I haven't been in such a great mood this past year. I've been living away from Michelle and we haven't been able to visit each other on a regular basis because we don't earn enough money to jump on a plane every month or so. Thought we did, but paying two rents has meant that sticking with my job has meant breaking even and no more. So, I've found it pain to find the motivation to do things. I haven't wanted to be social because I lived in this constant mood of being on the edge of leaving. That didn't turn out so I've wound up living like some crazed hermit in a cave. Looking forward to being near to the old Ann Arbor crowd in a few weeks.
Work has been interesting. I'm working on an automated QC system for multimedia language resources. I can directory structure, troubleshoot audio headers and even do some rudimentary XML validation. I'll be able to do more once we upgrade our SAX Python version. I'm hoping I can break ground on the video QC module this next month. Eventually, I'd like to include some language ID capacity as well. That's the gold standard. If you can identify the language with even a 50% certainty, then you're pretty sure the resource has been well structured and you've parsed it well enough to get something other than gibberish out of your LI module. This is all part of an advanced project that I might consult on in the future. If that goes well, I can earn a part time income from my current employer by redesigning the publication catalog and developing advanced Description Logics and Ontologies for describing language resources. Sort of a specialized Resource Description Framework that allows a software system to parse the description and launch into a full blown Quality Assurance test.
But right now, I'm sitting in my cheerless apartment waiting for it all to be finished. I'm embracing the lameness and taking time to reflect on things as I pack and await the arrival of the wife who will whisk me off to the relative paradise known as Toledo.