What distinguishes us from computer intelligence? Feeling and beauty. As proved by poetry. And as proved by hearing a machine ‘read’ a poem. A computer reading out words with no no tone, no inflection, no feeling, may as well be reading out a shopping list. That would still sound odd to our ears, because even … Continue reading Robots may be great at chess, but they really suck at poetry
Thinking of visiting New Zealand for the first time? This book will give you some useful information and pointers.
A novel I’m reading had me thinking about my favourite children’s books. The first book that excited me, learning to read at infants school, had a story about a thunderstorm. I forget the rest, but it was an adventure. I devoured adventure stories after that. My list (alphabetical, by author) spans from 1865 to 1978 … Continue reading What are your favourite children’s books?
Rejection, whether it’s by someone in your personal life, or in your career, is always going to be painful. It combines so many horrible feelings, rolled up into one big, miserable one. Your hopes have been dashed, your future isn’t going to be the one you wanted. It’s a massive disappointment. And it’s also embarrassing, … Continue reading If you never get rejected, you’re not taking enough risks, just always playing it safe
Why do so many do it? TV dramas, films. Why do they film so much of it in a coal cellar at midnight, lit by a single match, to create a ‘moody and atmospheric’ air about it? What has actually kicked off this musing is watching the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr … Continue reading Left in the dark – am I the the only one who finds ‘moody and atmospheric’ TV dramas and films just plain hard to watch?
Have to admit a sense of 'told you so' smugness at reading a news story that social networks are losing their shine. Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian version of Facebook is ditching all his ‘friends’, saying: "Everyone a person needs has long been on messengers. It's pointless and time-consuming to maintain increasingly obsolete friend … Continue reading Social networks losing their shine
How many photos of you does anyone else really appreciate?
I don’t plan on this being a political blog, but I do follow a few. And boy, are they often dispiriting. On the one hand, you have those who are all emotion, all heart, and who imagine that they have the monopoly on caring. Their comments are all ‘holier than thou’. And ‘won’t someone think … Continue reading Cast your bread upon the waters – or you know, just try being nice
Ok, some not-very-serious thoughts for St David's Day. St David (Dewi Sant) is the patron saint of Wales, and of a very big shopping centre in Cardiff. He’s said to have lived on bread and water, with a few leeks chucked in (man cannot live on bread alone). Leeks are one of the symbols of … Continue reading A few thoughts for St David’s Day