Saturday, 27 June 2015

Partick Thistle's monobrowed mutant sun god brings new evil into the weird world of the mascot

It will have to go down as a PR open goal which was skewed horribly wide. Sunday, 21 June, 2015. Stonehenge. The air is alive with bongos and body odour. From somewhere in the distance, perhaps the car park, comes the lilting sound of a social anthropology undergraduate and virgin squeezing a three-note melody through a flute made of tree bark. The sun’s first rays settle on the wrong side of the A303, casting their sacred shadow upon the stone megaliths of Salisbury Plain and its annual dreary army of druggies, druids and dropouts. Then, right there in that instant, was the moment for Partick Thistle to release their new mascot upon the earth, his eyes blank, arms outstretched, nose askew, angrily somnambulating out of the dawn horizon, this jagged demi-human hemisphere of solar terror. Instead, it came 24 hours later in the form of a photo op at Firhill Stadium on the north side of Glasgow, complete with the compulsorily twee Twitter account and a press release informing -READ MORE-

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Google’s image recognising robots turned on themselves, making weird dreams that could show why humans are creative

Computers have dreams, according to Google — and they’re often highly trippy, strange ones of dog-fishes and bananas. Google’s highly-powered, clever computers are normally used for image recognition — a technology that requires computers to think like humans, learning what things look like. But the company set them loose identifying small, subtle things, skewing the images to show a knight made of dogs or clouds that resemble a “pig snail”. The search giant is just one of many companies who are working on artificial neural networks, which use highly-developed mathematical methods to simulate the way that human’s brains think. But by turning those computers upside down, they throw out the strange more -

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Frisbees, sandals and picnics: weird things banned by health and safety

You might not think of a postman as a particularly dangerous job. The odd vicious dog might be the biggest risk they might have to contend with. But in Berkshire a worried postman is delaying delivery to a house on a country road because he is too afraid to cross - and the Royal Mail are backing him up. The retired occupants say they're waiting until mid-afternoon to receive their post, when it used to come in the morning. Health and Safety has saved thousands of lives - but it does occasionally lead to some pretty odd situations. Here are a few of the strangest Health and Safety incidents. Watch out for the cobbles The Royal Mail has form when it comes to slightly barmy health and safety. When residents in Bideford, Devon, complained that they weren't receiving their post, they argued it wasn't safe for postmen to travel down the cobbled street.-READ MORE-