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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Number of posts: 6,065

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Karl Sims - Evolved Virtual Creatures, Evolution Simulation, 1994

This video shows results from a research project involving simulated Darwinian evolutions of virtual block creatures. A population of several hundred creatures is created within a supercomputer, and each creature is tested for their ability to perform a given task, such the ability to swim in a simulated water environment. Those that are most successful survive, and their virtual genes containing coded instructions for their growth, are copied, combined, and mutated to make offspring for a new population. The new creatures are again tested, and some may be improvements on their parents. As this cycle of variation and selection continues, creatures with more and more successful behaviors can emerge.

Damn! Amazon just mailed me to tell me the eclipse glasses I ordered are no good.

It isn't the first time I've ordered suspected counterfeit items from Amazon either. There's a pair of LG headsets which gave up the ghost after just a few months, and the $13 shampoo I ordered feels awfully watery compared to the $50 "identical" one I get at the hairdressers.

I'll give Amazon credit for doing the right thing and warning me to not use them, but they really have to be more careful about their sources.

What kind of person do you picture when that person is described as "a hoot"?

I don't know why, but whenever someone tells me that some unknown person X is a hoot, I picture that person as an obese drunk.

I think it's supposed to mean that that person is funny and outrageous, and maybe there's considerable overlap between those categories, but there it is.

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