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Duologue, the chatbot that rescues you from uncomfortable silences

The highlight of my week (and possibly my year) has been finally releasing Duologue, a chatbot that rescues you from uncomfortable silences by prompting you with questions to ask when the conversation starts to dry up.  You can check out this Facebook messenger bot on the Duologue Facebook page.  Duolouge is also open source, so … Continue reading

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Adventures in coding-land

I dreamed about a canvas painted in thick smears of black, spread so thickly the strokes seemed to move, roiling over and around each other giving depth and heft to the obscurity. Smudges of color which never quite resolved into shapes blossomed and faded on the surface, giving the impression of sinister figures shrouded in … Continue reading

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MOOC Overload (Or, The Day The Code Came)

I may have overdone it slightly. I signed up for three MOOCs all running concurrently. Two of these are computer science/programming courses and one is a business school/social sciences course on organizational analysis, just for a bit of variety. I’ve already told you about my adventures with CS50, Harvard University’s well-known introduction to computer science … Continue reading

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MOOC Overload (Or, The Day The Code Came)

I may have overdone it slightly. I signed up for three MOOCs all running concurrently. Two of these are computer science/programming courses and one is a business school/social sciences course on organizational analysis, just for a bit of variety. I’ve already told you about my adventures with CS50, Harvard University’s well-known introduction to computer science … Continue reading

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A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Code

“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness– Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!” Quatrain XII, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 5th ed. (trans. Edward FitzGerald) On the first Tuesday of every month, Victualler in Wapping hosts a wine tasting of organic, biodynamic … Continue reading