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The World’s Writing Systems
"This web site presents one glyph for each of the world’s writing systems. It is the first step of the Missing Scripts Project , a long-term initiative that aims to identify writing systems which are not yet encoded in the Unicode standard. As of today, there are still 146 scripts not yet encoded in Unicode."
art  history  typography  writing  language  society  communication 
january 2019 by garrettc
The Original Hacker's Dictionary
"This file, jargon.txt, was maintained on MIT-AI for many years, before being published by Guy Steele and others as the Hacker's Dictionary. Many years after the original book went out of print, Eric Raymond picked it up, updated it and republished it as the New Hacker's Dictionary. Unfortunately, in the process, he essentially destroyed what held it together, in various ways: first, by changing its emphasis from Lisp-based to UNIX-based (blithely ignoring the distinctly anti-UNIX aspects of the LISP culture celebrated in the original); second, by watering down what was otherwise the fairly undiluted record of a single cultural group through this kind of mixing; and third, by adding in all sorts of terms which are "jargon" only in the sense that they're technical. This page, however, is pretty much the original, snarfed from MIT-AI around 1988"
history  language  reference  computing  internet  networking 
january 2019 by garrettc
FAQ Guru
A collection of popular interview questions, along with answers, and some code-snippets that will help you to prepare for technical interviews.
interview  career  questions  language  programming 
december 2018 by garrettc
Ubiquitous Language & the joy of naming
"I want to discuss a topic near to my heart, a topic I believe to be the crux of effective software design. No, it’s not a new functional language, it’s not a fancy new framework, it’s not a how-to guide to do micro-services, nor a quantum leap in the field of machine learning.

It’s much simpler. It’s about names."
webdevelopment  programming  domain  glossary  language 
november 2018 by garrettc
10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)
As millions head abroad, our correspondents pick out the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in
language  words  community  culture 
august 2018 by garrettc
Cloud Natural Language
Analyze text using ML to extract relevant entities, understand the overall sentiment, identify parts of speech and create dependency parse trees.
api  google  text  machinelearning  language  analysis  tool 
june 2018 by garrettc
It’s simple
"While reading tutorials or watching presentations, I often come across this sentence: “it’s simple!”. The author uses that sentence to introduce an idea and explain something. I think “it’s simple” shouldn’t be used to explain something."
simplicity  language  communication  education  training 
april 2018 by garrettc
Voyages in sentence space
"Imagine a sentence. “I went looking for adventure.”

Imagine another one. “I never returned.”

Now imagine a sentence gradient between them—not a story, but a smooth interpolation of meaning."
language  text  neuralnetworks  programming  writing 
march 2018 by garrettc
JS things I never knew existed
"I was reading through the MDN docs the other day and found these JS features and APIs I never knew existed. So here is a short list of those things, useful or not - learning JS seemingly never ends."
javascript  language  programming 
january 2018 by garrettc
Alex: Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing
Whether your own or someone else’s writing, alex helps you find gender favouring, polarising, race related, religion inconsiderate, or other unequal phrasing.
writing  language  equality  gender  javascript  society  cli  tool  nodejs 
november 2017 by garrettc
Time Traveler by Merriam-Webster
When was a word first used in print? You may be surprised! Choose a year, and we'll show you the words that come from that date.
language  dictionary  resource  etymology 
august 2017 by garrettc
Ron Cobb’s Semiotic Standards for Alien
"a series of signs designed by the graphic artist Ron Cobb (although this sheet is a digitised version based on his hand drawn originals). Ron Cobb was the man responsible for imagining and designing all the human technology in the first and second Alien films. HR Giger of course was famously responsible for the monster itself, and Ridley Scott apparently kept the two men apart so that their particular visions would not become compromised or tainted by the others ideas…

These signs were intended for “all commercial trans-stellar and heavy element transport craft” and are wonderful examples of graphic design. Conceived when the film was in pre-production sometime during the mid/ late 1970’s, they have a graphic simplicity and an almost contemporary feel that would not look out of place in todays CGI-tastic adventures."
alien  aliens  design  semiotics  communication  language  designthinking  cinema  film 
july 2017 by garrettc
#c0ffee is the color
"What real words are actually valid CSS HEX colors? Parsing an English dictionary for entries containing only the letters ABCDEF and limiting the result to words of exactly 6 or 3 letters length (#FFFFFF or #FFF) gives us some interesting results."
css  reference  colour  english  language 
june 2017 by garrettc
Cooperative principle
"In social science generally and linguistics specifically, the cooperative principle describes how effective communication in conversation is achieved in common social situations, that is, how listeners and speakers must act cooperatively and mutually accept one another to be understood in a particular way."
collaboration  language  society  conversation 
may 2017 by garrettc
Behind The Name
"Find the meaning, history and popularity of given names from around the world. Get ideas for baby names or discover your own name's history."
language  reference  etymology  names 
april 2017 by garrettc
Sure Languages Interpreting
From our Exeter offices, we deliver a suite of language services including professional translation, copywriting, interpreting, voiceovers and DTP.
translation  language  society  interpretation  internationalisation 
april 2017 by garrettc
Verb Conjugation On-line
Verbix on-line verb conjugator supports verb conjugation in tens of languages; Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Danish and more.
dictionary  reference  language  translation  tool 
january 2017 by garrettc
Find the Right Words - Words To Use
Can't think of the right word? Here you'll find subjects divided by parts of speech so that you can simply browse words to describe products, colors, sex, birthday greetings, card messages, and so much more.
writing  language  reference  semantics  words 
january 2017 by garrettc
What I learned about languages just by looking at a Turkish typewriter
"I don’t speak Turkish, and can’t read it either. I have never been to Turkey. I honestly don’t even know that much about Turkey. Why did I ask for a Turkish typewriter, then? Because it has one of the most fascinating keyboard layouts ever"
keyboard  language  turkey  typewrite  history  communication 
december 2016 by garrettc
Swearing and Words of Aggression in German
Not sure if I'll ever need this, but it might be handy.
language  german  swearing 
october 2016 by garrettc
A parallel Chinese-language Internet helps immigrants navigate life in America
"When Grace Hui moved to Los Angeles from China in 2014 and Googled the Chinese characters for "Los Angeles immigrant," the first result was Chineseinla.com."
china  culture  chinese  usa  worldwideweb  society  language 
august 2016 by garrettc
How Etsy Formats Currency
Imagine how you would feel if you went into a grocery store, and the prices were gibberish (“1,00.21 $” or “$100.A”). Would you feel confident buying from this store? Etsy does business in more than 200 regions and 9 languages. It’s important that our member experience is consistent and credible in all regions, which means we have to format prices correctly for all members.
currency  formatting  language  webdevelopment  internationalisation  localisation 
april 2016 by garrettc
French Phrases Hidden in English Words - YouTube
English has borrowed a lot of words from French, but some words come from whole French phrases. Even if you speak French, you may have never noticed the connection.
IFTTT  YouTube  video  language  education 
february 2016 by garrettc
The Language of Modular Design · An A List Apart Article
"This article is SPOT ON about the value of language in shaping a team's vision of problems, tools, and solutions."
webdevelopment  webdesign  bestpractice  language  atomicdesign 
august 2015 by garrettc
Conscious Style Guide
A style guide and community resource for anybody who is curious or serious about conscious language.
society  feminism  inclusion  equality  language 
march 2015 by garrettc
Words API
A RESTful API for the English language. Definitions, synonyms, antonyms, hierarchies, all returned in JSON
api  dictionary  english  language  words  json  webdevelopment 
january 2015 by garrettc
The Ur Programming Language Family
"Web application language that’s functional, pure, statically typed, and strict"
worldwideweb  web  language  technology  programming 
december 2014 by garrettc
degrassé
- adj. entranced and unsettled by the vastness of the universe, experienced in a jolt of recognition that the night sky is not just a wallpaper but a deeply foreign ocean whose currents are...
philosophy  words  language  space  exploration 
september 2014 by garrettc
Declarative Programming And The Web
Declarative languages tend to fade into the background of programming. This article investigates declarative programming and the web we can build with it.
webdevelopment  programming  language  declarativeprogramming 
august 2014 by garrettc
More Surrealism From Specimen Books
Font samples from an 1892 specimen book (i.e. a type catalog for printers). They're a lot more interesting than "The quick brown fox..."
history  humour  language  typography 
may 2014 by garrettc
Blog post vs. blog: This blog post is not a “blog.”
"The No. 1 reason to make this change—and I’m not going to sugarcoat this—is that calling a post a blog makes you sound stupid. That may seem harsh, but I’m doing you a favor. Every time you make this mistake, it sounds like you don’t understand this newfangled thing, the World Wide Web."
blog  language  words  worldwideweb 
december 2013 by garrettc
TextBlob: Simplified Text Processing — TextBlob 0.8.0 documentation
"A Python (2 and 3) library for processing textual data. It provides a simple API for diving into common natural language processing (NLP) tasks such as part-of-speech tagging, noun phrase extraction, sentiment analysis, classification, translation, and more."
language  processing  programming  python 
november 2013 by garrettc
Evolution is Not Just a Theory
I hope I never need to wield this site in anger, but best to have it bookmarked just in case.
evolution  language  reference  science 
september 2013 by garrettc
Rewriting policy plainly
The perspective of an MOD representative on rewriting their policy documents in a plainer, clearer style, according the to GDS guidelines.
wdcsintranet  gds  language  userexperience  copywriting 
november 2012 by garrettc
Global Language Online Support System
Over six thousand free lessons in 38 languages, produced by the Defense Language Institute.
language  learning  free  education 
october 2012 by garrettc
FSI Language Courses
Public domain language courses developed by the US Foreign Service Institute.
free  language  learning  education 
october 2012 by garrettc
Plain Language: Improving Communications from the Federal Government to the Public
Every org needs this. "The law requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use."
wdcs  wdcsintranet  language  communication  business  society  government 
august 2012 by garrettc
Drupal 7 Localization and the Commerce module
How to configure the Drupal Commerce module package for multiple countries and languages.
drupal  webdevelopment  internationalisation  language  localisation 
april 2012 by garrettc
Memrise
Language learning through questions, typing tests and aide-memoires
language  education  learning  french  german  spanish 
march 2012 by garrettc
What Is Plain Language
Very useful resources on the benefits of plain language and how to measure them.
language  copywriting  webdesign  wdcsintranet 
october 2011 by garrettc
AlchemyAPI
"AlchemyAPI utilizes statistical natural language processing technology and machine learning algorithms to analyze your content, extracting semantic meta-data: information about people, places, companies, topics, languages, and more. "
api  datamining  language  machinelearning  semantics  semanticweb  metadata  tools 
may 2011 by garrettc
Your vs. My Pattern
"Your" vs "My" entry from the Yahoo Developers Network Design Pattern Library
content  copywriting  userexperience  userinterface  socialsoftware  patterns  language  vocabulary  microcopy  webdesign  my  your  yahoo 
april 2011 by garrettc
List of freely available programming books
@DeliciousHot isn't that Qink list just a copy of this original Stack Overflow thread?
programming  free  reference  ebook  language  python  php  postgresql  education 
august 2010 by garrettc
Unsuck It
Translate business jargon into something useful.
business  language  communication  funny  translation  dictionary  generator 
august 2010 by garrettc
Skeuomorph
A derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original.
design  wikipedia  language  reference  dictionary  words  metaphor 
august 2010 by garrettc
Tag Folksonomy and Tag Synonyms - Blog
How Stack Overflow builds discipline around tagging and folksonomies.
tagging  folksonomy  taxonomy  collaboration  language  stackoverflow  webdevelopment 
august 2010 by garrettc
The Michel Thomas iPhone app: behind the scenes
How BERG and Hodder developed the UI for the Michel Thomas language iPhone app.
iphone  design  development  process  inspiration  language 
june 2010 by garrettc
The Euphemismator
Automatically generate euphemisms. Fun.
generator  fun  humour  language 
october 2009 by garrettc
Diagrammr
Create diagrams automatically from simple sentences.
diagram  graphics  language  software  tools 
september 2009 by garrettc
Worldwide Lexicon
A Firefox plugin attempting to remove the language barrier on the Web using both human and machine translation.
translation  language  community  crowdsourcing  collaboration  plugin  firefox 
august 2009 by garrettc
Active URLs
OmniTI hasve made all their urls complete sentences, starting each path with an active verb: /is/hiring, /helps/ning etc. Useful or gimmicky?
informationarchitecture  fun  design  interesting  language  semantics  url  webdevelopment 
april 2008 by garrettc
Passive Voice Is Redeemed For Web Headings
Active voice is best for most Web content, but using passive voice can let you front-load important keywords in headings, blurbs, and lead sentences. This enhances scannability and thus SEO effectiveness.
writing  usability  language  reference  research  resource  style 
october 2007 by garrettc
How to Write a Spelling Corrector
...in 20 lines of Python! Great explanation of how it all works too.
code  howto  guide  language  learning  programming  python  algorithm  spelling  probability  theory  maths  mathematics 
april 2007 by garrettc
Seven Secrets of a Successful International Website
"Your customers want to feel like you are speaking to them. They want to feel like you understand them. This can be a relatively straightforward task if your target market shares your language and culture. But what if it doesn’t?"
article  bestpractice  culture  design  language  webdevelopment  internationalisation  localisation  tips 
january 2007 by garrettc
Reverse Dictionary
Describe a concept and get words and phrase related to that concept. Very useful. Very cool too
cool  culture  education  geek  inspiration  internet  language  learning  library  literature  reference  research  resource  text  dictionary  useful  writing  search  words  tools 
september 2006 by garrettc
FSI Language Courses
Public domain introductory language courses from the Foreign Service Institute
audio  culture  education  free  french  german  guide  howto  language  learning  resource  spanish  study  teaching  travel  useful 
august 2006 by garrettc
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