Category Archives: Uncategorized

Cuba: apartheid for artists

Meet the new boss; same as the old boss! Decree 349, one of the first laws signed by Cuba’s new president dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel when he assumed power in April 2018, went into effect on 7 December 2018. (Here is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Is the future already here?

Science fiction writer William Gibson is reported to have said, “The future is already here–it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Be that as it may, check out the short videos below the fold explaining two futuristic Google projects: a fleet … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kasparov on AlphaZero

Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov has just published a beautiful short essay in the journal Science in which he reviews a new game-playing algorithm called AlphaZero, a chess program that programs itself! Below the fold is an extended excerpt from … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

7 December 1941

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“We traffic in hope …”

That beautiful quote is from “King of the Night” (see video below), a short but poignant documentary about Imad Khachan, the owner of Chess Forum, the last remaining chess shop in New York City. (Hat tip: Kottke.)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Minimalist map of DC traffic circles

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eulogy for the victims of a patrician politician

Sorry to rain on everyone’s H.W. parade, but here is my three-part eulogy for one of the most morally despicable presidents of all time: Sara Boboltz, via Huff Post: George H.W. Bush White House Once Ordered Drug Buy from Teen … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment