February 17, 2011 |
Its human contestants shook their heads in awe as an IBM computer demonstrated Wednesday night for the first time that humans can program a machine to analyze and understand the trickiest vagaries of natural language. And also play a pretty mean game of Jeopardy! With a two-game total of $77,147, a computer called Watson dominated the two former giants of the quiz show, 74-game winner Ken Jennings and all-time money champ ($3.2 million) Brad Rutter, more than tripling Jennings' second-place total of $24,000.
December 13, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - DeSean Jackson spent the last week playfully debating Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy over who is the fastest Eagle. That question remains unresolved, but Jackson at least showed he is faster than anyone on the Dallas Cowboys' defense. All the evidence needed came on Jackson's scintillating 91-yard fourth quarter touchdown Sunday night, punctuated by a stylish - but penalized - celebration that put his team ahead and swung a game that was in danger of slipping away from the Eagles.
August 3, 2010 |
Bands to believe in, another blue-eyed soulster "gone Memphis," plus sumptuous music from south of the border, Ireland and Jamaica have captured our ears in this week's new album offerings. Offering further proof of their might - this Montreal-based alt-rock troupe filled the shed at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts last night and will play "the big room" in New York City, Madison Square Garden, tomorrow and Thursday. Arcade Fire is the stuff that legends could be made of, a new band to believe in, in the vein of U2. Led by front man Win Butler with songwriting/vocal assists by wife Regine Chassagne, these are sensitive souls with sonic ambition.
December 25, 2009 |
Blues-rocker Davy Knowles, born on the Isle of Man, admits the last two years have been "something of a blur. " The 22-year-old guitar wunderkind split from his original Back Door Slam band mates, took up with a new group of musicians, recorded an album with childhood hero Peter Frampton at the helm, and shared the stage with two of his biggest musical inspirations (Jeff Beck and Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes). But perhaps the most exhilarating moment came when someone forwarded Knowles a video of some Isle of Man schoolchildren singing his song "Roll Away" to Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb, who visited their birthplace last summer.
November 15, 2007 |
Hard to believe that Dave Magrogan has been in the restaurant business only 41/2 years. Magrogan, a chiropractor by training, built six Kildare's pubs. He branched out last year with a different concept, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House in downtown West Chester. His latest project - for which he ventured out into the hinterlands (near Chester County's border with Lancaster, at Routes 322 and 10) - is Grady David's (4690 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, 610-273-9000). Grady David's, named after his baby son, is a spacious operation (main dining room, bar, raw bar, downstairs game room, lounge)
December 18, 2005 |
Hundreds of miles from any land, the waters of the North Atlantic suddenly developed an oddly deep-blue hue and turned incongruously warm. Patches of peculiar brown seaweed rode the surface, and the ocean brewed mild, damp winds that the muscular 20-year-old could feel on his skin. To the sailor, Benjamin Franklin, it was a puzzle, one that would baffle and bedevil him for decades. It would take him 40 years to figure out what he had encountered back in 1726. He had crossed a moving, meandering mass of warm water, 300 times stronger than the flow of all the rivers emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.
November 24, 2003 |
Scoff if you will, but I stayed home Tuesday to watch a chess game. I don't get ESPN in my office, and I was not about to miss the tiebreaking final game of the man vs. machine epic: the best humanity has to offer, Garry Kasparov, versus the best in silicon, X3D Fritz. To most folks, all of this man vs. computer stuff is anti-climax. After all, the barrier was broken in 1997 when man was beaten, Kasparov succumbing to Deep Blue in a match that was truly frightening. Frightening not so much because the computer won, but because of how it won, making at some point moves of subtlety.
February 18, 2001
A CHANCE FOR QUIET AND INTROSPECTION Winter is not my favorite season, although shorter, darker days do not lead me to depression and driving in snow rarely infuses me with fear. Yes, I cringe when cold weather invades my body like a virus and I shudder at the thought of even one snowflake sticking to the driveway or sidewalk. And just when I've successfully circumvented the morning commute without incident, envisioning clear sailing for the evening rush, the heavens suddenly release a wintry wonderland of white.
November 15, 1999 |
Anton Kovalsky sat hunched yesterday over a chessboard, resting his chin on his left palm as the fingers of his right hand danced around the crown of his queen. The final seconds of his match with Sam Weissman ticked away on a clock to his left. "Checkmate," Anton, 13, said as he positioned his white monarch a square from Sam's king. Sam, 12, responded by tipping over his king in resigned defeat. The pair were among 86 chess enthusiasts, ages 5 to 18, competing in the first Philadelphia Scholastic Chess Championship at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center here.
October 31, 1999 |
If you're about to send any children off to college, let me make a suggestion. Start lobbying for careers in hotel-restaurant management. Then, once they reach graduation, start talking enthusiastically about seeing the world while they're still young, and, if you play your cards right, you might end up as lucky as me. As a young graduate, my daughter moved here to a remote, nearly deserted island in the Turks and Caicos Islands, one of...