John Tiltman: tributes

Im not sure what this has to do with simulation, but Ive just seen, thanks to Cryptome, a recently declassified NSA tribute to Brigadier John Tiltman. Tiltman was a legendary figure in cryptanalysis: from 1920 when he first started working on Russian diplomatic cyphers for the British Army, until 1980 when (at the age of…

Shark pot art exhibition

As part of the Node London Spring 08 season, some friends and I organised our own art exhibition. The private view was very well attended (over 40 people in the room at one stage), the layout was excellent (I didnt do it!), and the works on display very interesting – see photos on Flickr. We…

Apologies

Apologies for this weblog being down for a day. My host changed servers, which meant the DB server changed as well, and Ive only just found the time to reset it.

Intellipedia

Intellipedia has announced its second anniversary in a press release. Its the sort of thing that would have been unimaginable ten years ago. This says: “Intellipedia is the Intelligence Community’s version of the famous encyclopedia. It is used by analysts, working groups, and engineers throughout the IC. Since its unveiling in 2006, Intellipedia has grown…

Have They Got Ted Right This Time?

Sad little tale in the Hmapshire press. A statue of a local footballer is being replaced, at a cost of £112,000, because it didnt look like him. It even made the BBC Radio Today programme. The first statue was more of a caricature, head and arm sizes exaaggerated, legs shortened. As a result the “£112,000…

A Fake is a Fake

Further to this posting, Ive just seen A Fake is a Fake, the website of an Italian group which offers templates faking the design of various well-known sites, eg the FT, WTO, etc. Theres a growing tradition of this. According to Networked Performance this is: “the ultimate tactical tool to fight against the online corporate…

Influence of language on brain activity

Linguistic philosophers would like this posting on Deric Bownds Mindblog: a demonstration that our language influences how we see things. A study by Tan et al says: “by using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we show that brain regions mediating language processes participate in neural networks activated by perceptual decision. When subjects performed a perceptual discrimination…