Walt Whitman’s “A noiseless, patient spider” – animated


A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them — ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, — seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d — till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

read more in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings


Invisible Computer Code Runs Your Life

Video works well as a teaser for the rather long, good read “What is Code” by Paul Ford

updating our maps for a new climate

sb thumbs artic ice shrinkingShrinking Ice cap in the artic are re-draqing maps.

Other geographical updates likely to be needed wht we face new rain, temperature and subsequent environmental changes.

Robots being bullied

This video show kids being bullies in a mall – victim this time was a robot.


It may relate to another recent case of a robot being vandalized in his hitchthiking trip.

For the time being such experiments are very useful to bring light to human behavior.  Let’s say someone argues that as many other human behaviour this might be one society opts to discourage.  And as in many other cases, way to set limits is to grant victims rights not be be molested.

As we are likely to see such events recurring more often, robot rights defendants may have a growing number of examples on their side.

’97 Q&A with Apple’s CEO advisor

AP video archive now on youtube

1971 driverless car

like mother, like son

vires in numeris