Weekend Reading CV

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Le Creuset Factory Visit

These come under the category of really good cooking things that are extremely expensive in part because they are often wedding gifts, and anything associated with weddings incurs at least a 75% markup [see also: Wüsthof, Kitchenaid, Magimix]. I was really interested to see their reasoning about enameal and seasoned metal being unhygienic, given that people in the States are such strong advocates.


Sir Thomas Browne’s Successful & Failed Neologisms

There’s more on this in the OED Arcticle. Some other words that he coined include the astonishingly fundamental, such as ‘computer’, ‘literary’ and ‘medical’. In particular, I struggle to imagine how to structure some thoughts or points without that vocabulary.

For reference, the top 20 sources cited in the OED are: The Times, William Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Philosophical Transactions, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, Nature, Cursor Mundi, The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times, Daily News, William Caxton, Charles Dickens, John Dryden, The Guardian, John Trevisa, The Westminster Gazette, The Bible (Wycliffite, E.V.), and Blackwood’s Magazine.

I wonder what degree of sample bias there is? A preference for the literary and British amongst early editors especially, and a concentration of authority (choosing Shakespeare because he has already got many citations, for example).

Look over the Watchmaker’s Shoulders

There’s something really appealing about this. When you consider that the living, organic movement is all wrapped up and concealed, on the face that seems mad, but its hidden nature is intriguing. I wonder will we ever reach a point of artificially raising hand-made iWatches to this level, or will we revert to glorifying industrialisation again?

Using Artificial Neural Networks to compose music

Computational generation is the step after analysis, and it’s growing fast.


The Joy of Reading Role Playing Games

There are numerous games I’ve read far more than I would like to have played. Traveller, Unknown Armies, SLA Industries to name but three. There are some games which I have read that I love the universe, but don’t know about the actual play (A/State, Over the Edge), and one (Sengoku) where I feel I would need advanced degrees in Japanese History and Literature to even begin.

I’m not terribly interested in system, but I do appreciate the rules. I like it when a novelty supports a different type of game. The indie RPGs movement really helps that, because it also gives the feeling that you’re not getting too deep into a long campaign, but more something to pick up and run with.


The Making Of: Dust

I wonder how many people have played this level over the years?