Welcome to Close to the Machine.
I'm a software engineer based in the New York City area, and here I post a few things I've learned over the years.
Here are a few of the topics covered here:
- NLP (Natural Language Processing)
This is the latest version of Close to the Machine. Some of the topics covered in the old website, but which were not migrated here, include the following:
- Java programming tips
- An intro to some of Google's Guava libraries
- Using the ConceptNet semantic network
- Using HTTrack for web scraping
I borrow the title of this site from Ellen Ullman's Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents. That and her novel, The Bug, are worth a read—whether or not you write code for a living. See the sidebar for a link. (If you're using a small-ish device, the sidebar doesn't appear—you'll have to google the book yourself.)