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Concept Analysis in Programming Language Research: Done Well It Is All Right (To appear in Onward’17)

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:19:26 +0000

I just submitted my camera ready version of Concept Analysis in Programming Language Research: Done Well It Is All Right, a methodology essay which has been accepted at Onward’2017. I will probably write about it more extensively later. Here is the accepted version, for personal use (not for redistribution): PDF (copyright 2017 Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho, exclusively … Continue reading "Concept Analysis in Programming Language Research: Done Well It Is All Right (To appear in Onward’17)"

The positivism strawman

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:08:57 +0000

I have been burning my summer leave by giving finishing touches to an essay on research methodology (because of an impending deadline). I had now the occasion to read, for the first time, the qualitative research classic Naturalistic Inquiry by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba (SAGE 1985). It brought to my mind a … Continue reading "The positivism strawman"

Star Trek Beyond

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:16:00 +0000

I was pleasantly surprised. I have been going into these reboot Trek showings with mixed feelings; there are many story elements in them that are extremely implausible (even by Trek standards), and the previous installments have been more generic action movies than either Star Trek or science fiction. But Star Trek Beyond (and I like … Continue reading "Star Trek Beyond"

On BrExit and the European Union

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:10:38 +0000

Friday was one of the biggest holidays of the year for us Finns, juhannusaatto or the midsummer feast’s eve. It is traditional (don’t ask me why) to celebrate most feasts, including juhannus, on the eve and rest on the actual feast day. So, here I was, on the juhannusaatto morning, ready to begin celebrating (decidedly … Continue reading "On BrExit and the European Union"

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller: Alliance of Equals (e-ARC)

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:08:44 +0000

Padi yos’Galan is young, and eager to learn her craft as a trader. She accompanies her father the Master Trader as his apprentice on a trade voyage. Along the way, she must confront her terrible secret that she has not told anyone of, and either grow or die. Admiral Bunter is a full person, born … Continue reading "Sharon Lee & Steve Miller: Alliance of Equals (e-ARC)"

Doctoral defense approaching, dissertation publicly available

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:16:12 +0000

I will be defending my doctoral dissertation “Evidence-based programming language design: a philosophical and methodological exploration” on December 4, 2015 at noon, in the Seminarium building, auditorium S212, of the University of Jyväskylä. My opponent will be Professor Lutz Prechelt (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), and the custos is Professor Tommi Kärkkäinen (University of Jyväskylä). The defense … Continue reading "Doctoral defense approaching, dissertation publicly available"

Ramblings inspired by Feyerabend’s Against Method, Part II: My preliminary take

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:06:58 +0000

Paul Feyerabend’s Against Method is a scandal. Most people who have heard of it know its tagline: “Anything goes”. As I mentioned in my previous post, my impression of the book from secondary sources was that Feyerabend was a madman and the book is sacrilege. Now, having read the book myself, I find myself impressed … Continue reading "Ramblings inspired by Feyerabend’s Against Method, Part II: My preliminary take"

Ramblings inspired by Feyerabend’s Against Method, Part I: My road to Feyerabend

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:42:46 +0000

About 15 years ago, I studied for an exam on the philosophy of science, a required (and very much anticipated) part of my minor in philosophy. I must have learned about Karl Popper and his falsificationism, which did not really appeal to me. There was one thing that hit me hard, one that remained stuck … Continue reading "Ramblings inspired by Feyerabend’s Against Method, Part I: My road to Feyerabend"

Leikkaus / Surgery

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:50:34 +0000

Olin 4.­–7.10.2015 Päijät-Hämeen keskussairaalassa kirurgian osastolla 5.10.2015 toteutetun mahalaukun ohitusleikkauksen vuoksi. I was hospitalized between 4th and 7th of October in Päijänne Tavastia Central Hospital due to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery performed on the 5th of October. Tänään olen vielä sairauslomalla toipumassa leikkauksesta, mutta piakkon pääsen varmaankin töihin. Today I am still on leave … Continue reading "Leikkaus / Surgery"

Leikkaus lähestyy / Surgery imminent

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:10:14 +0000

Lihavuusleikkaukseni, josta kerroin aiemmin, on maanantaina. Huomenna aamulla aloitan matkani kohti Lahtea ja Päijät-Hämeen keskussairaalaa. Tiedotan kunnostani ensisijaisesti Facebookissa (valitettavasti osa tiedotuksesta näkyy vain FB-kavereille) mutta koetan laittaa tietoa myös Twitteriin. Tänne blogiin en välttämättä sairaalasta pääse. Kotiutuminen tapahtunee muutamassa päivässä. Ja sananen leikkauksen riskeistä. Lihavuusleikkauksessa on pieni komplikaatioriski ja erittäin pieni mutta olemassa oleva … Continue reading "Leikkaus lähestyy / Surgery imminent"