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Well, it’s true that they both react poorly to showers…


Randall Munroe (xkcd) riffs on the same chatbot-to-chatbot conversation featured here some days ago…


As we celebrate our essential humanity, we might recall that it was on this date in 1900 that Jesse Lazear, a then-34-year-old physician working in Cuba to understand the transmission of yellow fever, experimented on himself, allowing himself to be bitten by infected mosquitoes.  His death two weeks later confirmed that mosquitoes are in fact the carriers of the disease.



The Ghost in the Machine…

Via the always-rewarding Dangerous Minds:

Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab says, “What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? We certainly never expected this…”

As we reconsider that dinner invitation, we might recall that it was on this date in 1991 that Burning Man opened in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, having moved from San Francisco’s Baker Beach.  All the best to readers headed that way now…

source: Howard Rheingold

Resolved: The Burning Issue of Burning Man…

The United Nations Unconventional Culture Commission (UNUCC) has just declared Burning Man an Abnormal Behavior Containment Safe Zone in accordance with the Stockholm Plan for Abnormal Behavior Containment.

UNUCC encourages all abnormal persons to assemble in this ABC Safe Zone and assures that the international community will not interfere with any abnormal behaviors within. Burning Man represents the first real test of the Stockholm Plan, which outlines the use of safe zones to control abnormal persons and dissipate their weirdness far away from the world community.

(Thanks, Laughing Squid)

As we relax our defenses, we might sketch a congratulatory card for Robert Crumb, cartoonist extraordinaire (and subject of a stunningly-good documentary :-), born on this date in 1943.

The whole universe is completely insane!!

source: DaysAreNumbers.net

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