Documentary English

Notes on Blindness

So now at last we’ve come to this great problem, this question. The problem of mutual understanding. how can blind and sighted people truly understand each other? how can men understand women? how can the rich understand the poor? how can the old understand the young? can an we have insight into other people? this is the great question upon which the unity of our humanity hangs.

Aridity: (n) a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall), (n) the quality of yielding nothing of value
Deprive: (v) deny (a person or place) the possession or use of something.
remorseless: without regret or guilt.
acquiescence: the reluctant acceptance of something without protest.
futile: incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.
contour: an outline, especially one representing or bounding the shape or form of something.
put up with: tolerate; endure.
scandalize: shock or horrify (someone) by a real or imagined violation of propriety or morality.
throbbing: causing pain in a series of regular beats.
swoop: (especially of a bird) move rapidly downwards through the air.
Cloak: an outdoor overgarment, typically sleeveless, that hangs loosely from the shoulders.


Master thesis abstract and presentation

Abstract: User modeling assists us to predict users’ behavior and interaction. Originated user model from a user can be used in a personalized system which user is interacting with it, for example, using to improve recommender systems. “Cold Start” is one of the principal challenges in user modeling, personalization and recommender systems which exists in all inner-system user modeling. This phenomenon causes sparse data on initial user data, which leads to an inaccurate forecast of the user’s behavior and then incorrect personalization and unsuitable recommendations. To overtake this problem, it is possible to use users’ public profile on other social media accounts of his or hers. This approach is the definition of cross-system modeling. The problem we are trying to solve in this study is retrieving metadata from the user’s public profile, which are presented on YouTube and Twitter in order to cause improvement in recommender systems personalization. That being said, Application Programming Interface or API has been employed to mine the data, and 5000 YouTube social media records have been recorded. Structure of the mined data has been reviewed and analyzed to discard outdated and outlier data. In order to review the connection between user’s features in two systems, Regression algorithm has been examined for precision and runtime execution measures. Results showed that subscribers count of a channel has little to none relation to count of uploaded videos of that channel. Also, connection and the same advantage of Twitter followers count feature of a person to predict YouTube total view count on the user’s channel has been concluded. The outcome of this study can be applied in the improvement of the personalized recommender system in YouTube channels where they have begun freshly. In these circumstances, it is feasible to use the Twitter follower count feature alternatively to the YouTube subscriber count feature to moderate the cold start problem for that channel.

Keywords: Recommender systems, user modeling, social media, cross-system user modeling, personalization


ngrok with homestead

ngrok http -host-header=rewrite



git Checkout Everything [In a Directory]

[cd dir/path]
git checkout -- .

Restore ownership of the user’s npm related folders, to the current user

sudo chown -R $USER:$GROUP ~/.npm
sudo chown -R $USER:$GROUP ~/.config



Accent Expert Breaks Down 4 Amazing Things About Languages | Erik Singer


Git pull without checkout (fetch)

git fetch <remote> <srcBranch>:<destBranch>



`Must` and `Have to`

Must: Base on beliefs and strong feelings
Have to: Base on facts

“Must” is stronger than “have to”

English Series

How I Met Your Mother

Season 1

Episode 1 – “Pilot

  • Lily and Marshal engagement
  • Opening a champagne
  • Evert guy is “the enemy”

Bunk: A narrow shelflike bed, typically one of two or more arranged one on top of the other.
Blazer: A colored jacket worn by schoolchildren or sports players as part of a uniform.
Urinal: A bowl or other receptacle, typically attached to a wall in a public toilet, into which men may urinate.
Goatee: A small pointed beard like that of a goat.
Finger paint: Thick paint designed to be applied with the fingers, used especially by young children.
Dibs: Money
Shriek: Utter a high-pitched piercing sound or words, especially as an expression of terror, pain, or excitement.
Pansy: An effeminate or homosexual man.
Fluff: Entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial.
ukulele: A small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin.
obscure: Not discovered or known about; uncertain.
dawn: The beginning of a phenomenon or period of time, especially one considered favorable.
clarinet: A woodwind instrument with a single-reed mouthpiece, a cylindrical tube with a flared end, and holes stopped by keys.
tuba: A large brass wind instrument of the bass pitch, with three to six valves and a broad bell typically facing upwards.
no dice: used to refuse a request or indicate that there is no chance of success.
chicken out: [informal] to decide not to do something because one is afraid
Bat: Flutter (one’s eyelashes or eyelids), typically in a flirtatious manner.
Take the leap: to take the next step or especially to take a risk of some sort
word up: listen
Bodega: a small grocery shop, especially in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
vermouth: A red or white wine flavored with aromatic herbs, chiefly made in France and Italy and drunk mixed with gin.
Rum: An alcoholic spirit distilled from sugar-cane residues or molasses.
eccentric: (of a person or their behavior) unconventional and slightly strange.
Lingering: lasting for a long time or slow to end.
cork: a bottle stopper made of cork or a similar material.

Season 5

Episode 1 – “Perfect Week

  • Seven nights, seven girls, zero rejections
  • “Cook Pu”
  • Shared toothbrush

Spaz out: get angry about something
Jinx: a person or thing that brings bad luck
Pitch: The quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it; the degree of highness or lowness of a tone
Hump: A rounded raised mass of earth or land.
“Cool as a cucumber”
Scouting: The action of gathering information about enemy forces or an area
Swat: A sharp blow
Dwell on/upon: Think, speak, or write at length about (a particular subject, especially one that is a source of unhappiness, anxiety, or dissatisfaction)
hygiene: Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.
horse-drawn: (of a vehicle) pulled by a horse or horses.
giddy-up: Said to make a horse start moving or go faster.
dork: [informal] A contemptible, socially inept person.
Sure-fire: Certain to succeed
draw (or get) a bead on: [North American] Take aim at with a gun.
Klutz: [informal, North American]A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.
Swish: A hissing or rustling sound.
Stammering: The action or fact of speaking with a stammer.
Figment: A thing that someone believes to be real but that exists only in their imagination.

Season 8

Episode 4 – “Who Wants to Be a Godparent?

Decree: an official order issued by a legal authority.
Abide: accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).
Booner killer: A person who says or does something so lame it immediately sucks all the joy out of a normally fun, hilarious and appealing situation.
Booty call: a sexual invitation or rendezvous.
coroner: an official who investigates violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths.
mugging: attack and rob (someone) in a public place.
Buttwipe: a crappy person, anything used to wipe one’s ass.
snorkel: a short curved tube for a swimmer to breathe through while keeping the face underwater.
Bong: (especially of a bell) emit a low-pitched, resonant sound.
Chord: a straight line joining the ends of an arc.
Bribe: persuade (someone) to act in one’s favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducements.
nubile: (of a girl or young woman) sexually mature; suitable for marriage.
Podium: a small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech or conducting an orchestra.
Sprinkle: Cover (an object or surface) with small drops or particles of a substance.
Stud: a large-headed piece of metal that pierces and projects from a surface, especially for decoration.
Pander: gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire, need, or habit or a person with such a desire, etc.).



Start Mailcatcher on a virtual machine

Stop mailcatcher if it’s running:

sudo lsof -nP -iTCP:1025 -sTCP:LISTEN
sudo kill [PID]

Start mailcatcher:

mailcatcher --ip=