18/06/2018 5:18pm
RT @ChanelleLLee: Our paper ‘Negative Updating Combined with Opinion Pooling in the Best-of-n Problem in Swarm Robotics’ has been accepted…
18/06/2018 10:56am
RT @ilpincy: Our manuscript "Simulating Kilobots within ARGoS: Models and Experimental Validation" has been accepted as full paper at @ants
11/06/2018 5:20pm
RT @AndyRidgway1: They've been a fair few months in the making but we - that's @SciCommsUWE - have just launched a new range of #scicomm tr…
08/06/2018 11:19am
MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit. A very interesting experiment.… [LINK]

[Why I Left Facebook]

Web applications Added on 02/08/2012

I decided to delete almost all my activity and all my photos from Facebook when they announced that Timeline would become compulsory. While I really think that Timeline is a bad idea as it lets your history be browsed in a very easy manner, this was not the only reason I left.

While deleting all my activity from the last 3 years or so, I felt like I was becoming more isolated, like I was actually deleting parts of myself. This is where having a Facebook account got me - I actually associate my ideas, my personality, my life with it! I think many people on Facebook feel the same.

It is as if we were building this online presence for ourselves, a portfolio of our egos to be stroked and nurtured and grown larger and larger by other egos. I don't want to be a part of that society anymore. I always silently envied people who decided to not be on Facebook at all. I am not a Facebook account, I am a person and I live in the real world. I do not require 50 Likes to value my own thoughts. I do not feel the need to post pictures of myself on parties, to show off my life as if that would make it better than it is. I don't need people to think I am interesting and that I have things to share. Maybe I do, maybe I don't. If somebody wants to find out, they will make the effort. I don't want to feed them my life story as if it was something cheap to just throw around.

I did keep my Facebook account and some posts I've done that link to this web site or to other sites I found interesting. Facebook as an idea is great - and I can still use it to privately get in touch with people or to be part of groups that matter to me. But I am done with the self-pleasing and ego-masturbation. I believe I made the right step towards my personal freedom.


Well, perhaps you could say Facebook IS their real life. I just wanted to remind myself that you can choose what your real life is like.
I like these ideas. Sometimes I seriously think that people forget about real life. :(
way to go

{Please enable JavaScript in order to post comments}

How I Added My Twitter Feed

Following my decision to leave Facebook, I have decided to start using Twitter more as a means of exchanging information with my friends. Adding a Twitter feed is pretty easy as Twitter does not require you to authenticate so you can just ask for N latest tweets using an ordinary GET request.

Me? Making Music? (And a Preview)

I have decided to give Apple's Garage Band a try as I always wondered if I could indeed create music I would actually like. Ideally by recording real guitar playing and mixing it with some synths to create a sort of rock-industrial dark themes...


The main purpose of pyCreeper is to wrap tens of lines of python code, required to produce graphs that look good for a publication, into functions. It takes away your need to understand various quirks of matplotlib and gives you back ready-to-use and well-documented code.

Citations count fails to measure the impact of research

Academic career progress is often judged by so-called "h-index", that measures how much your research is being cited. I recently had a detailed look at what exactly the citations, specifically those reported by Google Scholar, amount to. Only a relatively small fraction of the reported citations corresponded to research being applied or reproduced in a meaningful way.

V-REP, Gazebo or ARGoS? A robot simulators comparison

Let’s have a look at three commonly used open-source simulators for robotics: V-REP, Gazebo and ARGoS, to find out which one suits your project the best.

Designing Effective Roadmaps for Robotics Innovation

Automated factories, autonomous delivery drones, self-driving cars: these and similar technologies will soon touch every aspect of our lives. An engaging discussion about how these technologies are regulated and innovated took place at the IROS 2017 conference.