I know, I know, it’s Wednesday. I’ve skipped updating for two days. I have some good reasons, though! My excuses, let me show you them:

1) I have been watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I blew this show off when I first heard about it, because I thought the movies sucked and just assumed the show would be equally craptastic. A word to the wise: It is not. In fact, the show is awesome, and FOX earns my undying love for making it available all hassle-free and good-quality online.

2) I’ve also been reading the recaps and visiting the forums, of course. What, you don’t get all obsessive about the shows you watch?

3) Okay, and I’ve maybe been looking up things like Turing tests and the halting problem. The posters on the forums made me start thinking about the Termiverse (… shut up) as more of an exercise in AI and time-travel theory than I had before (you know, when I was busy dismissing the whole thing as a series of shitty movies). While I have a fair handle on various theories of time-travel, I know next to nothing about AI and its possibilities, so… I have a lot of reading to do.

4) And then I got going on theories of human intelligence and found myself reading everything I could find about heuristics as a sort of spin-off the the whole “halting problem” thing. At this point, y’all, I have even managed to lose myself.

5) So, of course, the thing to do was go play with A.L.I.C.E. and see if I could apply some of this stuff. I couldn’t — or at least mostly couldn’t — but I did decide that she passes her Turing test better than ELIZA or the SmarterChild AIMbot.

In conclusion, I have nothing to write about, a whole bunch of geeky links, and one good show recommendation. Some days, it would be better were I to just turn the damn computer off.


4 Responses to Excuse-a-palooza.

  1. xo says:

    I LOVE HEURISTICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, apparently my name is now “xo.” WTF! It took me like 10 minutes to re-figure out how to comment. Apparently, one does so by clicking “# of comments.”

  2. sarawr says:

    I am replying to you here, because Gmail is being all assy and causes the bluescreen of death every time I try to send an email. So, uh, I did not ignore your last email, and I am trying to figure out how the hell to respond. It’s probably actually a Vista problem, so I might need to finally install that Windriver beta pack I’ve been putting off for weeks.

    Also, I thought I was alone with the heuristics love! I’m glad I have not geeked out all by myself.

  3. xo says:

    I’m trying to do web-intensive jobs (audio editing, graphic design, installing programs on servers, blah blah) and my hard drive is one safe mode away from totally fried & I can’t afford a new one & it freezes every time I try to do anything important…. in sum, I empathize with the frustration of losing a [piece of technology] that one’s employment intensely requires.

    You are so not alone with the love of heuristics.

    Today I did semi-huge costco shopping for the folks I live with, went to Mailboxes Etc (and spent at least 1.5 hours driving up and down the same road/s trying to find the place and then access it, since it’s at the intersection of a main road and a highway, so I kept getting detoured onto the highway and having to make a huge 3 mile loop and then getting locked by one-way streets– WTF city planners?), and a whole bunch of car maintenance for a girl friend who’s out of town.

    My total fave women’s co-op in the phillipines recently got a website– http://www.bazurashop.com/ They take juice bag containers (US equivalent = capri sun), clean them, and make them into awesome (and sturdy) stuff. I have a coin purse that I absolutely adore. I don’t know how handy you are with the sewing, but I bet you could make some of this stuff if you find it inspiring. I know at the Rock Paper Scissors collective near my old house, they used to have stuff like this for sale–though not as good quality (just one side of the bag instead of both sides) as these folks create.

  4. Anne says:

    Human: how am i?
    ALICE: You seem fine to me.
    Human: how can you tell?
    ALICE: No I don’t know. What is it to you.
    Is that a rhetorical question?
    Human: how do you know how i am?
    ALICE: Because it’s true.

    That’s a relief.

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