Did you get that thing I sent ya?

Some stuff I blathered about in class:

Here’s where you can find your work directories:
http://machinepoetics.com/work/students-fall05/
This is where I’ll put your scripts so you can check the output. Maybe I’ll make the layout more pretty. Maybe I won’t….

The self-perpetuating prediction of Moore’s Law

The alluring musical recommendations of Last.fm

The Future Cost of a Good Synthetic World
If movies cost $100 million for maybe 10 hours of total entertainment, then an equivalent video game on an hourly entertainment basis could cost up to $13 billion. Given how much time and money people already spend inside of games, it’s kind of scary to think about what kind of virtual world could be created with a multibillion dollar budget….

The new USC faculty who are studying the biological basis of emotion.
They look like nice folks. (The stuff I heard about doing brain sensor focus groups was part of a radio interview…)

The Straight Dope on Mormons.
In his book An Address to All Believers in Christ, David Whitmer, one of the “three witnesses” to the Book of Mormon, writes:

I will now give you a description of the manner in which the Book of Mormon was translated. Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear.