Name: jason tibbetts
Member since: 2000-07-25 17:18:45
Last Login: N/A



As of January 2001, I'm part of SRA International's Advanced Technologies Group, an elite fighting force dedicated to bringing artificial intelligence, data mining, natural language processing, Star Wars Legos, cheap pop, and general insanity and unrest to an otherwise staid government consulting firm.

As a member of the NLP research & development team, I work on various types of semantic analysis, including pronoun resolution and other linguistic stuff that you've probably never heard of. I come to this field with a rather appropriate dual-pronged background: I hold master's degrees in both Computer Science and Classical Studies (i.e. Greek & Latin). Ever meet a programmer who can sight-read Vergil and Euripides?

Programming Ideology

  • I'm a stickler for well-designed, well-document object-oriented or rule-based programming. That pretty much disqualifies the vast majority of open-source projects out there.
  • AI and NLP applications are my current focus, although I've greatly enjoyed the Web development, kernel hacking, GUI, and database programming I've done in school and on past projects. My interests change dramatically every six months or so. Can't help it.
  • I'm quite comfortable programming on any of the Big Three platforms (*nix, Mac, Windoze), although my heart belongs to the Mac and my head belongs to Unix. I'll be all over Mac OS X as soon as I can buy a machine that'll run it.
  • I'm a style junky. I devour party-line books like C++ FAQs, Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming, McConnell's Code Complete, the Gang of Four's Design Patterns, Meyers's Effective C++, and so forth. I'm amazed at how many programmers say that they're fans of these books, but don't follow half of the books's recommendations.

Recent blog entries by jrt

joined today. i considered doing it a month ago after i met fred sanchez at MacHack and liked some of the things he said in his diary entries.

i'm rather pissed that someone has already taken my usual username, tibbetts. i don't know whether to laugh or be appalled-- it turns out that he's a sophomore at MIT, which means that is also taken. so now there's no point in my going to MIT, right? sheesh.

i've started browsing through newsgroups again, after a year or two-long hiatus. the last time i was actively involved in groups, i got so pissed by the low signal-to- noise ratio that i gave up and started hitting sites like slashdot to get my community fix. i don't know what's happened in the meantime, but the newgroups i'm keeping tabs on now seem to be either monitored or just cleaner in general. i'm happy about it.

based on a posting in comp.lang.objective-c, i downloaded some Rhapsody (aka Mac OS X) tutorials from Apple's Web site. of course, since nobody felt like burning me an illicit copy of DP 4 at MacHack, i have nothing on which to run these tutorials. can't wait until september...

today i'm going to try fighting with XFree86 to get it to run on my stock HP Pavilion. i've freshly installed RedHat 6.1 a number of times, but now it's time to really figure out what the problem is instead of solving software problems the Micro$oft way.


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