Since the results are being announced tomorrow, I finally made a page for our team in the ICFP 2005 programming contest: Tycon Mismatch 2005. It's been so long that I forgot which robots we actually submitted, so if you were on the team and remember, let me know. Still, I hope that you'll find the drawings precious (if the puns impenetrable).
NEW: Tom 7 Entertainment System site
(16 Sep 2005 at 23:11)
After many pixel drawn and many a broken sentence written, the Tom 7 Entertainment System web page is born. Unless you've been doing (fairly simple) archaeology on my server, there are a bunch new songs available here for the first time. Some definitely as-yet-unreleased are coming up some time in the next week or two.
Igenious scientist discovers the formula for the perfect scathing invective against science journalism
(12 Sep 2005 at 23:27)
There is a brilliant article in the Guardian today about the woeful state of science journalism. I recommend that all the scientists and science journalists (hah) that read my weblog take a look. The thesis it supports:
... humanities graduates in the media, who suspect themselves to be intellectuals, desperately need to reinforce the idea that science is nonsense: because they've denied themselves access to the most significant developments in the history of western thought for 200 years, and secretly, deep down, they're angry with themselves over that.
I was particularly happy to see mention (and of course the ultimate dismissal) of the recent popular phenomenon of "Scientist discovers the 'formula' for the perfect X" fluff which is invariably some ridiculous linear combination of underdefined variables. Does anybody really think that anything in the real world is that simple? What the fuck is wrong with these people?