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Monday, October 10, 2005
Yet more interactive fiction, this time the annual IF competition, which offers a selection of games created in a variety of programming languages. Facade was a bit of a disappointment, an idea in search of better execution, and also in desperate need of more depth. Conversations felt one-sided and enquiries fell on deaf ears (21 years ago we got 'Thorin sits down and starts to sing about gold'. Not much seems to have changed).

Technology advances so rapidly in all fields, that you can't help feeling a little bit cheated by contemporary manifestations of AI - it hasn't made the same quantum leap that you find in, say, display technology or storage. We're still stuck with mimickry, and even the most sophisticated Turing Test wannabees frustrate right from the off. 'Intelligent' things will be mimics for several years yet, until a real Kurzweil-style breakthrough is made.

Other things. Rent the Luminhaus, an LV Home in a sylvan setting. See New Yorker piece on creator Rocio Romero. America's Autumns are so intense they have to map them / the Museum of Hoaxes has been re-designed, and offers this salutary tale on weather wars, as well as the more traditional Tall Tale Creature Gallery.

A Jeeves and Wooster mega-site / apparently we linked this British Airways Museum site, but I don't think we did. We do have a bit of a thing for the Shorts Flying Boat, though. They don't make cabins like they used to / science advance section. Michael Crichton, hero of the global-warming-as-hoax movement / by 2015, 'Congress has mandated that one third of the US military's ground vehicles must be able to operate autonomously'. The Darpa Grand Challenge.

Living inside a plastic water bottle / LibraryThing helps you catalogue your books (associated weblog). It's a bit daunting to start now, but with 400,000 books catalogued on the site, others are clearly embracing it. People are also starting to photograph their books. Flickr's books cluster is interesting as well - virtual thumbing through strangers' reading habits / the photography of Amir Zaki, including the beautiful 'Spring Through Winter' series, which inverts the conventional photographic view of modern architecture.

Parking lot, a weblog by Chris Corrigan / Cajun Music mp3s / linked before, the London photos of Colin Gregory Palmer / links at sponbustion magazine, including the walkman museum and the Mastermix project, which offers downloadable snippets from those compilation tapes you find at the back of the cupboard.