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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.

Linux blog hot take 

90% of phoronix comment readers are there to read the flame wars.

@Cyborgneticz this neoliberal age of corporatized schools is a dark time for the humanities

@Cyborgneticz linguists will be the first to tell you that if it's done by native speakers of the language it can't be wrong, except by certain gatekeepy standards based on things like class and race.

re: Where Have All the Insects Gone? 

this article talks a lot about what an asshat Watson was, but fails to mention that his discovery of DNA was mostly via Rosalind Franklin's notes

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Reading recreationally 

I'm swinging wildly between not reading anything for fun and binge reading for a couple weeks. Maybe I'll develop healthy reading habits someday.

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?

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