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… Read More

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… Read More

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.

(Nearly) every Alfred Hitchcock cameo

You certainly knew that the great movie director, Alfred Hitchcock, was used to, first in order to reduce budgets, then merely for fun, keep one little cameo appearance in each of his movies, sometimes even a small role. An Internet user collected them all (nearly) in a single sequence. YouTube link