Of A Very Shiny Crystal Ball Called Google

Imagine this feeling. You have this very shiny crystal ball on your hands, and you can’t wait to put it safely on a shelf, so you can show it off to everyone. However, it’s reaaally heavy, and it took a lot of effort and carefulness to place it safely on the shelf. Just when you think you’re really close, you somehow let it go. You stumbled, or your hands just gave up because it’s too READ MORE

lookslikescanned.com: Beat the Bureaucrats!

How many times do you have to print some documents, sign, then scan them before sending the signed documents to the administration? How many papers have you wasted, while you can do everything digitally? lookslikescanned.com is the answer! 🙂 You could add your signature in a PDF file without having to print the document (how?), then to make your PDF file looks like scanned, upload your document to lookslikescanned.com and it will scan the document for READ MORE

Empty Inbox Policy

Just recently, my office decided to change the mail server from Microsoft to Google. I’m using Gmail since the beginning of time, forwarding my office mails into my private Gmail account, so that I only have to open one mail client for everything. So, even though Google lets you sign-in to more than one account, and it’s so easy to switch between accounts, at first I thought, “Oh, what a hassle, now I have to READ MORE

Top NLP/CL Conferences and Journals

I got this tips from the Research Methodology course that I took last year, which is mandatory for first year students in my PhD program: one of the first steps in the PhD study is knowing your community, i.e. the conferences and journals for your field, where people with the same interests gather and share the knowledge and their research. For Natural Language Processing or Computational Linguistics field, Google Scholar computes the ranking of publications (including READ MORE

When should I tell?

(source: taken from PhDcomics.com) Yeah… it should either be the night before or… never. But never seems impossible since there will be a project meeting while I’m away. Hmmmh… actually I plan to tell her after we submit the paper, “By the way, since we submit the paper already, I want to tell you that I have a plan to leave for vacation for two weeks. I hope you don’t mind.”. Will stick to that READ MORE

Main NLP/CL 2014 Conference Deadlines

Here is the list of deadlines for main Natural Language Processing (NLP) or Computational Linguistics (CL) conferences in 2014. Conference Submission Date Notification Date Conference Date Location ICML 2014 (cycle 1 submission) Oct 3, 2013 Dec 9, 2013 Jun 22-24, 2014 Beijing, China LREC 2014 Oct 15, 2013 Jan 31, 2014 May 28-30, 2014 Reykjavik, Iceland EACL 2014 (long paper) Oct 18, 2013 Dec 20, 2013 Apr 28-30, 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden EACL 2014 (short paper) READ MORE

Applying for US Visa in Italy

I knooow.. I should start writing my paper, but I can’t stop being excited about my upcoming trip >.< Call me… Fnu! 😀 My name is Paramita, Fnu Paramita… Getting the tourist visa was quite easy actually: Fill the online application form for non-immigrant visa (DS-160) in here. There is a warning in that site **Please be patient as you use this form. Download times may vary depending on your internet connection speed.** But for me, READ MORE

Solo Travel, Kenapa Tidak?

Solo travel, bukan berarti jalan-jalan ke Solo ya.. maksudnya adalah travelling sendirian. Dan tentunya travelling ke tempat yang benar-benar asing, yang belum pernah kita kunjungi sebelumnya. Jujur saja, saya banyak belajar dari pengalaman pertama saya yang bisa dibilang… terribile ;). Pengalaman yang sempat membuat saya menganggap bahwa solo travel itu ga enak, lebih enak jalan-jalan bareng teman *preferably teman yang punya kamera SLR ;p*. But as they said… practice makes perfect. Dan saya pun jadi ketagihan READ MORE