13 December 2007
12 December 2007
11 December 2007
10 December 2007
The thing is, there’s only one way to improve an online discussion.
- It is not leaving
- It is not whining
- It is not smacking down the trolls
- It is not criticizing the moderators
It is simply ignoring the trolls and posting the kinds of posts you want to be reading.
I suppose I should note that my recent absences from web fora has nothing to with not being happy with them. They just aren’t a priority for me right now.
Not to say that I’m not a hypocrite. Just not in this specific case at this specific time. (^_^) I think.
- I think additional complexity needs huge justifications
- I’m suspicious of claims that anything should be added because it will improve the sales pitch
This may be the most brilliant bit of guitar gear ever.
- Plug up to eight effects pedals into it
- Use a simple bank of eight DIP switches to choose which effects will be used when you step on one of the Octa-Switch’s footswitches
- Each of its footswitches has its own complete set of DIP switches right there above the footswitch itself
Simple and easy to use. If this had been around last spring, I might have seriously considered individual pedals instead of the Digitech RP350.
(Of course, the RP350 still has the advantage that switching presets also does the equivalent of twiddling knobs on the individual pedals. And 140 presets. And USB. And a tuner. OK, the RP350 has a lot of advantages.)
Human languages therefore differ not so much in what you can say but in what you must say. In English, you are forced to differentiate singular from plural. In Japanese, you don’t have to distinguish singular from plural, but you do have to pick a specific level of politeness, taking into account not only your degree of respect for the person you’re talking to, but also your degree of respect for the person or thing you’re talking about.
Which struck me as a particularly profound observation about both human and computer languages.