Blogizdat (Don't Think About It): March 2009


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Introducing CADIE


From Google:


Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity

Announcement
March 31st, 2009 11:59:59 pm

Research group switches on world's first "artificial intelligence" tasked-array system.


For several years now a small research group has been working on some challenging problems in the areas of neural networking, natural language and autonomous problem-solving. Last fall this group achieved a significant breakthrough: a powerful new technique for solving reinforcement learning problems, resulting in the first functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster.

Since then progress has been rapid, and tonight we're pleased to announce that just moments ago, the world's first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity (CADIE) was switched on and began performing some initial functions. It's an exciting moment that we're determined to build upon by coming to understand more fully what CADIE's emergence might mean, for Google and for our users. So although CADIE technology will be rolled out with the caution befitting any advance of this magnitude, in the months to come users can expect to notice her influence on various google.com properties. Earlier today, for instance, CADIE deduced from a quick scan of the visual segment of the social web a set of online design principles from which she derived this intriguing homepage.



The rest is here.

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People


From Blogizdat LJ:



Okay, someone else already wrote a book or two on the subject - there's even a movie out by the name, check Amazon for the DVD info - but maybe I can still add something to the topic.



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Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Night Videos - Aussie Spotlight




'Special Ones'
George

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'Emancipate Myself'
Thirsty Merc

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'Lovesong'
Amiel

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'Black The Sun'
Alex Lloyd

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Gabriella Cilmi - Save The Lies (official) - More free videos are here

'Save The Lies'
Gabriella Cilmi

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'Where The Wild Roses Grow'
Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

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Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm In Shock And In Tears


From Blogizdat LJ:



I just got a call from my brother telling me my Aunt was killed in a freeway car crash this evening around suppertime. Apparently an SUV blew a tire, crossed the median and struck several vehicles, including one being driven by my Aunt, and she died at the scene.



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Saturday, March 21, 2009

This And That


From Blogizdat LJ:



I've been going full-tilt in the Facebook world for nearly a year now, sometimes posting lots, sometimes posting little, and for all my carping about it, I don't hate it, I really don't - in fact, I kind of like it, if I can accept its limitations.

But the thing is, even though it's possible to write longer pieces there, some people actually get cranky about it, and one person I know even went so far as to 'de-friend' me for posting too often, told me it was annoying that I posted so many little things to my FB Wall.

Of course, I know there are at least a dozen of my nearly ten dozen Facebook Friends who not only read, but actually seem to enjoy what I post - or at least they say they do - and what's more, Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with some old friends with whom I'd lost touch for years, and to have some level of contact with persons who'd otherwise be out of my life altogether.

But, with all the said, there's still something a bit disturbing about the whole FB experience.



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Failed Inventions




5000 Ducks



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YouTomb


YouTomb

Beer Wars Movie


I don't even drink beer, and I want to see this:


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Beer Wars Movie

The Drought


From National Geographic:



On the side of a road somewhere in southeastern Australia sits a man in a motionless pickup truck, considering the many ways in which his world has dried up. The two most obvious ways are in plain view. Just beyond his truck, his dairy cattle graze on the roadside grass. The heifers are all healthy, thank God. But there are only 70 of them. Five years ago, he had nearly 500. The heifers are feeding along a public road—"not strictly legal," the man concedes, but what choice does he have? There is no more grass on the farm he owns. His land is now a desert scrub­land where the slightest breeze lifts a hazy wall of dust. He can no longer afford to buy grain, which is evident from the other visible reminder of his plight: the bank balance displayed on the laptop perched on the dashboard of his truck. The man, who has never been rich but also never poor, has piled up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. The cows he gazes at through his windshield—that is all the income he has left.



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This Is Cool


Old Computers.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I Don't Want To Work


I just want to bang on the drum all day.

SuperDuper


From ShirtPocket:



Have no fear. SuperDuper v2.5 is here!

SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper's built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically. It's the perfect complement to Time Machine under Leopard, allowing you to store a bootable backup alongside your Time Machine volume—and it runs beautifully on both Intel and Power PC Macs!

SuperDuper's interface confirms all your actions in simple, clear language to ensure that the end result is exactly what you intended. Take a look, and click for additional screen shots!



Read the rest and download here.

Friday Night Videos



Yeah, it's been too long, hasn't it? And I'm not just talking about Friday Night Vidoes, am I? Anyway, these are for you, then.


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'O Sailor'
Fiona Apple

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'Never Is A Promise'
Fiona Apple

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'Not About Love'
Fiona Apple

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'Tymps'
Fiona Apple & Elvis Costello

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'I Want You'
Fiona Apple & Elvis Costello

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Other Site


From Blogizdat LJ:



I've been meaning to tell you, and I can't keep this a secret any longer.



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