Proof Theory in Linguistics

An article by Chris Barker and Anna Szabolcsi here.

Prerequisites should be familiarity with formal approaches to natural language semantics, including some exposure to formal logic.

FontExplorer X Update

The update of Linotype FontExplorer™ X to version 1.2.2 delivers important bug fixes and is recommended for all users.

Updated features:

Complete redesign of the integrated Linotype Font Store...That's hyper-fine ;-)
Lots of new fonts and Value Packs available in the integrated Linotype Font Store
Updated QuarkXPress 6.5/7.x Plug-Ins...Not for me but maybe you...
Bug fixes:

Fixed a bug when checking for updates
Fixed a bug when creating a Smart Set
Fixed a bug when removing font request rules
Fixed a bug where "Import date" wasn't localized
Fixed a bug where Application Font Cache Cleaning didn't recognize QuarkXPress when running Mac OS X 10.3.9...if you still run 10.3.9...
Fixed a bug where creating a new Set from selection didn't update the information area
Fixed a bug where FontExplorer X would crash when cleaning Application Font Caches
Fixed a bug where not all characters of an OpenType font were displayed in the information window..That's hyper-fine ;-)
Fixed a bug where Reveal in Finder didn't work
Fixed a bug where the import date wasn't updated after importing a font again
Fixed a bug where the keyboard shortcut wasn't updated when changing the keyboard layout
Fixed a bug where you couldn't clean Application Font Caches although an application was selected..That's hyper-fine ;-)
Fixed a bug which could crash FontExplorer X at startup
Fixed a bug which didn't update the information area when moving Sets
Fixed some interface and text issues with the German localization

Philosophen für die Welt

Die Stadt war ihm mehr geworden als ein guter Ort für eine Eremitage. In ihrer weltoffenen, von Tätigkeit und Wohlstand erfüllten Atmosphäre gedieh nun auch die Arbeit an seinem eigenen "Philosophen für die Welt" zum guten Ende; - so nannte er scherzhaft sein Spätwerk, nach dem Aufklärungsphilosophen J. J. Engel. Die beiden Bände der "Parerga und Paralipomena" enthalten nicht nur ergänzende Betrachtungen zu seinem Hauptwerk, Anwendungen seiner Lehre auf alte und neue Daseinsgebiete. Sie beenden eine Entwicklung, die in der norwegischen Preisschrift mit einer ausführlicheren Behandlung der sogen. praktischen Philosophie eingesetzt hat. Die "Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit", die den Abschluß des ersten Bandes bilden, gelten dieser praktischen Philosophie; sie sollen unser Sein und Sinnen nicht über Tag und Stunde hinausheben, sondern den Tag selbst leiten, mit seinen Schwierigkeiten, seinen Nöten und vielfältigen Erfordernissen. Der Denker spricht von den unmittelbaren Anliegen eines Jeden, er weist den Weg zur Meisterung der täglichen Aufgaben und den Weg zur inneren Ruhe. Die horazische Gelassenheit und Heiterkeit, die über diesem letzten Werke liegt, ist nicht, wie man geglaubt hat, auf einer neuen Entwicklungsstufe in Schopenhauers Denken erreicht worden; sie bedeutet kein Hinübergehen von der metaphysisch-ethischen Grundhaltung seiner Lehre in ein neues Lebensgefühl, das man im Biedermeier und vielleicht sogar im Diesseits-Evangelium des Jungen Deutschland wiederfinden könnte. Die Aphorismen haben, nach Schopenhauers Worten, einen bedingten Wert, den Wert einer Anpassung an den gewöhnlichen empirischen Standpunkt, die doch ihren Nutzen haben kann. Wir wissen, daß er selbst von Jugend an diesem empirischen Standpunkt Rechnung getragen, daß er sich immer wieder die Lebens- und Führungsregeln vergegenwärtigt hat, nach denen er seinen Tag bewältigte. Er war kein weltfremder Gelehrter, er hat sich in der Welt behauptet. Warum aber, so fragt man, kommen die längst aus den Zufällen des Lebens und aus Begegnungen mit Menschen gewonnenen Beobachtungen und Einsichten nun erst in den Aphorismen zu einer letzten Reife? Ist es nicht so, daß diese Reife kaum an einem anderen Ort so zwanglos errungen werden konnte wie in der Umwelt seiner Wahlheimat? Der kaufmännische Geist, der ihm von seinem Elternhause her vertraut war, das nüchtern-praktische Denken und Handeln, die Kunst der Menschenbehandlung, hier, in der Luft der alten Messeund Handelsstadt, war es zu finden als eine altehrwürdige bewährte Lebensform, die manchen Zügen seines eigenen Wesens freundlich entgegenkam.

Allzumenschliches

Sometimes in the course of conversation the sound of our own voice disconcerts us and misleads us into making assertions which in no way correspond to our opinions.

Friedrich Nietzsche died the 25th of August in the year 1900. All too human.

From The Air

25th Anniversary reminder via Silence is a Rythm too

Good evening. This is your Captain.
We are about to attempt a crash landing.
Please extinuish all cigarettes.
Place your tray tables in their
upright, locked position.
Your Captain says: Put your head on your knees.
Your Captain says: Put your head on your hands.
Captain says: Put your hands on your head.
Put your hands on your hips. Heh heh.
This is your Captain-and we are going down.
We are all going down, together.
And I said: Uh oh. This is gonna be some day.
Standby. This is the time. And this is the record of the time.
This is the time. And this is the record of the time.

Uh-this is your Captain again.
You know, I've got a funny feeling I've seen this all before.
Why? 'Cause I'm a caveman.
Why? 'Cause I've got eyes in the back of my head.
Why? It's the heat. Standby.
This is the time. And this is the record of the time.
This is the time. And this is the record of the time.

Put your hands over your eyes.
Jump out of the plane. There is no pilot. You are not alone. Standby.
This is the time. And this is the record of the time.
This is the time. And this is the record of the time.


Onyx

Being lazy as I am to use properly the Terminal in MAC OS X, Joel Barriere's Onyx came her to help.

OnyX is a multifunction utility (maintenance, optimization, and personalization). It allows you to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, to see the detailed info of your configuration, to preview various logs and CrashReporter-reports, to check the Preferences files and more. .

In case you do not need such admin privileges, Manteinance, or Deeper, might be helpful to you.

Onyx 1.8.2 has repaired minor bugs, and added some excellent icons and customizable themes for you and your family.

Is freeware, did I mention it?, but you may want to donate for future developments.

NOTE: Security Issue. Using Terminal, password and ID allows you to execute admin-root tasks from your own OS X. Onyx, however, prompts you for the pwd and user IDs.... which is not recommended using secure systems. You never know, I guess not, but there could be a ping to the software creators everytime you log into Onyx....

On Open Source: TextPattern

If you’re a serious blogger with a professional blog, or a company who wants a professional content management system, use Textpattern. If you’re a new to moderate blogger or you’re just the type that likes things easy and comfortable, stick with Wordpress.

Design Forbidden

Requesting work for free reflects a lack of understanding and respect for the value of effective design as well as the time of the professionals who are asked to provide it.

My advice to youngsters: do ever not design when an RFP is mentioned.

Clients may, at times, request you to do speculative work—that is, work done for no cost.

Let me wonder if these clients would step into, say,  La Cachette to taste something for free before they have a meal.... Or these sameclients do ask several dentists to work for free until they have stablished which one they like.

More recommendations, here.

Fetish

Like Michel Piccoli, in Love Doll, I'll get one.

New IMac: here. And some interesting thoughts about the loose of  the "Command" key in the new keyboard, via Daring Fireball.

Something must break

This is a personal note:

Guess it is because the heat of the summer, melting again my temperance,but being not sure about it, it's rather complicated. Let me explain it to you briefly:

Goodbye to Flickr

I did finished my account in Flickr, influenced, without a doubt, by the brave decision of Markus, who leaved the community because of that censorship chapter in Flickr. I might add some reasons, if any:

First, as I was introduced years ago by Markus into Flickr..( that was before it was acquired by Yahoo!)...Now, I felt uncomfortable belonging to the 'scene' that censored him and a big couple of Germans. We were Old Skool. We had principles. We had illusions.

Second, and maybe a deeper reason: I have never been a photographer. Never wanted to be one neither. In fact, I had my last professional photographic camera when I was fourteen. So, every time I wanted to picture something interesting I needed to borrowed it from girlfriends, what was, say, a bit rude.

Third reason: The image scene has been always near to me since my childhood, but , honestly, my father and half of my family have a compulsive frankness about photography, and I have decided not to follow the tradition. One photographer, or two, in a family, are enough.

Goodbye to StumbleUpon (for a while)

I also stopped stumbling sites through StumbleUpon, and I am glad with the good-bye notes received in my private inbox from stumbler friends, honest and lovely humans beings I have met and known - more or less - in that community site. Now it has been bought by EBay, and I have the feeling to be part of a marketing experiment, more than into a community.

A smile was on my face years ago, when sites stumbled and thumbed up where all old-looking 1997, flashy, but, something I realize latter, with content, found everything except a polite and well-designed site.That was before the two point zero expansion in which we leave now.

I still keep mantaining a site in MySpace, until I will finish my long, long delayed project of MP3 Music. Market rules.

Goodbye to Blogger?

I'm nurturing to move this blog to my server, one of these boiling days. I dislike, for any special reason, the new trend Blogger has, being middle-aged as I am, and that hypee feeling. I started in Blooger influenced by the words of Jeffrey Zeldman: We are all bloggers...but now, I care much more about Blogger as Blogger cares for me. So I will start a new, less-re-vamped blog in Spanish. Re-reading this notations, made me see clear I have lost my British fluency and grammar. And presence is essential. However, I will keep this page for the use to show quotations and notes about things in life. Not Videos.

Sad to say, I have taken these decisions in cold. Realizing I need a break. A new scope to look at and be in the WWW.
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