The intercom

  1. 300 baud modem? Check. 
  2. Compuserve? Check. Forget that — bulletin board services (BBSes)!
  3. Watched Wargames at the theater? check. (Also Top Secret!, Real GeniusRaiders of the Lost Ark, etc.)
  4. Teenager in the 80s? Check.
  5. Atari 2600, TRS-80 Model III, Commodore 64, Tron. Activision — for crying out loud!
  6. Internet Relay Chat at the Tech library basement in 1987. Mac Plus at the Carpenter computer lab the same year.
  7. Wasted youth, check.

Good grief, I’d do it all over again.

A break from the usual consumption

Recently subscribed to the Radiolab podcast, to fill in the hours while Howard Stern is on vacation, and it’s programming like this that makes me wish The King of All Media would just retire already, or make good on his promise to only work one day a week, so I can pay attention to something else.

Long story short, this NPR show is not easy to describe, but suffice it to say they talk about killer Argentine ants, how Bugs Bunny saved Mel Blanc and how researchers are working on programming better, smarter artificial intelligence. The latter episode is titled “Talking to Machines,” and if there’s one URL I’ll keep visiting for at least the next couple of weeks, it would be Clever Bot, a result of efforts like ELIZA, a program I had all but forgotten about.

Good show.