Category Archives: Random remarks

It’s funny because it’s true. And sometimes it’s not. But still.

Norwegian news agency NTB declares King dead – retracted soon after

King Harald is dead, said NTB.

Nah, the King is fine. He’s just out Elk-hunting, said court.

On this sad day, our thougts and prayers go to the unfortunate people responsible for the impromptu publication of the obituary of Norwegian King Harald at NTB. We feel your pain.

Source: Norsk Telegrambyrå erklærte kongen død – NRK Kultur og underholdning – Nyheter og aktuelt stoff

Handwriting engages the brain more deeply than typing – enabling better retention and focus


As Quartz reports, The pen is not only mightier than the sword, but in some cases also mightier than the keyboard.

It may well be that the physicality of shaping letters cements concepts in the mind. For example, to type the word “typing,” I made the same motion on the keyboard six times, choosing which letter to type but not forming them. But if I were to write the same thing by hand, I’d have to shape six different letters and put them together. That takes more effort and seems to both demand more of the brain and leave a deeper imprint on the mind than typing. That imprint appears to be critical when learning new things.

Plus, there’s the priceless benefit of limiting distraction. Technology can be a trap. The simple act of shutting your laptop and putting pen to paper can help you to improve focus.

The best way to read a book is very slowly

By keeping a book in one location, you form a relationship between the book, yourself, and the room where you read it. Via Quartz:

By keeping your book in one location each time, you free yourself from the distractions of a commute or the pounding waves of a beach. As a result, a strange new relationship forms, between you, the voice of the book, and the room. Your ritual creates a singular association between the book and a quiet, private place, which in turn gives your relationship a new dimension. Your friend never leaves your room, has never seen you with makeup on, or shoes.

AI is coming…

But it’s not quite there yet… 

Facebooks AI lab has permitted the two chatbots Alice and Bob to shoot the breeze in an interesting têt-a-têt, but it’s a little unclear how well it went:

Bob: i can i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Bob: you i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i i can i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Bob: you i i i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have 0 to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Bob: you i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Still not quite “Ghost in the shell” levels of performance, IMHO. But hey, it’s much better than covfefe.

Facebook is predicting the end of the written word

In five years time Facebook “will be definitely mobile, it will be probably all video,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, who heads up Facebook’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at a conference in London this morning.

This is in line with my expectations as well.

Still, a good video often needs some good scripting and storyboarding. 

Especially if it involves more than a cat falling from furniture or a lone talking head ranting ad libitum.

I won’t sell my pens just yet.
http://qz.com/706461/facebook-is-predicting-the-end-of-the-written-word/