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Monthly Archives: September 2005

emergent road maps and route-finding


Cold-medicine induced altered mental-state yesterday gave me an interesting idea: Right now all the mapping companies (mapquest, yahoo maps, google maps) use NavTeq to gather data. Once (if ever) cell phone usage data tied to GSM becomes public (a la MIT’s Mobile Landscape), I wonder if you can aggregate data of people going from point […]

MediaWiki no more


I came to the realization that while MediaWiki worked, it was hideously industrial-strength for my purposes. Ditched it in favor of MoinMoin. MoinMoin has turned out both snappier (especially when I run it from a mac ;) ) and easier to customize/hack. There’s a handy conversion tool to port MediaWiki data to MoinMoin format, but […]

Data Synchronization/Backup Headaching


A friend of mine’s recent hard drive catastrophe finally got me around to implementing a decent, cron’ed backup implementation for all the stuff I don’t store in my svn server (mp3s, photos, and other media just don’t change enough to merit the overhead of checking them into a VCS). RSync would work well, you’d think… […]

New Dress


Mindy has just let me know that put down the deposit for her wedding gown this afternoon. Wow, it finally feels really, really real!

CALICO 2006 Call for Papers


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION CALICO 2006 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM Online Learning: Come Ride the Wave Hosted by University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, Hawaii May 16-20, 2006 Preconference Workshops: Tuesday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 17 Courseware Showcase: Thursday, May 18 Presentation Sessions: Thursday, May 18 – Saturday, May 20 Use CALICO’s on-line proposal submission form at […]

Physical Metaphors for Problem Solving


Attended a thought-provoking seminar last week given by Robert St. Amant on Physical Metaphors for Problem Solving. seminar thoughts Metaphors shape the way we interface with machines. they can be useful (in exposing intuitive interfaces), but also can be wrong/halfmapped. For example, on computers, we use “windows” as metaphors–but while some of our uses of […]

linguistics and cognitive/neuroscience – blogging your research


neat! my fiance has started blogging her dissertation research… it is such a joy to be marrying a woman who is technologically literate, intellectually curious, and academic in areas completely orthogonal to my own academic bent. what a sucker am i… after four years of dating, i read a blog post, and i find myself […]



Dude, Portuguese Fado has got to be the most meta music on earth.

Off to Portugal


I’ll most likely be incomunicado for the next week. Will be in Lisbon, Portugal, presenting at the Eurospeech conference. Look me up if you’re in the area ;)

God’s Grandeur


The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; […]