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Tonight is the culmination of Mardi Gras festivities in the town where I live and elsewhere -- notably in New Orleans.    Also Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I will carefully avoid all such nonsense.
From Victor Borge:   News flash!   Ladies and Gentlemen,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is still dead!
A very worthwhile current film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

A probably somewhat fictionalized account of Alan Turing's involvement in Britain's war effort against Nazi Germany in World War II, especially his breaking of the German Enigma cryptographic system, resulting in the saving of an estimated 14 million lives -- and his wildly ironic prosecution for what was then the capital crime of homosexuality.   Because his efforts in the war were top secret, he could not in his own defense mention that he was an extraordinary war hero, nor could anyone else.  The Queen has only recently issued a royal pardon.  

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Some quotations of Turing, from  www.goodreads.com:

“I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.”
Alan Turing, Computing machinery and intelligence

[The "end of the century" he refers to was January 1, 2001.]

“If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.”
Alan Turing


“I am not very impressed with theological arguments whatever they may be used to support. Such arguments have often been found unsatisfactory in the past. In the time of Galileo it was argued that the texts, 'And the sun stood still... and hasted not to go down about a whole day' (Joshua x. 13) and 'He laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not move at any time' (Psalm cv. 5) were an adequate refutation of the Copernican theory.”
Alan Turing, Computing machinery and intelligence
 
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A book I'm currently reading from.  

"Reading from?"

I can't hope to read the whole book, especially considering the substantial -- and growing -- height of the stack of books I've bought on the cheap and hope to read.

But one benefit I've gleaned already is that I've seen some discussion of the career of mathematician Norbert Wiener, in the context of the intellectual ferment happening around the middle of the last century, and especially his interactions with other luminaries of  the day.  

As noted elsewhere, Wiener is among those who coined the term "cybernetics" and defined its meaning and scope.  He was the author of two seminal works, Cybernetics and Society and God and Golem, Inc.   The first was among my favorite books as a teenager,   but at that time I had no way to discover the context it came from.
This has been a good week for guys a little younger than me to die of cancer.

I'm well aware of the role Rickman played in the movie Die Hard.   I am only vaguely aware that he also had a prominent role in some of the Harry Potter movies.

Others have heaped on him adulation verging on worship.  No doubt it is all well deserved, but unfortunately I am not familiar enough with his work to comment further.

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I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.

Favourite genre of music: anything but rock or grand opera. By "rock" I mean any of various contemporary genres, including rap, heavy metal, techno etc, characterized by raucous monotony. I don't include jazz.
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: abstract (algorithmic or mathematical), not "abstract"
Operating System: Linux, Ubuntu distribution
MP3 player of choice: vlc
Shell of choice: bash (Bourne Again Shell), Python
Wallpaper of choice: Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526 (see webcam)
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin (& Hobbes)
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Tonight is the culmination of Mardi Gras festivities in the town where I live and elsewhere -- notably in New Orleans.    Also Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I will carefully avoid all such nonsense.

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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
One fan said he enjoyed Shakespeare's plays, but found the dialogue tiresome in that it contained so many old cliches!  The explanation, of course, is that those cliches originated with Shakespeare, and they became cliches because they are so pithy and quotable.

In some quarters it is fashionable to invent a name for one's personal philosophy.   Asked how I see things, I once answered that I would call myself a Methodist, except that the term is already in use and means something other than what I would mean by it.  Indeed, I said that I consider myself to BE a method.   Hence the importance to me of the quotation in my signature line.
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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Testing new signature line.
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Leiika Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
lol I'm using ubuntu as well :)
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Leiika Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Thanks for the critique and +watch! I really appreciate it!
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JPLafontaine Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014

Thanks for the Fav ! :) (Smile) 

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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
+fav Thank you ! Have a nice day :wave:
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gabo2020 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:
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Thanks for the fave!
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StoneSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Welcome by StoneSorceress

welcome to the Stone Sorceress gallery 
please enjoy your visits :D
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peterbru Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks for the favs... :)
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