Are there any good gay themed movies?

I have watched my fair share of gay themed movies.🏳️‍🌈 And frankly, most of them have been bad. A great many of them have no plot apart from the protagonists being gay. But there are some good ones out there too, and I am giving you a list of them. (more…)

Concepts in the brain, language and real world

When we see a horse 🐴, we recognize it automatically and we can talk about it by using the word horse. It seems effortless how the brain and the language can refer to something in the real world. In the case of language, this is known as referentiality, while in the case of the brain, it’s called intentionality. What do these two words even mean? (more…)

How does the 3D vision work?

The fact that we see the world in 3D is nothing but an illusion created by the brain. The claim might seem provocative, but it’s true. Our eyes have 2-dimensional retinas. So how can you get three dimensions out of two? Well, you can’t. You might argue that the two images can be merged together to form a 3D image, I mean we have all seen that in with the wave of VR glasses coming to the market. Two small displays indeed create a 3D image. But what happens if you close one of your eyes? Will you suddenly stop seeing in 3D and revert to 2D? Not really, so the two eyes aren’t the only reason why we have a 3D vision. (more…)

Do you know what politics is?

When you are studying at school, especially in a democratic welfare state like Finland, you just laugh at the people who are fed with governmental propaganda in other countries. At least, we learn about the unbiased truth! Nooooot quite! 😅 This is something I came to realize in a particular university course.

Throughout the education system before reaching the university we, poor subjects of propaganda, were fed with the overly cute definition of politics: politics is about taking care of common things in the society. Surely, all politicians just want to take care of things and usher the country towards a new era of prosperity. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 It sounds ridiculous, but that was the lie I and my fellow students believed in. (more…)

The River (short story)

A tribe of hunters was walking along the River. They had done that for as long as they could remember. Their ancestors had done it, so that the generations to come could reach it. The paradise. Full of trees growing fruits, elks to hunt, and ever blossoming summer – what else could one dream of? And reaching this prosperity, abundance of joy, was the altruistic gift the forefathers sought to give their offspring. (more…)

Prototyping in Human-Computer Interaction

Making an interface is a time consuming task. Hardly any framework makes it as easy as they promise. And sometimes you just need to prototype an idea to see if it really works. That’s when different ways of prototyping come in handy. 😊 (more…)

The fantastic 4 of language groups

Languages can be grouped together in different ways. One can put languages together based on their family relation (e.g. Uralic languages, Indo-European languages) or the area where they are spoken. But maybe the most interesting and eye-opeing way of grouping them is by their morphology. As it turns out, there are only four morphological groups for languages and all spoken languages fall into one of them. (more…)

Using HFST on Python

HFST (Helsinki Finite-State Transducer Technology) is a neat tool for modelling morphology of languages in a computational way. The problem is that currently, the Python API is under-documented. But fear not, in this post you will learn how to load optimised lookup files in Python and use them to analyse and generate word forms. 😃
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Memory. How does the brain remember?

Believe it or not, we have different kinds of memory systems in the brain. In this post, I am going to cover three of them: episodic, procedural and working memory. All of them serve for a different purpose, and research shows that they are independent. It’s perfectly possible to forget how your life has been so far and still remember how to play a piano. 😮 (more…)