I drove from Liverpool to London this afternoon and was delighted to stumble across Chris Bishop of Microsoft Research in Cambridge who has the honour of being the selected lecturer for the 2008 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures – a 180 year old tradition.
Whilst ably dodging callers to Radio 5 who wanted technical support on Windows XP, Chris came across as a likeable chap and convinced me that I’ll be watching all 5 of the lectures this week on Channel 5 here in the UK. The promise to be both educational and fun as is the Royal Institution website for the lectures at http://www.rigb.org/christmaslectures08/ where each lecture is supported by a fun challenge. For those not able to grab it via Channel 5, you can pre-order a DVD.
Chris will tackle topics such as the speed of computing and how long we can sustain Moores Law – all without the aid of PowerPoint – and with lots of audience involvement. It sounds like a great way to learn about some fascinating topics and hopefully get some children interested in the science of computing. The RI website also includes some terrific links on related aspects of each lecture which I’ve included below.
On a personal note, I’m delighted for Chris and MSR. I was at our labs in Cambridge recently and was shown some of the truly breathtaking work they undertake – the majority of it has no direct relation to Microsoft’s commercial business and it’s something I wish more people were exposed to their work. I think it’d change a few opinions of Microsoft pretty quickly if people could see the impact of this work could have on all of our lives.
Don’t forget, Channel 5 at 19:30 this tonight and for the rest of the week!
The Polaroid Project has been available for OSX for a while but it now on Windows too. The Polaroid company filed for bankruptcy this year but their cult camera lives on with this cool little program. Of course if you’re using Windows Live Writer to edit your blog you get a Polaroid image style for free!
My recent shot of a London Banksy undergoing the treatment
Calvin and Hobbes predicts the economic crisis – 15 yr old cartoon.
hat tip to thetruthaboutcars.com
Quote from Philippe de Montebello director of the Metropolitan Museum in New York in a great article titled The Age Of Mass Intelligence from More Intelligent Life. One of the longest but best posts I have read in a long time with some interesting gems about how popular culture has become more and more cultured as our choices have exploded
One of the conclusions they draw is that dumbing down is nonsense which I agree with – now if I could just find time to stop reading voraciously on the web I may find some culture!
Anyway….I shall pay this magazine more attention in future as I’ve ignored to date. That’s what happens when you put Paris Hilton on the cover of a serious magazine!
sidenote: they say they have a blog but they don’t. tip….a blog HAS to have an RSS feed to be worthy of the name
This evening in Crosby.