Alphabet

The English alphabet is a mess. Here’s a new way to say the 26 letters.

A-Ay
B-Bee
C-See
D-Dee
E-Eee
F-Fee
G-Gee as in geese
H-Hee
I-Eye
J-Jee as in Jesus
K-Kee
L-Lee
M-Mee
N-Nee
O-Oh
P-Pee
Q-Kyoo
R-Ree
S-Ess
T-Tee
U-Yoo
V-Vee
W-Wee
X-Ecks
Y-Yee
Z-Zee

Learn Lisp programming language

I dabbled with Basic, PHP, and Python, but I never put in enough time to create anything useful. I am reading Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham. He spends quite a bit of time explaining why Lisp is the most powerful programming language. Eric S. Raymond, in How to Become a Hacker, says “LISP is worth learning for a different reason — the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it.”

I then found the book Practical Common Lisp. The introduction has really made me want to learn Lisp. Read it here for free: Learn Lisp programming language

Inflammatory Speach

Come to think of it .. maybe the United States government ought to cancel all assistance to LA until these people develop an ability to think rationally. -Neal Boortz regarding California’s stand on Arizona’s immigration laws.

I know Neal Boortz is being facetious and being facetious is entertaining, but he seems to be trying to be rational and reasonable in the rest of his post. It just gets under my skin when talk show hosts make ad hominem attacks even if they are kind of kidding around. All talk show hosts are guilty of this more or less and it makes it hard for me to listen to anything else they have to say, even if I already agree with their position.

Pragmatics

Pragmatics is a subfield of linguistics which studies the ways in which context contributes to meaning. Pragmatics encompasses speech act theory, conversational implicature, talk in interaction and other approaches to language behavior in philosophy, sociology, and linguistics. It studies how the transmission of meaning depends not only on the linguistic knowledge (e.g. grammar, lexicon etc.) of the speaker and listener, but also on the context of the utterance, knowledge about the status of those involved, the inferred intent of the speaker, and so on. In this respect, pragmatics explains how language users are able to overcome apparent ambiguity, since meaning relies on the manner, place, time etc. of an utterance. –Wikipedia