Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.


Tea Lady

Science can be fun and easy!

Tea Lady is a web app for testing if an assertion holds up statistically. Great, easy, accessible, quick, observational experiments by anybody, anywhere.

Tea Lady applies Fisher's Exact Test repeatedly as you do live data collection.

A predicate, for some category X, and some property Y, is the statement that X's are Y. That could include anything. The truth of it, though, can be empirically tested with the Tea Lady on-line tool. You watch and classify: Observe the X's and Not-X's that occur or come by, and record whether they are Y's or not Y's. Tea Lady keeps count and gives you a P-value or significance measure.

Real Time Scrolling Spectrograph

Watching a time-frequency analysis unroll on the screen as you speak, whistle, or sing, is perhaps the coolest thing in all of speech science. I used one of these in grad school, so I wrote one when I had the chance. So amazing, so much fun! Speak slowly. Whistle! Do a scale. Say "why" slowly and watch your vowels evolve. Compare "you" and "yow". Compare high and low pitch. Go play!

Translation Graphs

A project for representing media and documents along with their translations.

Auditory User Interfaces

AUI is to GUI as ears are to eyes. In 27 years, little progress. This aspect of the Metaverse was conceived in 1995: a vision of how computers can improve our auditory environments, to benefit not just the blind but everyone with ears. Because the auditory channel carries more than just meaningless or musical background; it can be information-bearing as to place and source and content, so we could, should, enable our software to interact with us intelligently using those informational channels. Why not? Conceptual introduction, design specifications, killer applications, etc.

Hum Beep: the Buy Protocol

A way to use crypto or digital money more generally and usefully.

Teachionary language trainer

Fast, effective, and free audio-based vocabulary training in 18 languages. Iraqi / Arabic, Canadian French / Quebecois, Cantonese, Czech, English, Farsi / Persian, German, Hebrew, Hindi / Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Uzbek

IS: Information Structure

Easily create cloud-based, database-driven web apps like Dog and PM.

Community Capitalism

How to organize constituents to achieve shared goals: money-driven but not exactly capitalistic. There are idea specifiers, contributors, agents and engineers and producers of various sorts, and of course recipients. Long before kickstarter, this was an idea for crowd-funded prizes for crowd-implemented goals. Medical research, open source software, public goods of any kind, can be made to work with Community Capitalism.

Dog Name Database

Put your dog's name in here; see everyone's dog's names.

Notes from a Forehead on the Ground

After a week, a Friday night program, after the chanting, after the meditation, after darshan, comes a contemplation of oneness. A subset of Darshan Notes, selected for accessibility. Click "Choose One For Me Now".

Tom's Inventions

15 inventions you might like.

A crypto enhancing protocol and system for purchase and sale.

A More General Theory of the Syllogism

Abstracting logic. Aristotle's list of syllogisms missed half of them; there's nothing to them (H!); and we can do better without.

Still it is pretty fun and cool, considering this was the intellectual pinnacle of humanity for 2000 years, and plus I'd say this is not a bad introduction to "term logic", and might be suggested reading for students of computer science, philosophy, classics, and/or math.

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