A collection of 10 posts

The Golden 20s

The Golden 20s

The Golden 20s of the 20th century began with the end of WW1 and ended with the stock market crash of 1929. It was considered the decade that was the

Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 4

The Raspberry Pi 4 is a leap forward not just for the Pi but for single-board computers across the board. It’s a great light-weight desktop replacement. It’

Alan Kay on Programming today (and a few other things)

Alan Kay on Programming today (and a few other things)

From a recent Dr. Dobbs interview : On adults – Binstock: So you called them on the lying. Kay: Yeah. But the thing that traumatized me occurred a couple years later,


Moore's Law is "dead"

Exhibit A, My 11″ MacBook Air (Late 2010) benchmark rating :   Exhibit B, My 11″ MacBook Air (Mid 2012) benchmark rating :  


Computers for Cynics

Ted Nelson‘s latest video series called “Computers for Cynics” calls it like it is. How refreshing in contrast with the pervasive garbage called ‘information’ that we get fed in the second decade of the 21st century. I laughed

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Robot readable world

How do robots see the world? How do they gather meaning from our streets, cities, media and from us? This is an experiment in found machine-vision footage, exploring the aesthetics of the robot eye.

Functional Programming

Hey kids, just say NO to programming !

Cory Doctorow’s latest talk ‘The Coming War on General Purpose Computing’ really puts things in perspective about life in the 21st century. This got me thinking more about functional programming languages and how they could be a future casualty in


40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972)

In 1972 Ed Catmull (founder of Pixar) and his colleagues created the world’s first 3D rendered movie, an animated version of Ed’s left hand. This is the film that they produced. It includes some “making of” footage (around


The Dangers of Computer Science Theory

Quotes from Don E. Knuth : “If we make an unbiased examination of the accomplishments made by mathematicians to the real world of computer programming, we are forced to conclude that, so far, the theory has actually done more harm than good. There are


Winter 2009 reading

Sonoluminescence: A Galaxy of Nanostars Created in a Beaker (NASA) The Idea Factory – Learning to Think at MIT, Pepper White : “This is a personal story of the educational process at one of the world’s great technological universities. Pepper White entered