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Kid arrested for creating a Road Monster

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I’d say this is a good reason to get arrested

From WRAL:

“Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police arrested a North Carolina State University student last week who was accused of creating a “monster” out of construction barrels and placing it on the side of the road.”

And of course, here’s the awesome monster he created out of those orange barrels.  I really want one..

Raleigh Road Monster

Raleigh Road Monster

posted by johntash at 8:21 pm  

Supercomputers – Future game show contestants?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I came across this piece of [old] news at CIO.   Apparently IBM is working on a new super computer code-named “Watson”.   They’re trying to take Artificial Intelligence to the next level with this machine, and think it’ll be capable of competing with humans on game shows like Jeopardy.

“Watson, in its final stages of development, is a question answering system that has been in development for nearly two years. Underneath Watson’s hood, natural language processing and other technologies analyze meanings behind words. This gives Watson the ability to identify relevant and irrelevant content, interpret ambiguous expression and puns, decompose questions into sub-questions, and synthesize information to form an answer, IBM says. Watson considers massive volumes and varieties of natural language, then quickly analyzes and scores supporting or refuting evidence—in a matter of seconds.”

With Wolfram Aplha out now and Google Squared in the works, it seems like there’s actually quite a bit of work going on with AI-ish programs lately.     I’m looking forward to hearing more about AI development.

Read more at IBM Supercomputer to Compete on Jeopardy.

posted by johntash at 5:25 am  

Barcode yourself

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I stumbled across this site a little while ago.    After you enter in a few personal details about yourself like age, height, weight, and country, it will generate a custom barcode for you showing you your worth.

Here’s my barcode:

My Barcode

I'm worth $9.40. What're you worth?

Check out Barcode Yourself if you want to generate your own barcode and see how much you’d be worth.

posted by johntash at 2:16 am  

Smash the Monkey

Thursday, June 4, 2009

This picture reminded me of that old flash Soviet / Communist Mario animation.    Good times.

Mario - Donkey Kong - Smash the Monkey

via 5604-069a-450.jpeg (JPEG Image, 406×600 pixels).

posted by johntash at 1:22 am  

Ostrich vs. elephant

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an ostrich or an elephant fight.    Seeing the two fight each other is a good start though!

Ostrich vs Elephant

via Ostrich vs. elephant | Best Funny Animated Gifs Updated Daily – Gif Bin.

posted by johntash at 1:03 am  

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