Fex--a maybe pointless but surely droll neologism (a drollogism!)

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Photoshop is deep software — take chezrump’s gallery, fex.

A: There are great, quirky restaurants a plenty in Guadalajara!
B: Fex?
_A: _Nippondo, La Zanahoria, Los Burritos de Moyagua, Las Corajes, La Fuente, Hotel Victoria, Santuario,…!

The classic example of the Web 2.0 era is the “mash-up” — fex, connecting a rental-housing Web site with Google Maps to create a new, more useful service that automatically shows the location of each rental listing.

With markets becoming saturated and mobile operators’ revenue-growth slowing — there are already 112 mobile devices for every 100 Austrians, fex — providing information about travel patterns could be a lucrative opportunity for telecoms firms.

The Economist, Go with the flow

The day has been, I grieve to say in many places it is not yet past, in which the greater part of the species, under the denomination of slaves, have been treated by the law exactly upon the same footing as, in England fex, the inferior races of animals are still.

Think of the arms races that go on between one or two animals living the same environment. Fex the race between the Amazonian manatee and a particular type of reed that it eats. The more of the reed the manatee eats, the more the reed develops silica in its cells to attack the teeth of the manatee and the more silica in the reed, the more manatee’s teeth get bigger and stronger.

Full text is biased towards description. Unique identifiers such as ISBNs, (and Zip Codes) offer perfect discrimination but no descriptive value. Metadata fields (fex, title, author, publisher) and controlled vocabularies (fex, subject, category, format, audience) hold the middle ground.

Peter Morville, Ambient Findability AM

What if we could put information in places? More precisely, what if we could associate relevant information with a place and perceive the information as if it were really there?.. Fex, imagine being able to enter an airport and see a virtual red carpet leading you right to your gate, look at the ground and see property lines or underground buried cables, walk along a nature trail and see virtual signs near plants and rocks, or simply look at the night sky and see the outlines of the constellations.

J.C. Spohrer, Information in Places

Your culture thoroughly shapes your world model. Fex, studies show that Asians and Westerners perceive space and objects differently. Asians attend more to the space between objects, whereas Westerners mostly attend to objects — a difference that translates into separate aesthetics and ways of solving problems.

We do, however, believe we are being creative when our memory-prediction system operates at a higher level of abstraction, when it makes uncommon predictions, using uncommon analogies. Fex, most people would agree that a mathematician who proves a difficult conjecture is being creative.

A human can perform significant tasks in much less time than a second. Fex, I could show you a photograph and ask you to determine if there is a cat in the image. Your job would be to push a button if there is a cat, but not if you see a bear or a warthog or a turnip. This task is difficult or impossible for a computer to perform today, yet a human can do it reliably in half a second or less. But neurons are slow, so in that half a second, the information entering your brain can only traverse a chain one hundred neurons long. That is, the brain “computes” solutions to problems like this in one hundred steps or fewer, regardless of how many total neurons might be involved.

Neuroscientists have also found that the wiring of the neocortex is amazingly “plastic,” meaning it can change and rewire itself depending on the type of inputs flowing into it. Fex, newborn ferret brains can be surgically rewired so that the animals’ eyes send their signals to the areas of cortex where hearing normally develops.

Jeff Hawkins, On Intelligence AM

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