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Monthly Archives: April 2005

Modern Philosophy: A Jaunt Down The Old Memex Trail


Vannevar Bush predicts how I spent my post-lunchtime. A mention during lunch of Wittgenstein lead me to read about Bertrand Russell which in turn led to analytic philosophy and logical positivism (no I didn’t succumb to Hegel’s side of things, too). Instead I got caught up in John Searle and found this great talk that […]

Basal Ganglia, Birds and Humans, Chirps and Words


Via Great Minds Working and Slashdot: neurobiologists at MIT are studying the role of the basal ganglia in bird songs, in an effort to learn more of the BG‘s role in human L1A (first language acquisition) & language processing. Here’s MIT’s press release I think the fact that this comparison between birds and humans is […]

Manhattan Clam Chowder


Manhattan Clam Chowder uses a tomato base, while its more common New England Cousin uses cream. Ingredients: 2 or 3 6.5 oz cans of clams, with juice 4 or 5 bacon slices, diced 1 onion, diced 1.5 potatoes, diced 2 tomatoes, cubed 1 bunch spinach, cut. 1 28oz can of peeled tomatoes, cubed, with juice […]



Freetag – an Open Source Tagging / Folksonomy module for PHP/MySQL applications. Gordon is awesome.

Mass Transit and Google Maps


Spent the good part of an hour yesterday night helping my girlfriend navigate between Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus routes, so that she can get from Westwood to Culver city without a car. What a pain. After seeing the wonderful hack combining housing on Craigslist with Google Maps, it seems like it might […]

Wiki in Academia


Going to give a talk soon on Social Software in Academia. The following is a report on wiki-use in for our project.. Context ISI is halfway in between industry and pure research. Wide range of users (language educators, artists, coders, researchers). ~50-70 people. None are too cutting-edge social-software wise. Most all use the wiki (aside) […]

Thoughts on Blogging In Academia


Going to give a short presentation soon on Social Software in Academia. What follows is a a public collection-place for my thoughts on Blogging in Academia: Summary of my Use, and General Thoughts: Personal catch-all. Given that my interests are eclectic–borges & ts eliot, natural language processing, AI-driven pedagogy, social software, lingusitics, religion… the blog […]

Modeling and Recognizing Learner Language Errors: Paper Submission


As of last night I finished up a submission to Eurospeech 2005 with Abhinav Sethy. I’ve posted it here: Modeling and Automating Detection of Errors in Arabic Language Learner Speech. In a nutshell: Understanding bad-accent/bad-grammar learner speech is hard for humans. And what’s hard for humans is even harder for machines. Compound a relative lack […]



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1.5 Upgrade


Upgraded to 1.5 Testing post.