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  1. I'm at the north of the border right now and is arriving Ajijic next week to attend my Mexican godchild's First Holy Communion and spend the Holidays there as well.

    Looking for a room to rent for the second half of December preferably with Wi-Fi and walking distance to Ajijic Centro. Non-smoker quiet male in early 50's and has no pet.

    Any help/leads will be very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Today I found out how the word “spam” came to mean “junk message” or “junk mail”.

    While some have suggested that this was because SPAM (as in the Hormel meat product) is sometimes satirized as “fake meat”, thus spam messages are “fake messages”, this potential origin, while plausible enough on the surface, turns out to be not correct at all.

    The real origin of the term comes from a 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit.  In this skit, all the restaurant’s menu items devolve into SPAM.  When the waitress repeats the word SPAM, a group of Vikings in the corner sing “SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, lovely SPAM!  Wonderful SPAM!”, drowning out other conversation, until they are finally told to shut it.

    Exactly where this first translated to internet messages of varying type, such as chat messages, newsgroups, etc, isn’t entirely known as it sort of happened all over the place in a very short span of years, in terms of the name being applied to these messages.  It is, however, well documented that the users in each of these first instances chose the word “spam” referring to the 1970 Monty Python sketch where SPAM singing was drowning out conversation and SPAM itself was unwanted and popping up all over the menu.






  3. Speaking of Bots.......

    Bot Dylan is the computer using artificial intelligence to write its own folk music

    Just call it Bot Dylan - researchers have created a computer that is capable of writing its own folk music.The system uses artificial intelligence to compose new tunes after it was trained using 23,000 pieces of Irish folk music.

    This allowed the machine to learn the patterns and structures that make for a catchy tune, before it created its own pieces of music that was showcased at a concert in London this week.

    It marks a significant step forward for the capabilities of artificial intelligence.

    Creative and artistic expression has long thought to be beyond the capability of AI, and many have insisted it will be one of the few areas where humans will have an edge over machines.


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