Monthly Archives: July 2006

Harlan and Me

In 1980 the Introduction to Computer Science course at the University of Maryland was redesigned; it changed from being a fairly easy “Heeeeere’s FORTRAN!” cream-puff to a killer filter course intended to weed out the uncommitted and/or clueless from a … Continue reading

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ISS manual

True space geeks probably know about this already. Here’s a “familiarization manual” for the International Space Station (pdf). Link. (More general index, “Space Educator’s Handbook:” Link. Hideous layout…).

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Leenks

Contrarian Minds (at Sun). Link.

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Mills rip

I had no idea that Harlan D. Mills died (like, ten years ago). Link. More on this later (I had him as a prof at the U of MD . . . it was, um, a mixed bag).

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As the comment says, “Well, hopefully they’ll ascend to heaven quickly, so we can have our country back.” Link. Paging Nemiah Scudder…

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Optics stuff

A bunch of nice tech notes on electro-optics. Link.

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Nuke geek?

For the nuclear reactor geeks out there, here’s a great pamphlet describing the French / German Pressurized Water Reactor. Lots of neat high-level info about its construction, safety systems, support equipment, and so forth. Link (pdf).

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*There's* a business model

Boy, what a business model. Let’s see, what would your reaction be if I started a company that – - Did a crappy job at something critical to you; – Charged you a subscription fee to patch up the problems! … Continue reading

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depressed?

Depressed? You have to try this product. link (via Making Light. Seussian link).

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syntax doesn't matter?

…adapted from private email        there are those who think that syntax doesn’t matter, to whom i offer th      Ce continuation mark in column six (or was it seven?) AND A SNOOTFUL OF SH      COUTING, SCREAMING, DEAFENING IDENTIFICATION AND DATA DIVISIONS then there are those  who say that programs are just math   and who ”program” all day long    on the whiteboard     in perfect type safety      with shorthand hieroglyphics       with apostrophes and primes and primity-primes        eight kinds of squiqqly parenthesis         and colored pens          (because syntax doesn’t matter)           with their backs to their students            (which isn’t at all wise)   these people will be found in the spring, in unlikely places finally, the noobs  who suggest that XML “wud b k007” as a programming language   need to move out of their parents’ basement  and understand that angle brackets and all the identification-division-like-rot  and inane hierarchies of poorly organized data   that have infected XML since the day it escaped committee

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