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Archives for September, 2007

A fascinating essay by the philosopher Daniel C. Dennett on human intuition and computational processes in Technology Review. He discusses the case of chess matches between computers like Deep Blue and players like Kasporov. …the search space for chess is too big for even Deep Blue to explore exhaustively in real time, so like Kasparov,…

Grandpa? Are you above above 21?

This is how hassled ground troops working for large corporations cover their rears – they shoot grandpas and babies. Beebs reports that a Supermarket staff refused to sell alcohol to a white-haired 72-year-old man – because he would not confirm he was over 21. “I felt like saying ‘What do I look like? Are you…

The Flounder fish

If you look closely, the flounder fish has a rather remarkable head. There’s something amiss with the placement of its right eye and the way its mouth opens, as if it was a normal fish like, say the discus fish, that lived a normal life and one day some crazy demented person came along and…

Pseudo-scholarship

is the homage paid by ignorance to learning. -E M Forster, Aspects of the Novel (1927)

Gravity Well: Frog version

I will be away from the blog this week. I’ll repost some selected posts from the past to keep the blog going. Here’s the first. A gravity well is a hole dug out in space for frogs to live in. But, nobody knows who put the frogs in there. The frogs have been suspicious of…

Slow days ahead

Blogging will be slow for the coming few days. Before I head out to make money in the big bad world, let me quote Munro’s words that I read in Margaret Atwood’s ‘Negotiating with the Dead’. I bought a school notebook and tried to write – did write, pages that started off authoritatively and then…

Who is Shakespeare

Was he William, the writer-actor entrepreneur? Was he Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford? The inconsequential but utterly fascinating question has reared its head up again.

Who’s hot and who’s not

Keep those hot things under cover, especially if you are in the UK where hot-mapping is all the rage. Hot-mapping is thermal imaging houses – usually by flying an aeroplane with imaging equipment – to figure who’s hot and who’s not. Haringey, a town near London has now got its own hot-map. [via BLDGBLOG] The…

A proposed bill in India to put people who don’t care for their aged parents on the wrong side of the law. From The Telegraph: Aged parents without the means to maintain themselves will be guaranteed the right to live in the homes of their sons and daughters if the government accepts the suggestions of…

Opera 9.5 Alpha

It’s fast, it’s cool. Go get it. There are some font rendering issues on Windows XP but am sure it’ll be fixed in next release. Works great on Mac too (something I hold against Firefox). Ars has a review.