Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'm a sucker for good writing

.. and in particular for some reason when it's done by a Russian (Rand, Nabokov) and I'm diving in head-first when it's about Chess. As a cherry on top in this case, I was nominated along with some other folks for a CLIO award in 1997 for Best Event Web Site -- Kasparov vs. Deep Blue (this link goes to Wikipedia's entry on the events), so I have a dog in the race in a loose way.

In any event, here is a brilliant essay on technology and human intelligence (and of course Chess) written by the guy himself.

An Unusually Unusual Collection of Photographs

Charles Manson
Stanley Kubrick

Link goes to the more complete collection.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Nice Mouse Car for Conan

Nice car, Conan.. I guess you're going to ABC..?

Have fun playing in the House of Mouse.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jon Stewart is Edward R. Murrow

This is the smartest thing I've seen on television (*) in many months.  And to find it within the context of "comedy" is truly mind-bending.  An actual in-depth interview with John Yoo, the author of the legal documents which rationalized the use of torture as a means to an end in a "time of war".  It really makes one wonder why the only place where he could find a fair audience was a comedy news review show.  Either he's doing something really wrong (he is) or they are doing something really right (they are).

(*) Never mind that I didn't watch it on TV, since one can only find the eviscerating full-length interview online.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Before & After

Additional photos of the process found here.  Quality construction provided by Galesi Design.

Sell your cameras for food, you won't need them anymore

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

(watch full-screen.... you won't be able to tell until about 75% of the way through that it's all CGI.. oooooh I gave it away)

Something I may or may not recommend depending on which ad is shown: