Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hello, I love you, let me pick out your name...

And when I do, I want to know how popular it is now or may have been in the past. In order to aid me in my quest, I shall employ The Baby Name Voyager. This app lets me view letter by letter, how common or unique, fresh or old-school the name I have chosen may be. For example, names beginning with the letter "F" are in steep decline; while those beginning with "I" dropped off from their peak in the 1890's to a low in the 1960's. A quick ramp up in the 1970's and 1980's and then a huge spike in the 1990's. If you want to see a name that should be on the the endangered given names list, checkout Lester.

Something else revealing is if you were born when your name was most popular. Makes you wonder how creative your parents were or if they followed the herd :)

Cheers...

Friday, August 22, 2008

If you could read my mind...

...while I was playing chess, it might look like this:



Actually, this is what it looks like to read the artificial mind of Thinking Machine 4 while it plays chess.

The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer's thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created from the traces of literally thousands of possible futures as the program tries to decide its best move. Those traces become a key to the invisible lines of force in the game as well as a window into the spirit of a thinking machine.

Cheers...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rocco Come Home!

Five years after running away from his home in Queens, N.Y., a beagle named Rocco was reunited with his owners after he turned up 850 miles away. Thanks to a microchip embedded in his skin, the Liberty County Animal Control in Hinesville, Ga. revealed that he belonged to the Villacis family.



Cheers…

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Citrus Synchronicity

So we were over at some friends recently and it was a hot and muggy Sunday. They offered us a refreshing beverage of our choice and we both chose ice tea. When my friend was handing my wife her glass, the TV was a playing a promo for the 1960 movie, “The Apartment”, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. At the exact moment when Jack Lemmon’s name popped on the screen, my friend (with his back to the TV) asked my wife if she wanted a lemon in her tea. True story.

Cheers...