2017

A tree that is barely visible in a fog

The idea of a conscious computer has been presented lately in many Hollywood movies such as Her, Ex Machina and Uncanny. Is there a seed of truth to that or is a computer with a soul just Sci-fi that will never see the light of day? Before reading this post any further, take a look the first and second post in this series. ☺️

Previously, I have covered qualia, dualism, identity theories and two materialisms. This time, we are going to dive deep into emergence. (more…)

A dark hand pressed against a glass

In today's world computers are developing at an astonishing pace. Tesla and Google are developing self-driving cars, for instance. Are robots going to develop a soul at some point? This is the second post in this series. Make sure you have read the first post before reading this one any further. 🤖

Last week, I covered qualia, dualism and two identity theories. Today, we have two materialisms on the plate: eliminativism and reductionism. Leaving the emergent materialism for the last post of the series. (more…)

A blue eye

You are walking down the street looking in front of you and suddenly, someone says hi to you. You turn your head and see your friend. How did that happen? Why didn't you see him when you were walking before he caught your attention? These things happen to people, because we are hardwired to ignore most of the things around us. 😮

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A picture of Xiaomi WiFi router

About a year ago I was in a tricky situation. I had just moved to a new flat that had a modern fiber-optic connection meaning that instead of connecting my router to a phone socket, there was an ethernet port on the wall. This meant, of course, that I had to go shopping for a new router after I was told by my internet provider that they don't sell such routers, because "you can connect your computer to the ethernet port directly"…  🤦‍♂️ Like I would only have one device I wanted to connect to the internet. 🤣 (more…)

An open dictionary with the word focus in focus

After taking a course in lexicography, I found it astonishing that there was people who didn't quite understand the difference between a dictionary and an encyclopaedia. Even more disturbing is that I have seen a great many scientific papers in which dictionaries have been used as though they had encyclopaedia like knowledge. 😥

Luckily, the distinction is quite easy.🙂 (more…)

A street with light trails from cars at night

Load testing a Django based application with jMeter is a tricky thing to do since Django requires a CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) token to be present on every POST request (unless you have disabled it, of course).  This tutorial helps you to hit the ground running with your Django tests, as I have prepared a ready made test file for you. 🤓 (more…)

Pokemon Go open on a phone with the picture of a Charizard

EDIT: Read a more up-to-date list of future evolutions here.

The second generation Pokémon are arriving on Pokémon Go. We have already seen the baby forms added to the game. Like some of us might remember, some of the old 1st generation Pokémon will have new evolutions in the 2nd generation.😮 This means that while you are out there hunting for Pokémon, there are some you should keep on hording because you will soon be able to evolve them to completely new 2nd generation Pokémon.

I built up the following table of old Pokémon that will get a new evolution with an estimated amount of candy they will need to evolve. 🤓

New evolutions

Old Pokémon Candies to evolve 2nd gen Pokémon
Zubat -> Golbat
100 🍬
Crobat
Eevee
25 🍬
Espeon and Umbreon
Slowpoke
50 🍬
Slowking
Onix
50 🍬
Steelix
Horsea -> Seadra
100 🍬
Kingdra
Porygon
50 🍬
Porygon 2
Chansey
50 🍬
Blissey
Scyther
50 🍬
Scizor
Oddish -> Gloom
100 🍬
Bellossom
Poliwag -> Poliwhirl
100🍬
Politoed

So remember to keep these Pokémon in mind when walking out there! If you want to make the catching process a bit easier, you should check out the Pokémon Go Plus gear.

Happy catching! ☺️