Archive for November, 2006

The future is nearer than we think

November 29, 2006

Rick here. I started playing with voice recognition/dictation in Office 03 yesterday, and it really is amazing. It is very easy to use and surprisingly exact. It’s like Star Trek come to life!

It won’t change the way I write, because my speaking brain is not connected to my writing muse, but it will change the way I transcribe notes. Which is very cool indeed, as I have always hated that part.

 

Anyway, I decided to see what would happen if we had to depend on initial (uncorrected) voice-recognition  in everyday life. You can, too. Look at this list of familar lines from Star Trek to see how well the computer interpreted them. And when you see a line that doesn’t make any sense, see if you can guess what the original line I dictated was.

 

Declare war on the klingons

Warp factor five

Beam me up study

Make it so

Engage

I’m sensing great anger, captain

That is not logical

As you are so fond of reminding me, I am not human

This ship wasn’t built to take a work nineteen

What is that thing?

Set freezers to stun

Fire after pinos!

What’s in god’s name me is that?

Second start of the left

All subspace frequencies are jammed captain

Where they’ll be no trouble at all

Captain’s log started 90210

if he has the time!

I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer.

These of the voyages of the starship enterprise

Initiate self destruct sequence

Ratios!

Firefighters

Somehow, Katey survives.

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Did the Hubble kill God?

November 29, 2006

http://paralleldivergence.com/2006/11/11/how-hubble-killed-god/

 how many galaxies are really in this photo?

And where exactly is the Delta Quadrant?

Seven Reasons Managers (and astronomers and film makers) Should Play Chess!

November 28, 2006

This guy writes like I do! 

  • Never underestimate your competition
  • Do your homework 
  • Develop your assets
  • There are times when you should not give up 
  • There are times when you have to cut your losses
  • Luck has nothing to do with winning
  • You can learn from your losses just like your wins

Se his original post at http://hwebbjr.typepad.com/openloops/2006/01/seven_reasons_m.html

Terror by Gaslight

November 21, 2006

A clammy fog was creeping over the docks as three dubious-looking gentlemen skulked through the mist in performance of a November ritual unimaginable, even abhorrent, to any civilized peoples ….

   (Sorry, I’m having trouble posting the picture.  You can see the thumbnail in the list of photos uploaded to this site, in the post editing menu.)

Two of us are now officially older than…

November 21, 2006

Click on the pic for the full story 

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and all thanks to Girl Guides

November 11, 2006

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Remember that old Lancaster bomber
that used to be on display near the CNE?

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It was recently disassembled and moved here, to the Toronto Aerospace Museum in Downsview, for a piece-by-piece restoration which will take several years.

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And why do I bring this up? Because this week I accompanied Emma-Claire (seen here at far right) on a Girl Guide field trip to said Museum, which is actually kinda cool.

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A highlight is this full-scale, very detailed, and very impressive replica of the ill-fated Avro Arrow, which was just unveiled a month ago.

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I think brother Brian would enjoy this place.

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You get to play pilot in a nearby room.
The controls look very intimidating…

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…but the resemblance to Tom Cruise is startling.

Investigative Reporting

November 10, 2006

Did you ever Google your street name? It’s a good way to find out what your neighbors are really up to.
We look forward to working with you! Contact us via e-mail at bigshot3754 .
82 Brinloor Blvd.

Toronto, Ontario
M1M 1L5
Phone: (416) 265-6799
“Is gravity visible?”

Ian H. Scott
32 Brinloor Blvd.,
Scarborough, Ontario
M1M 1L2
http://www.absolute-sway.com/rfa/
Intercom Films Ltd, 34 Colin Ave, Toronto M5P 2B9, Canada
Email Not Activated Catalogue Unavailable

 GENUKI Clackmannanshire Surname List: Contact Details

Mary somebody, 86 Colin Ave, Toronto

Canada China Friendship Society of Toronto 65 Colin Ave. Toronto

DD Innovations, 2070 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge 70808

(Dungeons and Dragons, perhaps?)

and finally,  

Geographical Profile and anchor point of the Baton Rouge serial killer – Derrick Todd Lee

There have been three separate geographical profiles done on the Baton Rouge serial murder case. This is because as more victims were linked through DNA a new profile was required. The two Zachary murders were not included because the task force never considered the murders a part of the Baton Rouge series. I originally developed the first geo-forensic profile using victims’ 1 and 2 locations including victim # 2’s old home address off Stanford Ave…

For more on Jeff’s neighbors please click here: http://www.investigativepsych.com/batonrougegeoprofile.htm

Now back to work….

Happy Hallowe’en!

November 1, 2006

What did your kids dress up as? Here’s my pumpkin:

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—Geoff