May 6, 2003

Lyric of the Moment
"Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part that wonders what the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of"
--They Might Be Giants, "Where Your Eyes Don't Go". Via "The Night Watchman"'s Slashdot sig, I like it from a "theory of consciousness" point of view.

Technicalish Article of the Moment
Slashdot linked to this X-bit labs article on chess computers vs man. It was more compelling reading than I expected, even if I couldn't really read some of the chess diagrams presented later. What really surprises me is how there's this incredibly rich ability to analyze chess at a high level that probably even medium-good humans have, and that computers (and myself) almost completely lack; a vocabulary of grouping the vocabulary of chess pieces on a board into a meaningful grammar. (Though some argue the game Go is a better exercise in true AI, since it's dang near impossible to run through all the combinations of moves, like chess games generally do.)

Vocabulary of the Moment
Did you know "crapulence" is a real word? You can look it up, though it doesn't mean what I hoped it would mean.