Archive for April, 2005

Gardner museum

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

On advice from Rob Harris, I went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unfortunately, I only had about an hour to visit, since the musuem doesn't open until 11:00 am, and I had a flight out in mid-afternoon. Still, it was a wonderful hour, well spent enjoying the gestalt of ...

Mary Mac

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

I've been in California for work, and I got to play a bit too--I sang at the first annual San Francisco Sacred Harp singing on Saturday, and I went to Yoshi's jazz club in the evening. At the Sacred Harp convention I met Mary McDonald-Lewis, who came down from Washington ...

Apex in tha house

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Apex in tha house (created via HTTP in tha House). variety of task domains including those listed ask developed by users combines components yes developed by users outside on cognitive architectures qi a more general airspace definition language pdl see were developed by users outside building debugging analyzing knee manual for more information what apex vary ...

My kinda English

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

My Linguistic Profile: 75% General American English 15% Upper Midwestern 5% Midwestern 5% Yankee 0% Dixie What Kind of American English Do You Speak? (via Mike).

Comparing algorithm styles

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

While poking around as I created my previous post, I discovered that the LaTeX sources for printing algorithms in the style used in Introduction to Algorithms is available from Thomas H. Cormen's website. Below are examples of an insertion sort algorithm typeset using Cormen's style, and the same algorithm typeset ...

Multiple values in binary trees

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

I had a small 'ah-hah' experience while reading Implementing sets efficiently in a functional language. Descriptions of binary tree sorting/searching algorithms, such as the excellent Introduction to Algorithms, state that items to be sorted have to be strictly ordered, which means you can't have duplicates in the tree. But this ...

Advances in Human-Machine Interaction

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Introducing Blendie. (via Language Log).


Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Interesting data from Consumer Reports (via kottke). Here's a CSV version of the data which you can import into Excel, etc.

Syndication links

Monday, April 11th, 2005

If you're using a syndication service, the following links will provide an RSS 2 feed, an Atom feed, a Bloglines subscription page.

I may be a Unitarian Jihadist

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

My Unitarian Jihad Name is: Brother Sword of Courteous Debate. Get yours.(But I'm a trinitarian).

We th ppl f th US (Compressing the US Constitution)

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

As promised, a quick test of compressing the US Constitution to compare it to the compression rates seen by Jean VĂ©ronis for the European constitution. It's interesting to note that the compression ratio went down with the addition of the Bill of Rights. Not surprisingly, the other amendments have ...

Compression as indicator of document quality

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Jean VĂ©ronis describes an informal experiment in compressing different texts, including the European constitution. (Original in French, Auto-translated to English). He notes that normally, French texts compress at about 60-65% of the original, but the EU constitution compresses at about 75%. He puts this down to "jargon, puffery, redundancy..." in ...

Dropping Lambda

Friday, April 1st, 2005

Shriram Krishnamurthi, that bad boy of the Scheme community, announced today (April 1) that PLT Scheme plans on removing LAMBDA from PLT Scheme 3.0.So I posted this note:A group of us are pretty upset that the PLT Scheme Team has announced plans to drop LAMBDA from PLT Scheme v300. We ...