Monthly Archives: October 2003

Writing influences

I was recently asked who my main influences in technical writing are. It’s an interesting question, because there is so much bad tech-writing out there. I’m a coder, but I also like to write (perhaps “like” is a strong word … Continue reading

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Monads

This bit on Monads in Scheme made my head hurt. I wish we could have problems like that in C++ (C, Java, etc.), because we’d be a lot better off. No smiley.

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Crime wave

According to this, crime is going up. Guess we’re spending too much money fighting terrorism, people carrying pocketknives onto airplanes and stomping out bad, evil Internet content to worry about mundane, boring murders and theft and stuff. (They’ll ask for … Continue reading

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Typewriter Museum

Behold, the Virtual Typewriter Museum.

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Enterprise

Friday night, emptying out the week’s decent programming from the Tivo. Getting late. Tired. It’s been . . . a week. “What next?” “Ummm….” “How about Enterprise?” “Well…” “It’s okay. If you fall asleep, you don’t like it that much … Continue reading

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West mumble

Someone turned down the volume. Half the lights on the set seem to be out. The acting is wooden, the silences long, the witty repartee unfunny and aimless. Even the extras in the background seem listless and sparse. Aaron Sorkin, … Continue reading

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Them bulging foreheads

“You can’t write that story. I can’t write that story. Nobody can.” — John W. Campbell Robert Reed is one of my favorite authors. His An Exaltation of Larks, a time-travel story with a very interesting psychological twist, is kind … Continue reading

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Sigh Man Tech

Quick note: Like many folks, I “seed” email addresses. I’ve started receiving spam from an address I used (only) to register products with Symantec. So far, no response from Symantec on this breach. I suspect someone shot a copy of … Continue reading

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signatures

Found this while vanity-searching (actually, trying to googlewhack) my evil twin, Kabdib: signatures. “Build a man a fire and he’s warm for the rest of the evening. Set a man on fire and he’s warm for the rest of his … Continue reading

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First post!

The oldest post of mine that I could find… I was setting up this ITS environment. It won’t have any of my old files, of course, but maybe I could find MDL somewhere and crank up Zork

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