The Adventures of the Lovable Indestructible Grad Student of Chaos
There should be a new one of these every so often. It depends on how much extra time I have to
draw these. Last post was on December 9, 2009.
These comics are poorly drawn and much of the "humor" in these are
inside jokes, but I hope these comics are still enjoyable to read
despite their flaws.
The acronym "hnsu" (pronunced "hon-su") stands for Hundred Nano Second Units. These are the time units
used by the Hidden Markov Toolkit (HTK). I made up the acronym
during our 2009 Speech
Tools Minicourse while re-writing Mark Hasegawa-Johnson's
perl script train.pl (the most recent
version of it can be found here or on SVN).
I got lazy while writing comments in the script and didn't want to type "hundred nanosecond units" every
time I talked about something that dealt with units of time, so I abbreviated it as hnsu.
What's with the chicken? I have no idea. Clucky is something I began drawing when I was a kid. He's
very fun to draw and I draw him on every empty whiteboard or chalkboard that I find. I like to think that
walking into a room and finding a big chicken just drawn there for no reason
is both perplexing and slightly humorous
to most people. Over the years, Clucky has kind of become my personal symbol. Many people that know me
also know that it's me who is drawing him, but every so often I still get the satisfaction of hearing
someone say "I wonder what crazy person drew that chicken on the board?"
- What are the Lovable Indestructible Grad Student of Chaos and Fellow Grad Student saying in the top
left pannel on page two of adventure 13? They are (supposed to be) speaking Korean. The translation of
what they are saying is "the weather is good." Why are they saying that? Well, Fellow Grad Student is
my friend Laehoon Kim, who is Korean.
I forget how it got started,
but he has been teaching me one Korean phrase per day for the last few weeks. My advisor,
Hasegawa-Johnson, has also been learning Korean independently. One day, Mark came up to Laehoon
and I while we were eating lunch and said "Nal-ci-ga jo-sum-ni-da." For some reason, it was the most
hilarious thing ever (even though I had no idea what it meant). We all cracked up and Laehoon told me
that it meant "the weather is good."