Archive for May 2007

Link- What is the sound of two computers having a conversation?

May 17, 2007

Discover Magazine is running this article about two leading chatbots (computer programs that use artificial intelligence to chat with with humans) which were set up to talk to each other. The results are surprising! Here’s an example:

        ALICE: Do you dream?
        Jabberwacky: Yes, I dream.
        A: It goes without saying. Do you remember your dreams?
        J: I remember them vividly.
        A: What do you remember about it?
        J: I think I shouldn’t flirt with a robot.


Link- An unbelievable performance by classical guitar virtuoso Ji Lie

May 13, 2007

I’m a keyboard player. I tried learning guitar once. I learned enough to know this young lady is very, very good!

Floyd Landis’ arbitration hearing for testosterone-doping charges is May 14. Cue the kangaroos.

May 9, 2007

As a bicyclist and a bicycling fan, I’ve been following the progress of 2006 Tour de France Champion Floyd Landis’ long, sordid, and long story as his case is considered–no, that’s the wrong word–prosecuted by one or another of the various anti-doping agencies and putative judiciary bodies. It has been a maddening spectacle to witness, an openly one-sided, arrogantly unfair railroading of a decent and honorable man and athlete. In civilized societies, suspects caught red-handed at the scene of the crime, with a separate piece of incriminating evidence in each hand and pocket, and with video tape of the actual crime… these suspects enjoy more fair treatment, benefit of the doubt, and due process than Floyd has received. I am ashamed, and I may never watch or enjoy the sport again.

I had originally intended to write frequently about this debacle on these pages, but so many others have done a better job than I could have, that instead I’ve enjoyed their articles. “Enjoy” is also the wrong word, since the news is most often about the inconceivably misguided, possibly corrupt actions of the so-called guardians of sport. I suggest you tune in, at least for the next few weeks, to these excellent sites for their coverage and opinions:

There are many jumping-off points from these three sites, including links to the various anti-doping agencies, to other blogs, to Floyd’s innovative WikiDefense strategy, and to discussion forums. These are, in my opinion, the best places to start.

Finally, if you believe as I do that the current state of anti-doping organizations is hopelessly flawed, or inept, or even corrupt, please consider that many of the groups involved in this miscarriage of justice are federally funded. The International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Association and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency are all paid, at least in part, out of our pockets. Please consider contacting your representatives with your concerns.

The opinions expressed in Steve’s Peeves are intended to entertain and, in some cases, uplift. They may not be appropriate for young readers or the satirically challenged. Parental supervision is advised.

A STOMP-like, percussive piece with Flash animation

May 6, 2007

The original, higher-quality version and other movies by the same artist, are here.