Gary Seven

Gary Seven
Location
Too far North,
Birthday
January 01
Bio
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay ______________________________ Centrist and Atheist. My preferred method of offending people is by advocating that we work together and not succumb to ideological extremism. ______________________________ I've been through times with money and times with no money. And you know what? Money is better! ______________________________ "Life isn't just one damn thing after another...it's the same damn thing over and over and over again." -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

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It started with that first computer programming class, when I was struck dumbfounded by the notion that I would be able to program a computer to talk.  I loved the idea of artificial intelligence.  To think that I could fashion a set of instructions in such a way that a machine/… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2012 11:53AM

I’ve decided to feel good

I’ve decided to feel good, to make my default attitude one that is pleasantly normal.  There are a number of reasons why my outlook on things spiraled downward.  My wife got cancer and RA.  It’s hard for me to get jobs, and when I do I can’t keep them very long. Read full post »

MAY 18, 2012 11:04AM

A week developing breakthrough AI

I spent most of this week continuing to develop a custom design for an artificial neural network (ANN) that performs visual object recognition (VOR).  All but one day at the library.  Pack the computer in the backpack, walk to the library, smuggle in a coffee, fire up the PC and go,/… Read full post »

Spin News is reporting that a group of heretics has disavowed the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM).  These “Apasteists” as they call themselves have broken ranks with the Pastafarian church.  Thomas Blogwash, the spokesman for the group, stated “I have never… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2012 7:58PM

Did I ever really know my father?

My father died almost 12 years ago, and during all of the years since then I still can’t quite figure out what kind of relationship we had.  He kept personal things and emotions to himself.  My most vivid memories of him are of him sitting in his chair, a little disgruntled. … Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2011 12:41PM

Feeding our Dreams and Nightmares

The movie “A Beautiful Mind” has some appealing aspects for those of us who secretly wish to be part of the intelligent and productive elite.  While watching the movie, one could walk along through Princeton University, look at the rooms with fine old polished wood walls, walk thro… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2011 12:30PM

Executive Brain and Emotional Brain

I started managing the relationship between the executive brain and the emotional brain yesterday.  They are 2 major parts of the brain and they need to work together if you want to live happily and be productive.  The executive part makes decisions based on reasoning.  The emotional p/… Read full post »

There are some things about the Christian religion that, if you think about them objectively, are downright bizarre.  You slap yourself on the forehead and say “wha…?”  Let’s examine a couple, because as Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot just by wat/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 4:25PM

My wife, the doctor, the dreaded words

It started near the end of the year.  Several members of the family got colds.  Kathy got it too.  But when everyone else got over it, she was still coughing.  After a few weeks I suggested that she go to the doctor, but she thought that the cold would go away/… Read full post »

The media had a field day with Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice.  He had a career as a broadcaster but he became addicted to alcohol and drugs.  That became such a problem that he lost his job and became homeless.  On the news shows he claimed to have stopped/… Read full post »

An idea has occurred to many people in the computer science field -- an idea that quickens your pulse and makes you sit up and look at computers in a new way.  It’s the idea that you can create artificial intelligence (AI) by writing a clever computer program.  The first time/… Read full post »

In yet another dispute between a cable company and a company whose channel it retransmits, News Corporation and Cablevision struggled to reach an agreement about how much Cablevision will pay for News Corporation’s Fox channel.  It had an immediate impact on 3 million subscribers who were/… Read full post »

Kids are like puppies.  They require stimulation and exercise.  They need to be able to interact with what they are doing.  They need to touch stuff, play with it, and talk about it.  And their young bodies need to move around, not just for a short time, but throughout the day.&nbRead full post »

I’m walking down the street on the way to the library in Green Bay. It’s 80 degrees , the air is still and so humid that it feels like it is pressing in on me.  I got up late this morning.  It was so hot last night that my wife and/… Read full post »

At first I noticed the e-mails appearing in my inbox sporadically. They pushed conservative Republican points of view. Oh no, they were forwarded by my mother. Her new husband was a Republican and he had been in the military and then the police force, so I thought he was sending them… Read full post »

I spent my high school years at a small Catholic Seminary.  Why did I do it?  It had to do with the fact that  my parents were Catholics of course, and they had me go to a Catholic grade school in my town.  One day a priest who was recruiter gave/Read full post »

Back in 1973 I was a long-haired college student at U/Wisconsin Stevens Point.  I liked science, so I was a chemistry student.  The chemistry never went anywhere but I did discover computers.  Of course computers were not very advanced at that time, but that was part of the appeal.&nbsRead full post »