This post is another notebook post when using my analytical programming mindset I find writing prose virtually impossible. Poetry being more abstract in my own case at least is not impacted in the same way although to write poetry I have to be in a meditative reflective state and Programming and data crunching is not conducive to that state.
This Post is mainly a link to word-hoard and a 2008 talk given by Prof. Martin Mueller which I discovered yesterday looking at word crunching and data mining, particularly; word tag, metadata, tagging generators, for WordPress blogs. Yesterday was divided between Graph Theory. And perhaps, “not waving but drowning”?
That’s how I got to Wordhoard and from there to the Prof.Mueller essay and ultimately to the Henry Kissinger article on AI.
This is a fantastic piece of exhilarating prescience.
Would you mind if I reblogged it on my Grub Street Journal Blog,
I found word-hoard today and got it working on my Linux machine with the Java bells and whistles sounding their disapproval,(http://wordhoard.northwestern.edu/userman/getting-started.html)
I am working on an In-browser publishing platform for Multi-Media Grey Space Jockeys, What does one call them. I loved your point on the orality of Homer. Exegesis’ of religious texts would do well to remember the same.
There is a lot on my Blog about #GrubStreetJournal and #HypatiasEyeBrowser also Ted Nelsons Xanadu,
I left a comment on Blau Blog the other day, https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/extended-meaning-and-understanding-in-the-history-of-ideas/ I am considerably more excited about what I have just read here.
Roger G Lewis
[I recently stumbled across the draft of a talk I gave at the University of London in 2008. It strikes me as a still relevant reflection on what then I called “Not-Reading” and now prefer to call “Scalable Reading.” I reprint it below with very minor corrections and additions.]
Coming from Homer: the allographic journey of texts and the query potential of the digital surrogate
For the past decade, my work has revolved around what I call the ‘allographic journey of texts’ and the ‘query potential of the digital surrogate’. The stuff I am interested in has been around for a long time. I have written a book about the Iliad, another book about the transformation of Greek tragedy by European poets from 1550 to 1800, and I have written a number of essays about Shakespeare that never quite grew into a book.
“Chapter XII: The Barbarism Of “Specialisation” The specialist serves as a striking concrete example of the species, making clear to us the radical nature of the novelty. For, previously, men could be divided simply into the learned and the ignorant, those more or less the one, and those more or less the other. But your specialist cannot be brought in under either of these two categories. He is not learned , for he is formally ignorant of all that does not enter into his speciality; but neither is he ignorant, because he is “a scientist,” and “knows” very well his own tiny portion of the universe. We shall have to say that he is a learned ignoramus, which is a very serious matter, as it implies that he is a person who is ignorant, not in the fashion of the ignorant man, but with an the petulance of one who is learned in his own special line. “