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The roads must roll

In a past life, I worked on one of the first AI/ML/NN [1] processors for postal machines (also built one of the first CCD cameras for them, and one of the first NN ASICS [2]). The most impressive part wasn’t the handwriting recognition (which wasn’t at that time any better than the hand-built emperically determined […]

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What passes for autumn around here


Everything Jared Diamond told me was wrong.

I’ve been listening to a bunch of, well, I’m not sure what you’d call them. History, archeology, anthropology? Podcasts. That’s what I’ve been listening to [1]. Anything that’s not about today. And what I’ve learnt, from people who seem to be knowledgeable experts in their fields, is that all that time I spend reading Jared […]

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If everyone who told me that their dad had that car BITD really did, they would have sold a lot more than the 19,987 they really did from 1984-88.

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Exchange and the things people will believe

Why does Exchange show me the whole of the last month during the last week of the month, instead of this week, and the next month? Does anyone care what happened in the past month, versus what’s going to happen next month? I want to know what’s coming up. In a related note, I had […]


Obama went to her when she was 77, and made the proposition that she should retire, and let him appoint someone younger in her place, because who knows what the future holds, and 77 years old and 20 years on the court is long enough. She replied “Who would you rather have on the court […]

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I counted the other day. In 11 months, my personal phone had the following : 67 spam, mostly car warranty (my cars are 18 and 36 years old) home warranty (107 years) roof repair (10 years into a 30-year warranty) 10 real – mostly from the vet or doctor That’s why I never never never […]

Things that are better than they were part IV in a series

On the list of things that are cool, and/or better than they used to be: Bike radar – there are those who dismiss it, and those that have tried it. Game changer. An affordable head’s up bike display (HUD) – goes with the previous. Not having to look down to see the radar or stats […]