Tag: wasting time

5Oct

Intelligent Computers

Don’t these scientists know when to stop tinkering on this subject?

Can machines think? That was the question posed by the great mathematician Alan Turing. Half a century later six computers are about to converse with human interrogators in an experiment that will attempt to prove that the answer is yes.

In the ‘Turing test’ a machine seeks to fool judges into believing that it could be human. The test is performed by conducting a text-based conversation on any subject. If the computer’s responses are indistinguishable from those of a human, it has passed the Turing test and can be said to be ‘thinking’.

It’s only a matter of time….

20Sep

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Making books in 1947.

1947 film about how a book is made. It starts with the writer — “This man in an author. He writes stories. He’s just finished writing a story. He thinks many people will like to read it. So, he must have the story made into a book.” — and ends with a finished, bound book.

Looks a bit too much like hard work to me.

19Aug

Tintin “A Voracious Lover”

I knew it all along.

His sexuality was always a closely guarded secret that his creator Hergé sought to preserve. But a Spanish version of one of Tintin’s most famous tales, The Blue Lotus, has dared to suggest the intrepid Belgian reporter was a voracious lover.

Entitled The Pink Lotus, there are graphic sex scenes that would raise the eyebrows of parents with young children.

But its Spanish author, Antonio Altarriba, has paid the price: the book has been withdrawn from bookshops after pressure from Hergé’s estate, which controls the rights to the work of the Belgian writer Georges Remi. Hergé was the pen-name of Remi, who died in 1983.

Bet you won’t find much sexy time in the film, either. I’d say this was a childhood ruined, but the dude actually has earned a little more respect now, which probably says more about me really…

17Aug

Editorial Comment #2

Another interesting one.

Is he gay? I can’t remember

This one in particular wasn’t. Methinks I need less sexually ambiguous characters.

Broken Social Scene, “I’m Still Your Fag”:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS6Ycu148O0]
12Aug

Top 48 SF Movies Based on a Novel

That sneaky Aidan has tagged me on this latest meme based on Movies of SF Novels:

Copy the list below.
Mark in bold the movie titles for which you read the book.
Italicize the that you’ve watched. (I’ve not done this, since I’m not sure how I do both bold and italics right now…)
Tag 5 people to perpetuate the meme. (You may of course play along anyway.)

1. Jurassic Park
2. War of the Worlds

3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4. I, Robot
5. Contact
6. Congo
7. Cocoon
8. The Stepford Wives
9. The Time Machine
10. Starship Troopers
11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
12. K-PAX13. 2010
14. The Running Man
15. Sphere
16. The Mothman Prophecies
17. Dreamcatcher
18. Blade Runner(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
19. Dune
20. The Island of Dr. Moreau
21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
22. The Iron Giant(The Iron Man)
23. Battlefield Earth
24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
25. Fire in the Sky
26. Altered States
27. Timeline
28. The Postman
29. Freejack(Immortality, Inc.)
30. Solaris
31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
32. The Thing(Who Goes There?)
33. The Thirteenth Floor
34. Lifeforce(Space Vampires)
35. Deadly Friend
36. The Puppet Masters
37. 1984
38. A Scanner Darkly
39. Creator
40. Monkey Shines
41. Solo(Weapon)
42. The Handmaid’s Tale
43. Communion
44. Carnosaur
45. From Beyond
46. Nightflyers
47. Watchers
48. Body Snatchers

And I tag Gabe at Mysterious Outposts, James at Speculative Horizons, Larry at OF Blog of the Fallen, and two others I can’t think of now because I’m tired from jet lag. Zzzzz.

12Aug

I’m Back

Back from Worldcon, even if my luggage isn’t quite… Anyway, far too much to say about the event. Denver is a great city, the convention was so much fun, and I really enjoyed catching up with so many people. And drinking. Lots of gin and tonics. The Hugo Awards weren’t quite how I’d have liked it, but these things never are. All in all, I’m back, and tired.

This is me at Lou Anders’ Pyr “Brazil” party, which served cocktails I can’t remember the name of.

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4Aug

Before I Go…

I’m a vegetarian, but even I can appreciate this alarm clock.

WHAT: An alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon…

HOW: A frozen strip of bacon is placed in Wake n’ Bacon the night before. Because there is a 10 minute cooking time, the clock is set to go off 10 minutes before the desired waking time. Once the alarm goes off, the clock it sends a signal to a small speaker to generate the alarm sound. We hacked the clock so that the signal is re-routed by a microchip that in responds by sending a signal to a relay that throws the switch to power two halogen lamps that slow-cook the bacon in about 10 minutes.

Not quite the same for, what, Quorn rashers presumably?