Lyrics text analysis

Happy new year!

Short version: I tried to plot the word frequency used in lyrics. It looks like this:

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Just like in literature, the distribution is quite exponential.

You can also find the raw data and the length distribution in the slide show ­čÖé

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Writing on paper, writing on ipad and type, data gathering

This discussion came up when I was chatting with a friend. Leaving out the technical reasons, why do some people like writing and some people like typing? How about writing on iPad?

And trying to write a journal paper now, sometimes my mind just escape to think about the behaviour of writing rather than what I’m writing now…

It’s harder to erase on paper. My friend says.

I didn’t notice this before, but it’s very true. It’s probably many people’s reason to use paper. Mine also includes the low cost, the creativity given by the physical world, the safety of device-free decoding, and the pure satisfication of joggin up muscle memory of tracing lines and curves on paper.

For communication purposes, I use standardised typing. Either it’s communication across time or across space, the standards deliver the information more efficiently.

Writing on iPad is the newest here. It saves space, creates data. Similar to write + photo. Great for post processing.

It’s a matter of habits; it’s a matter of encoding + decoding. It always gets complicated when there’s a new tool, a new paradigm.

What are you using for writing? And which one do you prefer?

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The computerphil binge

I have been following this wonderful channel for a while now:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Computerphile

But I never really got the time to watch the old videos, and occasionally I miss a episode or two…

It was great binging it over Christmas: got to review the basics, know the history, laugh at a joke or two. Plus expend it with more search, discover more channels and articles and learn even more from them!

For sanity’s sake, it’s probably good to think about why do I want to know about this at some point…

 

Moved to a new apartment & A walk in De Bilt and Bilthoven

Moved on 13 Nov to De Bilt. Just took a walk for the first time in the neighborhood. Now finally it feels like less of a foreign place. Cute bookstores, bakeries, chocolatiers, and a supermarket where they sell Mozartkugel!!

Four years ago, I would have never imagined that I would move so many times in my life. Beijing -> Shandong -> Warwick Uni -> Temp places -> Paris -> Temp places -> Rochester -> Temp places -> Utrecht -> Temp places -> De Bilt.  Let alone that there are probably many to come.

But I think my experience is growing and I’m getting more used to it. Planning ahead is important; it is also crucial to not get too stressed about: we seem to be generally good at adapting. I would see it as similar to┬ámoving data. Good to learn a thing or two from the physical world in the process.

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