May 15th, 2011


Twitterlog for the week of 2011-05-15

  • First day on site at a new (old) job! Already talking about parallelization, machine learning, linguist/engineer contact, and more. #
  • For the p.m. crowd (a.m. in Europe): New Trochaism: Chomsky and "walks like a duck" empiricism #
  • GET reports on Kenobi covert action, via @stevesilberman : ("Too soon?" he says) nails it. the comments are great too. #
  • Most unconvincing opinion lede ever: "Some people may think me a total whack job, but…" [pundilollitry via @nocombat] #
  • anybody running bay to breakers and want to run with me? (see prev tweet) #
  • small doomed world: Jenkins (awful Left Behind books) wrote for Gil Thorp (awful daily sports comic) attn: @jfruh: #
  • Was followed by commercial tweeter advertising "best shaved ice in Utah"; can't decide if that's a euphemism. Also, i'm nowhere near Utah. #
  • Huh; I wonder if the Masters of Evil are called that because Baron Zemo was insecure about his ABD. #
  • Claude Shannon is so fierce that a noisy channel settles down when he just LOOKS AT IT HARD. #ClaudeShannonIsMyChuckNorris #
  • Bloggers: What do you call people who leave a flattering (tho vague) comment on yr blog in attempt to get links back to their (spam?) site? #

Mirrored from Trochaisms.


Bay to Breakers, followup

I bicycled to the Embarcadero early this morning to the start of the Bay to Breakers, and ran it (on foot, taking Muni back to the Embarcadero after) in a personal record time of 1:04:47 (last year: 1:14:04).  According to the RFID timer reports on the race website, that’s:

  • an 8:42 mile pace;
  • 93rd percentile overall;
  • 88th percentile among men;
  • 86th percentile among men 30-39.

I’m pretty happy with that, especially since I didn’t train! I finished in less than double the time of the winner (34:26! under 5-minute-miles for 7.2 miles!).

On the other hand, I didn’t quite meet my previously stated goals: I’m pretty sure I beat the visibly drunk people, but there were teams of very fast, very naked people well out in front of me. The corporate photo sponsors must be busily blurring out dangly bits.  I am sorry I didn’t get to run with friends, but I think I might have been faster for not being chatty or concerned about staying together.

Mirrored from Trochaisms.

pedant, law and order

Character encodings – a short tutorial

There is a huge profusion of terms around sets of letters, symbols, and characters and how they are encoded onto computers. I found myself embroiled in this mess working at a speech-technology company back in the day as we struggled to adapt a speech recognizer designed for English to cope with Korean — which turns out to have a surprisingly regular orthographic system. (Never mind that none of us on the team knew Korean.)

But I’m here today to talk about the key distinctions I learned in dealing with those letters, symbols, and characters on a computer. More after the jump, if you don’t mind me overexplaining a little.

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Mirrored from Trochaisms.