Humor

Laughables | 'heh' | 'hah' | 'huh' | An In-depth Examination

“Conversation analysts have used the term ‘laughter’ to refer to the free-standing tokens heh, hah, huh and the like.” ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jan 31 2013 - 10:03am

Ripping Up Money- The Psychological Consequences

What happens in our brain when we see banknotes being ripped up? ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 4 2013 - 12:10pm

Neuroaccounting

Despite criticism from some quarters, Neuroeconomics has now become a well-established field of academic study (with dedicated research departments at New York University, Duke University, and Claremont Graduate University). A logical extension of the fie ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 9 2013 - 1:15pm

Accountants In US 20th Century Movies- The Data

As some have observed, popular cinema is an influential medium that reflects and shapes social attitudes. Bearing that in mind, how have twentieth century North American movies portrayed accountant stereotypes? ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 12 2013 - 12:43pm

How Would You Solve the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg Problem?

Famous problem, famous solution, but is that the whole story? How would you solve the problem of crossing the seven bridges of Konigsberg? Spiked Math proposes a number of other solutions that never made it into print. Original cartoon can be found here- i ...

Blog Post - Richard Mankiewicz - Feb 14 2013 - 1:15am

Towards A More Benign Camel Racing Robot

Although robotic jockeys for camel racing have been successfully deployed for several years now, some have voiced concerns about them – for many of the 'bots are configured to vigorously cane the competing camels. (Hi-res photographic example here – t ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 14 2013 - 10:39am

Sarcasm Analysis Software At USC

The Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) at the University of Southern California, US, is one of the few, perhaps the only human-centered information processing lab to have built and tested an ‘Automatic Sarcasm Recognizer’. ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 16 2013 - 11:00am

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Blog Post - T. Ryan Gregory - Feb 17 2013 - 9:15pm

Human-like Laughter Generator

The Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) has attempted construction of a ‘Synthetic Laughter Generator’ – which could be of use as a responder to their ‘ Automatic Sarcasm Recognizer ’ previously described. ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 18 2013 - 9:58am

Powered Pogo Stick Research Progress

It seems that the first US patent for an internal-combustion powered ‘Pogo’ stick was issued to inventor R.J. Mays back in 1950. The jumping machine was intended to run on gasoline, and, according its creator was “…highly efficient and amusing in operatio ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 19 2013 - 11:29am