In the days when Sussman was a novice, Minsky once came to him as he sat hacking at the PDP-6.“What are you doing?”, asked Minsky.“I am training a randomly wired neural net to play Tic-Tac-Toe” Sussman replied.“Why is the net wired randomly?”, asked Minsky.“I do not want it to have any preconceptions of how toContinue reading “Tic-Tac-D’oh”
The song was twenty-three minutes and thirteen seconds long, and it stopped as abruptly as it began. The usual response after it ended was to continue staring in some vague, undefined direction for a few minutes more and then slowly begin moving again. There was something about the ineffable beauty of the sound that madeContinue reading “Elysian Elegy”
The old man stands in front of us, gaze unwavering. “So the choice is yours. Either…”
Jester sits making a ha-ha-ha soundunknown in his world which an earlierage would call laughter. Dirty windowsshow peoplestreams flowing into around buildings, eddies and whorls forming asbodies move thisway-thatway alongconcrete estuaries and out glass-doored deltas.Faces frozen in morbid rictus rainbowlinesmouths perpetually inverted.
It’s so easy to kill a human being.Flash, bang, little moan, meaty thud.Seven billion creatures on this planet.One less? Who cares.People come to me with their problems.I play the game, I deliver the goods.Day ends, I go home to a loving wife Lying dead on the floor.Too many holes in her head.Who? Why?It’s too easyContinue reading “The Game He Played”
7 August, 378
Alright, so this one is a bit of a long story, but it’s totally worth it. Despite the similarity in name, this story is vastly different from The Garage. Some friends and I were going out to downtown Durham on a Friday night. I was driving. I decided to park in the parking garage convenientlyContinue reading “The Parking Garage Incident”
The alarm clock is man’s biggest enemy, Grant thought as he slapped the buzzing monstrosity. He dragged himself along the path of his morning routine, still not quite awake. As he was pulling on his clothes, though, he was jolted into wakefulness at the thought of the unfinished calculus homework due today. Why do IContinue reading “Canary”