Rants/Non-technical

I shall tell you my plans but then I shall have to kill you, Mr. Bond Van Bruggen

There is a scene that repeats itself in various James Bond films, usually towards the end. The archvillain has captured Bond. However, instead of just killing him, he has to do it in some very creative, slow manner, using some sort of Rube Goldberg contraption. Meanwhile, he tells Bond gleefully what his plans are for …

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Is this Parsing theory just Bullshit: Part Deux

A Little Parlor Game As I pointed out earlier here, in this parser space, there is a great tendency to express concepts — that, once understood, are actually quite simple — in a very abstruse, obfuscated manner. Recently, I was musing about a little conceptual experiment with some real comic potential. Imagine if basic Mathematics …

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A Bug’s Life

Thomas Hobbes famously said that in humankind’s natural state, a man’s life tends be "nasty, brutish, and short". I suppose the natural corollary of this is that in technologically advanced societies, life is comparatively "pleasant, peaceful, and long". Of those three things, it is the last one that can be measured most objectively; we see, …

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