Children are monsters to robots

I love this article in IEEE spectrum about a new robot behaviour that people had to design. ..they designed an abuse-evading algorithm to help the robot avoid situations where tiny humans might gang up on it. Literally tiny humans: the robot is programmed to run away from people who are below a certain height and escape in the direction of taller people. When it encounters a human, the system calculates the probability of abuse based on interaction time, pedestrian density, and the presence of people above or below 1. [Read More]

Nanette

Nanette, By Hannah Gadsby. Sit down, shut up and watch it until the end. I don’t care what you think, but you have to watch it. I found her accent and her performance style grating and hard to watch. That’s my problem, and if you feel it too, deal with it. Watch it until the end. [Read More]

Emoji Ants Rated by an Entomolgist

This tumblr post, where an entomologist rates emoji ants, really made my day. I’m not even using hyperbole. It’s so lovely and an example of the innocent whimsy we all need more of in our lives. emojidex This ant… makes me sad. All of her legs are broken. The MS Paint art style and gradient abuse convey distress. She has a duck beak. Despite this, her expression suggests perseverance and determined cheerfulness. [Read More]

Put down the chocolate covered banana...

This is just so perfect, and a great explanation of what I regularly struggle with… Someone will ask me a series of really strange questions, which leads me to ask “So.. what are you actually trying to achieve?” Put down the chocolate-covered banana and step away from the European currency systems. What you are asking for makes no sense. All that you are going to receive by way of responses are bodges that attempt to do the nonsensical task that you have set, from people who are either making wild guesses as to what you are actually trying to achieve, or who don’t understand enough about the tool that you have chosen to know that what you are asking makes no sense. [Read More]

Superiority

The ultimate cause of our failure was a simple one: despite all statements to the contrary, it was not due to lack of bravery on the part of our men, or to any fault of the Fleet’s. We were defeated by one thing only - by the inferior science of our enemies. I repeat - by the inferior science of our enemies. Superiority, by Arthur C. Clarke. What a spectacularly subtle reminder about technology and its proponents. [Read More]

Rands Information Practices

You will have a strong negative and opinionated reaction to at least one or more of these bullets. Your strong negative and opinionated reactions are a clear sign you care about how you spend your time, so keep reading even if you’re mad. Rands provides some fantastic tips for saving yourself from yourself. One day I’ll get down to under 100 browser tabs. One day. [Read More]

Kubrick on 2001's Ending

Kottke’s summary of Kubrick’s commentary around 2001’s ending puts it better than I could myself, understandably. I’ve only seen the film twice, and I don’t think I’ve ever spent enough time thinking about it - but it really does deserve everything people feel about it. It’s weird, it’s fantastic, it’s epic and the pacing is glacial - but it’s amazing. You should watch it before reading the article, and I’d love to know what people think about the summary if they have. [Read More]

You Can't Do What Apple Does

What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 µm holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? [Read More]

Hitler's rise, it's Trump Time

It’s amazing to me that we’re looking to guidance from the survivors of the Nazis, so soon after as well. NY Book Review looks a few books from the past, and I’m just gobsmacked by the horrors that we’re seeing in “first world” countries of late. I just can’t process it. Liberal democracy has enjoyed much better days. Vladimir Putin has entrenched authoritarian rule and is firmly in charge of a resurgent Russia. [Read More]

House (hous)

n. pl. hous·es (hou′zĭz, -sĭz) A place to store all one’s unfinished projects. [Read More]