A weekend diversion for geeks. It is a very satisfying browser-based mostly text game with hours of gameplay (cleverly mostly unattended). Bear with it. It starts slowly but you will not guess how lunatic it goes. Leave it running in a browser when you tire of it.
I’ve found the county level US election maps fascinating. Here are some more goodies. The purple linear cartogram of the election results looks like a phoenix decaying. Discuss. Source: Election maps
Must read (long). Who’s coming to Mars? Musk is a bit like the Chinese. You kind of expect him to get it done.
Thanks Serena and Angelique. What a match. And thanks to the Kong for an epic storm to accompany it. â€‹ â€‹
Now to work out how to find the phoenix in the ashes.
Summary: they are doing well!
Why don’t we do more? Why didn’t we do them in London?
Nice to have some new neighbours at the end of the garden.
So muchÂ sci-fi coming to earthÂ this last week. AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol and convincingly. It’s important because the game was thought to be too “big” for traditional computerÂ strategiesÂ based onÂ simulating playing the game forward a few rounds and seeing what happens (like chess programs often do). Go hasÂ 10^761 possible games compared to the estimated 10^120 for chess. For me the most astonishing …
Thanks Vancouver, you were beautiful and efficient. But clearly I was not butch enough for you. That is some ride down to Seattle. Now let’s hope for an easy border crossing.