2018

Chronology of what was authored in the year, 2018

A Gentle Introduction To Natural Language Processing:
Assuming only that you read English (until the very end)

Article, Date: 2018-03-21
Revised: 2018-04-22

Getting into Natural Language Processing can be a steep learning curve, whether talking about Linguistics, modelling, software design, operations, etc. To that end, this may help others who are where I was roughly two years ago regarding that journey:

People understand text from writings and conversations, but this can be difficult for computers.

This explains how the technology of Natural Language Processing works by building upon what you already know.

It assumes only that you are able to read an English language document.

This gets progressively deeper into useful methods (and ultimately deploying into production, for those so inclined). Go as deep as you like. Annotated references at the end are intended as a jumping-off point for learning more, doing more.

Perusing just the Annotated References will help get you from zero to full deployment in production, yet reading the whole document will help you get the most out of that short list of NLP resources.

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A Gentle Introduction To Natural Language Processing: Assuming only that you read English (until the very end)

New Entrepreneur Checklist & Reality-Check

Article, Date: 2018-03-17
Revised: 2018-04-16

When starting a new business with an on-line presence, these are things to consider even if your website offers little more than being a shingle or sign in front of the front door.

Consider this the least you need to know and do— as part of doing business today.

From this starting point, you will be better informed for hiring the right person to suit your particular needs, should you delegate each and every piece.

This is an iterative process, meaning that you will probably go through this checklist multiple times, as one piece feeds into the next yet becomes informed by steps much later in the process.

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New Entrepreneur Checklist & Reality-Check

Namaste: Saluting The Divinity Within

Essay, Date: 2018-03-14

Hatha Yoga practitioners often conclude their session by uttering namaste.

Reading commonly used explanations for its meaning, you might find "I bow to you" and perhaps a reference to each component from sanskrit being nama as "bow", as as "I" and te as "to you".

However, those are mere transliterations— too literal.

Consider various forms greetings within English speaking cultures: a wave of the hand, a handshake, a hug, a kiss. Each conveys some connection albeit on a spectrum indicating some level of emotional distance or intimacy.

Similarly, bowing as a more formal gesture is but one type of salutation. Bow is taken too literally by the oft cited translation from sanskrit.

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Namaste: Saluting The Divinity Within

Solar Storms, Solar Flares & Cosmic Rays

Article, Date: 2018-03-10
Revised: 2018-03-18

A solar storm is the common name given to a range of events emanating from the Sun. One is a coronal mass ejection.

Here's a list of resources regarding the different types of solar storms and cosmic rays.

Includes general information, physics perspective, historical details, impact on health and remedies.

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Solar Storms, Solar Flares & Cosmic Rays

Toon Spaceships

Fiction, Date: 2018-02-25

Appearing in the twilight sky, a spaceship hangs low and looks as if designed by a student for homework. It comprises simple additives geometry of spheres, cylinders and cubes that were only rotated and scaled on various axes but otherwise not deformed or using any other custom shapes.

It appears as if having been painted using a toon shader plug-in to a cheap 3D modelling program.

My mind perceives it as almost translucent and seems close enough to touch if only this railing extended a little further from the tiny rooftop deck.

My wife says, "You see it too?"

Quoting, "I want to believe," so I reach. My fingers feel nothing but air.

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Toon Spaceships

Keep Purring

Fiction, Date: 2018-02-25

"If a space alien were to land and say that no more flies should be killed, would you honor that request?"

"That's an appeal from authority and would be a logical fallacy."

"Perhaps this being knows something that you don't."

"Then he or she or it can explain why."

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Keep Purring
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