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Elementary, my dear Watson…

Posted by Jason

February 10, 2011 The Present  No comments

I'm very excited about an upcoming Jeopardy tournament. (Jeopardy...  really?)

For those of you who don't know, even though my professional career has been in computer programming/engineering, my degree is in cognitive science specializing in artificial intelligence. It's a mouthful, so I usually just let people think that I was a computer science major and leave it at that.

But that means that the things that I get excited about in the world of geekdom are a little bit specialized. (Okay, I get excited about a lot of things in geekdom... but there are other things that I get *really* excited about)

I did not watch all of the games when IBM's Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov  (the world chess champion at the time).  But I did watch parts of some games.   Though I do enjoy chess --

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Ghost Busting

Posted by Jason

November 20, 2009 The Present  No comments


"There's a something strange in the neighborhood... who you gonna call?"

Apparently Kiki and I...but you have to call my new Droid.   In what I have to say is an incredibly clever and sophisticated game, Kiki and I spent more than a half hour today chasing ghosts in our neighborhood.  It was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to hunting more specters in the future.

Okay, let me explain the game.  Kiki was excited about it (we played multiple rounds).   Basically,  when we start that game is uses the phone's built-in GPS to identify where you are starting.  Then it randomly selects locations where there are "ghosts"... and it displays them on the GPS.   (The game area for the version that we were playing was around a 500' radius).     You then need to get to these areas and use

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My Daughter the Mentat

Posted by Jason

March 10, 2009 The Present  No comments

A "mentat" is someone from the Dune series who has been trained to take full advantage of their mind. In this science fiction universe, computers are forbidden and certain people train themselves to think like computers. Interesting series really... but the concept of a mentat is one that's really resonated with me.

I'm not a mentat... but I'd aspire to be one. Strangely, I have been developing some of those skills... when I was growing up, I read brain teaser books all the time, and learned to think a little bit differently as a result. Tracy and I spent summers asking one another lateral thinking problems. My dad taught me some mnemonic systems that still to this day serve me well. And to top all of that off, I'm a lucky person who has lucid dreams... and beyond that can alter my

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