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(Science Focus)   Computer scientists decode birdsong, discover what the feathered little bags of shiat think is so important that they have to scream it at each other outside your window at 5 a.m. every day   (sciencefocus.com ) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 10:19:12 AM  
They didn't decode bird song. They taught a computer to identify birds by sound, even with a whole flock of feathered alarm clocks singing at once.

My dawn alert this morning was a family of blue jays complaining I hadn't fed them.
 
2014-07-21 10:23:53 AM  
It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"
 
2014-07-21 10:59:36 AM  
I don't need no stinking birds to wake me at the crack of dawn

/I have cats to do that
 
2014-07-21 11:02:29 AM  
Computer scientists?

More like hippies with C++. Computer scientists research and design computers, not birds.
 
2014-07-21 11:36:58 AM  
They've indexed 500 Brazilian birds?  That's a whole lot of birds.  Maybe all the birds.
 
2014-07-21 11:53:42 AM  

grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"


SEX!  SEX!  Hey, FEMALES!  LOOKIN' FOR SEXYTIME OVER HERE!
 
2014-07-21 11:55:03 AM  
Herb Powell is unimpressed.
 
2014-07-21 11:55:57 AM  

ZAZ: blue jays


these are nasty screechy little farkers.
 
2014-07-21 12:10:58 PM  
HEY! HEY! HEYHEYHEYHEYHEYHEY! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY!
 
2014-07-21 12:21:53 PM  

grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"


Yep. I would add "Get the hell out of my territory!" in there as well.
 
2014-07-21 12:22:40 PM  

ManateeGag: ZAZ: blue jays

these are nasty screechy little farkers.


If you think blue jays are bad, you'd just love Magpies.
 
2014-07-21 12:23:55 PM  
We have Crows and there is a Murder outside my window every morning.
 
2014-07-21 12:43:45 PM  
I know what they are saying:

"Look down there. not2bright's clean truck. Let's poop on it"
 
2014-07-21 12:53:52 PM  
"THE SUN IS BACK! LOOK! THE SUN! IT'S BACK! IT WAS DARK BUT THE SUN IS BACK! LOOK!"

Birds have very small brains.
 
2014-07-21 12:54:04 PM  
Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
 
2014-07-21 12:58:30 PM  
Now loons, on the other hand, they've got some serious conversations going on.
 
2014-07-21 01:16:43 PM  
My kitty hears the birds first thing every morning and wakes me up to let him out.

Then he goes after the birdies and lovingly cuddles them til they stop moving.
 
2014-07-21 01:25:26 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I don't need no stinking birds to wake me at the crack of dawn

/I have cats to do that


QFT
 
2014-07-21 01:37:09 PM  
Farking Carolina Wrens. No bird so small should be so loud.
 
2014-07-21 01:42:03 PM  
with a data set of thousands of recordings containing over 500 Brazilian bird species.

Holy hell. I didn't realize there were even that many birds, no less species of birds.
 
2014-07-21 01:45:28 PM  
"We used to be frikin dinosaurs, and just look at what we've been reduced to."
 
2014-07-21 01:49:46 PM  
The morning birdies > most people.
 
2014-07-21 02:05:05 PM  

miscreant: ManateeGag: ZAZ: blue jays

these are nasty screechy little farkers.

If you think blue jays are bad, you'd just love Magpies.



We used to have a starling nearby that could do a pretty good impression of the neighbour's alarm clock.  That little bastard.
 
2014-07-21 02:05:17 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"

SEX!  SEX!  Hey, FEMALES!  LOOKIN' FOR SEXYTIME OVER HERE!


So you're saying they're... trying to transfer affection?
 
2014-07-21 02:09:50 PM  
Sadly, it was well after publication of their findings that they told they were supposed to try and decode HUMAN tweets. Now the funding is gone, and we will have to deal with more incoherent ramblings of 140 characters or less
 
2014-07-21 02:14:01 PM  
Most mornings, I enjoy the birds' songs. I will go outside with my coffee, and ease into the day to the sound of their chirps.

Then, there's the mockingbird that knows when I'd over-indulged the night prior. It's... less enjoyable.
 
2014-07-21 02:14:11 PM  
Birdsong has a lot in common with human language

That's true especially when drunk. I swear I can hear the moment in a party when everybody becomes just drunk enough to start talking like the cackling of crows that have gotten into a tree full of rotten berries.
 
2014-07-21 02:19:33 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"

SEX!  SEX!  Hey, FEMALES!  LOOKIN' FOR SEXYTIME OVER HERE!


No, it's: "I'M A BIRD! I'M A BIRD! I'M A BIRD! I'M A BIRD!"
 
2014-07-21 02:54:15 PM  
Yo.

Yo.

Yo.
 
2014-07-21 03:26:22 PM  

ZAZ: They didn't decode bird song. They taught a computer to identify birds by sound, even with a whole flock of feathered alarm clocks singing at once.

My dawn alert this morning was a family of blue jays complaining I hadn't fed them.


In my old neighborhood it was blue jays and crows screeching at each other, then the squirrels scolding them for being too damed loud.
 
2014-07-21 03:29:44 PM  
And as for these so-called scientists claiming they've decoded birdsong, I say FIE.

Birdsong was translated by an intrepid group of lads back in 1963.
 
2014-07-21 03:36:45 PM  
 
2014-07-21 03:49:55 PM  
"Hey!"


"Hey!"


"Hey!"
 
2014-07-21 03:52:14 PM  
My local blue jays, grackles, and squirrels are engaged in a competition to see 1) who can make the absolutely most annoying sound in the world and 2) who can keep it up the longest.
 
2014-07-21 03:55:07 PM  

exarch: My local blue jays, grackles, and squirrels are engaged in a competition to see 1) who can make the absolutely most annoying sound in the world and 2) who can keep it up the longest.


I think evolution needs to take over.

Everybody gets a BB gun.
Loud birds and squirrels get shot and killed.
Animals that know to keep their yaps shut before 10am get to live and breed.
 
2014-07-21 04:19:08 PM  

StokeyBob: "Hey!"


"Hey!"


"Hey!"


"Listen!"
 
2014-07-21 05:58:56 PM  
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on.
 
2014-07-21 06:32:24 PM  

grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"


I think I may be a bird.
 
2014-07-21 06:58:37 PM  
I thought they were the animal kingdoms version of southparks anti-smoking mt. rainier, doing what they can to annoy the trees in the hopes that they snap, so they know where not to land or such. That or they're like leemurs-turned-dragons flinging 'scents' that tell tales of the local oasises of quality autotrophs and sources of edible material, but with mild illnesses, having to play tree sentry's for the places where decomposition oriented microbes have a large chance of making a strong stand.

It could even be a long-standing running-run-on joke against humans, where they play back our strongest evolutionary beings within our or individual species-ranks, mimicking our lesser almost monkey days by hopping through various plants while chasing or being chased by difficulties, in case we really do kill ourselves and almost everything else off so we can blame it on the dinosaurs or something similar.
 
2014-07-21 07:05:23 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"

SEX!  SEX!  Hey, FEMALES!  LOOKIN' FOR SEXYTIME OVER HERE!


Hey! Female birds don't like being objectified like that. If the male bird has something to say, he should approach her in a civil manner. No one likes to be birdcalled.
 
2014-07-21 07:25:17 PM  
My bird wants steak?
 
2014-07-21 07:45:35 PM  
photos.imageevent.com
 
2014-07-21 07:50:17 PM  

billyidolrules: Benevolent Misanthrope: grokca: It basically comes down to

"Feed me"
"Fark me"
and
"Danger"

SEX!  SEX!  Hey, FEMALES!  LOOKIN' FOR SEXYTIME OVER HERE!

Hey! Female birds don't like being objectified like that. If the male bird has something to say, he should approach her in a civil manner. No one likes to be birdcalled.


Because humans should take all their social cues from birds. ::Rolleyes::
 
2014-07-21 09:10:57 PM  
Good one, Smitty. Still chuckling.
 
2014-07-21 11:47:25 PM  
"You young sparrows! Get a haircut! I know your dad!"
 
2014-07-22 04:52:26 AM  
What are birds?

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-22 07:07:34 AM  
Love me some feathered little bags of shiat in a headline
 
2014-07-22 03:26:19 PM  
 
2014-07-22 04:00:39 PM  
 
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