Work on a new edition of my Common Lisp book: I am enjoying refactoring the Knowledge Graph Navigator example into a library with separate console/text, LispWorks CAPI, and McCLIM front end UIs. I might also cover Franz's Common Graphics.

Time for me to confess something: I am enjoying the drama over Elon Musk buying Twitter.

I also glad that platforms like Mastodon are getting more love and attention.

Andriy Burkov asked “ If you had to choose to keep one programming language while all others would be erased and no new ones would ever be developed. Which one would you choose and why?”

Me: Great question Andriy. My brain says Rust and my heart says Common Lisp. I have a concept for a sci-fi story revolving around future software systems that remain unchanged for thousands of years. Those would be written in Common Lisp 😃

I think we are living in the most interesting time in history. It seems like a race between geopolitical and environmental disasters vs. exponentially increasing tech advances and a realization that we need more love and kindness in the world. The winner will be?…

I was having Common Lisp library problems (mostly McCLIM) because I forgot to update local Quicklisp. In ~/quicklisp, a simple "find . -name .git -print -execdir git pull \;" fixed all problems. Oh well!

Hey!, I just released the first edition of my Swift AI book. Set the price to Free. This Book is Licensed with Creative Commons Attribution CC BY Version 3 That Allows Reuse In Derived Works. leanpub.com/SwiftAI

I just released my book "Practical Artificial Intelligence Programming With Clojure" leanpub.com/clojureai (link to buy the book)

You can also get a free copy at my web site markwatson.com

Github repo for example code: github.com/mark-watson/Clojure

Pandemic special: all of my recent eBooks are available for free markwatson.com/books/ - Common Lisp, Haskell, Hy lang, Java. topics: NLP, AI, Knowledge Graphs, deep learning, etc.

I am disappointed that Google dropped the Swift for TensorFlow project. I started writing a Swift AI book that was to be about 1/3 on S4TF examples. Maybe I will just blog the remaining material.

Oh well! So it goes. I follow Stoic philosophy that teaches us to accept and deal with the world as it is. Have care and concern only for things that we have the personal power to change.

It might be a little late to the party for this, being February already, but I have New Years resolutions: to listen to more music and read even more. Two socially important books that I recommend are "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power" and "Privacy is Power". For fun: Chinese SciFi.

I really like the writing and publishing platform - makes it easy for authors to keep eBooks up to date. For a free eBook project I am doing now, I am considering just having the book and code on GitHub with a long README for each project. An experiment looks OK so far.

I have been feeling very "retro" recently, experimenting with command line scripts for using transformer models, knowledge graph, Wolfram Language and Script, etc. - Command line utils can also easily be piped from Lisp, Python, Smalltalk, etc. so that solves language interop

Osprey is a Sinatra inspired framework for writing web applications in Janet github.com/swlkr/osprey

While totally enjoying my job on the Knowledge Graph team at OliveAI.com, I have also been working evenings and weekends on a new book project: Artificial Intelligence Using Swift leanpub.com/SwiftAI

I have a New Years resolution: to listen to more music and read even more. Two socially important books that I recommend are "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power" and "privacy is Power". For fun, I have been getting into Chinese SciFi.

I set the minimum price to zero (free!) for my book "A Lisp Programmer Living in Python-Land: The Hy Programming Language". On the order page, just slide the price to zero. Love Lisp but need to sometimes use Python? My eBooks are licensed under a Creative Commons license. leanpub.com/hy-lisp-python

Last weekend I wrote a blog about a 1 hour experiment I did today: using hugging face transformer QA model and SPARQL queries to DBPedia for a simple natural language interface: markwatson.com/blog/2021-01-18

I made the Jupiter notebook with the code public in Colab colab.research.google.com/driv which is a free service. Enjoy!

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Jan 18
I just wrote a blog about a 1 hour experiment I did today: using hugging face transformer question-answering model and SPARQL queries to DBPedia for a simple natural language interface: markwatson.com/blog/2021-01-18

I hope everyone is doing OK, crazy times we live in. I am writing another book, working on an app (an AI assistant for generating SPARQL semantic web queries from natural language), and reading good books. Life is good!

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