first, radio controlled cockroaches. then, synthesized eyeballs. now, hamster powered vehicles? japanese research has me on the edge of my seat.
who thought that one number could be so powerful? consider a number so rare that most of math’s difficult enigmas can be solved simply by reciting the number. this number might be represented somewhere in the universe, but even if a person stumbled upon it, they would not be able to identify it. have iContinue reading “Hard-to-describe numbers”
guy steele, the guy who wrote the book on lisp, and co-wrote the book on java just called my office by accident (wrong number). MIT is a very unique place.
michel gondry has been getting quite a bit of attention for his recent lego-riffic white stripes video (after similar attention for videos such as daft punk’s ‘around the world’, just about every bjork video ever, and one of my personal favorites, ‘sugar water’ by cibo matto). he has an upcoming feature-length movie, human nature whichContinue reading “Gondry is God”
researchers in italy have created a system which can automatically classify texts by their style, with hopes of clearing up debates over attribution for old texts (e.g. francis bacon as william shakespeare). it’s also a pretty daunting proposition for people in the plagiarism business, such as stephen ambrose. his fans recently rallied around him, blurtingContinue reading “Style classification in text”
have you ever wanted to be someone else for a day? well, try david still on for size! this guy made his original rounds last november, but i am still getting email regularly from him. if you haven’t infiltrated your personal social net with mr. still, then give it a try. some of the formContinue reading “I’m still David Still”
i just added overstated to blogdex. it was a sort of awkward experience. or maybe that’s the 4 cups of coffee speaking.
working on my top ten list yesterday, i came to the conclusion that while the semantics of online documents are well formed and pretty unambiguous, offline media is a big mess. weblogs provide the ability for people to discuss content on their own terms, and services such as allmusic, amazon, cdnow, imdb allow them toContinue reading “Weblogs and multimedia”
so i’ve finally given in. after being an outsider for so long, i’ve finally decided to become part of the intellectual melting pot. after watching countless memes wax and wane, i’m discontent not being part of the system. plus, now that my domain of study is, well, weblogs, i can write this off as research.Continue reading “Joining the ranks (finally)”