Month: July 2022


And an owlbear?

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves looks as cheesy as hell, and all the better for it.

[Via @scalzi]

Target Acquired

I was curious about the TV adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife and had it on my list of shows I’d take a look at somewhere down the line. Then I came across Abigail Nussbaum’s review of the first season at Strange Horizons:

At this point, the reader might be forgiven for thinking that this review of The Time Traveler’s Wife is a rave. Let me hasten to correct that impression. The Time Traveler’s Wife is hilariously, deliriously bad. It’s everything that critics of the book have been complaining about for nearly twenty years, multiplied by every complaint that Moffat’s critics have leveled at him for roughly the same amount of time. And, like the show’s Henry and Clare themselves—a couple who have intimate conversations in a completely normal speaking voice while out in public, for example arguing over whether Henry has been ogling a woman on the subway while sitting right next to said woman—it’s the sort of pairing where you find yourself happy that these two toxic disaster zones have found each other, because at least they won’t impose their dysfunction on anyone else.

I realise that was meant as a warning, but how can I not move this programme up my list now?

Emulation

Thanks to Charlie Stross for pointing out Lena, an short story by qntm written in the format of excerpt from a version of Wikipedia hailing from a distinctly nightmarish timeline:

This article is about the standard test brain image. For the original human, see Miguel Acevedo.

MMAcevedo (Mnemonic Map/Acevedo), also known as Miguel, is the earliest executable image of a human brain. It is a snapshot of the living brain of neurology graduate Miguel Álvarez Acevedo (2010–2073), taken by researchers at the Uplift Laboratory at the University of New Mexico on August 1, 2031. Though it was not the first successful snapshot taken of the living state of a human brain, it was the first to be captured with sufficient fidelity that it could be run in simulation on computer hardware without succumbing to cascading errors and rapidly crashing. […]

If you find yourself thinking that sounds neat, be sure to follow the link and read the remainder of the entry.

I think probably enthusiasts for mind uploading are wildly underestimating the complexity of capturing a snapshot of a mind, let alone the resources required to do something useful1 with all that data afterwards. Then again, a few decades from now who can say how much bandwidth and processing power it’ll be feasible2 to throw at the task?

Chilling stuff…

[Via Charlie’s Diary]


  1. Useful to whom, exactly? Useful how?  

  2. Trivial, even.  

Aspirational

If only I could spare the cash, this keyboard and case might be the perfect companion for my iPad Mini.
iPad Mini 6 with NuPhy Air60 keyboard - image (c) Mark Ellis Reviews
Admittedly I have a mere iPad Mini 4, but Bluetooth™ is Bluetooth™ so that could still work, right? At least with my model, I wouldn’t need to worry about finding room for the stylus.

[Via Mark Ellis Reviews]

, 20 July 2022. Category: Uncategorized. Tagged: .

Leadership stakes

Marina Hyde: The good news: Johnson’s on the way out. The bad news: look who’s on the way in

“Suella Braverman: Literally might as well run for leadership of Starfleet. Or Mensa.”

Harsh, but fair.

, 9 July 2022. Category: Uncategorized. Tagged: , , .

The Dalek Invasion of Westminster

Hard to disagree:

, 7 July 2022. Category: Uncategorized. Tagged: , , .