Sarcastic comic about computational linguistics (and emo kids)


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2006/07/19/sarcastic-comic-abou.html


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Sarcastic caption about computational linguistics (and goats):

Pueraria chompskii

A climbing perennial vine. A space-filling invasive in some climates. The growth pattern follows a simple context free grammar. Note that the whole image is a discretely transformed copy of the bottom right quadrant.

The botanist Mynah Mockso named the species after Nom Chompsky, a goat who was the subject of an extended study of animal language acquisition, using gestures. Nom was named after Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who was the subject of a similar study.

The majority of Nom’s gestures referred to kudzu, her preferred food. Nom’s longest recorded utterance was “Give kudzu me give eat kudzu me eat kudzu give me eat kudzu give me you.”

Nom never showed any meaningful sequential behavior that rivaled human grammar. Her use of language was strictly pragmatic and used only as a means of obtaining an outcome, unlike a human child’s, which can serve to generate or express meanings, thoughts or ideas. There was nothing Nom could be taught that could not equally well be taught to a pigeon using the principles of operant conditioning.


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Wow nooo idea how this discussion got created so many years after!


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Some kind of lag issue? Like RFC 1149 with many falcons high packet drop? Some drunken Germans implemented IP over beer crates, another possibility for a low transmission speed.


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It happened again:


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