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2009-09-01 12:50:08

Computer scientists in Taiwan say they've developed a neural network computer program that can classify computerized music based on its beat and tempo. Mao-Yuan Kao and Chang-Biau Yang of National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung and Shyue-Horng Shiau of Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan said their system could assist music archivists with an automated approach that assigns a genre to each tune. They said their artificial neural network is a type of computer model that mimics the...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

By EDDIE McILWAINE Were you ever a Teddy Boy at the Plaza Ballroom in Chichester Street, Belfast? You were? Then Andrea McCartney, who is shooting a documentary on vintage Ulster ballrooms of romance for Double Band Films, wants to talk to you. The Plaza, which closed down in the early 70s, used to have lunchtime dance sessions for office workers out for their tea and sandwiches, and the evening dances were something else. It was the kind of dance hall worried mums advised their daughters...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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