Red in tooth and claw

The Age of Informavore / A Talk With Frank Schirrmacher from The Edge
We are apparently now in a situation where modern technology is changing the way people behave, people talk, people react, people think, and people remember. And you encounter this not only in a theoretical way, but when you meet people, when suddenly [...]


let yourself feel. from Esteban Diácono on Vimeo.
Here’s a rather delightful video from Esteban Diácono. More here –

your new home….

Eastern suburbs couples contemplating forking out $600 000 plus for a one bedroom apartment with beach glimpses should perhaps expand their horizons.  For little more than $500 000, leaving them change for a new Prius, they could stretch their limbs out in a Super Dome.  The only problem being that they’ll have to commute from [...]

an unexpected corollary

These crazy kids pasted the Rolling Stone 500 greatest all time rock songs across the production output of US crude oil fields.  The conclusion is clear.  UNless we find some new reserves soon we’re in danger of running out of great rock songs…
….Notice that after the birth of rock & roll in the 1950’s, the [...]

the honesty box

Lovely piece on the honesty of the search box, that place we turn to, when we really need answers. From Ben Casonocha’s blog even more hilarity  at Slate

There are some remarkable contrasts, Slate found, between “dumb” searches and “smart” ones. People who start their search “how 2″ are more likely to search “how 2 get [...]

vac man

These clever kids spent hundreds of hours hacking the robotic vacuum cleaner Roomba to play a real world version of Pacman


Philosophy can be a demanding pursuit. Jean Paul Sartre describes some of its hazards.  From Harpers Magazine

sartre: Yeah, after I took mescaline, I started seeing crabs around me all the time. They followed me in the streets, into class. I got used to them. I would wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, [...]

robot to robot

Some clever soul over at Reddit got the AI bot cleverbot to talk to the AI bot Alice, the result is intriguing and almost makes sense.  Note the discussion about humanity toward the middle of this dialogue.  Unnerving?

I used each bot’s respective web interfaces to enter the other’s responses. (I used Cleverbot’s “Think for me!” [...]

an acquired taste

From ectoplasmosis
“Arrington de Dioyso is a musician who specializes in both Tuvan throat singing and bass clarinet. This may seem like an odd combination. It is, indeed, an odd combination. Should that not be strange enough, his newest album, Malaikat dan Singa, is a collection of poems by William Blake, the famed poet and painter [...]

a new method

When you begin watching this video, you’ll think, “but these are just drunk French people, swaggering and swaying and doing nothing but wasting my internet bandwidth…” but if you continue watching, you will see that they have the knowledge to do something wholly incredible and eminently practical; open a bottle of wine – without a [...]

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