Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

The problem with Facebook

Exhibit A: Facebook was letting friends spy on each others’ chats Facebook chat is now down as the social network races to close a security hole that let people see their friends’ live chats. The security bug was exploited, ironically enough, by fiddling one’s privacy settings, as this TechCrunch video demonstrates. Exhibit B: Facebook’s Gone […]

hate mail from third graders

“It’s tough being called a heartless Pluto-hater, particularly by a dismayed eight-year-old.”


SolarBeat Musical Solar System – based on real orbital frequencies Via Inky Circus.

quote of the day

“”if one is trying to harvest a truffle wood discreetly without alerting the locals, it’s generally a mistake to show up walking a pig on a leash” Unearthing the Sex Secrets of the Périgord Black Truffle – The cynosure of every foodie’s dreams is about to yield its most intimate secrets to a team […]


There goes the neighborhood!

Scientists supersize quantum mechanics : Nature News A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving.

latest in human/computer collaborations

Some of these are pretty good. I especially like “Whatever This Is” and “International Synergy.” Google Voice Transcriptions Formatted and Annotated As Poetry I think I’ve noticed something about these Google Voice transcriptions:  I see an authorial sensibility taking form, like a face emerging from a cloud bank. These transcriptions can be read as poetry.

the chess master and the computer

Really interesting article that goes beyond the familiar storyline of man vs. machine. We can build computers with ever greater processing power, but we are just scratching the surface at understanding how humans and computers can collaborate using different but complementary ways of thinking. The Chess Master and the Computer – The New York Review […]

more on O’Dorney

This is a bit of (okay, a lot of) a rant, but Idyllopus is right.  If being “properly socialized” means attacking a 13-year-old genius who did nothing worse than be a little awkward on TV, then I’d rather not be.

hooray for nerds

Check out this wonderful video of Evan O’Dorney, the recent national spelling bee champ, on CNN. The spelling bee is one of the few, if not the only, popular national competitions that rewards something besides looks and made-for-TV social skills, and it is priceless seeing the anchorwoman try to handle this brilliant, yet hopelessly awkward, […]

steal this post

Neat story in today’s NY Times about a copy-protection disabling number that is being spread all over the web to spite the lawyers. One caveat. Brad Stone writes: The broader distribution of the code may not pose a serious threat to the movie industry, because only sophisticated technologists can use it to tailor the decryption […]

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