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Thursday, February 26

Geek

Fun With Stats

The second highest-ranking country in the stats for my blog?

Jersey, home of the .je domain.

Hello Jersey!

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Blog

Oops++

Didn't make my image subdirectories world-searchable.

And then after I did, I needed to restart Apache to get it to notice.

I was wondering why I had 4632 HTTP 403 errors in my log file.

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World

American Politics

As viewed from Australia.

(Via Tim Blair.)

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Blog

Oops

I've fixed my archives.

Note for MT users: If you change your main index from index.html to, say, index.shtml, all your archive pages change too. If you don't do a rebuild, this will cause problems.

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Wednesday, February 25

Cool

Chomskybot!

Furthermore, the systematic use of complex symbols suffices to account for an abstract underlying order. With this clarification, the speaker-hearer's linguistic intuition does not readily tolerate a corpus of utterance tokens upon which conformity has been defined by the paired utterance test. We will bring evidence in favor of the following thesis: relational information is not subject to problems of phonemic and morphological analysis. Thus the appearance of parasitic gaps in domains relatively inaccessible to ordinary extraction may remedy and, at the same time, eliminate the traditional practice of grammarians. For one thing, the natural general principle that will subsume this case delimits nondistinctness in the sense of distinctive feature theory.
The Chomskybot

If you've ever had to wade through pseudo-scientific babble in any field, you know how accurate that is.

Let us continue to suppose that any associated supporting element raises serious doubts about irrelevant intervening contexts in selectional rules. To provide a constituent structure for T(Z,K), most of the methodological work in modern linguistics is not to be considered in determining the traditional practice of grammarians. However, this assumption is not correct, since the appearance of parasitic gaps in domains relatively inaccessible to ordinary extraction suffices to account for an important distinction in language use. It appears that a descriptively adequate grammar can be defined in such a way as to impose nondistinctness in the sense of distinctive feature theory. I suggested that these results would follow from the assumption that this selectionally introduced contextual feature may remedy and, at the same time, eliminate problems of phonemic and morphological analysis.
It's scary!

(Thanks to lucklucky in the comments at Roger L Simon's blog.)

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Blog

You Took The Rest Of Me

The Best of Me Symphony is now up at The Owners Manual. Go take a look!

If you have a post that you think is good, and is over two months old and languishing in your archives - or if you know a blogger who does - you can submit it to bestofme@jpeacock.net.

The next Best of Me Symphony will appear...

Right here.

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Tuesday, February 24

Geek

Printy Badness

Canon have just announced the i990, which has seven ink colours and is up to 50% faster than the i965.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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Geek

Printy Goodness

Remember that printer I wanted? The one with 6 colour, 4800x2400 dpi printing? That prints onto CDs and DVDs? That has a USB 2 hi-speed link? (And another USB port to plug your camera in.) The Canon i965? That printer?

Got it.

Got it $60 off retail too, which paid for 8 reams of HP high-quality inkjet paper that just happened to be selling at half price.

It's currently just sitting on a chair looking cute, because I haven't had time to install all the little bits yet.

Tonight. I'll install all the little bits tonight.

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Anime

Chrno Crusade

Nuns with guns.

Nuns with guns in 1920s New York.

Nuns with guns in 1920s New York fighting demons.

And destroying everything in their path, Dirty Pair style.

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Art

Lost Metaphors

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

William Gibson, Neuromancer

What? Bright blue?

That's what colour my TV is when it's tuned to a dead channel.

I was just watching the start of Chrno Crusade, and the opening credits are old, degraded film stock, with all the blips and streaks and wiggly things you get with old films. Of course, it wasn't really, since Chrno Crusade was made last year; it's a digitally generated effect.

But I wonder, if all you had ever seen was digitally-projected perfection, what you would make of this?

After all, we are already bringing up a generation to whom Y*(*&)@$^%B)#@$)(^F@#%)(T NO CARRIER means nothing. ADSL and cable modems don't do that, and even on dial-up you're more likely to see a friendly pop-up message saying "Windows has detected some sort of problem somewhere".

You don't get the scrunchy, crackly sound of old vinyl records any more. I have about a dozen LPs stashed away... Somewhere. I don't even own a turntable. I still recognise the sound, of course, and a period song from the thirties or forties or fifties with that sound behind it will serve quickly to set the stage for a film or TV show. But how much longer will producers get away with that?

The sound of a shortwave radio that is just barely bringing in a signal?

The sound of a radio being tuned between stations using an analog dial rather than push-buttons?

The clatter of a manual typewriter, the chatter of a high-speed impact printer?

The whirr of a film camera? The mime routine for filming something - one hand curled in front of the eye, peering through; the other hand cranking the film along at a steady 24 frames per second?

The click! of a camera shutter? Did you realise that in some places digital cameras are legally required to produce a click sound? And since they don't do so naturally, they need a small speaker to digitally reproduce the appropriate sound?

Maybe that's the answer. Maybe televisions should generate artificial static when your digital HDTV set-top box conks out. Maybe all mobile phones should be leigislated to go ring ring rather than bip-bip-biddely. After all, no matter what the ring tone is, everyone reaches for their phone.

Maybe electric cars should be programmed to "backfire" every so often, and generate a nice throaty roar when you stomp on the "gas".

And maybe someone should write a program for Windows so that just when you least expect it you suddenly see Y*(*&)@$^%B)#@$)(^F@#%)(T NO CARRIER

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