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Ken Morley

Ken Morley

Basking in the simple joy of existence.
Fun Fact: Rule 110 is Turing complete -
Fun Fact: Rule 110 is Turing complete
"In mathematics and computability theory, an elementary cellular automaton is a one-dimensional cellular automaton where there are two possible states (labeled 0 and 1) and the rule to determine the state of a cell in the next generation depends only on the current state of the cell and its two immediate neighbors. As such it is one of the simplest possible models of computation. Nevertheless, there is an elementary cellular automaton which is capable of universal computation." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"The Rule 110 cellular automaton is an elementary cellular automaton with interesting behavior on the boundary between stability and chaos. In this respect it is similar to Game of Life. Rule 110 is known to be Turing complete. This implies that, in principle, any calculation or computer program can be simulated using this automaton." - Ken Morley
"Rule 110 exhibits what Wolfram calls "Class 4 behavior", which is neither completely stable nor completely chaotic. Localized structures appear and interact in various complicated-looking ways." - Ken Morley
Ah, I must be reading the same book Todd read last year. - Ken Morley
What about rule 34? - Steve and 4 other people
Always wear a rule 34 tie with a rule 36 shirt. - Ken Morley
But rule 30 is much more interesting :) - Ken Morley
It's like watching Rocky IV - Greg GuitarBuster
Sometimes you gotta know when to quit. - Ken Morley
Well if Rocky keeps getting back up, who really wins? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Granville Island Panorama
Is it hot in the city, Ken? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I think it was up to about 30º today. It was very pleasant near the water. :) - Ken Morley
My daughter moved to an apartment in Kitsilano last year; just a short walk to the beach. It gives us an excuse to visit the area more frequently. - Ken Morley
"Send someone to fetch us; we're in Canada..."
Years ago, my dad had some relatives visiting from England. They landed in Halifax and wanted him to come pick them up. He had to explain that Vancouver was 4,000 miles away. :) - Ken Morley
The yeast is bubbling away nicely! #plumwineproject
I added sultana raisins to help with the body and also some strong tea to increase the tannins. I hope I didn't overdo it. - Ken Morley
If I end up with crappy wine, I figure I can always turn it into brandy. In fact part of me is hoping it fails, because I'd really like to build one of these :) - Ken Morley
Some friends have said they're having an open house over Christmas this year but that everyone's got to bring something homemade. This is partly because they've bought a cider press and want to make some. We've just started some strawberry wine to take around. It's the first time we've done this in maybe five years and we've decided to play around with the sugars, mixing dark and light muscovado with some golden sugar. We think it should be approaching a sweet sherry by Christmas. - Mark H
I can see how a hobbyist can really get into wine making, as there seems to be an infinite number of parameters you can adjust to produce the perfect vintage. :) But the feedback loop can be a little on the long side. Most of my plum wine sources are recommending 6 months - 2 years before consuming! I may need to sample sooner. :) - Ken Morley
In the past we've always used the "can you see your hand through the other side of the demijohn?" method to tell when the wine was done. But because we're impatient it's not been unheard of for us to have a "glass of cloudy" every now and then too. - Mark H
That's a good method! I've put on enough for 50 bottles, so if I end up sampling frequently I should still have a few left to age for a year or two. :) - Ken Morley
The Good Country Index -
The Good Country Index
"The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
" Q: Some of these indicators seem a bit arbitrary. How did you choose them? A: Although more and more reliable data about countries is collected every year, it’s still patchy. So we have to be pretty clever about using the good, robust, available data as ‘tokens’ for the qualities we’re looking for. Most of the indicators we use are very direct measurements of world-friendly or... more... - Ken Morley
" Q: Surely some of the behaviours you include have more impact than others. How do you allow for this? A: At the moment we don’t, because it’s largely a matter of opinion whether, for example, emitting CO2 does more harm to humanity than invading another country. For this reason, all the data is weighted equally when calculating the final results. Something we’re considering for later... more... - Ken Morley
" Q: This is surely a very incomplete picture of the world. You can’t possibly reduce a country’s entire contribution to humanity and the planet down to 35 indicators. A: We know, we know. But it’s a start, and we welcome constructive contributions. It will probably never be possible to give a complete answer on any of these issues, but it’s surely better to get the debate going than to keep silent. " - Ken Morley
1. Ireland, 2. Finland, 3. Switzerland, 4. Netherlands, 5. New Zealand... I think I see a pattern here. - Ken Morley
The plum wine project
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I've picked nearly 300 lbs already, and there's at least that amount still on the tree. I thought I should try making wine this year. #plumwineproject - Ken Morley
I'm getting really fast at pitting plums, and I still have all my fingers! - Ken Morley
Canadian Netflix Hell -
Canadian Netflix Hell
"I'm American, but I've spent a big chunk of the last eight years in Canada, first for affordable education, and then for love. Canada is a gentle foster motherland, suckling me on her polite, maple-flavored bosom. But Netflix here is some bootleg FUBAR bullshit." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"My long (non)-national nightmare with Canadian Netflix began two years ago, when I left the U.S. for Toronto. I'd lived in Montreal years before, but Netflix streaming wasn't a thing then. [Sidebar: I can't even imagine how shitty a Netflix: Quebec would be if the province ever fulfilled its separatist goals. It would literally just be the movie C.R.A.Z.Y. and old clips of Bon Cop Bad... more... - Ken Morley
"I tried to stave off my homesickness by introducing my Canadian friends to the liberal '90s screwball utopia of The West Wing, but apparently Canada hasn't forgiven Sorkin for Studio 60. Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Louie all vanished north of the 49th parallel. Altogether, Canada has fewer than half the available titles that the U.S. version of Netflix offers, which is probably... more... - Ken Morley
"Most Canadians I know get sweaty palms about jaywalking but don't think twice about rerouting their Netflix to the south, because if there's anything worse than not having something you want, it's not having something you want and watching your neighbor enjoy it" - Ken Morley
"fewer than half" - where's the data supporting this percentage statement? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"My friends were referring to the 10,000 titles that American Netflix users enjoy, in contrast to the options available on Netflix Canada, which currently amounts to about 4,000." - - Andrew C (✔)
I used to bemoan the (relative) lack of choice on Netflix. Then, I stopped watching it so much. Now, it's just right :) - Brent Schaus
Andrew, SEAN FITZGERALD, columnist, states the numbers but doesn't cite a source. - Micah
Netflix. The stuff people in the sticks can only dream of. (Friends living in these things called cities are raving about it.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
It's good for old series, but the movies pretty much suck. Also, the interfaces on various boxes (e.g. Apple TV, TiVo, Roku) also kind of suck. Come to think of it, I should really cancel my subscription. The TV I spend the most time watching is SF Giants games. - Professor A.I.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle -
Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain -
Scientists are beginning to figure out why Conservatives are... conservative. Basically they're scared by everything. -
Scientists are beginning to figure out why Conservatives are... conservative. Basically they're scared by everything.
"There is by now evidence from a variety of laboratories around the world using a variety of methodological techniques leading to the virtually inescapable conclusion that the cognitive-motivational styles of leftists and rightists are quite different. This research consistently finds that conservatism is positively associated with heightened epistemic concerns for order, structure, closure, certainty, consistency, simplicity, and familiarity, as well as existential concerns such as perceptions of danger, sensitivity to threat, and death anxiety." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"One possibility," note the authors, "is that a strong negativity bias was extremely useful in the Pleistocene," when it would have been super-helpful in preventing you from getting killed. - Ken Morley
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind -
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed -
This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking -
Fun fact: Based on number of cells, in any given moment your body is 90% nonhuman.
♪ We are fam-i-ly. I've got my micro-bi-ome with me. ♫ - Ken Morley
The bartender switched the TV from the women' s Wimbledon final, to Netherlands-Costa Rica. WHAT KIND OF A SPORTS BAR IS THIS?
Other patrons where giving us the side-eye for our enthusiastic support of Eugenie Bouchard. :) - Ken Morley
Don't blame the bartender for the final not being shown live. It was over before Argentina/Belgium started. - Kirsten from Android
A great one!! :-)) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Our last night in NYC, went to the Comedy Cellar and Aziz Ansari and Judd Apatow dropped by.
Is it always like this or did we just get extremely lucky? - Ken Morley
Eleven-Headed Kannon (Ekadashamukha)
I can not believe the scale of the Metropolitan Museum. I spent 5-6 hours, and probably saw about 20% of it. - Ken Morley
Ken is one of those places that every time I'm in NY, I visit!! I always see something new!! :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
This was my 2nd visit. The 1st time, I wandered around without a map. There were whole huge sections I totally missed. :) - Ken Morley
Toasting #unclerobert on his birthday. Best wishes on your 88th uncle Robert!
Dang! I'm sideways again! - Ken Morley
Also, you appear to have a small ball of fusing hydrogen right next to your ear. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
That's just my sparkling personality leaking out... No wait. You're right. It's just the sun. - Ken Morley
More Met: Stela of a four armed Vishnu
Say hello to my little friends. - Ken Morley
Getting some culture at the Met.
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Krisha vs. the horse demon.
Hmm, can't get the orientation right. Looks like Krishna's winning though. - Ken Morley
The wine is so much cheaper here than at home.
Don't judge me. - Ken Morley
I'll judge you. You know a good a value when you drink it. - Todd Hoff
A $25 bottle here would be like $40-$50 at home. - Ken Morley
No words.
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چه خوشکل ساختنش...ولی سایه برج های قبلی تا ابد روی این منهتن سنگینی خواهد کرد - میلاد
Baseball is nothing like hockey. #nofights #disappointed #natitude.
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There are fights in baseball, but they mostly involve guys coming out of the dugouts and milling around and posturing. - John (bird whisperer)
If you're lucky, someone will be ejected and throw a cooler of ice out of the dugout. - Jennifer Dittrich
There's lots more audience singing, for one thing. At least at Sox games. - Soup in a TARDIS
There are fights in baseball, but they're usually in the parking lot and don't (usually) involve players. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
In answer to the text of the original post: "Thank God." - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
It was an exciting game. The Nationals fans sure are passionate about their team. :) - Ken Morley from FreshFeed
Poor Rockies. - Joe
poor hot dog - chaz2b
Also, the dogs were good. :) - Ken Morley
On rare occasion, you do see a good pile up fight, with all the players rushing onto the field to get into it, from both sides. But it's very rare. - April Russo
One of my superpowers is delaying gratification.
Are 50 yr old marshmallows safe to eat? - Ken Morley
define safe - Me
Will not kill me dead. - Ken Morley
not instantly, that's a benefit of delayed gratification. - Greg GuitarBuster
LOL! - Ken Morley
There is a market for 50 year old marshmallows...the hot chocolate and breakfast cereal industries have been buying & reselling them for years! - April Russo
They're magically delicious. - Ken Morley
Jenny's Chris Moore encounter reminded me of this Woody Allen clip.
"Please someone challenge me on my Bulgakov observation!" :) - Ken Morley
This is one of his classics ... :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
LOL! - Jenny H. from Android
Ladybug larvae doing her job. Begonia.
Apparently a few survived the soapocalypse of 2013. - Ken Morley
Soon will be the cucs!
I need to get some sort of trellis for mine before they get too big :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Bamboo poles work well. I tie the vines about every 9 inches or so. They got to be about 7 feet tall last year. :) - Ken Morley
I upcycled old wire shelving and tendrils are clinging! First lil cukies are visible! - daveeza
Interesting, they don't grab on to the bamboo at all. I wonder if I bored a few holes and poked some coat-hanger wire through if they would latch on? - Ken Morley
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