Archive for April, 2010

Invest in Dittmer

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I was in Sillicon Valley for a day this summer, and boy oh boy, how the names changed. The company where I worked in 2001-2002 (CPlane) of course, is nowhere, and of course the company who almost bought us is also nowhere. Our major target customers are all bankrupt, and our company investor Sun, well,… was bankr… acqui…. merged. The AT&T Research labs, where I worked in 1998 and 1999, is long time history.

So what remained? Here are the most solid institutions of Sillicon Valley.

Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus, Inc

and

The Milk Pail Market

Sic transit gloria mundi  — good thing we can always fall back on cheeses and sausages.

The importance of semantics in natural language understanding

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Q: What was the time of the day?

A: It was brillig.

Q: What were the toves doing?

A: They were gyring and gimbling.

Q: Were the borogoves slithy?

A: I don’t know. They were certainly mimsy.

Take this, Cyc.