Perhaps now is the time to mention that the cow skull is the link to a ‘discussion board’ for each message. ‘Discussion’ is the Userland term for comments, which is no doubt causing confusion all the way around.
Hey look over there!
What is EarthBrowser?
EarthBrowser is a real-time three dimensional model of the earth with continuously updating global information. It uses an advanced raytracing algorithm and a high resolution satellite image to produce an extremely accurate picture of the earth. The globe can be easily rotated and magnified to give a distant or close up view of the earth from space.
Whoa! Time has just gotten away from me there for a bit… I think we’re still shellshocked. Although it seems like we got married months ago, rather than just two weeks.
Also – I’ve just deleted my first two spam comments on the blog! Since no-one else has actually used the comments system, I may just remove it altogether 😦
In other spammy news – it seems slashdot has picked up on an astroturf-like effort purporting to be from an engineer of the Mini Cooper who has been over-engineering the car so it can be re-built as a robot.
Otherwise take a look at a story from the ‘who the hell thinks this is fun?’ department – WIRED: “This is the all-out, bare-knuckles campaign for the presidency of Alphaville, the biggest city in The Sims Online. And this Saturday, two challengers will square off in a final primary for the opportunity to unseat Alphaville’s incumbent president, the appropriately named Mr-President, in next month’s general election.”
Way back when I was a Bull-ant we had a lunchtime lecture from one of my old professors … John Debenham. He spoke at length about multi-agent systems. They are the bomb – if you’re at all interested in future complex programming developments then you have to do some reading 🙂
Anyway, on to my point (aside from discovering that Bullant is back up and running…) – agents are taking off in Copenhagen. Check this out at slashdot :
Digital ‘Ghosts’ To Guide Students On Campus
Hambone.dk writes “The students at Copenhagen’s new IT University will soon be guided by invisible, but talkative digital agents, known as ghosts or Disembodied Location-specific Conversational Agents. The ghosts are to compete amongst themselves for privileges such as better vocabulary or the ability to clone themselves. Ignored ghosts can die out completely. This project is a lot more serious than it sounds at face value – several papers have been published already.”
Wow. It is great to see agents being used in a real environment. Wouldn’t you just love to go to University there right now?
[Update 2007 : Prof. Debenham has co-founded the eMarkets Group that looks like it is furthering this research.]
Now we can sleep!
The wedding was fantastic – we are so lucky and blessed to have som many people who wanted to share the day with us. Everyone seemed to have a great time – we certainly did.
Especially the Bridal Bounce on the jumping castle 🙂
Pictures at 11.
[Update Jan 2007: Eleven did come, it just took until, err, now. Wedding Photos.]