Monthly Archives June 2009

What does a critical theorist drive?

In Sheffield, they drive this SUV

Quote #239

…unless you saddle yourself with all the problems of making a concrete agent take care of itself in the real world, you will tend to overlook, underestimate, or misconstrue the deepest problems of design Dan Dennett on the unreliability of simulations and imagination, and hence the need for (a theory-motivated?) robotics (via Tom Walton)

Quote #238

People don’t change, but – if they’re lucky – they get better at being themselves. Dougald Hine

Quote #237

Yes my little snail climb up the fujiyama but slowly slowly Haiku by Kobayashi Issa, trans. R.H.Blyth and freely retranslated by M.K. (and I put in the line breaks)

I am on twitter

For what it is worth twitter.com/tomstafford I’m still trying to work out what it is good for

Quote #236

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett, in Worstward Ho

Second-order action slips

An action slip is when, due to a failure of attention, you accidentally perform an action out of context or out of sequence. For example, you pour milk on your toast or you forget to add the tea bag when making a cup of tea. Making action slips is common. Lately I have realised that […]

links for may 09

Why randomisation is vital to infer causality (bacon and colorectal cancer edition) Shalizi on an information theoretic test for archaeological signs of literacy Decriminalising does not raise drug use (at least in Portugal) The Man is Seat 61 brings you Trains vs Planes in time and CO2 Two improvisation games taught at RADA Mindhacks.com on […]