Sunday, 3 April 2016

Entertainment stuff from the fortnight 21/3 - 3/4/16

Hello readership,

Sorry for the lack of content, this fortnight. Unfortunately, i've been a little iller than a seasonal Cold. Hospitalised, in fact.

So even though i'm (almost) better now, i've decided to take this week off as well. Almost.

I'm going to pretend that most of the last fortnight didn't happen, and just post some of the stuff i have seen, this weekend.

Please don't be too upset :-P

'The Checkout returns! Thursday April 7'

'Married Problem - Will 80% of people get this problem wrong?'

'Married Problem with solution (plus extra problem)'

'Married Problem survey result'

'The Motorcycle Clothing Shop Sketch'
I didn't see the a-shrek. Maybe they decided to leave the Canadian out ;-P

Microsoft's AI Twitter profile - - was hurriedly edited, within 24 hours of its launch, recently, having been gamed to hell and back.

It was intended to mimic whatever it saw in other people's tweets, so it started off like an adolescent girl, but swiftly turned into Alex Jones - factionalistic, paranoid, and ultimately, genocidal.

More interestingly, when Microsoft turned off its learning capabilities, and edited out what it had already learned, it even more swiftly became a feminist.

Sounds about right.

'Boaty McBoatface is leading the vote as public are invited to name new polar research ship'

OMFSM, the internet's seeped into real life!!! :-D

------------------------------------------------------ contemporary stuff

'How Reliable are Satellite Temperatures? (Director's Cut)'

'Peter Sinclair on What Exxon Knew'

'Five Facts Natural News Got Wrong About Aspartame'

'Are you REALLY sick? (false positives) - Numberphile'

'5 Words With Different LAB Meanings'

'How to Mount a Titanosaur in Ten Steps'

'Pint in the Sky: Zone of Avoidance & Bulk Flows'

'Black Hole Series - Part 1: What are they? - Sixty Symbols'

'SFN #157: Did ExoMars Have A Mishap?; Kepler Finds a Supernova Shockwave; ULA Sends Cubesats to ISS'

'Fission of Pu240 in Real-Time'

'Playing Chess With the Fact-Checkers - by Roy Zimmerman'

'"Religious Freedom (to Burn Our Own Witches)" by Roy Zimmerman'


That zucchini can find a place in me, any day :-P

------------------------------------------------------ of the weeks

Word Of The Week: meropic -- partially blind; able to speak

Quote Of The Week: "My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" - David Mitchell (the author) in 'Cloud Atlas'

------------------------------------------------------ non-contemporary stuff

'ATP TENNIS • Top 10 Most Insane Points of 2015 HD'

'Tennis brutality - 70 "hyper speed" forehand winners - Del Potro, Blake, González, Verdasco and more'

'Richard Dawkins compilation - best ever moments'

Ironically, the absence of serious sciencey stuff seems to have made this the first proper 'Entertainment' article, for quite a while :-D

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