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  • QotD

    Courtesy of John Naughton, a Quote of the Day we can all get behind:

    "People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they're too stupid and they've already taken over the world."

    – Pedro Domingos in his book The Master Algorithm.

  • Humans: Team 'Not How Vulcans Would Have Done It'

    Random Headcanon: That Federation vessels in Star Trek seem to experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn't just an artefact of the serial television format. Rather, it's because the Federation as a culture are a bunch of deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around in ships packed full of beyond-cutting-edge tech they don't really understand. Read on…

    I swear that if you have any affection at all for Star Trek then you will find at least one passage at the other end of that link that leaves you helpless with laughter for a minute or two. Most likely, you'll find several.

    [Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

  • The frozen beauty of Antarctica

    Alasdair Turner's The frozen beauty of Antarctica is a truly stunning collection of photographs showing how the interior of the continent looks:

    Antarctica

    [Via @tomcoates]

  • We admit that we're dull, and we're going to keep it that way.

    This short documentary about The Dull Men's Club is just marvellous:

    [Via kottke.org]

  • Well played, sir. Well played.

    Prompted by a discussion thread after James Nicoll posted a review of a collection of some of the late James White's Sector General stories, nojay posted a lovely piece remembering James White that included a nice joke that only a certain type of fan 1 will get:

    Jim had a wicked sense of humour, something he shared with his friend, fellow SF writer and compatriot Bob Shaw. Jim suffered from diabetes and his eyesight was not the best. He wore bottle-end glasses and read his notes using a magnifying glass. As he put it, the spectacles allowed him to see the magnifying glass and the glass allowed him to read the notes. This made him a second-stage lensman.

    [Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

    1. Or perhaps I should say, a fan of a certain age. I'm not sure today's youngsters have ever been introduced to the works of E E 'Doc' Smith.

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