Monthly Archives: January 2007

RIP RAW

RIP Robert Anton Wilson.  Link. I read his Illuminatus! trilogy when I was in college.  Funny, thought-provoking fnord stuff. Never made it through Schrodinger’s Cat, however I have a story about it.  A friend of mine (who did finish it) … Continue reading

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Little Mosque on the Prairie

Little Mosque on the Prairie.  Link. Favorite quote: “Christianity didn’t survive 2,000 years by being charitable.”  This looks like a hoot.

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Fortress Intepreter

A preliminary interpreter for Fortress.  Link. (Fortress is a seemingly cool O-O replacement for Fortran, with some very interesting syntactic sugar.  Reminds me of TeX).

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Old time editors

I was doing a nostalgia bit on the various editors I’ve used over the years (yup, yet another classic “what I had for lunch” post which I’ll probably never publish unless I can say something new about the vi versus … Continue reading

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Cartoon Physics

Sigh.  Cartoon depiction of space travel. Shows the Space Shuttle going to Mars (it can barely get into low earth orbit). Space Shuttle Main Engines are blasting away, with no sign of the external tank to fuel them. Ability to … Continue reading

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JSON

Huh.  JSON. Wayfarfarians probably recognize this.  (Strictly speaking, I don’t know if there’s a standard binary stream rep, or if seemingly odd but actually quite important objects such as timestamps are supported, but this sure looks familiar).

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Stored Insanity

I seem to be on a database roll these days.  I’ll keep this post short. Problem: Horribly complex database (the schema diagram that Rational Rose reverse-engineers for us looks like an octopus tripping over a plate of spaghetti) has a … Continue reading

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falcon database engine

A nice talk about the Falcon database engine by someone who knows what the heck he’s doing.  Link.  Starts getting interesting (if you’re a database engine weenie) around 45 minutes in. My favorite bit is about his realization that VARCHAR … Continue reading

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