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Newton Diaries

In 1993, Apple released the Newton MessagePad, the first so-called “Personal Digital Assistant”. A kind of forerunner to today’s smart/i phones, the device worked as a kind of virtual notepad, allowing free-form entry of both text and drawing mixed together … Continue reading

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Annotated Interviews

Two annotated interviews with Perttu Rastas, of the Finnish Archive, and Kati, Kurenniemi’s wife and long-time partner. Apologies for the partial / spotty transcriptions.

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A life template

At its most basic level, a template (1670, originally templet, ‘little temple’, the form changed in 1844, probably influenced by plate ) looks like this: Dear XXXX, By sending you this letter, I accept that the social conventions of language … Continue reading

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False positive

When doing face recognition, the classifier that we use, the Haar classifier first proposed by Paul Viola and improved by Rainer Lienhart, executes a series of tests on the image. As we have seen previously, the algorithm makes a good … Continue reading

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time

Linux includes a command called time, which rather than reporting the current time (that’s “date”), is a kind of meta command that can be used to measure the resource usage of the execution of another command. Running the hash index … Continue reading

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Neural code Nature

Erkki wrote many notes using the program Mathematica. In this file, called “Neural code Nature”, Erkki seems to have stored a quotation from an academic paper on Neural Nets.

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An archive is an organic whole

…The preceding section explained how an archive is created due to the work of a college or any officer, how the archive is always the reflection of the functions of that body (organisation) or that official. An archive is not … Continue reading

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Oh, human fart

Quotes from an article written for Framework: The Finnish Art Review.  From leaving the body to leaving the earth (first sentence and last paragraph of the article). Man is a machine. A machine produced by evolution. I find it impossible … Continue reading

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Computable Document Format

Many of the documents in the archive (over 5000 files) are in the “.nb” format of the Mathematica program, the flagship software product of Wolfram Research. Kurenniemi was interested in the ideas of Stephen Wolfram. Wolfram, a physicist turned cosmologist, … Continue reading

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Mathematica-Compatible Notebook

(*********************************************************************** Mathematica-Compatible Notebook This notebook can be used on any computer system with Mathematica 4.0, MathReader 4.0, or any compatible application. The data for the notebook starts with the line containing stars above. To get the notebook into a Mathematica-compatible … Continue reading

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