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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Recursive Acronyms -vwv

Singapore is full of acronyms but somehow none of those that I have seen is recursive. The first recursive acronym I came across is from a Dilbert comic strip many years ago. In it, Dilbert referred to something called the TTP project, which stands for "The TTP Project".

After reading through the Wikipedia entry on the topic, I discovered that there are even things such as mutually recursive acronyms. For example the GNU Hurd project where Hurd stands for "Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons" and Hird stands for "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth".

In fact, if we extend this further, one could have as many layers of recursion as one wants. For example, here's a three-layered group of recursive acronyms that I created.
TMA - TRIA Meaningless Acronym
ATWAT - Acronym That Wraps A TMA
TRIA - Three-layered Recursion Including ATWAT


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Random Thoughts -vwv

I ran into my ex-piano teacher in the lift while on my way home last week. She wasn't with her children but I think her elder daughter should be around 4 years old now. I didn't manage to speak with her (the lift was crowded) but I wondered if she intends to teach her children how to play the piano.

I have always felt that it is very stressful to have a parent as a teacher. I have first hand experience learning painting and chinese calligraphy from my father. That was a nightmare. Firstly, unlike normal teachers, parents tend to have ridiculously high expectations. Secondly, since most of us live with our parents, it's like having your teacher around all the time. The class NEVER ends. One moment you're watching TV, the next it's time for class.

While not impossible, it's probably difficult to have a teacher-student relationship among close relatives. I remember a funny comment by my housemate in university while I was watching figure skating on TV. As a skater came onto the ice (can't remember who, Yuka Sato perhaps?), the commentator mentioned that she was being coached by her husband. At that moment, my housemate exclaimed,
"What?! How can you be coached by your husband?! Imagine if the coach shouted,
'No no no! That's all wrong, what ARE you doing?!!'

'Shout at me again and you're not getting any tonight!'

'Okaayy... let's wrap up, training's over.'"


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You could always learn to be like your sister and bo chup your dad. i guess you just wanted to please him.
By Blogger Soqcrates, at 12:45 AM  

Oh, he is doing a much better job at bo chuping man, believe me. Ha! If I can block out as much nonsense as my bro, I wouldn't be half as pissed.
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Friday, February 22, 2008
What Have I Been Up To? -vvv

After breathing in a week of dust from the spring cleaning renovations for Chinese New Year, I had an infection in my nasal passage for almost two weeks. But the suffering really began before that since I had to burn my weekend, including my birthday, to accommodate my father's impossible cleaning plan (or rather, the lack of one).

On the positive side, a friend whom I have not seen since university days was in town. Nothing quite like catching up with old friends. I also managed to catch a performance by the Hangzhou Arts Troupe as I made my way around Vivocity that day. The talented and pretty dancers in colorful costumes sure brightened my day.

I spent this afternoon at the Singapore Airshow 2008 watching the aerial acrobatics. After watching the F-16s and F-18, when it's the A380's turn, it somehow looked comically slow. The gigantic passenger plane looked like a huge plane-shaped helium balloon, just floating in the wind.

It was very sunny during the aerial displays. Thankfully, the barrel of a Pegasus howitzer provided the shade I needed. Now THAT'S army equipment put to good use!


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