June 24, 2004
I finally got off my lazy ass and posted my euro-pics. Unfortunately the script I used to generate the albums didn't do any thumbnailing, so it isn't exactly the most bandwidth friendly of photo-albums. Hopefully I'll do something about that soon...
The pictures live at jheer.org/photos/Euro2004.
Here was the actual itinerary:
If nothing else, check out the town of Dozza in Emilia-Romagna. This small, scenic city on a hill is a living art gallery and hosts a wonderful wine cellar that treated us quite well.
doctorow on drm
Interesting anti-DRM talk from Cory Doctorow, given to Microsoft Research. I've just been reading Larry Lessig's latest book Free Culture (available for free under a CC license) and this talk covers similar ground and concepts.
The main claims:
June 22, 2004
Researchers from Switzerland and South Africa have designed a visual interface that would give autonomous machines the equivalent of body language. The interface represents a machine's internal state in a way that makes it possible for observers to interpret the machine's behavior.
You can also check out the actual research paper: "Towards genuine machine autonomy". It's scarce on pictures, but enough to get a gist. Didn't strike me as earth-shattering, but if users can effectively use it to better understand and make inferences about machine behavior, I'd call it a win. Let's see more user studies!