Thursday, May 26 2022

I would like to propose a constitutional amendment that prohibits Sen. Ted Cruz (F-TX)1 from speaking or tweeting for seven days after a national tragedy. I’d also be fine with an amendment that prohibits him from speaking ever.


  1. The “F” designation stands for Fascist. The party to which Cruz nominally belongs is more aligned with WW2-era Axis dictatorships than those of a legitimate free civil democracy. ↩︎

Extracting title title of a web page from the command line

I was using a REST API at https://textance.herokuapp.com/title but it seems awfully fragile. Sure enough this morning, the entire application is down. It’s also not open-source and I have no idea who actually runs this thing.

Here’s the solution:

#!/bin/bash

url=$(pbpaste)
curl $url -so - | pup 'meta[property=og:title] attr{content}'

It does require pup. On macOS, you can install via brew install pup.

There are other ways using regular expressions but no dependency on pup but parsing HTML with regex is not such a good idea.

Friday, May 20, 2022

“Enlightenment is the absolute cooperation with the inevitable." - Anthony De Mello. Although he writes like a Buddhist, apparently he’s a Jesuit.

Three-line (though non-standard) interlinear glossing

Still thinking about interlinear glossing for my language learning project. The leizig.js library is great but my use case isn’t really what the author had in mind. I really just need to display a unit consisting of the word as it appears in the text, the lemma for that word form, and (possibly) the part of speech. For academic linguistics purposes, what I have in mind is completely non-standard. The other issue with leizig.

Splitting text into sentences: Russian edition

Splitting text into sentences is one of those tasks that looks simple but on closer inspection is more difficult than you think. A common approach is to use regular expressions to divide up the text on punction marks. But without adding layers of complexity, that method fails on some sentences. This is a method using spaCy.