101, Dalmations, 101; Toast counts individually, 102

The remarkable 8-Bit Beatles want to chirrup their chiptune back catalogue at you (via MeFi) / also on the blue, Trains with the faces of men, a compendium of links about Thomas the Tank Engine, the series that unwittingly mines the ‘vein of Scarfolkian eldritch creepiness that has been a mainstay of British children’s entertainment since pagan times’ / Fastcompany’s UI design round-up is actually an insight into the state of machine intelligence, be it genuinely artificial, cleverly simulated (for now) or simply deceptive.

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More fun with the future, Japanese insurance company employs AI, at the expense of real people. See also, The seven stages of denial (that a robot will take your job) / a follow-up to yesterday’s post: How the Gurus Behind Disney’s MagicBand are Remaking a $38B Cruise Giant. Carnival automates enjoyment / tmn offers up a review of 2016 in music / intricate drawings by Ben Tolman at Faith is Torment / the KLF, yes or no? The usual intrigue / a gem: The comedy book index, part 1: I, Partridge, part 2. Alan Partridge: Nomad and part 3. Toast on Toast. At the wonderful blog of Paula Clark Bain, Society of Indexers member (see also The Indexer magazine).

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