On reading about the 14-inch M1 (Max) 2021 MacBook Pro, I quickly got a crush on it. Who wouldn’t? I really hoped and expected the crush would turn into a reasonably long-term love affair. But within hours of using it, I feared, and soon confirmed, that it was not the Mac for me.
Way back in early 2012, I argued in favor of the benefits of dictation. At that point, I was not yet using (the then-recently-released) Siri. I’ve been pretty happy with Siri in last few years, except for when Internet is unavailable. Apple recently claimed Siri dictation is no longer dependent on Internet. However, even with iOS 15.1.1 ( dictation enabled of course), I am often told “Something Went Wrong Please Try Again?” This tends to happen where Internet is choppy and only when I am dictating via a verbal command (“create a new note”). I can understand that Siri might try to use the Internet, fail and give up trying to create the note (though, really, why not go offline [“on device] all the time for mere dictation requests?) But to fail several times in a row is rather inconvenient.
I’m an avid Mac user but I don’t tend to blog about the latest Apple news. Nor do I publicly speculate about future Apple products. So, I don’t participate in 99% of what is written about Apple. However, 24 hours into using my new MacBook Pro M1 Max, I’m already missing the Touch Bar (as I expected). And I can no longer resist the temptation of discussing its demise and predicting its reincarnation.
Earlier this week I submitted a brief chapter called “Beyond the CRAAP test and other introductory guides for assessing knowledge resources: The CUP’A framework” for publication in the 2nd edition of the Future of Text book edited by Frode Hegland. Here’s Table 1 of the chapter:
I’m quite sure I spotted you in a video at SFU (recognize your voice and your ideas!): https://youtu.be/GGuBz63snLU?t=2733 (45:35). It’s a nice talk on the integration of connectionists and symbolic ideas w/ virtual machines, something I’m quite interested and my PhD advisor did some really nice work on in this area.
Last summer, I gave a guest lecture in Dr. Angelica Lim’s course on Affective Computing at the Department of Computer Science of Simon Fraser University. I said I’d publish the presentation on YouTube, so here it finally is:
Well over a decade ago, age (experience) yielded a dividend of wisdom: the resolve to develop courage. I created the montage above, comprised of pictures of my heroes, Winston Churchill, Jacques Brel and Pierre Elliot Trudeau, which I hung prominently in my office. They were emblems of cognitive zest and courage. They were brilliant, perspicuous, hard working men who facing trials did not flinch. I devoured biographies of Winston Churchill. I re-read Trudeau’s auto-biography and some other books about him. I also read books about Brel and got the DVD collection of his videos. I even started “The zest of Brel” project, exchanging emails with Arnie Johnston who holds the right to translate Brel into English (and I drafted ACT in Three Acts). I re-acquired a beautifully bound copy of the play Cyrano de Bergerac. I memorized La tirade du Non Merci :