Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next

C[omp]ute

Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

Last 100 entries

[Link, Programming] MySQL UTF8 Broken; NCOA for $20; [Link, Books] Latin American Authors; [Link, Computing] Optimizatin Puzzle; [Link, Books, Politics] Orwell Prize; [Link] What the Hell Is Happening With Qatar?; [Link] Deep Learning + Virtual Tensor Machines; [Link] Scaled Composites: Largest Wingspan Ever; [Link] SCP Foundation; [Bike] Lessons From 2 Leading 2 Trailing; [Link] Veg Restaurants in Santiago; [Link] List of Contemporary Latin American Authors; [Bike] FTHR; [Link] Whoa - NSA Reduces Collection (of US Residents); [Link] Red Bull's Breitbart; [Link] Linux Threads; [Link] Punycode; [Link] Bull / Girl Statues on Wall Street; [Link] Beautiful Chair Video; Update: Lower Pressures; [Link] Neat Python Exceptions; [Link] Fix for Windows 10 to Avoid Ads; [Link] Attacks on ZRTP; [Link] UK Jazz Invasion; [Review] Cuba; [Link] Aricle on Gender Reversal of US Presidential Debate; {OpenSuse] Fix for Network Offline in Updater Applet; [Link] Parkinson's Related to Gut Flora; Farellones Bike Park; [Meta] Tags; Update: Second Ride; Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1 v Continental X-King 2.4; Mountain Biking in Santiago; Books on Ethics; Security Fail from Command Driven Interface; Everything Old is New Again; Interesting Take on Trump's Lies; Chutney v6; References on Entropy; Amusing "Alexa.." broadcast; The Shame of Chile's Education System; Playing mp4 gifs in Firefox on Opensuses Leap 42.2; Concurrency at Microsoft; Globalisation: Uk -> Chile; OpenSuse 42.2 and Synaptics Touch-Pads; Even; Cherry Jam; Lebanese Writer Amin Maalouf; C++ - it's the language of the future; Learning From Trump; Chinese Writer Hu Fayun; And; Apricot Jam; Also; Excellent Article on USA Politics; Oh Metafilter; Prejudice Against The Rurals; Also, Zizek; Trump; Why Trump Won; Doxygen + Latex on CentOS 6; SMASH - Solve 5 Biggest Problems in Physics; Good article on racism, brexit, and social divides; Grandaddy are back!; Consciousness From Max Entropy; Democrats; Harvard Will Fix Black Poverty; Modelling Bicycle Wheels; Amusing Polling Outlier; If Labour keeps telling working class people...; Populism and Choice; Books on Defeat; Enrique Ferrari - Argentine Author; Transcript of German Scientists on Learning of Hiroshima; Calvert Journal; Owen Jones on Twitter; Possible Japanese Authors; Complex American Literature; Chutney v5; Weird Componentized Virus; Interesting Argentinian Author - Antonio Di Benedetto; Useful Thread on MetaPhysics; RAND on fighting online anarchy (2001); NSA Hacked; Very Good LRB Article on Brexit; Nussbaum on Anger; Tasting; Apple + Kiwi Jam; Hit Me; Sudoku - CSP + Chaos; Recycling Electronics In Santiago; Vector Displays in OpenGL; And Anti-Aliased; OpenGL - Render via Intermediate Texture; And Garmin Connect; Using Garmin Forerunner 230 With Linux; (Beating Dead Horse) StackOverflow; Current State of Justice in China; Axiom of Determinacy; Ewww; Fee Chaos Book

© 2006-2017 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

The Possibility of Life's Survival on the Planet

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2012 11:33:59 -0300

[Found this on my laptop; was written a few months back when I was in the UK]

Patrick Keiller - The Possibility of Life's Survival on the Planet

Visited the Tate Britain (ie the old Tate, North of the river), near
Pimlico, today.  It was very good, in a rather odd way.  Partly,
perhaps, because some of its glory has been stolen by the Tate Modern,
and partly because, as a consequence of its changing role, it is being
refurbished, it has the air of a smaller, more local gallery - less
busy, more personal, more idiosyncratic and, curiously, more English.

In the main hall, displayed as if in a church hall (on wooden stands,
off from the wall), was a selection of (generally smaller) pieces from
the collection, arranged to illustrate the story of Robinson's final
activities.  Robinson being someone who believed he was in contact
with aliens, concerned about the future of the planet, and who was
exploring the current malaise (then being the financial crisis of
2008).

Robinson also being the ficitious creation of Patrick Keiller.  Who
has a sense of humour, a surprisingly varied knowledge about the UK
and its history, and a frustrated anger.  The result made me curiously
homesick for a country that I don't think I ever really knew.


Yesterday I visited the Tate Modern and the National Gallery.  Old
pictures everywhere have been cleaned to a surprising degree.  I guess
I last spent time trekking round these galaries in earnest some 20
years ago.  Everything was much grimier then.  The change is quite
violent.  Is it really all OK?

Andrew

Comment on this post