September 23rd, 2006

beartato phd

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You know, I kind of still have an amazing love for the general CMU environment and the people I know here that make it possible for me to just randomly bumble around socially tagging along with whoever I bump into and wind up having conversations in the span of a few hours about bookmaking and letterpress printing and music and science fiction and the sapir-whorf hypothesis and art and arabic phonology and type theory and programming languages and compilers and cps conversion. I think pretty much everyone I talked to today deserves some kind of award for being awesome, but then again so too do a lot of people I just didn't happen to run into.
beartato phd

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Read Delany's short novel "Babel-17" today. It's corny 1960s scifi through and through, and especially the neurolinguistic plausibility of the Sapir-Whorfery at the very heart of the plot is eyebrow-raising at best, but it's totally a fantastic yarn anyway. I enjoyed every minute.

Favorite quotes:


"So when I walked into the greenhouse and said hello to this myna bird, and it replied, 'Hello, Rydra, it's a fine day and I'm happy,' I knew immediately that it was lying" (156)

"Because I am," he said softly, "and you are" (163)

"...fear tactics won't work."
"What will?"
"Algol, Onoff, and Fortran, with the help of a barber and the fact that it's Wednesday." (209)