07 January, 2015

should everyone learn to code?

the big problem with the case for or against everyone learning to code is the word “everyone”.

“some dudes and dudettes”, “many of us”, “loads of people”, “a hefty amount of the world population”, all of those are fine.

just not “everyone”.


06 June, 2014

On writerbots and machine writing

Machine writing will exist, sooner than we think. Algorithm-driven writerbots, clumping together predefined phrases (or dissected ones from previous writings) spiced with words that computer-driven testing and big data crunching have found to enhance “catchiness”, headed by titles that extensive testing have proved engaging and “click-worthy”. (To be honest, current headlining for sites like buzzfeed, […]

08 April, 2014

The distance between phone icons and phones

Recently a friend asked: “Imagine a phone…. Now tell me why does a phone‬ icon still look like a landline headset?” I said: Icons as visual abstractions that refer to a specific concept, come from an old paradigm, that of the mechanical (mail envelope) and electronic (landline phone set) era, where object’s looks and shapes […]


‘Colorless green ideas sleep furiously’ is a sentence composed by Noam Chomsky in 1957 as an example of a sentence whose grammar is correct but whose meaning is nonsensical. It was used to show inadequacy of the then-popular probabilistic models of grammar, and the need for more structured models.” From Wikipedia

These days the web gives me a similar impression as this curious phrase. Sometimes it also reminds me of this blog’s content. I really don’t know which one made me choose it…