Author: James Higham

The boy who asked why

Return of the quiz

1.  Myopic and hypermetropic are two sight defects.  Which is which? 2.  What are the two main components of bronze? 3.  If the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, then what are the three other letters sometimes used…

Think I missed Columbus Day

As Matt says: As if #1 were not an important enough legacy to the US, our country used to be referred to as Columbia (a feminization of Columbus’ name). Our unofficial national anthem (before “The Star Spangled Banner”) was “Hail,…

Irish terrorism – is it the end?

The reaction to the INLA announcement was welcome for afficianados of Irish politics but for the ordinary person on the main island, what does it all mean? An excerpt from IRA Guerilla Tactics says: When the original IRA went Marxist,…

Artificial intelligence

No, not Gordo.  The Tower of Babel principle. Lord T is of the opinion that true AI is a long way off: Personally though I think we are so far from a learning machine that could think and act like…