Google Goes Semantic… Finally!

Why do we learn? In his book Human Motivation Robert E. Franken, Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, defines motivation as “the arousal, direction and persistence of behaviour.”  Consider Franken’s definition – we get aroused, we work with a sense of direction, and we persist – we keep doing things, as we learn them. … Continue reading Google Goes Semantic… Finally!

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Big Brother: shovel or snowman?

Googling “Big Brother” returns 43,500,000 results but Googling “big brother” Orwell removes all but 623,000 results.  Big Brother is a character in George Orwell‘s novel 1984 (aka Ninety Eighty Four.)  Published a year before Orwell’s death in 1949, the book has a clear doom-and-gloom (dystopic) view of future society. Orwell perceived a future in which… Continue reading Big Brother: shovel or snowman?

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Who Hallucinated Roger Rabbit?

Way back in 1981, a mystery cum sci-fi writer named Gary Wolf was finally able to find a powerful outlet for his never-ending love for cartoons. In his website Wolf describes how watching cartoons on TV became his source of inspiration: “It was during the commercials,” says Wolf. “I saw Tony the Tiger and the… Continue reading Who Hallucinated Roger Rabbit?

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Facts vs. Rage

Improbable Research makes people laugh first and think afterwards. The Improbable Research group publishes a magazine is called the Annals of Improbable Research,  and administers the Ig Nobel Prizes – honouring achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.  mini-AIR – their free monthly e-mail newsletter, is thought provoking and hysterically funny.… Continue reading Facts vs. Rage

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Insanity Redux

American writer Rita Mae Brown – self styled Literary Rabble-Rouser is a super-prolific author. Brown has been publicly active and supportive of various human rights campaigns and causes, but I heard about her when a friend told me about the American author who wrote fantastic detective books with her cat as co-author. This is how… Continue reading Insanity Redux

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