France opens UFO files

The French agency for UFOs just opened their database. Unfortunately, the CNES/GEIPAN web site has generally been down since then, presumably due to the heavy traffic. In these conditions, I'm not sure that the add prominently featured at the bottom is really helpful: This site was built using the CNES-SiTools Framework. SiTools is Copyright © … Continue reading France opens UFO files

Thought recognition: what user interface?

Thought recognition is coming. New articles on this topic pop up regularly. But what would a thought-driven user interface look like? The inception of the XL programming language began with questions like this. I was thinking more of speech recognition at the time. I was trying to figure out how it would be possible to … Continue reading Thought recognition: what user interface?

Languages: The many meanings of amateur

In a few previous posts, I used the word amateur. I used this word on purpose, because it has two meanings in English: a person who engages in a pursuit, esp. a sport, on an unpaid basis. a person considered contemptibly inept at a particular activity. I find this very interesting, because the second meaning … Continue reading Languages: The many meanings of amateur

Do we even think logically?

Another of my pet theories. I once read that the brain makes up its mind first, and then spends a lot of time analyzing logically to justify this preconception. Only when the evidence is so damn strong that the preconceived notion cannot possibly hold up will the brain, very reluctantly, accept to backtrack. I personally … Continue reading Do we even think logically?

Physics: will anybody read the work of an amateur?

Another reason for being late with XL is that I recently spent a lot of free time trying to evangelize my ideas about incomplete measurements in physics. The main idea is not too complicated, I'm just asking if there is any good reason why two physically distinct measurements of, let's say, a coordinate we call … Continue reading Physics: will anybody read the work of an amateur?