May 2004 Archives


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Robosapien - a possible Asimo killer? At $99 I doubt it, but could be fun anyway.

John Kotter

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Went to see John Kotter today down in London at the RGS. Absolutely superb speaker and story teller. His 8 step change model still makes a lot of sense, and step 4 is about communications. In fact almost the whole day was about communications, particularly communicating through deeds, stories and dramatic gestures. He talks about how seeing or hearing something compelling causes behaviour change through feeling differently about things, and that's a more deep routed change than that brought about by reading or hearing something and then analysing and "thinking" differently about things. Simple stuff, but an incredibly powerful speaker - and communicator.

Intellect Review and Dinner

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We'll be attending the Intellect Review day on 27th May - mainly due to our contribution to their Utilities Group. We'll also be staying on for the evening to hear Michael Portillo speak at the Intellect Annual Dinner. If you're an ICT company we might see you there.

Elizabeth Magill

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It's obviously art week! Went down to the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham today to see an exhibition of works by Elizabeth Magill. Gorgeous pictures, almost abstract landscapes, sublime apparently.

Roy Lichtenstein

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Went to see the Roy Lichtenstein show down at the Hayward Gallery today, superb. All the classics were there, Brad and Whaam. Some of the stuff I hadn't seen before:

  • Grrrrrr - a dog that looks just like Toby from Halo Jones

  • His nudes

  • Some stunning japanese landscapes


Was really interesting to see the actual DC comics he copied the Whaam and Brad pictures from. Never realised just how literally he lifted things. Superb show.

Chatterbox Challenge 2004


The Chatterbox Challenge is over for 2004 as far as Halo is concerned. She didn't make the final 10 - shame. She did though score 8th in capability and 5th in interface. I've also now got a far better idea of what she needs to do in order to do better next year. She is though still having a LOT of conversations - 817 since I reset the log after Christmas some time!

The final 10 are:

Alice by Dr. Wallace
Elbot by Fred Roberts
Ella by Kevin Copple
God Louise by Joy Harwood
Hal by Zabaware
Jabberwacky by Rollo Carpenter
Jabberwock by Juergen Pirner
Little Mu by Jamie Kowalski
Talk-Bot by Chris Cowart
Zero by Computer Hope

I must atke the time to have a good chat with each.
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