You may or may not be aware of my weekend hobby. I do competitive improvisational comedy – it is called ComedySportz (comedy played as a sport). My wife and I are part of an international organization called CSz Worldwide (mostly US, but also UK and Germany). We do clean, all ages comedy that we make up live every show. I’ve been working on this for about 4 years now with practice in the evenings and matches on the weekends.
Once a year we have a Worldwide Championship. This year it is in Indianapolis, Indiana. That is where I am this week.
Why is it an issue about using the Bible in schools? When I was in school we read excerpts from the Iliad (a religious text from ancient Greece), from the Bible and other ancient religious texts. It was clear that there was no effort to preach from any of those. They were simply examples of ancient literature that had historical significance.
I keep seeing posts saying “the Bible has no place in school.” Should we remove anything related to any religion from school, or just anything related to Christianity? Why does something become scary once it is related to Christianity?
If anything it is offensive that the Idaho Senate needed to “clarify any misconceptions” about teachers being able to reference resources they needed to use in the course of their education. I’m sure there were no misconceptions about the use of the “Epic of Gilgamesh” or any of the other religious texts regularly used in schools.
Many ancient cultures held mathematics in religious significance (take Pythagoras for example). Science also has origins and shared roots with religion. Maybe we should remove math and science from school too. Just teach politics and history, oh wait, that has influences from religion too.
Religion isn’t scary or backwards. Ignorance is though. Why would anyone favor ignorance over education in the name of education?
Was rather surprised this morning to discover I invented Slide to Unlock. A former co-worker and friend saw the news and was wondering if I was the Jim McKeeth mentioned. Of course he, and a lot of other people, are wondering if I will be getting any money out of it. Since the patent is licensed to Micron, they are the owners of it now. It is exciting to be involved in something so huge, but crazy to effectively be on the sidelines still.
I’d been watching the Apple vs. Samsung case with some interest (owning both Apple and Samsung devices) but now it got a whole lot more interesting.
I’m sure you’ve seen the video for Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye. Pretty cool video, and pretty cool song.
It didn’t stop there though. Walk of the Earth did a creative cover, where the 5 of them played a single guitar.
That of course inspired a number of parodies and copycats, including some on the ukulele. By my favorite is by The Key of Awesome (yes, it is a parody of a cover).
And then the pinacle of the parodies comes full circle to the original video, with Teddie Films doing The Star Wars That I Used to Know.
What was your favorited parody or cover of Somebody That I Used To Know?
Google Scribe (in Google Labs) tries to help make writing easier and better by using predictive text suggestions. These go beyond regular finish the word suggestions, and can actually suggest the next word. I assume this must be based on their index of commonly occurring word that are adjacent. So I was wondering what would Google Scribe write if always take the suggested next word? What kind of inspiration would it provide after I choose the starting word?
Inspiration for the design of the study was to determine the effect of the drug in the treatment of the subject matter of the present invention is to provide a method for the determination of the amount of the compound of formula I wherein R is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley . . . .
When I gave it the starting word “Inspiration” it assumed I was writing a paper about a study on a drug at the University of California Berkeley, and they got stuck in a recursive loop. What if I try a different word?
Writing and Editing Professional in Human Resources Management and Development of the National Association of Realtors and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States and Canada for the first time in the future and the future of the country and the world of the living room and dining room with a view to the sea and the mountains of the world and the world of the living room and dining room with a view to the sea and the mountains of the world . . . .
Not sure where it was going with that one. I gave it the word “Writing” and it started talking about organizations and departments and countries then got in a weird loop about rooms with views . . . It doesn’t seem that it will ever suggest punctuation, which leads to run on sentences. I wonder what Scibe wants to say about “Google” . . .
Google Earth and Google Maps to find the best deals on the best way to get the best of the best in the world of the living room and dining room with a view to the sea and the mountains of the world and the world of the living room . . .
Interesting that it listed Google Earth and Google Maps specifically, but then got stuck in the room with a view loop again. It clearly isn’t looking only at word pairs since Google would have matched Earth both times, but at the same time the context is shorter in other situations since it really likes that room with a view loop.
It does have an option to give multiple suggestions, so the user could steer the conversation in different directions. Plus the addition of the occasional period would allow for the introduction of new chains of thought.
Conclusion: It does look at more than just the previous word, but still can get stuck in a recursive loop. No punctuation is suggested. It is clearly still a labs toy, but I’ve seen predictive correction before that works, so this may evolve and show up in more places. You can install the extension today and play with it on your favorite web text box.
I had a good friend who was a rock hound. He would go out and either find rough rocks in the wild, or buy them. Then clean, cut and polish them. For some of the rocks he would mount them as jewelry.
He told me about a gift he made for his mother-in-law. It was a very involved project. He took a great piece of Onyx, cut it like a heart and polished it up. Then he mounted it in a necklace. I forget the exact number of hours he spent on it, but it was quite a few. When he was done it was beautiful. It got a nice jewelry box and put a little note it in, then mailed it to his mother-in-law.
When she got it she called him to say how much she loved it, but she was a bit confused about the note.
“Why do I need to keep it in the freezer when I am not wearing it?” she asked.
“Well,” he said, “onyx is a very hard and darkly colored stone. So if you keep it cold, then I can tell everyone that my mother-in-law has a very cold, hard, black little heart.”
She thought it was very funny, and it is one of her most treasured pieces of jewelry. She even keeps it in the freezer too.
It is good to have family with a sense of humor.
BTW, if you have a mother-in-law with a good sense of humor you can buy an onyx necklace for her.
I really enjoy watching Big Bang Theory, one of the best parts is all the crazy T-Shirts Sheldon wears. Now someone case created similarly crazy shirts based on Sheldon.
I already have this one:
This is probably my favorite:
It looks like someone might finally have my number when it comes to a massively multiplayer game (MMO):
I actually have not played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic yet, but I heard good things about it. It it wasn’t BioWare teamed with Lucas Arts for this game then I would have my doubts of them actually achieving the scope they are aiming for in this teaser. Star Wars The Old Republic looks really cool.
One of my favorite movies GATTACA is now on Hulu. It is a Sci-Fi movie about a world where they have completely sequenced the human genome, and within seconds of birth they can tell you your likelihood of diseases and life expectancy. Naturally they also have the ability to engineer humans with no genetic defects.
This results in two classes:
- The Valid: Those with superior, non-flawed, engineered from conception, genetic makeup. These are the most desired employees for all the top professions: Doctors, Astronauts, etc.
- The Invalid: Those with naturally occurring genetic makeup and flaws, the result of normal conception. Sometimes called love children. These are the new lower working class: Janitors, etc.
Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is a natural born child full of defects and predisposed to a heart trouble. He also has a dream of space travel. Enter Jerome (Jude Law), no dreams, but the genetics to have any position. Unfortunately Jerome broke his back and is paralyzed.
Now Vincent is a borrowed ladder: A person living life under the guise another’s genome. That will get him in the door at GATTACA – the premier space exploration agency, but how will he make it to the stars?
Simple, There is no gene for Human Spirit.