You may have noticed a whole bunch of content pertaining to neural networks "dreaming" making the rounds recently. This is a variation based on image recognition. The author explains it this way: when the network is fed a new unknown image (e.g. me), it tries to make sense of (i.e. recognise) this new image in context of what it already knows, i.e. what it's already been trained on. This can be thought of as asking the network "Based on what you've seen / what you know, what do you think this is?", and is analogous to you recognising…

From a Guardian opinion piece: Believing that life is fair might make you a terrible person You needn't be explicitly racist or sexist to hold such views, nor committed to a highly individualistic political position (such as libertarianism); the researchers controlled for those. You need only cling to a conviction that the world is basically fair. That might be a pretty naive position, of course – but it's hard to argue that it's a hateful one. Similar associations have been found between belief in a just world and a preference for authoritarian political leaders. To shield ourselves psychologically from the terrifying…

Two weeks ago, we hopped on a train and spent the evening wandering around Ghent, exploring the installations dotted around the city for their annual light festival. Besides getting a good workout, that included climbing the steps to the top of the belfry for a panoramic view, we got to experience some really beautiful pieces of light art. I highly recommend a visit next year. Ghent is beautiful at night, even without the temporary art. Cover photo by Christophe Vander Eecken on Flickr…

I just watched and thoroughly enjoyed Dinosaur 13. It could be the title of a cheap sci-fi movie, it's not. Dinosaur 13 is a gripping, albeit biased, documentary that could rival many thrillers. It paints the story behind the South Dakota discovery of the largest T-Rex skeleton ever unearthed which, on the surface, sounds quite boring, but the David-vs-Goliath story of government overreach, bewildering courtroom drama and obsession that ensues is quite moving. I suggest you just dive in without looking up the story, that's what I did.…

Yet again, I've started from scratch with this weblog. The last version was just annoying to use for me, and a barrier to posting. Hopefully, this simpler solution will get me back into proper publishing habits. Time will tell… I have archives of previous posts, most of them being pointers to dead content, so I'll avoid polluting the web with them once again. A few of the more compelling ones will probably trickle back into this edition at some point in the future. So, let's begin!'…