Monthly Archives: October 2012

Wait for the full Microsoft Surface with Windows 8

Apparently the released version of the Microsoft Surface version this week isn’t the full version.

The version now is more like a tablet (example: Apple iPad) with an app store. This means it cannot do productivity stuff yet. But according to this video the 2013 version will be running Windows 8 (think next version of Windows 7) which means you can install some if not all programs you use on a notebook or PC computer. It can do this because of the higher end processor, Intel verses the ARM in the just released Surface.

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Body language and changing your behaviour

Body language is known to tell you a lot about a person. In a reversal in thinking Amy Cuddy in this TED presentation talks about how controlling or changing your body language can change your behaviour and frame of mind.

Time for my big stretch … if you get what I mean.

No ham in hamburger

Firstly, the patty in hamburgers are made from ground beef. So definitely no ham there. But more importantly the term ‘hamburger’ refers to people from Hamburg in Germany (like ‘Londoner’) from whom this dish is supposed to have come from. ‘Burg’ in old German means ‘castle’. The ‘Ham’ in Hamburg is still in dispute. Ham in old German means ‘be crooked’ which could refer to its place along the River Elbe. But the original name was ‘Hammaburg’ in which the meaning and origin of ‘Hamma’ is unclear.

Aris Venetikidis on maps in the brain

Here is a nice talk on how we map out our world in terms of getting from Point A to Point B.

The key to making sense of things is simplification.

Firstly, we represent getting somewhere by a series of landmarks. Secondly, no matter how windy a route is from two points our brains represent it as a straight line.

The classic example of successful mapmaking is the London Underground map better known as Beck’s Tube map. The lines and stations are disproportionate but accurate relative to each other. And it is this way of representing space in our minds which Mr Venetikidis talks about in this video and how he applied it to the bus route for Dublin.


Some thoughts on the numbering system of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

There are two “facets” to the numbering system of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. One is to show the logical importance the comments to propositions/comments. The other is to show to which of the propositions/comments are they a comment of.

Two “problems” immediately come to mind when I look at the system:

  1. In certain parts the less important comments come first before the more important ones.
  2. There can never be more than ten comments to a comment.

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