Month: February 2005

  • The Wikipedia Effect

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page I just tried contributing to Wikipedia, the wonderful free-for-all online encyclopedia that, despite being written by the likes of you and I, is actually factually accurate and increasingly comprehensive. (I like to think) I am articulate and well-informed individual so I thought it would be easy to share my accumulated mind-vomit and extend our…

  • vision things

    http:// another new category.. you work it out.

  • Hunter Stockton Thompson

    http://www.gonzo.org It is time to start a new category for quotations, and where HST is concerned it is only appropriate that it ought to be woefully inappropriate: Thatís why I live out here in the mountains with a flag on my porch and loud Wagner music blaring out of my speakers. I feel lucky, and…

  • Letter to the Editor

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    It’s not often I write letters to public figures. But I spotted a bit of breath-taking stupidity in today’s Times that could not pass without comment. To the Editor, The Times Sir, It is unclear to me if it was Hugo Rifkind or Steve Fuller who was responsible for the preposterous mislabelling Noam Chomsky as…

  • Eavesdroppings

    “You’re not going into Marks and Spenser if you carry on like that” “He could play the spoons OR the bagpipes!”

  • beekeeper of the heart

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    As any foole knows, Saint Valentine is actually three different semi-legendary people all of who were grusomely martyred. http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintv06.htm You probably knew that they are the patron saints of beekeepers, but far more disturbingly they are also the patron saints of greeting card manufacturers. Roses are red and violets are blue, buy her a card,…

  • Laughing man breaks Necker

    No, this is not a ‘Ha Ha Bonk’ joke. Some Australian optometrist has discovered that laughing makes your brain go funny. Prof. Pettigrew is a jovial chap who happens to be director of Queensland Uni’s Vision Thing. He noticed that laughter stops binocular rivalry illusions/phenomena. If your eyes see different images, normally your visual experience…

  • Mutual mutilation at IN2U

    I can’t quite believe that there is anyone as idosyncratically enthusiastic nor as enthusiastically reckless as me, but there is and now she is easy to spot in a crowd. That’ll be Ade and she’ll be the one with the Necker Cube on her right shoulder. On our first date two weeks ago, we discussed…

  • Time Reversible Cellular Automata

    http://sjsu.rudyrucker.com/~kwanghyung.paek/paper/ I’ve just finished reading Greg Egan’s Permutation City. As ever, he is way out there, describing (amongst other things) a massive cellular automata universe, the rules of which are such that it can act as interesting ‘toy model’ of our world. The simple rules of the individual cells providing the sub-atomic structure that on…

  • making connections

    It’s a small metropolis! My mate Mike (see this) reviews a new book by my blog-buddy and friend of a friend Tom Stafford. But what is most amazing, is that this is the first I’ve heard of it. Especially, when it seems to be so completely up my street. Admittedly, I haven’t been keeping up…

  • paralysed with joy.

    Recently, in the wee small hours of the morning I’ve been waking up in a cold sweat, paralysed with fear, literally unable to move. Often, I may even feel that there is some sinister presence nearby, but that a heavy weight ways down on my chest and I am unable to move, scarcely able to…

  • Deckchairs Rearranged.. Full steam ahead!

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    As you may have noticed, (to misquote Humphrey Bogart) there have been a few changes round here. Those charming Japanese whale crews have been consigned to history. I’d been threatening to move the blog to the front page for a while since it is the (only) bit of the site that gets updated. Well, to…

  • Simple Heuristics that make smart

    just finished reading Simple Heuristics that make smart – Gigerenzer & Todd (OUP, 2000) – on first appearance a dry academic psychology text on bounded rationality and how we use lots of shortcuts to get close to the right answer to complex practical problems. the slightly artificial but effective example they give is determining German…

  • deadlines, creditlines and trendlines

    My final year project is finished and handed in. It was inevitably a mad scramble in the last few days before the deadline and an exhausted anti-climax afterward. But now i’ve caught up on my sleep, i’d do it all over again. Somewhere in those dark hours before dawn I did a bit of comfort…