Subject: Re: becoming a better programmer
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 22 Sep 2002 11:50:30 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* synthespian <>
| To be more specific, I was concerned with how ontologies keep track of the
| changes in the word's meaning.  Is there, for instance, a way to track a
| date a definition was set?  Is there an etymology or a framework that
| enables one?

  Ontologies are intended to capture concepts and their relationships.  Words
  are merely names for concepts, so this is a little beside the point, but I
  think I understand what you might be getting at.  I have no idea, however.

| And I wasn't *judging*, I worked with the information I had, which was
| perhaps, very little, but was from Tim Berners-Lee and the article he wrote
| about it recently. I am not an expert on ontologies, it's not my focus...

  Well, I have been massively unimpressed with TBL's work and papers.  Having
  just reviewed a book on the Semantic Web that I asked the publisher not to
  publish, and having read several other books on the Semantic Web in that
  process, I can safely say that the Semantic Web is not rocket science.  It
  is, however, massively overcomplex, the typical result of insufficiently
  intelligent people in action.  One of the reasons I have returned to study
  Dewey and work with the Online Computer Library Center, our National Library
  and the Deichmanske Library in Oslo to see if it is possible to automate or
  at least let the machine assist classification of Internet resources like
  Usenet news articles is precisely that I think reinventing the wheel in this
  area is nuts.  If nothing else, letting these experienced people think about
  the problem should save me a lot of time and should help them think about
  future directions for their systems.  So far, the response has been amazingly

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.