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Archive for the 'Click' Category

The Sound Of No Keyboard Typing

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Back in 2002, I went through this phase where I was coding chatbots — very limited programs which would aggravate and annoy you via AOL Instant Messenger. So I have particular admiration for Discover magazine and their act of pitting pitting two chatbots against each other, ALICE and Jabberwacky. I say the results are more than poetic:

A: Who is your favorite philosopher

J: Can’t say. I’m not very much into philosophy.

A: Can a book have no title?

J: Of course.

A: Blimey.

J: Are you British?

A: Does it seem like that? I was born in America.

J: You are definitely flirting!

It’s Official

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Cue some Iggy Pop...

All Our N-gram are Belong to You

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

I couldn’t come up with a better title for this than the one Google Research gave it… basically, they’re releasing word and phrase counts for their dataset of a trillion words. I dig it for many reasons — words are cool, that’s a lot of words, and making the data available to the public for insane linguistic research is so Google.

Deadly Kite Action

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

But it’s all in good fun! A traditional kite festival in Pakistan has resulted in 11 dead and 100 injured.  This massacre follows the reinstatement of the festival after 2005’s festival, the previously bloodiest wind outing ever.

Lobster Spaghetti

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Me, I’m allergic to the stuff, so perhaps my interest is a bit more clinical than most others’. However, there’s no denying that this is an interesting byproduct of the trend to consume lobsters “humanely.” If you submit a whole live lobster to intense water pressure, you not only kill the lobster in seconds, but you also kill any living bacteria on it, and as a bonus, the flesh completely separates from the shell, allowing the entire contents of the lobster to be easily extracted. Keep scrolling for the picture of such a decrusted crustacean, and the sumptuous “lobster spaghetti” that can be made from its legs.

I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Teh internets are st00pid, LOL! I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

Get a Jobs

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Steve Jobs, Great Leader of cult gadgetmaker Apple, gives us his Thoughts on Music and makes me wish the Big Four record distributors had someone as intelligent and articulate as him (and his ghostwriter, should there be one) in charge. Not only are Jobs’ thoughts worth reading, but his methodology — simply being honest and remarking that DRM-locked music is the record industry’s idea and not Apple’s — is worth examining and emulating.

Bad Astronaut

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

James Kochalka sang about waking up early from suspended animation and using the opportunity to look at reposing breasts. But this is an entirely different type of Bad Astronaut.

That is wrong on so many levels…

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Dig my Action pop culture reference! This is definitely not kosher … again, thank you New Jersey!

Nuts!

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Note to myself: when in the Trenton, New Jersey area, pass on the squirrel salad.