Afonso Xavier Canosa Rodriguez

On philology, potatoes and construction.
Well, this is just my first approach to blog-writing. I want it to be the way to keep in touch with colleagues and friends.

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A plasterboard ceiling. Details (I)

Apart from fastened with screws and nuts, some joists were tied with wire to increase stiffness and further avoid lateral displacement.
Subject: construction - Published 19-11-2012 23:14
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A plasterboard ceiling
Third day arranging a room and corridor: building ceilings and leaving walls ready to be painted.

The approach: given the height, the perimeter of the room is traced with a line marker, a plate fixed along the leveled line to support the joists. Joists screwed to the plate around the perimeter, anchored to the ceiling with threaded rods and tied one to the other with nuts.
The plasterboard is screwed against the beams and structure is done!

Then perforated plasterboard tape is taped over the joints, joint filler paste applied on the joints and screw heads. The dried paste is rubbed next day with sand paper to give a good finish. A coat of plaster is given to the walls and ceiling and rubbed again to leave the surface ready for painting.
Subject: construction - Published 12-11-2012 20:08
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Late season crop harvested

The last late season potatoes have been harvested today. Damage-free tubers are stored together for the curing period.
Subject: potatoes - Published 17-09-2012 21:52
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Filling joints
Back to refractory tasks this month: only to repair the joints (ceiling, floor and walls) for high-temperature insulation of a furnace in a steel rebar manufacturing plant.
Subject: construction - Published 31-07-2012 00:03
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Batampina river and public works
I spent most of the time this year with The travels of Mendes Pinto trying to identify place names. Those elements of a text that, instead of being searched in a dictionary, you would rather look for in an encyclopedia or an atlas.

Not that easy!

Batampina is just an example: very carefully described, with clear and well-known points of references (city of Nanjing), Mendes Pinto depicts his journey from Nanjing to Beijing through a so-called Batampina river. ...A river?! Not that I could track on a map!

Until I found the biggest network of navigable waterways and the longest canal of the world.

Public works and, as far as Mendes Pinto was concerned, minimum environmental impact.
Subject: philology - Published 18-06-2012 20:40
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Late season

Due to rainy weather, late season potatoes were planted later than usual. The plants have already sprouted and begin to develop their first leaves over a no bigger than five centimeters stem. This is how much an average size plant has grown to date.

Subject: potatoes - Published 18-06-2012 20:34
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Still refractory
I spent most of the past two months in refractory activities again. Not the best job I have ever had, not the one I like the most. A job. These days you cannot ask too much. Let's see what the future brings.
Subject: construction - Published 18-06-2012 20:32
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Refractory floor for rebar production
Last week I worked in a furnace for the production of reinforcing steel. I worked in the repair of the floor where the billets are heated before the steel is shaped.
Subject: construction - Published 10-04-2012 00:00
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Refractory lining and resurfacing
I have been working in a siderurgy applying a covering of refractory concrete to two walls. The new layer was 20 cm thick so it required shuttering and pouring concrete in the same way as when a new wall is built.
Subject: construction - Published 02-04-2012 23:58
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An arc furnace
I have been working in the refractory lining of a new furnace to reduce silicon. I have had the privilege to participate in different tasks of refractory lining within a metal formwork, applying different lines of mortars, tars and bricks to build the refractory floor and sidewalls of the furnace.
Subject: construction - Published 06-02-2012 20:13
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Trying to understand
How do we begin to understand a language?
Is it efficient to process natural language in a non-linear way? How much does context matter to understand a piece of discourse?

This is my current research on natural language processing. I am working on the assumption that the more known context we have, the easier to process an unknown dependent unit, that is, an element within a sentence within grammatical and functional relationships with other parts of the sentence.

To put it in (I hope) clearer terms: with a known grammar new meanings are deduced from surrounding context. Therefore, those sentences with more already-known terms are the best not only to begin to understand, but also to learn new terms as we have more known context to infer new meanings.

The following scripts try to arrange a text presenting the sentences that are expected to be the easiest to understand and the most productive to give more 'meaning' to the whole text.

Next step: make it dynamic. This is what I have by now.
Subject: philology - Published 06-02-2012 20:07
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New Year wishes
I have enjoyed several weeks fully devoted to the development of different scripts for text processing using the first branch of the Mabinogi as main corpus. All I got by now is an ordered list of the most meaningful sentences as measured by the frequency of their component units. It was too many years without writing scripts at all (my experience with computer languages is that of an user, anyway, and very much oriented towards web publishing), so I had to review, learn and test the most basics of PhP and MySQL.

I did not expect to find a construction-related job, in fact, all my work in the past months has been directed towards a change in my field of activity.

I must be a lucky man because these days of not many offers I have found a job that is going to keep me busy for several weeks in the maintenance of a factory with a company specialized in refractory materials.

After that, well, I'll keep working, of course. And I'll try to keep this blog updated.

I have very much increased my activity in social networks this year. The following text was in fact originally written for my profile page on Google +. It is a review of some of my blogs, links, and some sites I used to visit.

Here are some selected places where to find me on-line:

Current blogs On potatoes, construction and philology. <---- YOU ARE HERE ! :-) On literature, music, and how do I spend my weekends. In my mother tongue, Galegan-Portuguese. My new page to practise Welsh. Two posts in a year, wow!

Social networks

Twitter: I follow news on astronomy and solar system exploration mainly.

Friendfeed: Nice place where I find news and articles I like.

Orkut: I subscribed to groups on botany, farming, construction, gardening and Latin.

Google +: I landed here five months ago.

Articles, pictures, links.

The travels of Mendes Pinto. A map under construction. An amazing report of explorations and description of Asian countries in the 16th century. Even if this world is not perfect, I think it is a little bit better now. And easier to travel through, too:

A knol I wrote. It could be useful if you grow kiwis. Adapted from previous posts on this blog.

Pictures: I have adopted a more contemplative approach towards the hedges, meadows and woods around. At the very beginning specially towards the species that can be of use for cultivars of tree fruits. Now I am trying to identify at least the most common of the wild flora in the area. Rifante, a friend with no profile on any social network, likes to come with me.

Delicious: ordered links to pages I bookmarked recently.


For all those who have been visiting this particular blog, many thanks for your attention. I apologize again for my grammar. I hope that, even if slowly, you can notice I am improving my English. That was one of my purposes when I set up this blog.

There other reasons for me to keep it updated, of course. The main one is to see you are reading these posts from so distant (and no so distant too, of course) places, regularly. It is a strange feeling. Like having an audience. I don't know who you are, but you are there.

From USA to China, Spain to Germany, Russia to Japan, wherever you are, all my best wishes for the New Year.

Good crops all around the globe, best building practices, and some more steps towards machine translation allowing universal communication and global access to knowledge!

Subject: about - Published 26-12-2011 20:42
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