a drawn lost cat sign

Oh, sarcasm, sarcasm. The thing that puzzles us so much. It takes some knowledge of the person to know if he is being sarcastic or not. Regardless of how sarcastic we were ourselves. But is there any science behind it? As it turns out, there is, and I wrote my MA thesis about it in Spanish. But if you don’t have time to read it, just read this post instead. 😅 (more…)

a pen and a syntactic tree

If you are interested in generating Finnish with a computer (NLG), you have probably already run into the problem of the complex morphology and syntax of Finnish. In addition to knowing how to inflect words, you have to take agreement into account. That for example, the verb agrees with the subject’s number and person: minä syön, sinä syöt and so on. And there’s more: case governance has to be solved too. A verb takes its direct object in a certain case, for example, you would say uneksin autosta but näen auton. Such is the problem of natural language generation. 🤷🏼‍♂️

You are in luck, I have resolved this issue and created a kick-ass python library called syntax maker. Just for you, my friend, free to use.  Are you ready to unleash the power of NLG? 😊😊 (more…)

lights looking like abstract curves

Whenever I have to setup a virtual machine on VirtualBox that has a web service running, I start scratching my head. 😅 Especially if I need to connect to it from the host, let alone other virtual machines. And frankly, I am so done with googling it up every time. So now, to remind my future self and to tell you how it’s done, I will walk us through it. 😃 (more…)

Gay abs with a rainbow overlay

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…)

A light bulb and circles depicting ideas or concepts

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…)

Butterfly on a field highlighting the contrast between the background and the foreground.

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…)

An old administrative building in Sweden

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…)

A river leading towards mountains

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…)