2019-09-06 - Similes Are Like ...

~4.8 mi @ ~13.0 min/mi

"Corgi!" Keymaster spies a pup ahead; Roadkill pauses for a photo and texts it to BFF Alice. Starbucks offers Dawn Patrol a constellation of coffee choice. Metalinguistic trail talk topics include metaphors in different cultures and machine learning training data for language analytics.

"What's in a name?" Roadkill quotes Alan Perlis, "The best book on programming for the layman is Alice in Wonderland, but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman." Re name-value distinction, he cites a scene in Through the Looking-Glass:

' ... The name of the song is called "Haddock's Eyes." '
'Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?' Alice said, trying to feel interested.
'No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a little vexed. 'That's what the name is called. The name really is "The Aged Aged Man." '
'Then I ought to have said "That's what the song is called"?' Alice corrected herself.
'No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The song is called "Ways and Means": but that's only what it's called, you know!'
'Well, what is the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
'I was coming to that,' the Knight said. 'The song really is "A-Sitting on a Gate": and the tune's my own invention.'

(trackfile; cf True Names (2003-10-16), ...) - ^z - 2019-09-22