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  • Ironically awesome to be getting hacked DM spam ("f8cebook giving away !Pads") from @ClosedAccessJ #

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  • OH on bus: "I'm getting contraception, not neutered, a**hole." #
  • Official Day of No Fun at work today. Thursday can't be worse (can it?) #
  • Self-soothing by learning @mountain_goats songs and thinking about music theory. #relativeminor #
  • Ibid and the Alias #bibliographybands #
  • Python oddity:
    >>> None <= -5.0E19
    True
    >>> 0 <= -5.0E19
    False
    *headdesk* #

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  • http://t.co/dZYRxe6l #
  • Note found on the bus: "magic 8-ball says you're next/post-digital job/not our fault yr bank doesn't understand invisible ink on our check" #
  • RT @imtboo: "… for the record, white privilege is neither shocking nor irrelevant". < QFT; also applicable to several other conversations #

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  • http://t.co/dZYRxe6l #
  • Note found on the bus: "magic 8-ball says you're next/post-digital job/not our fault yr bank doesn't understand invisible ink on our check" #
  • RT @imtboo: "… for the record, white privilege is neither shocking nor irrelevant". < QFT; also applicable to several other conversations #

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  • Go, read: @tannercolby's pitch for a post-Mad-Men, pre-Wire show about 1970s racial integration http://t.co/xfHDzPbD (via @mdaisey ) #
  • "Data Science" not yet science: still working on empiricism & replicability; hasn't yet begun to explain things. ("Not even wrong." -Pauli) #

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  • RT @jasonbaldridge: "UNIX is my IDE." QFT, oh my minions. Q. F. T. #
  • Made with healthy NOM GMO soybeans (sic) http://t.co/KHUc4L3x #
  • It bugs me that the standard spelling seems to be "iocane powder". I always expect the "-caine" ending. #fictional #branding #problems #
  • "it's all about creating IP." -JMS "you soulless, narcissist, mercenary hack" -everybody else http://t.co/EijJD7NV #

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  • I spent my entire weekend trying to fix a bug that turned out to be invoked by the leap second. I wasn't alone: http://t.co/MBL6H0Bj #
  • WTHeck, Google Transit? there ain't no route 673 in Seattle. don't suggest it, mmkay? #
  • The Whidbey Institute's Labyrinth http://t.co/RunE6Th2 #

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  • Lost (& found) my phone between returning rental car and boarding plane. Relief! I don't want to spend my first day back re-en-phoning. #
  • Happy Tau Day! (Pi is still wrong!) http://t.co/geZHGIQ2 #

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  • http://t.co/1agHWJcc #
  • Happy Father's Day! I'm lucky to have such a great one. http://t.co/6Cn1AVv0 #
  • Vampires shouldn't sparkle, but they should be this much fun: help fund THE GARLICKS by @thedivalea: http://t.co/zRuNNjr7 (& hurry!) #
  • One day spent snorkeling and my hair is all Surfer Baggins. #
  • Sneaking in to other hotels' pools with @imtboo. #vacation #fun #
  • Hey, I was just chilling on Kaua'i and Ellison just stone cold BOUGHT Lanai. That's some Bond-villain-level oneupmanship, Larry. #

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  • MT @ealdent: "…every [Apple] news article shows a picture of Steve Jobs, sometimes I'm not sure if he's actually dead" – so, iDolatry? #
  • My advisor, uh, seems to be competing in "natural language processing idol" at #naacl2012 ?! @asayeed @CindiThompson #whyaminotinmontreal #
  • Awesome: 1890 gravestone on SFO beach > genealogy of owner > Phineas Gage corpse thief! http://t.co/oBEJtZUm #readthecomments via @jonvoss #
  • "As… prognostication, however, [this] kind of thinking leads to ”where’s my jet-pack?” ranting on the part of geeks of a certain age." #

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  • Heartbreaking loss for the Throttle Rockets in the very last jam. But who'd've thought I'd be mistaken for Prince at the afterparty? #
  • phoneticians & praat-icians: bop to this catchy video to practice transcribing ingressives & clicks http://t.co/D8idVsD8 via @angryzenmaster #
  • Time-lost gender-bent Cyberman guerilla reinserting into 1921 Reality Prime via @bruces < Wired < Italian silent cinema http://t.co/RDZxeInK in reply to bruces #
  • Today, @streetcrow seems to have joined the nouveau riche. Congrats, I guess! RT @streetcrow: "Chandelier. Grip. Swing swing swing swing" #
  • Man stranded in the desert, makes a motorcycle from his broken car http://t.co/QuaNf0Zv: some mad max science hero here via @dorkbotsea #

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  • Ten minutes debating salvation with syllogistically-challenged Jesus-ers waiting for the bus; conceded to blasphemy, but only on their terms #

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  • Previous RT links to article about mathematical separability measures by a dude named "Jeremy Kun" #Iamnotmakingthisup #
  • Attention coders: calling a regular expression "xxx_reggie" is NOT CUTE and makes you sound like a twit. #messagestothepast #
  • OH: "there's only two answers: either they don't know how, or they know better." #themoneyisinwhichone #
  • I wish @nlp_class wasn't relaxing grading metric on PA5; avoiding infinite perplexity IS that important. #smoothing4life #nozerosnoapologies #
  • "stop reacting so emotionally": the battle cry of defensive, unexamined privilege. #autocracy @bengoldacre #
  • Klouchebag score for @trochee: 37, or 'a bit of a prat'. http://t.co/37Wj8Cbq — what, just a *bit*? #

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  • When you can't tell if that petite bus rider is a weird sneezer or has Tourette's. That's now, that is. #
  • Use and Abuse of Garbage Collected Languages http://t.co/V8fERUZT — (@CompSciFact) [ Hadoop, I'm looking at you... ] #

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  • Woo! 80% speedup by importing the "fastFoo" library instead of vanilla Foo. #badnamingprinciple #goodcodingpractice #
  • Cool: http://t.co/CGgQn9nu tweet your CS paper. via @redpony. I agree we need this track at ACL. #
  • Berkeley mom-focused hackerspace seeks hackers; offers child care while you hack. Cool! http://t.co/DqxenQpf #
  • hm. @nlp_class homework is less fun when I'm skating just ahead of the deadline. No time to really investigate what's broken. #
  • oops, never mind. sign wrong in my eval function. That's better… #
  • How did I not know @streetcrow before now? (h/t @wpmcn; attn @blackwingedboy). Hey, #FF all of them! #
  • Oy. Sharing a bus seat with a coked-up, lycra-clad cyclist talking 100mph on cell between sniffle and spastic fidget. #

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I discovered last week that Java does not have a Pair<X,Y> generic class because of Reasons. That’s annoying, but surprising to me. Scala, for example, supports heterogeneous typed tuples (including a 2-tuple, of course), and of course my beloved Python does as well (though type enforcement in Python is, well, weak).

I’ve also been learning the warts of the Hadoop implementation of the map-reduce paradigm. Map-reduce treats a “key-value” pair as such a reliable primitive that I found myself surprised that it wasn’t spelled out (it seems to be in MRUnit, but Hadoop uses Mapper<K1,V1,K2,V2>, not Mapper<Pair1,Pair2>) — and further surprised to find that it is absent from the Java core. I’m surprised, really, because the notion of a strongly-typed, heterogeneous, ordered list (a tuple) is so instrumental in lambda calculus. That explains, of course, why it’s present in Scala and other strongly typed languages, but seems like a surprising omission in Java.

Finally, a different sense of “pair” — I really like doing creative new software work with other people.  It’s been clear to me for a long time that software is a conversation with others, but I’m coming to terms with the idea that design of interesting new software is better if done as an encoding of at least two people’s ideas — at least, when both of those people are interested in design (Bill, I’m looking at you.) Wikipedia says it thus: “The benefit of pairing is greatest on tasks that the programmers do not fully understand before they begin: that is, challenging tasks that call for creativity and sophistication.” I always like those tasks better anyway.

As an afterthought, and as part of wondering why it was so important to me, Bill and I worked out that a “key/value pair” (the initial Hadoop-based reason for getting into this) is effectively a Saussurean sign. Because we are not masochists [well, usually], we declined to share this insight with our non-philosophically-oriented colleagues, but I keep it in the back of my mind for remembering why the lambda-calculus geeks get along so well with linguists — computational or otherwise.

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