## 11.11.06

sorry for the lack of posts in the past week. i've been recovering from a strained muscle, as well as having to get my power adapter for my macbook pro replaced (the old one melted!).

now, to the point of this post: since it's not been made obvious already, i'm an autodidact. if i want to learn something, i teach myself. normally, someone my age (nearly 20) wanting to learn things would go to college. i tried that route but i found it quite bothersome. i will admit, there are many things that have become much harder for me as a result. i've also gained a lot of freedom to pursue my interests as they are relevant to what i want to do. this is both a blessing and a curse. here's some positives and negatives:

positives:

the point is: even tho it's a harder path the personal growth is much greater. that's what's important to me, and so that's why i go for.

now, to the point of this post: since it's not been made obvious already, i'm an autodidact. if i want to learn something, i teach myself. normally, someone my age (nearly 20) wanting to learn things would go to college. i tried that route but i found it quite bothersome. i will admit, there are many things that have become much harder for me as a result. i've also gained a lot of freedom to pursue my interests as they are relevant to what i want to do. this is both a blessing and a curse. here's some positives and negatives:

positives:

- i learn what i want to learn, as diverse as those things may be.
- i learn a lot more about how to research, how to organize myself, how to be productive.
- i get a lot more enjoyment out of learning.
- i receive the benefits of being a generalist, able to bring knowledge from one discipline into my pursuit of another. this really makes things more interesting, and in my opinion, easier for me.

- it takes a lot more work to learn something.
- to learn just the basics of a discipline can take far longer. i have to track down all the knowledge that is assumed (and not referenced) in the introductory material available on the net.
- i suffer the possibility of over-diversifying. i get stretched so thin at times that i just forget what i'm even trying to do.
- tangents. recently i was trying to find an easier way, one more suited to me, to learn declensions, as i'm trying to learn a few languages that have complicated declensions (latin, russian and german.), and in the process found myself attempting to learn phonology just so i could simplify the conjugation paradigms down to something i could get in one go. this was counter productive. in the end i've decided that i should just satisfice, and use rote memorization, even tho i originally intended not to take such a banal approach. banal as it may be, it works, and that seems to be more important than the inelegance.
- introductory material isn't available for all disciplines online. sometimes it just isn't there. for hindi, for example, i've yet to find a good resource. same with phonology (which i've given up on for now, as it's not important to my current goals.). it took me a long time to find resources for cocoa development (admittedly because i didn't do a good job searching...).

the point is: even tho it's a harder path the personal growth is much greater. that's what's important to me, and so that's why i go for.

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now, to the point of this post: since it's not been made obvious already, i'm an autodidact. if i want to learn something, i teach myself. normally, someone my age (nearly 20) wanting to learn things would go to college. i tried that route but i found it quite bothersome. i will admit, there are many things that have become much harder for me as a result. i've also gained a lot of freedom to pursue my interests as they are relevant to what i want to do. this is both a blessing and a curse. here's some positives and negatives:

positives:

- i learn what i want to learn, as diverse as those things may be.
- i learn a lot more about how to research, how to organize myself, how to be productive.
- i get a lot more enjoyment out of learning.
- i receive the benefits of being a generalist, able to bring knowledge from one discipline into my pursuit of another. this really makes things more interesting, and in my opinion, easier for me.

- it takes a lot more work to learn something.
- to learn just the basics of a discipline can take far longer. i have to track down all the knowledge that is assumed (and not referenced) in the introductory material available on the net.
- i suffer the possibility of over-diversifying. i get stretched so thin at times that i just forget what i'm even trying to do.
- tangents. recently i was trying to find an easier way, one more suited to me, to learn declensions, as i'm trying to learn a few languages that have complicated declensions (latin, russian and german.), and in the process found myself attempting to learn phonology just so i could simplify the conjugation paradigms down to something i could get in one go. this was counter productive. in the end i've decided that i should just satisfice, and use rote memorization, even tho i originally intended not to take such a banal approach. banal as it may be, it works, and that seems to be more important than the inelegance.
- introductory material isn't available for all disciplines online. sometimes it just isn't there. for hindi, for example, i've yet to find a good resource. same with phonology (which i've given up on for now, as it's not important to my current goals.). it took me a long time to find resources for cocoa development (admittedly because i didn't do a good job searching...).

the point is: even tho it's a harder path the personal growth is much greater. that's what's important to me, and so that's why i go for.

## 2.11.06

God save those with no sense of humour: their German will be forever skewed!

P.S.: I've posted the real meanings of the words he posted about in the comments over at the post itself.

## 26.10.06

as well as a usage (and apparent definition) contemporary to the translation i'm using:1. a.gen.A small hard particle, a grain, as of sand or salt.

both of which were retrieved from the OED. so, it appears that, no, my translation isn't wrong (as was my first suspicion) but rather that my understanding of the word corn was faulty.1876Mid-Yorksh. Gloss.,Corn, a grain, or particle, a ‘corn of tobacco’, a ‘corn of powder’, a ‘corn of rice’.

## 17.10.06

there's an article over at /. about the hubble space telescope capturing galaxies colliding.

normally i wouldn't have mentioned it, but these really (15mb in jpeg, 31 in tiff) high resolution pictures of it are absolutely stunning. go check it out for yourself (the pictures, not the article. it doesn't really matter so much).

normally i wouldn't have mentioned it, but these really (15mb in jpeg, 31 in tiff) high resolution pictures of it are absolutely stunning. go check it out for yourself (the pictures, not the article. it doesn't really matter so much).

i was looking at euler's formula recently, and i decided i simply HAD to understand it. i also decided i had to blog about it.

preliminaries:

euler's formula (also referred to as euler's identity, but i found this most often referred to a special case, (e^πx) -1 = 0):

e^ix = sin(x) + i cos(x)

useful constants/functions:

i = sqrt(-1)

e = 1/0! + 1/1! + 1/2!...

e^x = 1 + x + (x^2)/2! + (x^3)/3! + (x^4)/4!...

cos(x) = 1 - (x^2)/2! + (x^4)/4! - (x^6)/6!...

sin(x) = x - (x^3)/3! + (x^5)/5! - (x^7)/7!...

and also, keep in mind, multiplication distributes over addition, and this applies even to the elements of a function which can be represented by an infinite sum.

first, the taylor series expansion of e^ix...

e^ix = 1 + (ix^1)/1! + (ix^2)/2! + (ix^3)/3! + (ix^4)/4! + (ix^5)/5! + (ix^6)/6!...

as a result of raising i^n, we end up with some pairs of negative terms and positive terms (the second of each pair being complex, the first being real.)

= 1 + ix - (x^2)/2! - (i(x)^3)/3! + (x^4)/4!) + (i(x^5))/5! - (x^6)/6!...

then, if we separate out each term raised to an even number and put them on the left hand, and the remaining odds on the right hand, we end up with an equivalent of sin(x) + i cos(x):

= (1 - (x^2)/2! + (x^4)/4! - (x^6)/6!)... ) + i(x - (x^3)/3! + (x^5)/5! - (x^7)/7! ...)

(note that the series on the right is multiplied by i, which raises i to the respective powers of each term in the series, hence yielding some positive and some negative terms, and some real and some complex terms.)

interspersing the terms after distributing i over the right hand series, we end up with this

= 1 + ix - (x^2)/2! - (i(x^3))/3! + (x^4)/4! +(i(x^5)/5! - (x^6)/6!...

which you can see is also the expansion e^ix that we started with, hence proving (altho perhaps not with usual mathematical rigour...) euler's formula.

preliminaries:

euler's formula (also referred to as euler's identity, but i found this most often referred to a special case, (e^πx) -1 = 0):

e^ix = sin(x) + i cos(x)

useful constants/functions:

i = sqrt(-1)

e = 1/0! + 1/1! + 1/2!...

e^x = 1 + x + (x^2)/2! + (x^3)/3! + (x^4)/4!...

cos(x) = 1 - (x^2)/2! + (x^4)/4! - (x^6)/6!...

sin(x) = x - (x^3)/3! + (x^5)/5! - (x^7)/7!...

and also, keep in mind, multiplication distributes over addition, and this applies even to the elements of a function which can be represented by an infinite sum.

first, the taylor series expansion of e^ix...

e^ix = 1 + (ix^1)/1! + (ix^2)/2! + (ix^3)/3! + (ix^4)/4! + (ix^5)/5! + (ix^6)/6!...

as a result of raising i^n, we end up with some pairs of negative terms and positive terms (the second of each pair being complex, the first being real.)

= 1 + ix - (x^2)/2! - (i(x)^3)/3! + (x^4)/4!) + (i(x^5))/5! - (x^6)/6!...

then, if we separate out each term raised to an even number and put them on the left hand, and the remaining odds on the right hand, we end up with an equivalent of sin(x) + i cos(x):

= (1 - (x^2)/2! + (x^4)/4! - (x^6)/6!)... ) + i(x - (x^3)/3! + (x^5)/5! - (x^7)/7! ...)

(note that the series on the right is multiplied by i, which raises i to the respective powers of each term in the series, hence yielding some positive and some negative terms, and some real and some complex terms.)

interspersing the terms after distributing i over the right hand series, we end up with this

= 1 + ix - (x^2)/2! - (i(x^3))/3! + (x^4)/4! +(i(x^5)/5! - (x^6)/6!...

which you can see is also the expansion e^ix that we started with, hence proving (altho perhaps not with usual mathematical rigour...) euler's formula.

there's an interesting post over at knowledgeproblem about various uses of cellphones in india: from a fishermen haggling with various retailers before choosing which port to come into with his catch to farmers sending photos of their diseased crop to specialists for diagnosis.

## 9.10.06

i was recently made aware of an alternate meaning of camp. apparently, in british and australian usage, it can also mean gay. this shocked me, as i couldn't see a possible connection between camp as in tents. so i went to the OED to check it out:

so, seeing it's probably from the french, i googled around for a bit, not finding much except a wiktionary entry (along with a page on wikipedia describing a descendent usage of this 1909 sense.) which all seem to corroborate that it's from the french. hence, i went to my le petit robert and under camper found the following:

i'd love to hear other people's input on my analysis, and if they know anything else about the origins of this usage. i LOVE a good etymology when i can get my hands on it...

EDIT:

an e-mail from languagehat (solicited, i should add.) brought me back to earth on this one: the evidence is definitely inconclusive, and altho i may like the idea of this history, we really can't be sure. so don't go telling your friends about how i proved camp comes from french.

Ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical; effeminate or homosexual; pertaining to or characteristic of homosexuals. So ashmm. so i checked out the 1909 usage:n., ‘camp’ behaviour, mannerisms, etc. (see quot. 1909); a man exhibiting such behaviour.

1909WAREPassing Eng.61/2Camp(Street), actions and gestures of exaggerated emphasis. Probably from the French. Used chiefly by persons of exceptional want of character. ‘How very camp he is.’

SE CAMPER v. non. Se tenir en un lieu dans une attitude fière, hardie ou provocante.but that's not quite gay, which is what we're looking for. well, hold up, altho we've not found strong evidence of camper meaning gay, given the last two senses of these two definitions and the history here (with a reference to Gay talk: Formerly entitled The queens' vernacular : a gay lexicon, and which also seems to imply a descent from campagne, in reference to transvestite actors strolling thru the country side.), we have enough information to infer that camp, whether from camper or campagne, is likely descended from french, and that in any case, the french camper has a sense which can be seen as similiar to the gay-friendly version of this alternative usage, camp as a style.

To compose one's self in an arrogant, bold, or provocative manner. (my translation, feel free to correct me in the comments...)

i'd love to hear other people's input on my analysis, and if they know anything else about the origins of this usage. i LOVE a good etymology when i can get my hands on it...

EDIT:

an e-mail from languagehat (solicited, i should add.) brought me back to earth on this one: the evidence is definitely inconclusive, and altho i may like the idea of this history, we really can't be sure. so don't go telling your friends about how i proved camp comes from french.

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language,
linguistics,
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