Archive for May, 2005

Could this be true?

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Did you know that voice-recognition answering systems are programmed so that if they detect anger in your voice, they’ll connect you to a human operator more quickly? So where you used to press “0″, you now yell something like Fcuk you Cckouskcer! to speak to someone live. I’d say that’s progress. (obfuscation mine)
I’ll have to […]

Same ole same ole

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Why is it whenever you try to do something new and interesting (and exciting and fun), there are crowds of people line up to tell you why you can’t. Or if they don’t (or can’t) go that far, throw up every kind of roadblock they can think of and generally make pains in the arse […]

Antidote found in Crocodiles

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Thanks to Danielle Smith for this interesting (and informative!) little addition to my spam corpus:
The New Breakthrough of “The Antidote”
PROVEN FORMULA Not available in any retail outlet -
To Learn More please follow: http://blahblahblahblahblah/
Ships direct from the medical research facility.
Kills all Known Viruses & Bacteria kept in the body as diseases before they attack.
[…]

Oh DEAR…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Another “blog thing“: How Sinful Are You? Here’s how I fared:

Your Deadly Sins

Sloth: 80%

Lust: 60%

Wrath: 60%

Envy: 40%

Gluttony: 40%

Greed: 40%

Pride: 0%

Chance You’ll Go to Hell: 46%

You will die with your hand down your underwear, watching Star Trek.

So…I’m a lazy, horny, angry, jealous little piggy, headed for that Big Luau In The Sk…er, Under The Ground…as the […]

New(?) God of MP Pantheon, or … what?

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I haven’t exactly stayed current with the latest developments in MIT-brand linguistic pseudoscience over the last ten (twenty?!) years. Sure, I bought Barriers and The Minimalist Program, but could never get far enough into them before the hives (my most frequent reaction to Chomsky’s writings … […]

The Party’s Over…

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Well, not quite yet, but soon: This is sobbering. Particularly this part:
Furthermore, because concentrated and accessible mineral and energy resources will no longer be available, the “low-hanging fruit” having been harvested by preceding generations, there can never be a restoration of industrial civilization.
It’s funny, but just the other morning while boiling the water for […]

My English…

Monday, May 9th, 2005

A bit late, but I found a link to an interesting quiz just now over on ilani ilani, dated April 14. Here’s how my English breaks down, according to the results calculated from my answers to the 20 questions:

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

25% Dixie

10% Yankee

5% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

I could have done with a “say […]

A Challenge to the Minimalist Community (again)

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

I’ve already mentioned this ongoing thread on Linguist List here; all day I’ve been debating whether to post the following to the list, but have finally decided to do so initially here on my blog:
But we have to be happy with our theories when they correctly describe the input-output relation of the human language acquisition […]

Instinctive revulsion?

Friday, May 6th, 2005

This is nice! The conclusion states:
Pinker, Chomsky and Piattelli-Palmarini, in rejecting a preadaptive or exaptational basis for the evolution of language in the visual or motor systems of the brain because it is impossible to see how such as a basis could accommodate the formalisms of transformational-generative grammar, government and binding, or principles and […]

Fuji Color!

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Ooh, the wisteria (fuji) are blooming! Tons of little purple waterfalls along the highway this morning as I tooled down the Joban Highway. I’ve always loved wisteria for some reason.
If the weather clears up over the weekend (assuming it’s raining up in Iwaki as well—I’m still here in the office in Mito), I’ll […]

The dangers of blind acceptance

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Reading papers in the GB/MP fantasy genre generally results for me in what I like to refer to as a “Kevin Kline ‘French Kiss’” moment (or two). (To wit, “Zey make my spheencter tweetch!”) One of the particular characteristics which sets off this physiological response is the willy-nilly quoting of example sentences taken from […]

This is what they are, this is what they do

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

A take-off on Millenium? Not quite.
This is what they (comment spammers) are: unredeemable scum.
This is what they do: they have a copy of the WordPress comments-post and trackback files on a server (or their own PC) running PHP (I could do it here and now from my PB if I turned websharing on) […]

So you think maybe Chompster should visit Wikibooks?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Just tooling about the web, as is my wont, and found the following here:
Using linguistic evidence cautiously
Before we proceed, we must say a few words about the mode of inquiry we are using. As we throw various examples at you, we are either marking them with asterisks — starring them, as linguists say — or […]

This is news?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

So, I slept in a little late on this first morning of “Golden Week 2005 - Part 2″ and decided to have a listen to “News Lite” (CNN, to those of you not familiar with my private codes) while waiting for the coffee water to boil and checking the access logs to see what the […]

IDR Goes South Park

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

If you’ve a bit of time on your hands (as I seem to have, at the moment!), check out this site and create a South Park character-ization of yourself. Here’s what I came up with: