The Lost Keys

Friday, July 2nd 2010

I thought I had lost my keys a few days ago. I get very agitated about losing things. It really upsets me.

The Division of Labour and Communication

Thursday, July 1st 2010

If you look at a typical office you'll see distinct social groups. Often - not always - the groups are divided up along the division of labour.

What the Coming War Between Men and Machines Will Look Like

Wednesday, June 30th 2010

space invader

Assuming there's some sort of War between Men and Machines. What would we be fighting? Tradition has it they'd be nasty, purpose-built robots that such as Cylons or Terminators.

I tend to think the Artificial creatures humanity will end up fighting will be dragons, wizards, goblins, aliens, etc, escaped from theme parks, rogue rubbish trucks, harvesters, nanobots designed to clean up toxic waste and angry automated fridges.

It will be the strangest battle you've ever seen. A load of humans trying to fight a batallion of toilet cleaning robots.

The Highest Throne in the World

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

Freedom is a classic propaganda word. It's also a classic topic for hair-splitting semantics.

Most often freedom is seen as either freedom from something or freedom to do something.

Robot With Half Moon Pincers

Monday, June 28th 2010

Robot with half moon pincers!

The Evil Owl

Saturday, June 26th 2010

The Evil Owl

They could hear the distant beasts take wing -

Those beastly, ghastly awful things!

And in the village the children cried,

As the faint hearted folk crept inside.

But the evil owl just scraped its claws and blinked it eyes.

The air grew cold and the night was filled with baleful light,

And shadowy horrors moved just out of sight.

There was the distant clank of chain and the crunch of hooves,

But the evil owl remained unmoved.

The creatures were perfidious things that cackled like the damned,

Horrible slithering wretched fiends that skulked in armies across the land,

They crept and they slunk, they gargled and they gorged,

They cackled gleefully and gobbled as they crawled.

But the evil owl just sniffed and hardly moved at all.

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