Song of the day: The Shirts – Laugh and Walk Away

Challenge of the day: click the play button of the video below and in the 3 minutes afterwards do not move your fingers, especially not to the rhythm of the piano sound. The song is über-catchy, although that might not have been intentional, as The Shirts actually began their career as a punk band in the late 70’s.

Bonus (for those who were at the time watching Dutch TV): it’s a TopPop clip! (no Ad Visser announcement, though)

How I became a fan of Donald Trump

Whatever you think of Donald Trump, you will have to admit: ever since he decided to run for president of the United States, things are moving at a pace that was deemed impossible until that point in time. Whether his decision resulted from a bet, a joke or a could-I-pull-this-off question we will never know. But it has become quite obvious that he did not really consider in any detail what the actual consequences (for himself, the United States, and the world) would be should the crazy endeavour really (perhaps ‘really, really’ instead of just ‘really’ would be more appropriate here, given the context) succeed. Continue reading

Song of the day: Amatorski – The King

These Song of the day posts are somehow meant as digging up hidden treasures, exactly like the kid is doing in the video accompanying today’s discovery: The King by the Belgian band Amatorski.

The song was released in 2010, and despite being only 2 minutes long it can serve as an excellent way to quickly go into a relaxing mood. Make sure to select a comfortable chair before clicking the Play-button!

Sorry, Watson, but I’m not impressed

When my favourite chat app (used by myself and over a billion other people) figures out all by itself when to use autocomplete and when not to use it, then I will be impressed by machine learning, artificial intelligence, or whatever term you prefer to use. At this moment its performance is nowhere near what I consider to be genuinely intelligent, as it is even unable to figure out which language I am chatting in (although the language of the chat sessions typically depends on the person I am chatting with, so that should be a solid hint for a so-called intelligent system). Obviously I can Continue reading