I mentioned the vault in passing the other day, but I figured I’d take a moment and explain what that is. If you follow any creative people out in the world, you probably have heard them state that they have more ideas than they can pursue. That’s certainly true in my case as well, but I […]
There’s a new book out that talks about rebuilding civilization from scratch. I think about this topic all the time; it’s a moving target, and it is a hard problem because it’s not a single question but rather a series of optimization exercises. I’ve got a project in the vault on the topic, and my understanding, […]
The Ars Technica anticiparticle on Interstellar is a great piece of writing. It summons the GWB speech for Columbia and Tennyson’s Ulysses (which I had never actually read before today). It’s always nice when technerds get their art on (although being a news site writer may be a bit cheat-ey in that respect), but it’s especially nice […]
If someone like Tim Hudak decides to cite ridiculously, confirmably liartastic job creation numbers during an election campaign, maybe someone else should take a look at the potential job destruction numbers. It seems only fair.
This didn’t really happen today, but seriously? The computer is an automated (not great, but still automated!) realtime, inline many-origin-language speech-to-text, text-to-alt-language, many-destination-language text-to-speech translator. These are all hard problems, although text-to-speech is perhaps closer to a solved problem than the other two. But translation in particular has been touted as a possible substitute for the […]
Man, it’s a busy day for awesome stuff. This article on Boing Boing deals with the old philosphical saw about seeing “the same” colours, which is something I’ve actually seen dismissed by some intellectuals.
Apparently the US president has finally stepped into the climage change breach. I would really like to think that my own country, which is at times positively condescending, should now get its shit together, get this oil baron regime out of office, and get some Solar Frickin Roadway action started.