Son of Man, The Second Coming of Christ

Rough sketch of a story idea: Androids have taken over construction. They form construction families with specialized roles: Foreman, Support, Block & Tackle, Cut & Finisher, etc. They use 3D printers to print large sections of buildings, then they move and assemble them. As embodied generalized artificial intelligences, each must periodically run their processors at … Continue reading Son of Man, The Second Coming of Christ

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on StarDict on Ubuntu/Debian

So, after reading "You’re probably using the wrong dictionary," I thought I would give installing Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on a Debian-flavor of Linux a try and write it up the process and some observations of its use. Installation on a Debian-flavor of Linux is straight-forward: $ sudo apt-get install stardict$ cd Downloads$ wget … Continue reading Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on StarDict on Ubuntu/Debian

You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

"I don’t want you to conclude that it’s just a matter of aesthetics. Yes, Webster’s [1913] definitions are prettier. But they are also better. In fact they’re so much better that to use another dictionary is to keep yourself forever at arm’s length from the actual language.Recall that the New Oxford, for the word 'fustian,' … Continue reading You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary