Dissecting the Frog: on Sarcastic Paraphrase

“Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better, but the frog dies in the process.” Academia has no shortage of theories of humor, many of which attempt to explain what humor is at a fundamental level. While I’m sure such findings are useful for development of AI, the everyday applicability of such theories […]


“Why are you naked?” “Because I want people to look at me!!” “Oh.” “Just kidding. We’re promoting body acceptance!” “Oh.” Just recently I learned that No Shave November has its origins in “Movember”, a month-long period where men grow mustaches for raising awareness of prostate cancer. Having tried the No Shave November thing once and […]

Reverse-engineering Top 40 Song Lyrics

“Did you write a top-40 song?” “No.” “So why are you writing about writing a top-40 song?” I have no idea if anything that follows is a recipe for popular music. What I do know is that you can analyze and reverse-engineer common elements to top-40 songs, which I’ve done here. (I chose “reverse-engineering” over […]