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Jeremy Cherfas

Colin Tudge explains the crucial difference between @OFRC and @oxfordfarming. The R stands for Real, and also for Radical. Start from what you want, then work out how do do it. http://www.campaignforrealfarming.org/2017/11/why-the-oxford-real-farming-conference-is-distinct-and-intends-to-remain-so/

Jeremy Cherfas

@oxfordfarming I find this hard to swallow. Have you really “teamed up” with @ORFC or are you just burnishing your reputation by basking in their halo?

Jeremy Cherfas

Lifetime achievement award for the man who invented the webcam

So interesting to see this, not only as a piece of history but also as a personal reminder.

Back when the web was young and shiny, an otherwise extremely intelligent BBC television producer, a friend at the time, asked my help in understanding the promise of the new shinyness, especially in visual terms. I told him about the famous coffee pot web cam (and maybe, also, about the link to the Coke machine).

"Isn't that great," I said, "that you can see whether there's coffee in the pot without having to leave your computer."

"But you could just get up and look."

"Well yes, but the coffee pot could be anywhere in the world."

"What's the point of that? You can't go and get a cup of coffee there."

"True. But it doesn't have to be a coffee pot. It could be, oh, anything."

"I just don't see the point."

Of couse he went on to produce a highly acclaimed series, and much else besides.

Jeremy Cherfas

Language Log: Just press Pay

The simplest way to describe the attitude of software engineers and companies to linguistic interfacing with their customers would be to say that they do not give a monkey's fart about such matters. Not only do they never have a linguist check the use of language in the programs they expect us to use (that'll be the day), they don't have anybody at all checking it.

If they program interfaces this carelessly, just how likely is it that robots are going to respect the Three Laws of Robotics?

Not just software engineers.

Jeremy Cherfas

Checked into Banana Leaf

Sri Lankan and South Indian; we shall see. 

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

@denials I absolutely need to check that I am not talking through my hat when I say that I can post more than 140 characters here @withknown and see them show up via POSSE on Twitter. Which means I need to blab a little more than usual.

Jeremy Cherfas

Seeing White from John Biewen and Scene on Radio was far and away the most interesting and valuable series this year. @nwquah

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas