Archive for August, 2005


Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Running out of Star Wars cultural ephemera is simply never going to happen. Below, some more links for your consumption: Reinterpreting the original trilogy in the light of Episode III. Executive summary: Chewie and R2 ran the show. The backstroke of the West. What happens when a dvd pirate subtitles Episode III in Chinese and […]


Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Robotperson is away from his desk right now. Live transmission will resume shortly, but until then I’ve recorded a few nuggets and, via the magic of WordPress, programmed them to broadcast at regular intervals whilst I’m away. So stay tuned. Any queries you have in the mean time should be addressed to an Ai entity […]


Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Sci / tech articles for your cogitation: Twelve ways to think differently, and no, this isn’t anything to do with Apple. Favourites of mine include: 6) Synthesis, Distillation and Restatement. Forcing yourself to explain an issue to someone is a great way to highlight the gaps in your understanding and gain insight. 12) Collaboration. I […]

Intelligent Design

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

There have been a few articles relating to Intelligent Design (ID) in New Scientist recently, and one in particular tickled me. For those who don’t know, ID is supposedly a non-partisan, ‘scientific’ alternative to the theory of evolution as an explaination for the origins of life. In a nutshell, life is too complicated to have […]


Friday, August 19th, 2005

The links have been piling up in the robotperson bookmarks folder. Lets start with these: Amaztype. Very cool use of Amazon’s open API. Social Suicide menswear. “Tailored in Savile Row and styled for a civil row” Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2005 results. Superbly bad fiction. Why cats prefer meats to sweets We are not alone Cut […]


Thursday, August 18th, 2005

We went to see the much-hyped Crash on Saturday night and if you’re thinking of going, I can definitely recommend it. Initially I found the film quite uncomfortable to watch. There’s a lot of racism, and until I got a feel for what it was actually about this felt quite gratuitous. Still, part of what […]

Just one small step for robot kind

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

One giant leap for robot. It’s nothing to get excited about in the scheme of things, but I’m excited anyway. I’ve promoted the test WordPress pages to live and so now is dynamic. It doesn’t seem to have been too complicated a process in retrospect, but since the definition of ‘easy’ is “I know […]

Ton up

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Last week on the prom I found £100. It was in two £50’s, neatly folded together. Unfolding the outer note to find another within was an almost chemically satisfying moment, like the rush of eating a first chunk of chocolate. Although I can’t help admitting to a pricking of disappointed greed when I saw that […]


Sunday, August 14th, 2005

WordPress is coming. Some 5 years off the pace, Robotperson is about to enter the 21st Century with a dynamically driven web site. What does this mean? I’ll be able to post from wherever there’s a web connection. This should hopefully mean more frequent posting – lunch hour links and that sort of thing. Comments. […]