|(May 20, 1990--July 27, 2005)
I am an adjunct professor of philosophy at
Bentley College in
Waltham, MA. I am currently teaching:
From September, 2003 to September, 2006, I was a post-doc in the
philosophy department at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. My
work is part of the Norms
in Knowledge project. My work involved a
conceptual analysis of artifactual function. The aim was to
understand artifactual function by providing a suitable formal
language and semantics for expressing functional claims. You can
see an example of this work here and also in my papers, posters and slides pages.
From August, 2001 to August 2003, I was a post-doc in the
Computer Science Department at
the University of Nijmegen. My
research was part of the "Modal Operators for Coalgebras" joint
project with CWI.
My wife Ling
Cheung Hughes works at an IP law firm. My son Quincy attends Milton Academy and writes for Slant, Milton's online news
and opinion journal.
I received my PhD in
Logic, Computation and Methodology from the
Philosophy Department of Carnegie Mellon University in May, 2001.
While at CMU, I was involved in the Logics of Types and
I received an MS in Logic and Computation at CMU in 1996. I
received an MS in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University. I
also received a BS in Computer Science, Math and Philosophy from
OkState in 1990.
Public radio stuff
- National Public Radio
- The news programs Morning Edition,
Considered, Weekend Edition
Saturday and Weekend Edition
- Car Talk
- This American
- My (out-of-date) scripts for timeshifting NPR's news programs and
burning them to CD or MP3 player.
- The Linux
Radio Timeshift HOWTO, a more complete guide how to do the
- Some NPR stations: WDUQ
Pittsburgh (with live MP3 streams that just about any media
player can play), WHYY
Philadelphia, WBEZ Chicago
and KOSU in Metropolitan
has a pretty good selection of old radio programs (which they
hope aren't under copyright control any more). You can find
and Costello, Gunsmoke,
Gordon and others there, all in mp3 format. The filenames
and interface are a bit haphazard and they mp3s don't have id3
tags, but it's a nice service. (I have my doubts that this
material, mostly from the 1940s and 50s, is really in the
public domain, however.)
Theatre, another site offering great old radio programs and
again likely infringing on copyrights (thanks to simply
unsupportable retroactive term extensions). Includes Welles's
"War of the Worlds".
- Get yer free Swastika!, a
somewhat strange advertisement from the 1930s.
- Emacs, the
original FSF text editor as
- Xemacs, its somewhat
prettier cousin (sorry, I'm not a purist).
- Gnus, the amazing Emacs
mail and news client.
Turing machinesSlackware? FreeBSD? Bah. These are
for the real nerds.
Intellectual property issuesSo-called intellectual
property rights are increasing, to the detriment of consumers.
Here are a few sites about this issue.
- Electronic Frontier
Foundation, a group defending consumer rights from
increasingly unfair copyright laws.
- Freedom to
tinker A blog about reverse engineering, digital rights
management (a hot new means of crippling computers), etc.
- Lawrence Lessig's blog.
- Creative Commons.
Congress has tipped the balance in favor of "content
providers", but they don't have to accept it. Creative Commons
gives authors the ability to reserve a reasonable portion of
- The Free Software
Foundation, the original copyleft folks. The FSF is the
author of the GPL and
sponsor of the GNU
- My own gnome-hearts AI player, Jake.
- A textual analysis of Green Eggs and
Ham. (Okay, actually, it's just a word count.)
- Sociology lessons from superheroes.
- An examination of
artifacts and functions, as explained in a children's
- Metaphysics in the News.
- Hans Christian Anderson gives an insightful assessment of the
value of self-absorbed academics like me. My boy understood
this story not at all.
- There are lots of paper
airplane sites out there, but I think that Joseph
Palmer's site has some of the best designs and clearest
- If you like supporting over-educated, hippy dropout
soap-makers (and who doesn't), swing by the Meadow Sage website and order a bar
- A couple of files related
to the SPI game
- My first animated feature, an
insightful look at the horrors of modern warfare.
- JogLab, a homemade
backronym and acrostic tool.
Jesse F. Hughes
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