Continue reading “Why Computers Crash”
Although crashes caused by hardware are possible, most computer crashes are caused by errors in the OS software.SciAm
Recursion (rĭ-kûr’-zhən) noun. If you still don’t get it see recursion.
Nonsense, I’ll mutter to the end, one word after another, string the rascals out, mad or not, heard or not, my last words will be my last words.From John Barth’s story of Autobiography: A Self-recorded Fiction
It was a dark and stormy night, and we said to the captain, “Tell us a story!” And this is the story the captain told: “It was a dark and stormy night, and we said to the captain, ‘Tell us a story!’ And this is the story the captain told: ‘It was a dark …’”Parody of Bulwer-Lytton’s novel Paul Clifford
Write the sentence ONCE UPON A TIME THERE on one side of a strip of paper, and WAS A STORY THAT BEGAN on the other side. Then twist one end once and attach it to the other end, to form a Mobius strip. As you work your way round the strip, the story goes on forever.John Barth’s Frame-Tale (1968) as related by Michael Corballis
One of my favorite pieces by Bob Lefsetz is the one written shortly after George Michael passed away. It’s a letter that is raw in the same, patent way that Lefsetz usually writes, but to me it is also expressed in a way that a computer would have an extremely difficult time understanding what’s being sad. That said, it would have no problem repeating something similar to it.
While the rest of the world jumps through the hoops to get to a safe place, our artists walk into the wilderness without a safety net and out of thin air create diamonds that shine forever.Continue reading “Artists’ faith and George Michael”
In a terrific article by Colin Morris in The Pudding he talks about the similarity of songs in the pop music sphere.Continue reading “Repeat yourself to become more popular (or at least better understood)”
excerpts via Wired
Wired: How has living on airplanes – being in the clouds all day – changed your perspective on the world?
Negroponte: When you go around the world a half dozen times each year it reinforces the fact that this planet is one complex place, with many perspectives, the least attractive of which is a nationalistic one.Continue reading “My badass (former) boss Nicholas Negroponte”
Continue reading “Really Good Bad Tech Predictions”
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.Thomas Watson, CEO IBM (1943) [Time]
“The transistor was probably the most important invention of the 20th Century, and the story behind the invention is one of clashing egos and top secret research….”via PBS.org
[Shockley’s] device, the junction (sandwich) transistor, was developed in a burst of creativity and anger, mostly in a hotel room in Chicago.Continue reading “Branding “The Transistor””
From computing pioneer Brad Meyers: