Wednesday, 18 February 2009


Vacation! Last semester was very intense, no time for anything. Gosh, and now I'm trying to learn Java... It's far more complicated than imagined. Python was neat and easy - in comparison - but Java is far more potent, so they say. I don't quite understand why I've to write code which seems to be obsolete - at least for a beginner like me , e.g.

public class HelloWorld
public static void main(String argv[])
System.out.println("Hello World!");

is equivalent to

print "Hello World!"

in Python.

And next semester I'm going to die for sure... Here're my courses:

Formal Syntax: I'm more the Morphology, Phonology, Semantics type. Actually Syntax is the only thing which gives me problems.
Java: Well, it's going to be hard I'd say.
Logic: I like formal logic, really.
Artificial Intelligence: Very very interesting. Inference, neuronal networks, genetic algorithms and that stuff - you know...
Acoustic Phonetics: This sounds good: Reading spectrograms and get in touch with VoiceXML.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Points of Interest 17. February, 2009

1. 20 years prison or death sentence for translating the Qu'ran? Welcome to our illustrious humanistic and democratic circle, dear Afghanistan: The dangers of translation

2. Help to classify galaxies and work for science, now! You'll be shown pictures of galaxies and asked questions about their spiral arms and other features. A task which you can do better than a computer and will help astronomy: Galaxy Zoo 2

3. The 2009 Jōyō Kanji update is coming up and the two favourites are 俺 (ore, which means informal "I") and 誰 (dare, question pronoun "who?"). I think "dare" is quite common these days, even in formal context. Of course one can say donata which is more formal: Jōyō list to level up

4. Speech perception is much more than hearing sounds. There are several other senses than hearing involved: Read my lips: Using multiple senses in speech perception

5. Steven Pinker explains the critical points of his book "The Blank Slate":