It all started a year ago with my first post about Spanish. That marked a start of me posting something every week on the blog. The year has been eventful and a lot of things have been going on in my life too: graduation with MA degree, new job, loss of my dog, Lunni, who walked by my side for 12 years, being accepted as a PhD student and publishing my first book.
I thank you all for reading Mika Likes 👍 and making this blog possible. The latest addition to this blog are pages in Spanish and Finnish which I am translating myself. Let's make this blog last for many more years to come! 🎉🎉🎉
So, you go and ask the all mighty google to list gay themed songs. And what do you get? Songs such as Born this Way and It's Raining Men. Sure, they fit the theme but they are not real gay songs if you know what I mean. It's not a gay song if you have to interpret it in a gay way, and there's nothing particularly gay in the lyrics. 🤔
Before jumping in, consider showing your pride with a gay t-shirt. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Previously I have written about how usability is defined. Now I am going to discuss how a method known as cognitive walkthrough can be used to evaluate the usability of an application without hiring test users. 😲😊 The cognitive walkthrough is useful in capturing learnability issues. (more…)
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.
Don't forget to let your pride show with a gay themed t-shirt!
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…)
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…)
I have had a Logitech MX Master mouse for half a year now, and so far, I can tell, it's the best mouse I have ever had. It's lightyears ahead of the other pointing devices I have been forced to use over the years. This review focuses on the three main aspects of the mouse: customizability, ergonomics and connectivity. The mouse is available for purchase on AliExpress. (more…)