"People prefer music that deviates from perfection in a natural way." Researchers into rhythm
are trying to figure out the nature of these deviations, and what implications this has for audio engineering and neuroscience.
posted by EvaDestruction
on Jul 23, 2012 -
Too much internet may not be a good thing. This Errors
video is totally having a "marmite-like effect". Warning SLYT and Long.
posted by bquarters
on Feb 2, 2012 -
“If you're a politician, admitting you're wrong is a weakness
, but if you're an engineer, you essentially want to be wrong half the time. If you do experiments and you're always right, then you aren't getting enough information out of those experiments. You want your experiment to be like the flip of a coin: You have no idea if it is going to come up heads or tails. You want to not know what the results are going to be. ”
A Slate interview with Google Research Director Peter Norvig on Google's product development process. [via]
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear
on Aug 7, 2010 -
Fool's World Map:
"This is a project visualizing the world map which many fools in the world imagine. If you can see this map comfortably, you are definitely a fool." The creator updates and reformats
the malleable map based completely on capricious, erroneous geographical inconsistencies found within oblvious statements from his comment logs. Examples: (095. Upper right side of Germany became Australia due to a posting by another stupid American thinking "Australia is beside Germany.")
and (001. Due to a Texan who thinks "Japan is accessible from Texas by car", Japan and Texas is land-attached.").
He also has a page
of user-submitted maps, where he encourages you to create your own global eyesore and send it to him.
posted by naxosaxur
on Aug 3, 2004 -
Must people who work in book shops have an English Literature degree?
"At Foyles, the book-lover's bookshop, I approach the counter with a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses. "I bought this book the other day," I say, "and I want my money back. It's full of typing errors and there's no punctuation." But who dumbed down first, the readership or the book trade? Also, I notice Books etc
isn't included, perhaps because the clerks in that chain have to write little reviews of all the books they read, which are then put on the edges of the shelves ...
posted by feelinglistless
on May 7, 2002 -
"Kill duck before cooking"
and other chortle-worthy corrections from The New York Times. If newspapers were smart, they'd recognize that their corrections columns are a potential gold mine in terms of entertainment value, and promote them accordingly. But, alas, newspapers are not smart. (NY Times link, naturally, so the usual warnings apply.)
posted by nathanstack
on Jan 21, 2002 -
Boy bands may be blown sky-high.
This description is on the front page of cnn
, but after chuckling and clicking the link, I was presented with a fairly boring main headline : Going Na Na in Outer Space?
I say they should have stuck with the innuendo.
With internet news sites come a higher chance of errors as well as the ability to fix mistakes for the sake of history. Anyone know of a site that posts screenshots of mistakes before major websites correct them?
posted by jragon
on Jun 20, 2001 -
I was hoping to start my day by either purchasing the OSX beta or begin the long d/l process. Unfortunately, 30 minutes later and Apple's Store servers have yet to complete the process due to 500 Internal Server errors and 4 timed out sessions. I thought OSX Servers were better than any in the world? So forget it. Steve, you can have your eye candy.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Sep 13, 2000 -