoot me an email.
At 3:11pm on December 27, 2008, Shlarg said…
Oh btw, you can have an adult beverage now !
At 3:10pm on December 27, 2008, Shlarg said…
Happy birthday ! (And Happy New Year :)
At 10:34pm on October 12, 2008, Anath said…
Sounds like you know pretty well what you want and how to get there. :)
What is the attraction of Materials Engineering for you? I admit I have never really explored all the options under the "engineering" umbrella, so I've never heard of it.

For me, its a matter of starting small. Noobs usually don't start out with Wizards or Blizzard, it will be a slow progression from small, independent companies and shows to "real" recognition. I've interviewed a number of "big" artists who all say that's what you have to do... so that's what I'll be doing.

As far as usefulness of classes, it really depends on the class and you. So far I have only had one or two classes that have been little more than practice (and an exercise in bullshitting), but most of them have greatly expanded my way of thinking and approaching art, as well as my technical skill. How much you get out of an art class depends on how you approach it. I know a lot of people who go in thinking they already know how to paint, and find the classes to be a waste of time, and wonder why they don't improve or get good grades. It also helps to have a knowledgeable professor who can give guidance and suggestions from their experience, whether or not you actually use their ideas.

Also some of the more specialized methods of art-making require some form of instruction... such as intaglio; which is a printmaking method using acid to bite an image onto a metal plate. There are now countless techniques for etching, so it would only make sense to have several classes on it or an apprenticeship of some form at the very least. Anyone can teach themselves to draw by observation even without instructive books, but no one can teach themselves intaglio from scratch!
At 10:55am on October 12, 2008, Anath said…
Sounds like you're pretty busy too! I'm an Illustration/Fine Arts double major. The studio class workload can be pretty excessive at times, but this semester I've got a good balance between studio and academic classes. I hope to become a professional Illustrator after graduation. Really beyond that title, anything is open; magazines, books, newspaper op-ed, cd covers, etc. What I'd really like to do is concept art in the gaming industry and cd covers for metal bands. The key to this will be a rock solid portfolio and a few publications rather than resume building; its a Catch-22. You have to be in print before they will print you. :P

Free swag is always good... do you have any specific prospects for internship? I'll probably aim to get one not this upcoming summer, but the summer after that. I have a lot of work to do...
At 11:51am on October 10, 2008, Anath said…
I'm taking a full 18 credit hours: Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Techniques 1: Color and Composition, Intaglio II, World Civilizations I, Ancient and Medieval Art, and Illustration Survey (the history of Illustration). The workflow is very constant, but do-able. I've also gotten quite sidetracked with a few personal projects; teaching myself how to block print, a comic book, and so on. I'm also trying to make time to do mundane things such as grocery shop and go to the laundromat, which I have to do for myself now that I'm in an apartment, as well as paid work at the computer lab 19 hours a week (where I am now). How about you?
At 7:36pm on October 5, 2008, Anath said…
Yeah! No problem though, take your time, I've got a lot of work piling up for my classes, but the debate is a nice refreshing thing for me. Its so different from everything else I'm doing and confronting.
At 10:23pm on September 17, 2008, Anath said…
Yeah, they have been pretty interesting! They're also totally different from all the other things I do, which makes them a nice break. :)
At 12:51pm on September 12, 2008, Anath said…
We should start a new thread. The current one exploded with some other posts. I'll get around to response sometime soon!
At 4:19pm on August 28, 2008, Anath said…
No rush, my subsequent response will be delayed as well, most likely, as I'm moving into my apartment and starting class next week...

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