Crazy Ideas and What to Do About Them

By Ryan McGreal
Published November 09, 2012

John Graham-Cumming is an English programmer well-known in tech circles for his creativity, playfulness and audacity. He is best known for having led the successful campaign to get the British goverment to apologize posthumously for persecuting Alan Turing after World War II.

In addition to his full-time job, he is currently running a non-profit organization with the goal of building Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, the world's first computer, which Babbage designed in 1837 but never built. He is also the author of The Geek Atlas, a 544-page travel book for nerds, and maintains a popular blog on his website.

Some of his recent pet projects include a computerized high-altitude balloon, a homemade water rocket, robot odometer, a "Simon" game in an Altoids can, and a live bus monitor inside a model bus.

How does he do it? Where does he get the ideas? In a talk to the Hacker News London Meetup, Graham-Cumming provides the kernel of an answer.

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Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted November 14, 2012 at 07:51:05

OK, I'll bite, since I've little to write or do and y'all might call IT crazy we're all eating meat glue:

Grainne Trainor, a restaurant owner, warns "meat is something you buy at your neighborhood local butcher shop. Glue is something you buy at Home Depot. Those two words just don’t belong in the same sentence."

Oh well, what the hell and why bother I think, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink:

"Nearly everywhere that science has claimed to improve our lives, it has actually made them far worse. Even the invention of the transistor has paved the way not to global enlightenment but rather the global cesspool known as "social networks" where the world's most dumbed-down computer users attempt to impress each other with how uninformed and trendy they are."

Alas, I am aghast, at how fast we devolve but don't hurry into worry since there's nothing technology can't solve:

Dr. Crabtree doesn't seem too worried about humans possibly growing dumber, for whatever reasons. He assumes future technologies are will be able to "fix" the problem through science and medicine. "I think we will know each of the millions of human mutations that can compromise our intellectual function and how each of these mutations interacts with each other and other processes as well as environmental influences," Dr. Crabtree said in the media statement. "At that time, we may be able to magically correct any mutation that has occurred in all cells of any organism at any developmental stage. Thus, the brutish process of natural selection will be unnecessary."

Magically crazy technology has duped us with tricks and treats into careless consumers, a troupe of twits and tweets; High on horse and nigh on course to a local glue factory meet.

Speak your ideas out loud, even if it is to a stuffed bear.

lol & Cheers

Comment edited by WRCU2 on 2012-11-14 07:54:18

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