Monthly Archives: September 2004

William Tenn

Here’s a great essay on the (SF) writing of William Tenn. I know the Bellevue library has some of his collections, and now I’m going to have to dig them out. The bit about John W. Campbell saying “No” to … Continue reading

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POS

Interesting stuff on part-of-speech tagging. Here and here, too. (…and we’re back to Markov models again… 🙂 )

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Fluff Fthagn

Fluff Cthulhu eats the brains of various SF authors. No word on why he hasn’t sampled Piers Anthony, Robert Jordan or Anne-of-never-ending-dragon-dribble. Maybe Nyrlathotep got to them first? Maybe even the Tentacled One has limits?

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Symantec Spam Leak

Like many people who own domains, I salt e-mail addresses so I know if addresses are redistributed. An address that I supplied to Symantec a while back has indeed been leaked to spammers. I guess it’s not terribly surprising. It … Continue reading

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Web apps and continuations

Nice to see that someone’s concretized the use of continuations to solve the ‘orrible “back button in a web app” problem. Of course, the Smalltalk hackers are the first to get there. And some stuff on why MVC sucks on … Continue reading

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LAX closure…

… can you spell “over reaction?” I knew you could.

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Vehicle theft rates

Cryptome has the 2003 vehicle theft rates (actually uses 2002 data). The Neon looks terrible, until you realize that only 24 of the particular model were made, and one poor bastard had his stolen. The real Neon is still not … Continue reading

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The Art of Controversy

The Art of Controversy (tricks and traps in argument and rhetoric). Via Making Light.

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Ex Libris again

Books again. The Coyote Kings and the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust is, 100pp in, very good indeed; a couple of not very motivated but very, very bright young black men get themselves into rather cosmic trouble. The … Continue reading

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