Zeke Franco

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I posted to goodreads.com

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

  • author: David Eagleman
  • average rating: 3.75 of 5
  • book published: 2011
  • my rating: 4 of 5
  • read at: 2012/09/19

If you read a lot of cog. sci. books, then the beginning of the book will be cover many of the same topics, but it picks up with some more distinct information once some of the basic stuff is covered. I particularly enjoyed chapters 5 and 6.

5. The Brain Is a Team of Rivals

6. Why Blameworthiness Is the Wrong Question

Chapter 5 goes into depth about how the brain has multiple functions and parts which overlap to provide solutions for different contexts which often overlap. For example, memories aren't just stored by one component of the brain. Memories can be stored by multiple parts in different contexts. e.g. hippocampus for everyday things and amygdala for more tragic experiences, but they often work together. The author than talks about how advances in AI could be made if computer science took a more biological approach.

Chapter 6 is very thought provoking. It addresses freewill and criminal behavior. Specifically how the justice system and ultimately society's view on criminal behavior doesn't current fit in with our current understanding of how the brain makes decisions. The author make an interesting case that punishment should take an evidence-based approach.


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I posted to flickr.com

Ultimate ears cable

Headphone Cable Breaks

To make the cable have the ability to wrap over the top of your ear, Ultimate Ears placed a metal wire in the cable. After about four months the plastic coating becomes brittle and the wire breaks through. I've been through about five cables. (Luckly the headphone cable is easily replaced.) After the last cable broke I switched to the Apple in-ear w/ mic and remote and haven't had any issues with the cables, but the sound isolation isn't as good.

If the cable wasn't crap I'd rate these headphones about a 7.5. The sound quality is good; could use a little more bass. Also the sound isolation is really good.


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I posted to quasarkitten.net

The Apple Aluminum Keyboard

I broke down and bought the new Aluminum Apple wired keyboard. I went my local Apple store the day after the announcement to get iLife and iWork (possible future post), but unfortunately they didn’t have the new iMac out so I couldn’t try the new keyboard. Well this Sunday I went in to exchange my wireless Mighty Mouse, I’ve went through two, I’m now on my third, I love the mouse, but the stupid scroll ball nipple thing always breaks. (another possible future post) So since I was there I tried out the new keyboard and decided to buy it. I went with the wired one because I need the extended keyboard.As for my review of it… I love it. It looks OK in photos, but looks great in person and on my desk. I love the way it feels and ergonomically it is much more comfortable for me. I’m stuck on a computer probably 9-12 hours a day so ergonomics are important to me. At work I use a Dell keyboard and an evoluent vertical mouse (possible future post #3) and at home I use a Wacom intuos3 4x6 tablet and Wireless Mighty Mouse.Good BitsBasically if you like the Macbook keyboard you’ll like this keyboard. I was always of fan of "clicky" keyboards, but I enjoy the soft touch this one has. It’s great when your blogging at 4A.M. since it is quite. I also like the extremely low profile; it keeps me from bending my wrist too much. Finally the USB ports are 2.0! I hooked up my Canon EOS 350D and downloaded 30 or so raw images in a minute or two. It was nice not have to worry about where to plug the cable in. The port are recessed so when you do hook up a USB cable to the keyboard you don’t have to see the fat knob part of the USB cable sticking out.Negative BitsI haven’t fully been able to get the "special keys" functioning. I did install the keyboard software update (1.1), which got the media, volume, and brightness keys working, but the exposeé key, and dashboard keys don’t work. I haven’t spent much time fiddling with it so if I get them working I’ll post back here. Lastly the USB ports will only power a high powered device if the keyboard is hookup to the new Al Imacs. Bummer.Flickr: Apple Al Keyboard Photos09/11/07 Edit: Keyboard Software Update 1.2 was released today and has fixed all the above issues for me.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten


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