Grasshopper Enterprises Apps

Spirit Rattle

October’s experiment transforms a highly sophisticated, hand-held computational device (ok, cellphone) into a magical digital gourd with seeds that rattle upon invisible walls.

Seeds such as: bells of Neptune, ordinary beads, cases of Jose Cuervos, crows and similar. You may be able to record your own sound, which will be chopped up into beads and spit back as each bead hits the rattle’s walls. This is an experiment not some big corporate product launch, so it may or may not work on your device (especially the recording part), but if you’d like to entertain yourself or your 6 year old nephew. Or if you are doing ceremony in VR or just want to annoy your office mates, give it a whirl. (It can also steal rattles from other rattles. But there’s another reason for the name that will become apparent in the future.)

Try?

You don’t need to download from an app store, just run it in your browser. If you like it, and it likes you (standards are still evolving), it will offer an option to install it for keeps. Then it will work offline like a normal app (semi-normal anyway.) With its own icon on the home screen and everything

Spirit Rattle2019-10-22T15:34:42-06:00

Odin’s Mind – The Speed of Thought

Odin's Mind

One fifth of a second. 200 milliseconds. Is how fast we process input neurally.

It takes that long from the front door of the building to the part of the brain making decisions. But what if we could make decisions differently? Using different strategies? Could these strategies be even faster than this slower cortical loop already charted? Could we break through to new territories of experience?

We think so, and this app explores two different modalities to learn how.The first mode relies on time distortion and filtering down deeper into our perceptual stack. In other words, leaving the corner office and actually walking out towards the middle managers closer to the customer input. The Tibetans did this through meditation, walking right down the stack of consciousness to determine a simple thought has 38 stages before it emerges into awareness as an actual “thought.”

A special type of concentration is required for observing the contents of mind with that level of granularity: the surface of attention has to be like teflon; nothing sticks, everything passing is new and shiny. This mode would no doubt be successful in Odin’s Mind and the app may help calibrate in developing such skill.

Another strategy: we’re still up on the top floor, back in our executive office, but we open a window and talk with people down on the street. Even the crazy ones. Until we find some that are reliable. We can’t communicate a great deal, just roughly in a type of sign language. But they seem to understand what we are saying and can alert us in various ways.

This is the way of the subconscious and ideomotor signals. “Hunches” and fast thinking with the intuition -much faster at dealing with signal than the conscious mind. We just ask what’s going on and listen/feel/see the vibe. Odin’s Mind tells us if we are reading the signals correctly. A handy skill outside of the game as well, once it’s refined.

Odin’s Mind is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

In Norse Mythology, Odin is attended by two ravens: thought and memory. They fly out each day searching and return with their findings. thought may be one type of conscious intent and memory just one class of subconscious response.

Odin’s Mind – The Speed of Thought2017-02-21T18:33:32-06:00