Category: Culture

Happy Birthday HAL-9000!

It’s on January 12th, 1992 that, according to Arthur C. Clarke, was born HAL-9000, the computer from “2001, A space Odyssey” (the book from Arthur C. Clarke and the movie from Stanley Kubrick). Actually, the first time it was powered on. So, it is exactly 23-year old today. Happy birthday HAL-9000! HAL-9000 is an Artificial…

Stift Melk

Stift Melk / Melk Abbey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melk_Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine abbey in Austria, and among the world’s most famous monastic sites, where I stopped by during a trip to Vienna and Austria a few weeks ago. I grabbed a few photos while I was there.

Scottish sounds

So, usually, they’d say that Americans language is gibberish deformed by a slang accent which makes Shakespeare cry. Sometimes, they’d say that Texans are the worst. But these Scottish people are really great. So utterly impossible to understand that their verbal exchange seems poetic and stripped of any useful meaning. Some kind of automatic writing…

USSR science in pictures

I discovered (thanks to BoingBoing) a superb Russian blog which shows copies of scientific documents dating back to the era of communist Russia. scienceillustration.mypage.ru : A little bit of nostalgia for “communist science” (and sometimes for the Western science seen by USSR) with beautiful pictures and illustrations.