Tuesday, September 30, 2014

English speakers often make fun of German's long words – and rightly so.

English speakers often make fun of German's long words – and rightly so. In my personal unscientific way, however, I often have to disappoint them when I say: These aren't actually independent words per se, instead this is just a different spelling rule where compound words are constructed by joining independent words with zero characters where English sanely (and to great comfort of natural language processing algorithms out there) uses the space character. So, how would English look with the German spelling rule applied?

Here is Yonatan Zunger's recent insightful post https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/5zURdTM5xMW with the zerolengthcompoundwordjoiningrule applied:

When in the aftermath of 9/11, we created a "homelandsecuritydepartment," I was certain at first that it must be a bad joke; it combines the two most terrifying namingschemes of the twentieth century into one.

First, we have the one described in this article: "Homeland" was a favoriteword of the Nazis, and they used it to label everything. Because of this, the word disappeared from the politicallexicon of the western world after 1945; nobody in their right mind wanted to use it. 

The second is the general format: the twentieth century was also famous for a bestiary of ministries, departments, and committees of state-, national-, and homelandsecurity. I once asked a German friend of mine just how the press there translated the name of the DHS; she told me that for the obvious reason, they just left it as "DHS." That would be because Germany had its own statesecurityministry, the Staatssicherheitsministerium, or "Stasi" for short. The USSR had its statesecuritycommittee (Комитет государственной безопасности, or KGB for short); in fact, nearly every Communist dictatorship had something following this namingscheme.

I'm not sure what kind of collectiveamnesia, sick sense of humor, or thinlyveiledthreat was behind the decision to give it this name. 

PS: Besides the spelling aspect the word-character of these compounds, does seem to increase the likelihood of the compound word transcending above the original meaning leading to beautiful examples such as Zeitgeist, Weltschmerz and Schadenfreude.

This guy getting this office is everything that is wrong with politics.

This guy getting this office is everything that is wrong with politics. And this is coming from a 200% EU positive person.
https://gigaom.com/2014/09/30/hacked-celebrities-were-stupid-says-incoming-eu-digital-economy-and-society-chief/

Monday, September 22, 2014

This year at JSConf EU we used 3D Projection mapping to spice up the venue for the first time – and it worked much...

This year at JSConf EU we used 3D Projection mapping to spice up the venue for the first time – and it worked much better than I could have imagined – so much so, that I decided to write a blog post about it. Lots of animated GIFs and a video ahead:
https://medium.com/@cramforce/wtf-is-happening-d67a92937584
Direct link to the video of our opening which includes a live performance by Stuart Memo and Jan Krutisch WTF is happening? JSConf EU 2014 Opening
https://medium.com/@cramforce/wtf-is-happening-d67a92937584

Monday, September 15, 2014

Starting our journey back to the bay area. Hamburg, Copenhagen, San Francisco.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Another GIF from JSConf EU.


Another GIF from JSConf EU.

Day 2 at JSConf EU


Day 2 at JSConf EU

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Opening my conference JSConf EU.


Opening my conference JSConf EU.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Setting up JSConf. #lasers


Setting up JSConf. #lasers

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Meanwhile in Germany: The radio news report that the electricity companies are worried that they can't take the...

Meanwhile in Germany: The radio news report that the electricity companies are worried that they can't take the sudden loss in solar power during an upcoming solar eclipse.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

http://coloringforgrownups.com/

http://coloringforgrownups.com/
http://coloringforgrownups.com

What would you expect this to do:

What would you expect this to do: