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  1. Why is it more enjoyable in the summer?
  2. Here's an article about an interesting paper on learning while sleeping. According to them you want to review something while awake and pair it with some type of cue (like music), then apply that cue during sleep. I think the theory is you learn something complex then use something simple to reinforce those brain connections while sleeping. Article: And apparently we've know about this for awhile. Here's an earlier experiment from 2011 and there are many others if you do a search: I plan to add distinct and simple music to any files I use in an attempt to use this effect.
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  4. On both SoFurry and FA you should be able to filter mature content under your profile settings.
  5. Wondering where this text shows up.

  6. I can see a few problems with that. The world is going to be a lot stranger in 20 years. Though I don't think we know enough about human DNA to safely, freely edit it. The first generations of genetically modified babies will probably have serious health problems when they get older. Right now we're checking embryo for things like eye colors and discarding ones the parents' don't want. I don't think anyone is doing modifications yet.
  7. Microsoft: DIY version: It seems that smart mirror is going to be outdated before I even try to make one. AR can definitely be used to see yourself covered fur, see extra appendages, see other people in virtual fur suites, etc...
  8. Making physical changes is an interesting question. There are some old research studies from the 70s that indicate hypnosis can be used to adjust breast tissue. However they're all small studies and aren't up to par with today's levels of rigor. I've seen some calls for participates for new studies, but no new results yet. Lactation and related growth/hormones are partially mentally controlled, so it isn't a far stretch to say they can be controlled through hypnosis (I haven't tried). One of the breast studies had the people doing age regression to puberty. The idea was your brain can control hormone levels and different hormones control different physical aspects of yourself, so if you can mentally control those hormones then you can mentally change those physical aspects. If that's true, then people should be able to change more than just their bust attributes. There's research from 2014 that used an MRI to confirm that hypnosis for sleep improvement makes measurable changes in sleep quality. I don't know if you'd consider that a physical change or just a mental one. Medically, hypnosis is used to change personality traits such as shyness, nervousness, and depression. And yes, I plan to use it for some of those things as well as sleep improvement. I don't have much hypnosis experience yet, but I try to follow the old saying: "A week in the lab will save you a day in the library." Meaning reading about what people have already tried will save you a lot of time trying to figure it all out for yourself. I'm currently doing the research/reading books to save me time experimenting with it on my own.
  9. Had never heard of Facerig before. Thanks for the info. That's one less component I'll need to make at the beginning. I already know how to create eye-tracking software. I'll have to do more research to see what already exists. There's probably an open source library that does body tracking for Kinect-like sensors.
  10. The start of it reminds me of the hardware store:
  11. Have you guys seen this slightly old video: I think it's an ad for the MMORPG Fantasy Westward Journey or Dream of Mirror Online, so I'm not sure how much of that was faked (probably all of it), but that doesn't mean it isn't possible and the tech is real. There's a company that makes behind-mirror displays to show interactive advertising. There's also a few 'mirrors with embedded TVs' companies. The brighter the display the more vivid the image and the less you see your reflection. Here are two DIY guides for making a similar Magic Mirror: I haven't had the time yet to make one for myself, but do plan to do it at some point in the future. The two hardest parts are getting a good view from the camera when you're close to the mirror and writing the software to track the user and display something else, such as your fursona. I haven't found any software that does that yet and I'm not a good enough artist to make the graphics. An alternative search terms for related projects are: "mirror hud" and "smart mirror"
  12. From what I know the plica semilunaris isn't a full nictitating membrane. We can't control it because there isn't enough left to control. There have been instances of people attaching electronic devices, orientation sensors, and embedding magnets into themselves or doing things like constantly wearing upside-down glasses. In all of the cases I read it seemed to take around 8 weeks for the brain to adapt to the new input and start seeing it as normal. I'd bet money our brains could adapt to use almost anything we can add to ourselves as long as it has some type of feedback loop. I'd guess the younger we are the faster the brain could adapt.