On the 20th of March we had a partial solar eclipse in Ireland. All parts had at least 90% eclipse, and some parts had over 95%.
It was cloudy, and I was on my way to work, but the clouds cleared for a few seconds and (although you’re not supposed to look at it of course) I saw the spectacular view of most of the sun being missing.
I took the photo below with my phone. Of course, it does not really capture what I saw (which was very clear).
There won’t be another partial eclipse here in Ireland until 2026 so I was delighted to have caught a glimpse of it.
I was writing a sentence the other day and I came to a part where I wondered if I should say “alternative approach” or “alternate approach”.
The answer is that alternate approach should only be used when the original approach cannot be used for some reason. If you can choose between the two approaches then the second is an “alternative approach”.
The following sentences provide examples:
I couldn’t get it to work so I had to use an alternate approach
It was taking too long so I decided to try an alternative approach
There has been much talk recently in the media about the dangers from Artificial Intelligence (AI).
According to the BBC, Stephen Hawking said that: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”.
According to the Washington Post, Steve Wozniak said that “the future is scary and very bad for people”. He said that “eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently”.
All very scary.
I couldn’t help laughing therefore (even though this is not at all funny) when I read in The Guardian that a robot had killed a worker in a Volkswagen factory in Germany.
The cause of this inappropriate laughter was this thought: “And so it begins…”