The “dreams” of Google’s AI are equal parts amazing and disturbing

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Philip K. Dick asked that question Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” did little to answer that question, but now perhaps Google has. When asked to create similar images to the ones it had cataloged, the results were amazing and provided insight into the ‘electric dreams of sheep.’

Why Pacer should (and should not) be like Edgar

Great write up on how Pacer, with arguments for and against removing the pay per use fee. Did you know that the DOJ is the biggest user of the PACER, and that DOJ is publically funded that comes out of the taxpayers backpocket?
For more on keeping/dropping/revising the pay structure, read on.

Excel: Insert Tables From Web

Use the Insert from Web option, to quickly import tables from web pages into Excel.

Watch this 2 minute video to see all you need to know.


To Insert Data From Web into Excel

  1. Using your web-browser, locate the content to be imported.
  2. RIGHT + CLICK in the addressbar and select Copy.
  3. In Excel, on the Data tab of the Ribbon, click From Web. A New Web Query dialog will appear.
  4. RIGHT + CLICK in the addressbar, select Paste, and click Go. The source webpage will populate the dialog.
  5. Click the yellow arrow grnarrw next to the table(s) you wish to copy (the icon will change to a green check grnchk  ).
  6. Optionally, click Options and select formatting preference (i.e., None, Rich Text, HTML) then click OK.
  7. Click Import. The Import Data dialog will appear.
  8. Select starting cell to import data to or select “New Worksheet” to import into a new sheet.
  9. Click Properties, uncheck Save Query Definition*, and click OK.
    *Alternatively, to maintain a link to variable data, leave Save Query Definition checked; you will be prompted to ‘Enable Content’ each time the file is opened.
  10. Click OK to complete the import.
Additional reading..

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An Internet Minute

This infographic comes from the IntelScoop.com (March 2013)
The arrangement seems wholly arbitrary; I would’ve preferred if the items were placed in ascending order.
Click here for the full article.

For an updated (December 2013) version of an Internet Minute, click here for an equally horrendous infographic, courtesy of AlleyWatch.com

Enjoy, and remember; the minute you spend looking at this is a minute you could have spent greeting those 100 new LinkedIn members.

An Internet Minute
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Amazon’s drone delivery service

Incoming

What’s that buzzing? No cause for alarm, its just the latest installment of GTA flying at you. Catch!

Although not yet ready for primetime Amazon is hopeful that this small package delivery service will be start flying in 2016. If successful, it promises to drastically cut delivery time.

(Still no word on the flying cars we were promised)

Enjoy this video from Amazon.

Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!

“404” and “fail” are the most popular words of 2013

“404”, “Fail” & “Hashtag; most popular words of 2013

Google Chrome Easter Eggs

Who doesn’t love Easter Eggs! 

No, not the Springtime ovo-cuniculus  variety (although they are good too). I am talking about those purposeless treats that programmers embed into applications, hoping that someone will come across it.

This is done less and less nowadays (probably because software firms assessed  how much time was being billed as ‘work time’ for a pointless feature. I still remember back in the when you could run a virtual Flight simulator from your desk by pressing a series of keys (google “Excel 97 Flight Simulator” for more on that).

Here are some ‘secret’ tricks for you Google Chrome users

In Chrome, enter any of the below into the search bar:

  • Type ‘do a barrel roll‘ then press Enter
  • Type ‘askew‘ (or Type ‘tilt‘ in the search bar and then press Enter)
  • Type ‘google in 1998‘ and press Enter (if you’re feeling nostalgic)
  • Type ‘google sphere‘ in the search bar and then CLICK  ‘ I’m Feeling Lucky ‘  (trippy!)
    GoogleSphere

And finally (although this is not really an Easter egg, but):

  • Hover your mouse over the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button’ 

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Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!