Category Archives: Cool stuff

This nudist play can wreck a nice beach

“Any artificial intelligence smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it.”1 – Ian McDonald (2006) River of Gods Here’s a picture illustrating a simple problem that humans find utterly trivial to solve but … Continue reading

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

“What can be palpably more absurd and ridiculous than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as stagecoaches?” – member of the public, early 19th century England In 1823, Robert Stephenson and Company was formed with the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season to eat chocolate: The Universal Cake Recipe

Easter is pretty much here which means spring has sprung and nature is giving birth to a wonderful display of green. As we all know from Wikipedia, Easter is when we celebrate an event that occurred two millennia ago when … Continue reading

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From little acorns

Juuso, one of the chaps whose blog I really enjoy reading, says that he likes to describe emergent behaviour as “1 + 1 = 3”. I would describe that as a syntax error. Emergent behaviour isn’t about taking an obviously … Continue reading

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Space: The closed frontier

This makes me happy: But this makes me very sad indeed: If you’d asked me as a teenager, I’d have told you that we’d be on Mars by 2010. Why? Because we can. Because it’s there. Because we’re explorers. And … Continue reading

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Wow… just wow

If you’re remotely into software development, you’ll have probably already have heard of this already. If you have not, you need to check it out right bloody now and bask in something that’s going to blow your socks off even … Continue reading

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