Me

Your honor, I object!

Is there any reason that legal briefs, motions, etc. cannot be written in iambic pentameter?

This question brought to you by my diminishing patience for legal motions, pretrial hearings, rules of service on court orders, and a bunch of other shit that you aren't supposed to have to do if you aren't a lawyer.
Me

Need ideas

So, I've designed a hardware-based neural network and will have a working prototype by the end of the year. Now I just need ideas for how to demonstrate its abilities in a real-world setting. My original thought was to wire it into a traffic grid, until someone pointed out to me that a) no city would willingly let me tamper with their stoplights, and b) conducting a live test on equipment that could cause fatal auto accidents will not look good on a grant application. 

So, what's an everyday problem that could benefit from a self-optimizing computer?
Me

(no subject)

I'm in the library, doing research, and there's a kid near me who is raising hell -- screaming, hitting the other children around him, throwing books, and generally doing everything he can to attract as much attention as possible. His mother is too busy trying to score with one of the librarians to do anything other than make vague shushing noises in his general direction. 

Would it be wrong of me to tell him that there is a monster that lives in the library who gobbles up noisy children?
Me

Workplace design

Assuming that you work in an office, what changes to your workplace and/or corporate culture would make you happier? What are things that make you dread going to work?

Note that I'm not talking about the work you do, or the behavior of any one person, but rather the culture of the business and the facilities that it has.


Inspired by this article in forbes, and its counterpart at sparkfun.


Me

(no subject)

Why are all microwaves designed to emit a loud beep every time a button is pushed?

Seriously, it's the device most likely to be used to prepare food when everyone else in the home is sleeping. Why would they make it the loudest?
Me

(no subject)

So, imagine a hypothetical situation in which I accidentally create an AI while working on a museum exhibit on the human brain. This AI has been taught to speak and has a solid grasp of basic physical concepts (hot, cold, bright, dark, dog, cat, etc.) but doesn't really understand social interaction and complex emotion yet. What TV show or movie should I have it watch, to start learning about interacting with humans?