Especially for those of you still in school, I want to take a moment to talk about Mnemosyne again.

I now bring my laptop to class with me every day, and instead of taking traditional notes, I create Question-and-Answer pairs on the material being taught in class. I generally create about 20-50 of these flashcard notes per day.

Then, in the evening (or any time of day on the weekends), I do a short but comprehensive review: I review all of the flashcards automatically scheduled for that day (which is generally about 50-80 out of my database of ~2000 cards), then review the ones that I had created earlier that day in class. This all tends to take less than 15 minutes, though I might take some extra time to edit typos and rephrase ambiguous questions as I come across them.

And then I'm done.

I haven't really needed any further studying time, and I'm beyond convinced that I know my course material much better using Mnemosyne than I would if I were just taking normal paper notes and never bothering to flip through them. For example, even though I did no special preparation work before my recent statistics exam, I felt over-prepared, if anything. We were given a list of "possibly helpful" equations on the test, but I already had all of them memorized, so there was no need for that. It was relaxing and easy.

This is why I'm [theoretically] writing a senior thesis on this stuff. It works. There's a hundred years of memory research behind this technology, I know it works, and I want to see it catch on more.

meme?

Nov. 5th, 2007 11:30 pm
I guess this is quasi-meme-ish,

but because (a) I'm not around much on the internets anymore, and (b) I'm really tired of doing syntaxwork,

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I just did a friends-cut, which i haven't done for years;
the main reason is just that i spend very little time on LJ,
and usually have a way-too-long friends page to view.

and so i skim about half of what's there, skip the other half, and miss a lot of stuff.
so now it's mutual friends 65, also-friend-of 49.

[i know about read-filters and such, but I'd rather simplify things than further expound them.]

if you were removed and wish for this to be undone, i can do so~
As seven of my /friends have posted before me in the last nine hours, Kurt Vonnegut passed away last night.

I'm just copying the following from [livejournal.com profile] bokononism, but it was the second thing to pop into my head, too (after "so it goes")--
I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, 'Isaac is up in heaven now.' It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in heaven now.' That's my favorite joke.

How do humanists feel about Jesus? I say of Jesus, as all humanists do, 'If what he said is good, and so much of it is absolutely beautiful, what does it matter if he was God or not?'

But if Christ hadn't delivered the Sermon on the Mount, with its message of mercy and pity, I wouldn't want to be a human being.

I'd just as soon be a rattlesnake.
From Vonnegut's A Man Without A Country, pp. 80-81

More later, maybe.. I have to go to work.
since I can't seem to sleep--

what's on your mind?

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because i am le tired,

here's another round of

the meme1
post an anonymous comment on this entry. (i've turned off ip logging, so even if i wanted to find out who you were, i couldn't.) say something you've been wanting to get off your chest. you can comment more than once, if you want. post anything you'd like: a story, a secret, a confession, a fear, a love -- anything! but remember to post it anonymously. OR you can post it with your username, and we'll keep it private between you and me. comments are screened. nobody but me will be able to see them initially; i'll make anonymous comments public, and user-specific comments will be kept private (unless otherwise noted). if you comment anonymously, i won't ask you who you are. i might choose to reply to some comments...i might not.



1 Full text of the meme stolen, again, from [livejournal.com profile] randlepmcmurphy
Tok Pisin is an interesting language. Take the following article on Canada:
Kanada i  wanpela    kantri         bilong       Not   Amerika.
Canada is one-fellow country (that) belongs (to) North America.
or, on Saturday:
Sarere   i  nambasikis de   bilong       wik.
Saturday is number-six that belongs (to) week.
 
Long sampela     kantri,    wik  i  stat  long Sande,  na  Sarere   i  nambaseven   de   bilong      wik.
In   some-fellow countries, week is start on   Sunday, and Satuday  is number-seven that belongs (to) week.
At first glance, it may not look very English-like, but after awhile, it gets easier to read.
notyourbroom: (inspector gadget)
clitic morphemes are silly.

i just had an interesting speech phenomenon;

I was talking to myself (because that's how I roll) and the following sprang forth--
An item of-- a lexical item, rather, 's denotation [...]
The syntax of that sequence is pretty interesting. With my current level of knowledge, I would construct it, I think, like this:



I'm almost certain that that analysis is incorrect, however.

"rather" feels like it's been moved (as commas tend to indicate) from its d-structure position. But from//to where? mm.

Note the following:
Data Set 1

"A fish, rather, is tired" ≠ "A fish is rather tired" 1
"A fish is rather tired" ≈2 "A fish, rather, is rather tired"
and...
Data Set 2

"A fish is tired"
  1. ≈ "Rather, a fish is tired"
  2. * "A, rather, fish is tired"
  3. ≈ A fish, rather, is tired"
  4. # "A fish is, rather, tired" 3
  5. ≈ "A fish is tired, rather"
So we know from Data Set 1 that "rather" does not originate as an adjunct to the verb when used in its clarifying sense, based both on intuition of the semantics of the sentences and the plain fact that both the adjunct-form and the clarifying form may coëxist peacefully. And given the clarifying form's wide range of acceptable positions in Data Set 2, its d-structure position is not immediately apparent to me.

(Also note that by changing the stress from fish to tired, we can force "rather" to clarify "tired" rather than "fish" in all the same environments. Spooky.)

But.. Yes. So I'm not sure how to make an analysis of the cause work, but the observation is still pretty cool: "rather" may somehow force itself between nested determiner phrases, as evidenced by the postpending of clitic morphemes in such structures.


  1. The first use of "rather" acts to clarify the subject, while the second use modifies "tired."
  2. I'm using the symbol ≈ to mean "has the same basic meaning as."
  3. This one might only sound bad because the surface position of "rather" is identical to its surface position in "A fish is rather tired," making it difficult to distinguish the intent of the usage.
..ARRr.

I've spent the past one-and-a-half hours trying to work out my graduation requirements. I've been drawing up a spreadsheet that so far has 21 columns and 28 rows [available here for the morbidly curious], but there are so many damn exceptions and qualifiers to the Arts & Sciences rules (not to mention the alterations made by the fact that I'm a Linguistics major) that a spreadsheet really isn't sufficient. mrr.

Some rough conclusions--
  • Good News
    • I'm doing very, very well in fulfilling the course requirements of my major. If I successfully complete my courses this semester and next semester, I'll only need to finish three more courses to fulfill Linguistics requirements.
    • My language requirement for both A&S and Linguistics will be fulfilled by the time I finish Chin 102 next semester.
  • Bad News
    • I need to hit my distribution requirements very hard. I'm behind on filling those.
    • My "number of courses" is below where it should be right now, mostly due to the light semester I took this past Spring.


I think my schedule for next semester will look something [like this]. I'll have a hard time getting from class to class on time, and it'll be a difficult semester in general, but it should work.

If I really can't make it work, I'll probably drop Typology (the blue course) because (a) I'm so far ahead on course requirements, so it's able to be pushed back a semester or two and (b) it would eliminate most of my running-between-classes problem.

ah, sleepiness. and I need to study for syntax.
mm
I don't know much what to write about anymore.

here are some things you aren't going to listen to:

clip from an excellent soprano&&tenor duet. there's some unison (!) near the beginning. and the wind and string parts are pretty cool.

italian plus onomatopoeia equals crazy silly.

ah, wasting time. such fun. c.c
notyourbroom: (confuse a cat)
question:

why do I have to pay the postage for my absentee ballot? do people have to pay postage for things like tax filings and suchforth? (I don't know the answer to that.) I know that the cost to me is almost negligible, but ... I feel like maybe the government's own carrier service shouldn't charge for items which are purely government-related? mm. Then again, I guess that absentee ballots (and other government-related-mail-things) aren't too uncommon, so that's more revenue en mass for the USPS, eh? oh, nickel-and-diming.
Less than a megabyte, and less than a minute, and [I think] fairly interesting;

Variations on a theme in Genesis - Firth of Fifth

Smaller clip highlighting just one correspondence

A ramble on the subject )

In the first section of this clip, a piano, a bass, and some percussion cradle a solo flute5 as it darts around in a vaguely wistful and generally mysterious fashion.

In the second section, with quite different and heavier instrumentation, an electric guitar wails out a distraught, slowed-down version of the theme that the flute introduced earlier.

..it is fun. :D

footnotes )
I just found this ipa site, which is probably more useful than wikipedia's for character-grabbing.
so the "reign" in "foreign" is not related to "rex" or "royal," but is rather a respelling of an O.Fr. word forain which ultimately derived from L. foris "outside."

so that throws that hypothesis out the window, but it does keep me from needing to explain why the hell there's a "fo" (!?) tacked onto a latinate stem. c.c


arr, sleepy.


also, according to the internets, I dressed my bikewound rather extremely wrong, but that's fixed now, so hopefully I'll be okay? mm.
vague thought: standardized "newscaster english" as a sort of linguistic hyperreality [i.e. an artificial dialect which resembles, but does not match, any natural dialects]; with the surprisingly-persistent non-convergence of regional dialects standing fast as some sort of .. uhm... 'natural' counterpoint.

...

so also, i should be doing syntax. but i'll probably go eat dinner.
notyourbroom: (confuse a cat)
Time for a thing;
the meme
post an anonymous comment on this entry. (i've turned off ip logging, so even if i wanted to find out who you were, i couldn't.) say something you've been wanting to get off your chest. you can comment more than once, if you want. post anything you'd like: a story, a secret, a confession, a fear, a love -- anything! but remember to post it anonymously. OR you can post it with your username, and we'll keep it private between you and me. comments are screened. nobody but me will be able to see them initially; i'll make anonymous comments public, and user-specific comments will be kept private (unless otherwise noted). if you comment anonymously, i won't ask you who you are. i might choose to reply to some comments...i might not.
text, as always, plagiarized from [livejournal.com profile] randlepmcmurphy because i am too lazy to reconstruct it.
so

cornell's school colors are red et white
and so are canada's

cornell's umbrellas are red et white
and so are canada's _

so I have this hilarious time wandering around
with a canadian umbrella
and almost blending in, except
not

AND: now people think that i'm from canada,
which is even better.
plus five1.

-----
1 p.s. i miss sally.
:DD today in syntax, the professor wrote the word "colourful" on the board
and it was pretty excellent.
so i made about 1 litre of my favorite herbal tea ["throat soothers" by celestial seasonings] and i'm slowly draining it via a ~4oz tea cup. excellent.

now to, err, do work.

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