The Altered State Report


The Altered State Report

The Altered State Report is a simple spell meant to open the third eye, a synth part mimics the feeling of the opening while the words dance around the psyche in order to allow the mind to want the act.


Skunky Beaumont is a sound wizard currently residing in Los Angeles. Skunky has been active under that moniker for about 5 years, released 8 records, and played all over Los Angeles and SoCal including Whiskey A-Go-Go on Sunset Blvd and East Jesus in Slab City.

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Rigaroga’s Odd Order Anthology Album – GIT COMMIT GLITCH

Rigaroga’s Odd Order Anthology Album 2017 – GIT COMMIT GLITCH

GIT COMMIT GLITCH, the 2017 album from the Odd Order Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.


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The full tracklist for the 2017 anthology album consists of 6 tracks by 3 artists:

  1. Skunky BeaumontThe Altered State Report 03:36
  2. Children of OsirisVapar 05:04
  3. Vovin LonshinhyPerSpACE 06:13
  4. Children of OsirisVinea 05:07
  5. Children of OsirisAbyss In Thee Serpent 03:00
  6. Skunky BeaumontOur June Ah! 05:26


GIT COMMIT GLITCH, the one and only issue for 2017 from the Odd Order Anthology Project, is a tight but mighty playlist of 6 tracks by 3 artists, all new voices for this issue.

Odd Order is a place for Rigaroga and friends to explore and share geekery without gravitas, the arts & letters & whatevers of geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

Please join Rigaroga and the Odd Order in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who are inspired by technology and geek culture.

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Production by John Griogair Bell

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Pride and Joy

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K Vaughan and Adrian Alphona is a story of six friends that stumble upon a shocking super-powered secret about their parents, and discover their own secrets in response to their parents as they become a team in spite of themselves. They become their heroic selves and find they have meaningful purpose for being in the world. The art and writing are not complex, but, even still, a lot happens in these first 8 issues in the collection. Also, the promise and premise provides ideas that are complex, and offer a depth for those looking for it. I hope the rest of the series develops those potentials further and eventually reveals itself to be narratively as superpowered as the heroes.

A live action adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways, once planned to join the cinema releases, is now scheduled as coming to Hulu in November 2017, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Originally posted on my personal blog at Pride and Joy

The Golden Key

The Golden Key: And Other Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman collects three tales that presumably didn’t make the cut into Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version. It’s a bit like an outtakes reel, especially since in the introductory material Pullman seems to be shitting on these stories a strange amount. I started to wonder if this was something he was forced into doing, that he didn’t want to do, like Kurosawa being forced by his studio to do Sanjuro as a sequel to Yojimbo (so he went off the reservation, and subverted expectation).

I wasn’t familiar with these stories so they were new to me. Anyhow, they aren’t all that bad. There’s some good moments. It’s short.

I made 10 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at The Golden Key

Summary for the week ending Oct 8, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending October 8th, 2017.

This is the first weekly summary for Odd Order activity! Last month was pretty active, and there’s even more happening this month, so I think it’s time to start posting these weekly now. I think this month there will be two or more posts every day, as well as 5-6 videos or streams each week. We’ll see how it goes!

Currently my streaming schedule is Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat starting as close to noon, Pacific time, as I can. And, I’ve been streaming around an hour, on average. I know most streaming is long-form entertainment, but I’m just not likely to be that kind of streamer. But, as always, I’m doing what I can with what I’ve got; and that includes me being me, for whatever that is worth. Consider dropping in and hanging out while I prove how awful I am at playing video games!

The big, huge, awesome news is that I’ve just today released GIT COMMIT GLITCH, the Odd Order Anthology Album for 2017! Check it out! I’ll be posting once a day about the tracks, so watch for that on the blog and rolling across social media through the next week or so. In fact, the post announcing the release doesn’t happen until tomorrow, so you’re getting to travel through time and find out about it early!

This week I’m also posting a second solo roleplay video. There will be a video for a part of a play session in the ICRPG world Alfheim as well as a video for a play session in the ICRPG world Warp Shell posting later. Double the fun! Both of the videos this week will be the first part of a longer game session, so I’ve moved into big scenarios for both Take, the small folk shadow, and the Mecha crew, which will roll out weekly until they are done. And then, who knows?

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Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Here’s videos and streams from last week

“I believe that the information bottleneck idea could be very important in future deep neural network research”

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Neural Networks—Natalie Wolchover, Wired

Last month, a YouTube video of a conference talk in Berlin, shared widely among artificial-intelligence researchers, offered a possible answer. In the talk, Naftali Tishby, a computer scientist and neuroscientist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presented evidence in support of a new theory explaining how deep learning works. Tishby argues that deep neural networks learn according to a procedure called the “information bottleneck,” which he and two collaborators first described in purely theoretical terms in 1999. The idea is that a network rids noisy input data of extraneous details as if by squeezing the information through a bottleneck, retaining only the features most relevant to general concepts. Striking new computer experiments by Tishby and his student Ravid Shwartz-Ziv reveal how this squeezing procedure happens during deep learning, at least in the cases they studied.

Tishby’s findings have the AI community buzzing. “I believe that the information bottleneck idea could be very important in future deep neural network research,” said Alex Alemi of Google Research, who has already developed new approximation methods for applying an information bottleneck analysis to large deep neural networks. The bottleneck could serve “not only as a theoretical tool for understanding why our neural networks work as well as they do currently, but also as a tool for constructing new objectives and architectures of networks,” Alemi said.

“science fiction can bypass people’s normal partisan filters”

[Is Sci-Fi a Religious Experience? Adam Savage Thinks So](—Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

“It acts as a Trojan horse,” Savage says. “This was a constant refrain that my guests kept mentioning, that science fiction can bypass people’s normal partisan filters.”

He also notes that one of his guests, Kevin Smith, describes pop culture narratives like sci-fi movies and superhero comics as his “religion”—his source for meaning and moral guidance. So could science fiction evolve into something akin to an actual religion?

“I’m not positive that literature could satisfy that deep need for the transcendent, but I hope it can, because for me it really has,” Savage says. “I’ve gotten a tremendous amount from it over the years, not just entertainment, but also thinking about the ways I am a person, a father, a husband, a friend, a citizen.”