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Monthly Archives: May 2004

Memorial Day … and beer?


Kids went back to their mother’s yesterday, so the house is quiet if something of a disaster. Today started warm and sunny. Thought about heading down to Laguna Beach for a walk in the morning, but good weather and a holiday weekend means too many people. Spent the morning and most of the afternoon making […]

Yahoo commits suicide!


Someone has got to find a way to get feedback to Yahoo. For the past few weeks Yahoo has become nearly unusable. Yahoo runs a lot of their links through or, and almost every single time the link (redirection?) fails. I might have to stop using Yahoo (bummer). What is even worse is […]

Human Response: melodic electronica


Human Response: melodic electronica – more new music from Magnatune. Same deal – listened to the entire set (more than once) and found this a keeper. Bought her piano music too, though I’m not generally keen on piano music.

“Vintage” software?


Got email a few days ago from Eric Smith who was trying to find something out about the old Western Digital Microengine. My first job out of college was working at WD on the Microengine (1981-1982). One of my tasks while there was to write software for the new hard disk controller for the Microengine. […]

Stargarden: huge ambient compositions.


Stargarden – more new music from Magnatune. After listening to the entire set (more than once – hope the bandwidth doesn’t cost them too much) found this a keeper. For some reason this went well with testing an LPD capture service (don’t ask).

Finding Lisp


Back in college (in the late 1970′s) I signed up for a couple of undergraduate research projects. One was to build a small (?) natural language interpreter. The second was to build a prototype Ada programming environment (remember when Ada was a hot/new language?). Both were written using UCI Lisp. The folks in the Ada […]

Long Bets – Passing the Turing test by 2029


Long Bets [ 1: By 2029 no computer - or "machine intelligence" - will have passed the Turing Test. ] Interesting bet… and I think we could build the software to pass the test today! Back when I was in college I took an interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The then-current body of knowledge that […]

Silly Internet Game


Hey, this wasn’t my idea … Silly Internet Game … playing the “game”, the following is from Save Your Knees : ” And if a large piece wedges itself between the bones, the knee may suddenly lock. ” The game instructions: Grab the nearest book, open it to page 23, find the 5th sentence, and […]