Howdy! I'm Paul McCann, and this is my home on the Internet.
I maintain a number of tools related to Japanese text processing, and I'm working on a book about Japanese NLP. I also help run Tokyo Indies, the largest regular game developer meetup in Tokyo.
If this is your first time here, you might want to check the latest posts or highlights below, or check my list of projects. Posts on Dampfkraft are organized into loose collections; Games, Code and Computers, and Japanese Language Technology are some of the larger ones. If you want to get an overview of the site you can look at the full list of Collections, or if you're feeling bold you can dive right into the Obscurities.
Elsewhere online you can find me on Github.
Recent posts (RSS):
- Things That Happened in 2022
- Saying Goodbye to Mita Koyamachou
- The Haunted Looking Glass
- Writing a Multilingual Book in Markdown
- Kentaro Miura's Bookshelf
- A Spectre is Haunting Unicode: The story of how some accidents made their way into the character tables. 彁
- Japanese Play-by-Postcard RPGs: Net Games: A look at a unique gaming culture from the 90s.
- What Color is Khaki, Anyway?: A global ambiguity many people are happily oblivious to.
- Parsing the Infamous Japanese Postal CSV: An overview of one of the most hated files on earth. Included in the Cursed Computer Iceberg.
- Palladian Facade Generator: Endless geometric facades for the price of a few processor cycles. Featured on ArchDaily.
You can see all posts ordered by date at the Archive.
If you want to get in touch you can mail me. Ψ