I found an introductory linguistics book in the semcoop yesterday as I was browsing, and read through it for a bit before they kicked me out at closing. I have now re-decided that linguistics is probably really cool. Particularly semantics. And semantic relatedness networks
. (and tag clouds
Also cognitive science
, when one considers it as the study of intelligence, not just human intelligence, not just human intelligence.
I wish I could better describe *why* I think these things are cool. But I'll try anyway. I'd like to be able to have a more holistic grasp of what different systems that construct and deal with meaning are actually doing and what they are actually dealing with and how they are actually dealing with it. How are the concepts related? How are they combined and manipulated and abstracted? To be able to say, "this is what language is doing and this is how it is doing it. These are the mechanisms by which we are socially constructing meaning. This is how we could build similar systems(with applications to data mining?)" even if I can't answer precisely what every piece means precisely right now, today.( And also, some thoughts on buzzwords and trying to "find my field"Collapse )
There were two of them, a boy and a girl. They were working on a difficult problem in mathematics. After they emerged in turn from their respective dens, having found the solution, they came and spoke with me. As they greeted me with serene smiles and a strange all-knowing look, I asked them, "Well, how was it"?
Each told me, "I felt like timed truth."
"Yeah, that's how they say it is," I replied.
"Acme::EyeDrops converts a Perl program into an equivalent one, but without all those unsightly letters and numbers.http://search.cpan.org/dist/Acme-EyeDrops/lib/Acme/EyeDrops.pm
In a Visual Programming breakthrough, EyeDrops allows you to pour the generated program into various shapes, such as UML diagrams, enabling you to instantly understand how the program works just by glancing at its new and improved visual representation."
“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Max explained to me briefly why he doesn't do much stuff with computers anymore. He doesn't like having his skills tied to a piece of machinery that is ever more quickly becoming obsolete(just each person is coming ever closer to death.). He doesn't like spending so much time in front of the glow of a monitor. He would prefer to be able to use his skills in a cave in the middle of nowhere just as well as in a well-powered urban environment.
Considering this is a bit unsettling, seeing as how I'm ever more certain I'm going to be a computer science major. I like playing in the woods. I don't like to think I wouldn't be able to use anything I've learned if I were sitting in a cave in the middle of nowhere.
I like, at least in theory, the power computers give me. I am ever more hesitant to make computer science my major - I have no idea, honestly, what I want to do, but I would like to be able to use code as a tool. Tracking how I spend my time, for instance, would be a lot harder without a computer. I would not have anything like the convenience of email. I wouldn't be able to instantly search thousands of lines of text for a specific phrase and find it. I like having the ability to do those things. And I don't think cultivating coding skills will cost me all that much in terms of other skills that can be used when I'm not sitting at a monitor. But maybe I'm wrong, and that's what bothers me.
I went to Doc Films today - that was fun. We saw a
silent film, Alias Jimmy Valentine, about a crook trying to turn good.
There was a pianist playing music throughout the film, live, mostly
chords. It seemed like that would be a fun job. And some of the
scenes were tinted different colors (blue for night, for instance). I
don't remember if I'd seen a silent film before that - I think I had,
once or twice, but I don't remember for sure. Not having sound was a
little frustrating at first, but it was interesting to see how much
was said just in gesture instead of dialogue. Sometimes text would
flash across the screen for us to read, but for the most part the
words the characters was incidental and their expressions and gestures
communicated everything. It was strange, though, not to have the
sound of footsteps, or the sound of a dog barking, or of doors opening
and closing. I guess that would be normal if you can't hear though.
I am often frustrated because I don't feel like I'm making much progress.
How do I tell whether I need to have more patience or to change my methods in order to make the most progress?