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  1. Aug 2019
    1. AI relies upon a bet. It is the bet that if you get your syntax (mechanism) right the semantics (meaning) will take care of itself. It is the hope that if computer engineers get the learning feedback process right, a new transhuman intellect will emerge.
  2. Apr 2019
    1. 15. Find out the internet is going to rehab.

      this is personification. the internet can not actually go to rehab but it is going to rehab figuratively.

    2. Let the internet feed you faces. You like faces. A face is worth a thousand words.

      The author uses Syntax here as this sentence is structured in a peculiar way. The author introduces that the internet feeds you faces, and then how much a face betters to people nowadays. The way he structured it was also interesting as instead of just saying the internet makes us want people to look at us and provides that for us, he structures it in a way it tells you what the internet does, tells us what we like, and then rationalizes our want for it.

    3. Play Doom. Play Worms. Play Counterstrike. Play Chat Roulette. Sprint off the school bus to worship before the altar of the web. Become a back-of-a-head to your parents. Wait for fresh content. eBaum’s World on Fridays. Wimp’s daily five. Watching these videos is like swapping eyeballs with anyone on the planet. People are amazing, you realize, and stupid too. Torrent a movie that’s still in theaters. How is this even possible, you wonder. Watch it. Watch porn. Tell your friends that you found something incredible and that you’ve fallen in love with the internet.

      There is good syntax here because the author breaks his thoughts into staccato short sentences. The repetitiveness of the sentences, each explaining a different activity the author enjoyed on the internet, emphasizes the overwhelming abundance of programs the internet had to offer and when it first came out, how much people appreciated it. The short sentences represent a brain on overdrive discovering new things and wondering what else there is out there that the internet has to offer. It also conveys an excitement to share his discoveries with his friends

    4. You reckon that mobile internet has to be a categorically good thing for the world. Like the printing press. Like the railroad. This exploding net of satellites, cables, servers, modems, and repeaters is nothing short of a Cambrian explosion. Watch communication distribute. Watch the crowd source information—the crowd which can think faster and more accurately than any one human, the crowd which is an incredible asset in times of both danger and celebration. Watch the crowd use this hackery thing called hashtags to track the advance of wildfires. Watch the crowd reproduce the Mona Lisa one pixel at a time from all points of the compass.

      Short sentences compare the mobile internet to other major innovations in a memorable way. Crowd source mentality and the use of hashtag introduces the ideas in a new perspective. Last two sentences illustrates the power of the mobile internet in a meaningful way as the end weighting of wildfires and "all points of the compass" shows the dynamic uses it offers.

  3. Mar 2019
  4. Dec 2018
    1. A syntactically annotated corpus (treebank) is a part of Russian National Corpus.[2] It contains 40,000 sentences (600,000 words) which are fully syntactically and morphologically annotated. The primary annotation was made by ETAP-3 and then manually verified by competent linguists.
  5. Mar 2018
    1. That, on the other hand, is a system all by itself, and it’s rather restricted in its range. It only forms restrictive relative clauses, and then only in a narrow range of syntactic constructions. It can’t follow a preposition (the book of which I spoke rather than *the book of that I spoke) or the demonstrative that (they want that which they can’t have rather than *they want that that they can’t have), and it usually doesn’t occur after coordinating conjunctions. But it doesn’t make the same personhood distinction that who and which do, and it functions as a relative adverb sometimes. In short, the distribution of that is a subset of the distribution of the wh words. They are simply two different ways to make relative clauses, one of which is more constrained.

      One of the best explanations of why relative "that" isn't a pronoun.

    1. In the meantime, however, white labor had continued to regard the United States as a place of refuge; as a place for free land; for continuous employment and high wage; for freedom of thought and faith. It was here, however, that employers intervened; not because of any moral obliquity but because’ the Industrial Revolution, based upon the crops raised by slave labor in the Caribbean and in the southern United

      I have chosen this paragraph in particular to discuss the structure of Du Bois' sentences. The appeal is marked by long sentences separated by semicolons and commas. Often these long sentences build on each other to create the effect of a kind of breathlessness, an endless list of the conditions that mark the ways in which Blacks are discriminated in the US and the ways in which this hurts prospects for democracy at home and abroad.

  6. Jan 2018
    1. A gentleman who lived in the village to which they were now bound, who had himself been kind to the child and to the old man whom the new schoolmaster had brought with him, had written of the pair to Kit's employer, and the letter had been the lost clue, so long sought, to their hiding-place.

      Dickens writes very long sentences.

  7. Feb 2017
    1. You, too, have seenthe bulbs flash from the sea. You, too, have feltit breathing down your neck. You eat fish. You’ve heardthat mermaids sing.

      Structurally, the syntax contrasts between realistic and unrealistic imagery. Why? Also, unlike the first septet, the rhythm is more markedly disturbed with enjambment and initial and medial caesura. Why?

  8. Jan 2016
    1. The search box on Project Gutenberg uses a special syntax that actually allows more than just simple text searches. You can search by language, subject, author, and many others. For example:

      • The search "l.german" will produce only texts in German.
      • The search "s.shakespeare" will produce only texts about Shakespeare.
      • The search "s.shakespeare l.german" will produce only texts in German about Shakespeare.

      To see a more complete description of the syntax, go to the search page and click the "Help" button on the top-right of the page.

      I haven't figured out how to search for terms with multiple words in these searches. Can someone figure it out? For example, how do you search for "william shakespeare" as a subject rather than just "shakespeare"? Or "old norse" as a language and not just "norse"?

  9. Nov 2014
    1. Python was created by Guido Van Rossum in the early 90s. It is now one of the most popular languages in existence. I fell in love with Python for its syntactic clarity. It’s basically executable pseudocode.

      Helpful concise, Python syntax doc

  10. Feb 2014
    1. What is missing is a space between the $( and the following (, to avoid the arithmetic expression syntax. The section on command substitution in the shell command language specification actually warns for that:

      This is a very good example of why shell scripting does not scale from simple scripts to large projects. This is not the only place where changes in whitespace can lead to scripts that are very difficult to debug. A well-meaning and experienced programmer from another language, but new to bash scripting, might decide to clean up formatting to make it more consistent-- a laudable goal, but one which can lead to unintentional semantic changes to the program.

      Flat, short bash scripts are extremely useful tools that I still employ regularly, but once they begin creeping in size and complexity it's time to switch to another language to handle that-- I think that is what (rightly) has driven things likes Python, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, etc.

      Despite the syntactic horrors lurking in shell scripts there is still a beautiful simplicity that drives their use which is a testament to the core unix philosophy.

    1. The other important part of our "language" is the way in which concepts are represented--the symbols and symbol structures. Words structured into phrases, sentences, paragraphs, monographs--charts, lists, diagrams, tables, etc. A given structure of concepts can be represented by any of an infinite number of different symbol structures, some of which would be much better than others for enabling the human perceptual and cognitive apparatus to search out and comprehend the conceptual matter of significance and/or interest to the human. For instance, a concept structure involving many numerical data would generally be much better represented with Arabic rather than Roman numerals and quite likely a graphic structure would be better than a tabular structure.

      Unfortunately as an industry we're stuck here.

  11. Oct 2013
    1. the educated man observes that those sections which the Greeks call kommata, and the clauses and periods of which I spoke a short time ago,

      Is he referring to syntax?