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  1. Kevin thanks for stepping up to the plate. If the program actually runs, I think you will enjoy it, and so will your team.
  2. I've put a graphical interface onto my Spiricam program and managed to package it with pyinstaller, so it can run as an executable (amidst a ~1GB sea of support files). If anybody has a Windows PC with a webcam (or one they can attach), and wants to experiment with visual ITC, let me know. Here's a screenshot of the program:
  3. The program has a few machine learning models to reverse things like additive noise, and quantization artifacts. Also, it has a primitive "speech model" that adds formants it finds to a "buzzing" glottal pulse. The machine learning models were trained on a 30 min speech of Gen. David Petraeus speaking to Congress, so it's funny when German is trying to be spoken through it. We'll try to get you "hooked up" with the program. It requires a good CPU. It requires a few steps to install, including Anaconda or Miniconda (A Python environment), and may take about 5-10 GB of disk space - not because my program is particularly large, it's just that Python and end-users don't mix
  4. For random number sequences, the frequency means the relative differences between neighboring numbers. The sequence of numbers 3, 95, 26, 62 is bouncing around (high frequency). The seq. 25, 32, 28, 27 is less jumpy (low frequency). Now imagine pixel neighborhoods. Blurring makes all the pixels almost the same in a neighborhood. But to get finer features, you need a balance: a little bit of blurring at each length scale: neigborhood, village, city, county, state, etc.
  5. Karyn, the beauty of this new technique is it doesn't require mist, smoke, or mixing cleaning solutions (chemistry joke). We all have a webcam and a computer. I also envision a cellphone app. The software converts the digital noise and the light particles in a room into "smoke." It is like we can now see the invisible air itself.
  6. Spiricam is a general approach. It works just fine with a blank wall or in a closed box. Pointing at someone is a variation that might reveal something about their aura. To be on the safe side, one could put a sheet over their face.
  7. In the next pictures, the first three are just me with the distortion of the method, the camera pointed at me. The next one looks a little like me. #5, #6, and #7, however, showed up over my face and don't look anything like me. The final one is just one I found elsewhere in the smoky pictures.
  8. Building on my work with Perloids derived from the noise of software-defined radios, I decided to explore looking at the noise coming from cameras. In principle, camera provide high-bandwidth information and spirits could potentially either interact directly with individual pixel-level sensor elements or with the light in the environment. The two "tricks" then for getting things to work is to derive as much noise as possible from the camera, and then apply our favorite transformation that either blurs or "smokifies" the noise. How do you get lots of noise from a camera? Well, one way would be turn up the gain and exposure time, and put the camera in complete darkness. Another more universal method is to simply subtract the current frame from the previous frame. This allows us to point the camera at virtually anything (or nothing at all) and get a noisy pattern. Here's an example from a webcam. I've mathematically amplified the noise so you can see it. Now the next trick is to somehow make heads or tails of the noise. Blurring is one possibility, which could be done with something called Gaussian kernel convolution in image manipulation programs like GIMP and Photoshop. However, even better than that is "smokification." That's a word I just made up, but it's like how Perlin noise is created from regular white noise. White noise is fairly featureless and looks like indistinguishable sand, but Perlin noise often produces cloudy / smoky-like textures like the ones you see in Keith's Perlin image experiments. Now, I've been trying out different variations on Perlin, like my so-called "Perloids" but the general range of useful ones seem to be between "inverse frequency" and "inverse squared frequency" What this means in laymans terms is that we try to transform noise to look as real as possible using essentially a two dimension "graphic equalizer" (you know, the audio version for controlling high, mid, and low frequencies?) Now imagine amplifying the "bass frequencies" (or the largest features of an image) and keeping the mid-levels in the middle, and dampening out the "treble/high frequencies" (the smallest features). This is the essence of Perlinizing / smokifying noise - and the results are amazing as we've seen with Perlin noise images, and continue to be with my webcam/noise input. Incidentally, the original Varanormal France Perlin program uses random numbers generated with a deterministic algorithm, although a non-deterministic seed. How spirits figured out how send messages through that channel puzzles me to this day, but it seems to work. Here I'm using physically-generated noise (from a webcam), so at least it seems plausible that spirits could influence the electronics or the light in the air to send us information. And now for some pictures. Caveat emptor: I can't prove that anything we see here is really from spirit, and not just active imagination. But I'm hoping over time, the proof will either get clearer, or we'll have too many instances to dismiss. The first two are from a camera I got in the mail today, and they're a bit disappointing. But what you might see in black and white are four faces followed by one face. The next four small ones are faces. The final one on the 2nd row appears to have at least four faces. The last row is a little different. The first one is a whole body image. The second looks like a humanoid-alien face. The final one is an example of when I point the camera at myself and hold real still. Maybe we'll start being able to view the personalities of our soul? One very last comment for this post. There's no machine learning tricks in the method (yet?!?), just "simple" math.
  9. Keith and I are fairly certain Tesla is working with us on our various Varanormal projects. I guess we consume a lot of his energy .
  10. Today's "2 minute" video. Here's what I found:
  11. Two more collections (too much fun). The top row (middle two, just look like objects)
  12. Kevin - At some point, I'll explain in a post, why there are so many hangups to having more of my audio ITC available. Its a tractable problem, but its going to take a little effort. For now, I've temporarily caught the Visual ITC bug. I hope it can help us further understand how spirit interacts with our devices, and how we can make their signal stronger.
  13. Today's pickup from about 240 images More than stamp collecting, I'm using the picture quality and number of faces as metrics to figure out what are the best settings for getting information from the SDR.
  14. Today's pickup from 300 images, 256x192. The bottom left is a duck. The bottom middle is a mouse?
  15. Some random images I picked out from the video: A man (Tesla?) makes an appearance at 4:54. Another man appears at the top of the screen at 6:56. Also, here's two people at the top left corner of 15:07. One on the right, wearing a hat.
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