Sunday, 27 November 2011

Wake up guys its 2011!! New century now!! - Hello??

I don't understand why we still have Formula One racing. Come ON guys - wake up - its 2011 - we need something like Rutan's Rocket Racing League - Motor Cars are so 1911

(This from someone who is very suspicious of the technical understanding of anyone with fewer than four valves on each cylinder of their car or of the 'grit' of anyone with a FWD).

Friday, 25 November 2011



Amazing insight into risk assessment. Notice how low some of the main things people fear are!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/oct/28/mortality-statistics-causes-death-england-wales-2010?CMP=twt_gu

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Map of this Galaxy


irst approximations of the galactic map see http://galaxymap.org/drupal/node/118 for criticisms.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Time lapse video from the ISS



This time lapse video from the ISS is truly amazing.

Probabilistic reasoning in intelligent systems

Just delving deeper into Pearl & Spiegelhalter's work. I can see why the computation in a space that is the size of the maximal clique? But isn't finding the cliques (maximally fully connected sets) exponential anyway - if you are using heuristics to do that then how are you better off?

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Virgin Atlantic

Having a really arduous experience with Virgin Atlantic. After an exceptionally arduous 100 hour week and a two and a half hour drive and checkin I was really looking forward to their highly promoted clubhouse service before my 11 hour flight and subsequent drive and long day.  No luck though - after a complex undermanned checkin I found that they had messed up the 'clubhouse' reservations so it looks like I've paid about $200 to sit in the normal terminal lounge and get nothing to eat and nowhere to rest. Really regretting flying with Virgin Atlantic so far.