Archives for June, 2010

Frederik Pohl on Alan Turing

Following up on my post from a few days ago, a short appreciation of Alan Turing by noted sf author Frederik Pohl: The close of Pride Month seems an apt time to talk about Alan Turing, inventor of the famed Turing Test for identifying independent intelligence in computers, worked for the British code breakers in…

Sometimes it’s only through humour that we can understand just how serious an issue is. This is one of those cases. Heartbreakingly sad yet somehow ringing very true, this one is from The Onion: Suffering Blue Whales Plead With Environmentalists To Let Them Go Extinct Already. NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN–Claiming that their miserable lives had become…

First of all, the conference program is here. All the paper versions of the presentations will eventually be deposited in Queen’s IR, QSpace, but don’t seem to be there yet. I posted about my presentation here: Using a Blog to Engage Students in Literature Search Skills Sessions. Now, If there can be said to be…

Stephen Wolfram on Alan Turing

Nice post by Stephen Wolfram on the Wolfram|Alpha blog, Happy Birthday, Alan Turing: He was in some respects a quintessential British amateur, dipping his intellect into different areas. He achieved a high level of competence in pure mathematics, and used that as his professional base. His contributions in traditional mathematics were certainly perfectly respectable, though…

Yes, that David Gilmour. Anyways, there was a post on Gilmour’s blog a few months ago that provoked quite a little storm: Chopping up albums. Basically, the point Gilmour makes is that many albums are really meant to be listened to as a whole and shouldn’t be split into individual tracks at record companies’ whims.…

From McSweeney’s, a glimpse into the future perhaps… 7 Awesome Ways Barnyard Animals Are Like Communism The 11 Stupidest Things Phonies Do To Ruin The World 8 Surprising Ways West Egg Is Exemplary Of The Hollowness Of The American Dream And that’s only the first half of them…head on over to the original link for…

This list is usually the very, very last of the best books lists of the year. It’s a good list, but since it’s UK-based there are a number of books that we probably won’t be seeing on North American shores for another year or so. I’ll probably get around to updating my 2009 summary list…

Last week I was at the Canadian Engineering Education Association Inaugural Conference in Kingston. It was a great conference and a very auspicious beginning for this very new organization. I have a summary post in the works which I hope to have up fairly soon. I presented the above titled paper on Monday afternoon, June…

Librarians vs. Nature

And that’s Nature as in Nature Publishing Group rather than the narrative strategy. I missed the story when it broke earlier this week in The Chronicle — I was attending the absolutely fantastic Canadian Engineering Education Association conference in Kingston from Monday to Wednesday. And when I got back, Thursday and Friday weren’t the types…

Priceless, just priceless. PALO ALTO, CA–All 1,472 employees of Facebook, Inc. reportedly burst out in uncontrollable laughter Wednesday following Albuquerque resident Jason Herrick’s attempts to protect his personal information from exploitation on the social-networking site. “Look, he’s clicking ‘Friends Only’ for his e-mail address. Like that’s going to make a difference!” howled infrastructure manager Evan…

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