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Monthly Archives: July 2004



If this comment doesn’t capture everything that’s hilariously wrong with the slashdot reader mentality, then i’m a monkey’s uncle…

The China and Taiwan Situation


Adam of BrainySmurf, an expat over in TianJin, China, has pulled together a few insightful articles on China and Taiwan relations: Why China won’t attack and occupy Taiwan A rebuttal explaining why China will attack Taiwan A very well written summary of internal Chinese politics, and how it relates to the whole situation

Brian Eno


Just skimmed a wonderful (albet long) interview of Brian Eno. His music isn’t bad, but I had no idea the man was this deep of a thinker: His thoughts on “image”: For example, let’s take this pair of designer sunglasses that happen to be on the table in front of me. They’re very styled. They […]



Someday I need to port all of the old fractal generation & L-system programs i wrote from Pascal into some modern language. They were what got me interested in computer science, back in the day… Seeing beauties like this Really brings me back to those days…

All Things Condescended


Read an article about a wonderful comedy troupe in the LA Times magazine this weekend . “This is NCR, National Corporate Radio News: Our News, for You. Coming up next, stay tuned for ‘All Things Condescended,’ the news that makes you feel smarter than your friends who watch TV.”

They Lied To Us


Coolest. t-shirt. evarrr. they lied to us this was supposed to be the future where is my jetpack, where is my robotic companion, where is my dinner in pill form, where is my hydrogen fueled automobile, where is my nuclear powered levitating house, where is my cure for this disease

TactLang on LanguageHat


National newspapers et. al. are one thing, but I must admit it was a little more fun for me to see the Tactical Language project mentioned on LanguageHat. The coments down below the main article were a grim reminder to the ethical problems that one faces in Computer Science and Linguistics. It’s funny: I remember […]

A Una Moneda


Fría y tormentosa la noche que zarpé de Montevideo. Al doblar el Cerro, tiré desde la cubierta más alta una moneda que brilló y se anegó en las aguas barrosas, una cosa de luz que arrebataron el tiempo y la tiniebla. Tuve la sensación de haber cometido un acto irrevocable, de agregar a la historia […]

Louis MacNeice: Snow


The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was Spawning snow and pink roses against it Soundlessly collateral and incompatible: World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think, Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion A tangerine and spit the pips and feel The drunkenness of […]

ISI’s Tactical Language Project in the news…


My PhD project has been getting quite a bit of news coverage lately. Right place at the right time, I guess: ISI press release ”Tomorrow’s Soldiers” on Slate Magazine “Talking Up a Good Game” on ABC News’ FutureTech A USC news article “Virtual Camp Trains Soldiers in Arabic, and More” on the New York Times