Been waiting a long time for this…

21 07 2014

I heard last year that there was a film about Alan Turing in the works. Turing – one of the fathers of modern computing.

Defined the theoretical “Turing Machine” as early as 1936 – a computer before there were such things. Only 4 instructions, but anything that can be computed could be computed on it.

Also defined a test for artificial intelligence. This gave birth to a simulation called Eliza – after Eliza Doolittle. From Shaw, not the waif-like singer.

Genius.

Gay.

One of my few heroes. Michael Faraday being another. Lenny Butler being foremost… but few will know of him at all. Your loss.

Opted for chemical castration – gay being a crime in the day, and all.

Allegedly insisted on being paid in silver in case the pound crashed. Buried it in a field… then forgot where he’d put it. Typical genius: no common sense!

Killed himself taking a bite from a poisoned apple… some claim this as the back story to Apple’s logo, though it’s denied.

Can’t wait… shame Keira Knightley‘s in it though. I’ve seen fence posts give less wooden performances.

Happy to see from the trailer that they actually filmed at Bletchley Park. I should know… I used to live just over the road.





A father’s missive

20 07 2014

I have two daughters.

Not unlike most fathers, I am proud of my children. Yes – my son too.

They will experience things I can’t even imagine – good and bad.

They are smart. They are considerate. They are, of course, beautiful. As every father’s daughter surely is.

Sure – they can be irksome too. They are, after all, human. They are not perfect.

They have many advantages I didn’t have growing up. The internet is an obvious one.

But some things have not improved in a generation. They live their lives in the 21st Century. And they live in a world where they are still considered “less”. For no reason other than what they do not have between their legs.

They have many advantages their mother and grandmothers did not have. But not all the advantages even their great-great grandfathers had.

This video refers to the US’s issue with healthcare access, and its control by the overwhelmingly male legislature. The same issues exist to a greater or lesser extent in many countries.

Things haven’t improved as much as they should have by 2014, but I have hope: my daughters have a voice. A voice that can be heard. Listened to.

I hope, as they launch themselves into the adult world, that they choose to use them. Choose to speak out for the things they feel worthy of their support. Against the things that need to change.

But if not, then that’s OK too. It is their right to make choices as they see fit – without my interference, or that of any other man.





Those Witty Swedes

30 06 2014

Years ago, I used to get a lift to the bus station with the father of my friend. He was a resolute Volvo buyer, so when I saw this home-made video advert for one of those classic box shaped tanks, I had a hearty chuckle! It’s by a Swedish artist and he employs all the classic tricks of “proper” TV car adverts for his classified ad.

It was such an explosive success on YouTube that he did a follow up for the V60. He reused a few of the themes, including pigeons and cat stickers and their hepatitis threat. This time though… a naked Swede!

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but you can’t ignore ‘em!

#lolvo

 

RIP Trevor





BBC News – Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks

20 06 2014

Hey don’t knock it…

The evidence is scant at best, but still way stronger than well established world religions!

BBC News – Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks.

BBC- The Elf Chapel

BBC- The Elf Chapel





Hell hath no fury like a woman “stormed”!

8 06 2014

Seems that giving a storm a feminine name subconsciously makes people under-prepare… resulting in more damage when it hits.

Hurricanes With Female Names Kill More People, Study Finds | TIME.

Kei Uesugi—Getty Images (via TIME)





What ever happened to education?

2 06 2014

A England flag?!

Not to mention that it’s actually a Union Jack (Britain) and not St George’s cross (England).

One minor redeeming point – at least they got the UJ the right way up…

Bad English

http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-love-a-england-flag/





Awe…

31 05 2014

Families are often all messed up. It’s heart-warming to see that some – even the less “usual” ones – can be rock solid.

I’m currently reading a book about the chemical reasons we feel attraction, love, sexual feelings, motherly love, family bonds. This clip shows that love can cross many lines. And blossom regardless.








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