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Hey everyone. I am a PhD Student in Computational Linguistics. My main research interest is computational linguistics for under resourced languages. I am particularly interested in computational linguistics for Bantu languages because of the extremely complex morphology that they bring to the table.

I am also doing research in sentiment analysis on stance detection and irony/sarcasm detection. Most of my research is on machine learning approaches.

I've just been notified that I've won my college's Distinguished Faculty Award in Innovation!

Insurance, rhetorical question, complaining 

Does anyone actually like their insurance? It seems like they're all garbage.

Just found out that my check up wasn't covered because it wasn't billed as preventative care and then they started asking me why it wasn't billed as preventative care if it was a checkup. I don't know... I didn't bill you.

They also made me switch my primary care because I couldn't see a nurse practicioner as my primary and then it took 6 months to get a new appointment.

A reminder that the AstraZeneca (née Oxford) vaccine was 97 per cent publicly funded. But thanks to the Gateses and the British powers-that-be, it’s another corporate drug now. Imagine if it stayed free, we might not even have the delta variant.

Phoebe content 

We took a walk and saw many interesing birds.


Oh no I can hear them indoors now. These are some loud critters.


I have three journal reviews to get out the door today. I should really focus on that.

Adorable cat with bow tie 

Phobe got a bow tie collar and she looks adorable.

IU graduate student workers update 

At the last meeting of the graduate student workers we decided to stop the fee strike and get ready to hold a union vote.

I am really hopeful that the graduate workers decide to unionize. I don't know that I can be a part of the union though since I am no longer a graduate student worker but if I can, I will absolutely vote yes.

loss of phone service due to at&t weirdness 

At&t disconnected my phone line due to incompatibility with their network on thursday and I got some cryptic message about 3g getting phased out. My phone is from 2018 and definitely supports everything except 5g. I'm wondering if they have an errant regex somewhere that says blackberry == 3g.
They were able to restore my line in like 5 minutes when I went to the store but hopefully this isn't a repeating thing. probably should switch phone networks.

my brother has a sculpture installation 

Look at how cool this is.

thesis attitude + 

Met with my advisor in person since we've both reached peak covid resistance after vaccination (my two weeks was up yesterday).

Really helps to talk to her and realize i've been beating myself up too much for not being as productive as possible while working full time.

Feeling much better about what i've done and what I need to do.


Does everyone else feel like recipes drastically underestimate how slow you are at prep work or am I just very slow?

kids movie on netflix 

Okay the mitchells vs the machines was great. Had me tearing up like several times.

Alright y'all.

We own the building. It's 7800 sqft. It needs some work, but ( aside from the roof ) it's all minor.

We already have some equipment and there is more on the way.

We have some paperwork and legal to take care of, but it's all small.

We have a maker space.

Here's a map.

Here's a logo.

phone screen broke 

Oh no I broke the screen on my blackberry after 3 years. I wonder if I can fix it somehow. Not really worth it to buy another one since it only got upgrades to android 8. It was getting security fixes backported but hasn't received those in a few months.

If I can't fix this screen or just deal with it, I think i'll get a pixel 4a and put lineage on it. I'll miss physical keyboard though.

Per NYU emailed grad students' parents about the strike.

"which doesn't make any sense because if i'm grounded i still can't go to work" 🙃

Kind of joking but not really about data cleaning 

I think we should have a parental rating like system for how clean the data you're working with is.

A smattering of unlabeled xml documents from a forum with no schema specified == TV-MA
Wikipedia entries with rare spelling mistakes and plenty of meta information == Y-7.

COVID vaccine second dose 

Huzzah got my second dose yesterday morning. The pharmacist who gave it to me said he has one of these to give every 3 minutes. I believe it too, he was efficient.

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