I’m finding a better way to deal with Social Media where I don’t have to participate on the platform. Will this be it?

Abo-abo, maker of Ivy, Swiper, Counsel, et al

From Irreal:

Oleh Krehel (abo-abo) is the author of many outstanding packages including the essential Ivy/Swiper/Counsel suite that revolutionizes searching …

Abo-abo hasn’t gone a day without committing to GitHub in over 3 years. That’s astounding and an indicator of how much abo-abo has contributed to the Emacs community. It turns out that abo-abo has a Patreon Page and is trying to get sufficient backing to allow him to dedicate one day a week to his open source projects. This is very worthwhile and I encourage anyone who can—or can strong-arm their employer—to support his efforts. He’s more than earned it.

Abo-abo’s stuff is top notch. This work improved my workflow in ways I can’t comprehend any more because they’re so in-grained.

I’ll contribute. I hope you do, too, if you can.

(Picture from http://blog.binchen.org/posts/hello-ivy-mode-bye-helm.html)

The Shallowness of Google Translate

Despite my negativism, Google Translate offers a service many people value highly: It effects quick-and-dirty conversions of meaningful passages written in language A into not necessarily meaningful strings of words in language B. As long as the text in language B is somewhat comprehensible, many people feel perfectly satisfied with the end product. If they can “get the basic idea” of a passage in a language they don’t know, they’re happy. This isn’t what I personally think the word “translation” means, but to some people it’s a great service, and to them it qualifies as translation. Well, I can see what they want, and I understand that they’re happy. Lucky them!


Douglass Hofstadter, as quoted above, gets the gist of my use of Google Translate though it is clearly not the thesis of the piece. My value in Google Translate lies in its very shallowness: give me the key points quickly so I can best judge how to proceed. It works much better for me and is more respectful of my friends’ & colleagues’ time if I can pose salient specific questions instead of shoving an email in their face asking “What does this say?”, only to discover that it is yet another Nigerian Prince.

By the way, Hofstadter has a book, “Gödel, Escher, Bach“, of which I am a particular fan. Get it here: 🇯🇵 Japan Kindle and 🇺🇸 US Kindle

Photo by Drew Collins on Unsplash