Rasberry Pie and GreenArray Tea?

Posted 14 Mar 2012 at 19:51 UTC (updated 15 Mar 2012 at 14:07 UTC) by badvogato Share This

Chuck Moore had some thoughts on the number Pi.
The Brits took the hint and push out the door their cheap Rasberry Pi
While I was sipping on my delicious & priceless Green Tea ,
pondering if the number Tau equals twice as much as Chuck's Pi.

NO, I like my tea without the pie.
Besides our grand Shirley is giving up her favourite preztels during the Lent.


love Chuck's smile and voice, posted 15 Mar 2012 at 16:51 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

Chip Chuck - simplicity at its best

IntroSoftsim144a ( early version) , posted 15 Mar 2012 at 17:46 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

Intro Softsim144a by Charley Shattuck, "a professional Forth programmer since 1989. More recently become obsessed with colorForth.

"ML for the working programmer", posted 15 Mar 2012 at 19:43 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

I am also leafing through this book "ML for the working programmers' by L.C. Paulson

To obtain MLWorks, contract harlequin Limited, Barrington Hall, Barrington, Cambridge, CB2 5RG, English. Their email address is web@harlequin.com

To obtain Moscow ML, contact Peter Sestoft, Mathematical Section, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural Univ, Thorvaldsensvej 40, DK-1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark. Or get the system from Web

To obtain Poly/ML, contact Abstract Hardware Ltd, 1 Brunel Science Park, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PQ England

To obtain Standard ML of New Jersey, contact Andrew Appel, Computer Science Dept. Princeton Univ., Princeton NJ 08544-2087, USA. Or fetch the files from the Web

BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), posted 20 Mar 2012 at 14:40 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

checking out these active research forum

also Open Source Drug Discovery an initiate by mostly Indian American scientists.

Reading Thomas Sowell - Hoover Institute

ok > ., posted 18 Apr 2012 at 16:53 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

ok. mark the first day of my transfer into programming unit.

reading push-down stack

writing/editing essay 'Evil is never radical'

watching Lawrence Krauss 'Universe from Nothing', add this comment on facebook: 'According to Jacob Taubes, Nietzsche's anti-Christ stand was really an attempt to ridicule idiot-like quality of the son of God, Jesus. By comparison, Saint Paul was no fool. Nietzsche envied Paul's Damascus experience. Maybe God is from Nothing so that son of God can become everything to Saint Paul and to Nietzsche's followers as well. '

Connecting with Cathy's homepage.

The Shape of Code, posted 7 May 2012 at 11:19 UTC by sye » (Journeyer)

EU rules that computer languages cannot be copyrighted.

Does that mean Oracle vs. Google over $1 billion Java copyright infringement in Android wouldn't be of any concern to EU companies?

As French election result just came out, here's an excerpt which I find most interesting:

"With French being the language of th basic law in Europe, Europe will again be napoleonized and French will become the language of the small diplomatic corps. English is the language of international commerce, tourism, and science anywhere in the world and is also the language most commoners can understand. Separation of commerce writing from legal writing will make international trade difficult. French will again become a "code" for an elite. " -- "The Nine Pillars of History" by Gunnar Sevelius, M.D.

Daneil Everett and Pirahã, posted 17 May 2012 at 00:57 UTC by sye » (Journeyer)

By Tom Bartlett


The language Everett has focused on, Pirahã, is spoken by just a few hundred members of a hunter-gatherer tribe in a remote part of Brazil. Everett got to know the Pirahã in the late 1970s as an American missionary. With his wife and kids, he lived among them for months at a time, learning their language from scratch. He would point to objects and ask their names. He would transcribe words that sounded identical to his ears but had completely different meanings. His progress was maddeningly slow, and he had to deal with the many challenges of jungle living. His story of taking his family, by boat, to get treatment for severe malaria is an epic in itself.

His initial goal was to translate the Bible. He got his Ph.D. in linguistics along the way and, in 1984, spent a year studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an office near Chomsky's. He was a true-blue Chomskyan then, so much so that his kids grew up thinking Chomsky was more saint than professor. "All they ever heard about was how great Chomsky was," he says. He was a linguist with a dual focus: studying the Pirahã language and trying to save the Pirahã from hell. The second part, he found, was tough because the Pirahã are rooted in the present. They don't discuss the future or the distant past. They don't have a belief in gods or an afterlife. And they have a strong cultural resistance to the influence of outsiders, dubbing all non-Pirahã "crooked heads." They responded to Everett's evangelism with indifference or ridicule.

As he puts it now, the Pirahã weren't lost, and therefore they had no interest in being saved. They are a happy people. Living in the present has been an excellent strategy, and their lack of faith in the divine has not hindered them. Everett came to convert them, but over many years found that his own belief in God had melted away.

So did his belief in Chomsky, albeit for different reasons. The Pirahã language is remarkable in many respects. Entire conversations can be whistled, making it easier to communicate in the jungle while hunting. Also, the Pirahã don't use numbers. They have words for amounts, like a lot or a little, but nothing for five or one hundred. Most significantly, for Everett's argument, he says their language lacks what linguists call "recursion"—that is, the Pirahã don't embed phrases in other phrases. They instead speak only in short, simple sentences.

In a recursive language, additional phrases and clauses can be inserted in a sentence, complicating the meaning, in theory indefinitely. For most of us, the lack of recursion in a little-known Brazilian language may not seem terribly interesting. But when Everett published a paper with that finding in 2005, the news created a stir. There were magazine articles and TV appearances. Fellow linguists weighed in, if only in some cases to scoff. Everett had put himself and the Pirahã on the map.

His paper might have received a shrug if Chomsky had not recently co-written a paper, published in 2002, that said (or seemed to say) that recursion was the single most important feature of human language. "In particular, animal communication systems lack the rich expressive and open-ended power of human language (based on humans' capacity for recursion)," the authors wrote. Elsewhere in the paper, the authors wrote that the faculty of human language "at minimum" contains recursion. They also deemed it the "only uniquely human component of the faculty of language."

In other words, Chomsky had finally issued what seemed like a concrete, definitive statement about what made human language unique, exposing a possible vulnerability. Before Everett's paper was published, there had already been back and forth between Chomsky and the authors of a response to the 2002 paper, Ray Jackendoff and Steven Pinker. In the wake of that public disagreement, Everett's paper had extra punch.

It's been said that if you want to make a name for yourself in modern linguistics, you have to either align yourself with Chomsky or seek to destroy him. Either you are desirous of his approval or his downfall. With his 2005 paper, Everett opted for the latter course.

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