What is your lexical fingerprint?

There are a lot of words, I guess, that I am using more often than others (or necessary). The german expression "dergestalt" (a very oldfashioned way to express "in such an extent" or "in such a way"), for example, is a pretty good indicator for my authorship as I never heard anybody else saying it at all (as far as I remember).

Slate autor Matthew J.X. Mallady found himself saying "iteration" "more than any human being should" which results in his amusing article on "fingerprint words":

I’m not proud of this. I’d prefer to be a guy who can refer to a version or edition or plain old instance of something, and who doesn’t go around saying iteration over and over again. Alas, that is not me.

Slate - Lexicon Valley: Fingerprint Words - The verbal tics that make up who we are—and how they spread to others.

Join an online game, meet interesting people - and kill them

DayZ is an online PC game set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Surviving the undead hordes is difficult, but at least the zombies are predictable. The bigger threat comes from your fellow players, who are just as likely to help you as kill you.

Wired: Why Online Games Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

Do you speak "Human"?

Somewhere out in space, in the Beta quadrant of the Star Trek Universe, there's a planet called Romulus. It's a planet a bit bigger than Earth, and has about 18 billion people on it. But Earth, with a third as many people, has about 7,105 languages, while Romulus has just "three major dialects."

io9: One Planet, One Language: How Realistic Is Science Fiction Linguistics?

Harry Potter and Politics

While my generation was politically influenced by Benjamin Blümchens more or less sublime left wing messages, the millenials may attribute their political orientation on Hogwarts education...

Kids who grew up reading the Harry Potter books are voting in U.S. elections. And now a new study says the adventures of the young wizard might have cast an enduring spell on its fans, subtly shaping their values and political views. The Millennial Generation is actually the Muggle Generation.

io9: D​id Harry Potter Influence The Political Views of Millennials?

Richtig falsch geschrieben ist gut gedroht

Gut zu wissen...

Richtig falsch zu schreiben erfordert also ein beträchtliches Können und zudem eine Disziplin, die viele Autoren nicht aufbringen: Wer sich auf Rechtschreibfehler konzentriert, vernachlässigt oft die notwendigen Verstöße gegen die Grammatik und umgekehrt.

FAZ.NET Erpresserbriefe: Richtig falsches Deutsch zu schreiben ist sehr schwer

New article: HZSK repository in D-LIB

The September/October issue of D-LIB magazine contains an article written by Daniel Jettka and myself with the title "The HZSK Repository: Implementation, Features, and Use Cases of a Repository for Spoken Language Corpora". In this article we describe the process of the conception and implementation of the digital repository of the Hamburg Centre for Language Corpora (HZSK). It is based on the software framework Fedora, Islandora, and Drupal and is mainly used for the maintainence and distribution of spoken language data. Read more about it at D-LIB or visit the HZSK repository.

Asimovs First Law Revisited

Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." That sounds simple enough — but a recent experiment shows how hard it's going to be to get machines to do the right thing.

Cool Experiment Puts Asimov's First Law Of Robotics To The Test

Buchbesprechung: Petros Memoiren

Nach 13 Jahren ist gestern erstmals wieder ein Artikel von mir in der Amiga Future erschienen. Zwar nutze ich seither keinen Amiga mehr und meine Ausflüge mit dem UAE sind eher bescheidener Natur. Aber nachdem ich die Memoiren von Petro Tyschtschenko gelesen hatte, der lange Jahre das Gesicht des Amigas war, fragte ich bei meinem alten Bekannten, dem langjährigen APC&TCP-Frontmann und AF-Chefredakteur Andreas Magerl an, ob ich nicht eine Besprechung für ihn schreiben könne. Zu meiner großen Freude hatte er sofort zugestimmt und so konnte ich zumindest gefühlt einen kleinen Beitrag leisten zur Verbreitung dieser - für die Geschichtsschreibung des Heimcomputers sehr wertvollen - Memoiren.

Amiga Future September/Oktober 2014, S. 37: "Petros Erinnerungen"

Petro Taras Tyschtschenko mit Patric Klüter: Meine Erinnerungen an Commodore und Amiga.

Oldest song ever

In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn.

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago