Friday, December 21, 2001
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Friday, November 16, 2001
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Much Ado About Nothing is probably the most satisfying, and certainly the liveliest and most charming, of Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare films. The witty badinage between Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson, as Benedick and Beatrice, is as bright and sunny as the golden sunlight that shines on the Tuscan villa where the picture was shot. ...--This text refers to the DVD edition.
Friday, November 09, 2001
"Why not make the language smaller so it requires less work to implement?" is a query you hear a lot from the outside, and even from members of the Scheme community. The answer from the Common Lisp community amounts to this: Programs are written all the time, but implementations are written much more rarely. What the implementation does not do is left for the user. The more hard work the language does, the less hard work programs do. In effect, the thesis of Common Lisp is that bigger languages make for smaller sentences in the language. (To see that there is at least some intuitive basis for this, think about how long a novel like Gone With the Wind is in English, then try to imagine whether the same novel re-expressed in Esperanto would be longer or shorter.)I also liked the question from slashdot reader kfogel which begins:
If a language offers only what a programmer could implement overnight, it gives its programmers not much of a leg up on their final application. Many members of the Scheme community boast that they have written a Scheme implementation, while many Common Lisp programmers have not.
For myself and a number of friends, Lisp/Scheme programming has for too long been a kind of mystical Eden, fading in our memories, from which we have been mostly banished in our professional lives. But we can still recall how it felt to work in a language able to shape itself to any pattern our minds might ask: coding was more interesting and more expressive, and the rate of increasing returns over time was tremendous, because fine-grained -- almost continuous -- abstraction was in the nature of the language. Life was just more fun, frankly.Pitman liked that, too. His reply begins:
First, let me say that I really appreciate the poetic description you offer in the first paragraph above. I very much think that captures how I and others think about the experience of using Lisp.This was only part one of the interview. I look forward to reading the rest soon.
Friday, November 02, 2001
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Thursday, October 25, 2001
Monday, October 22, 2001
The truly scary bit is this:
Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding Dihydrogen Monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary.
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Create a new database with front-end interface and reports
DESCRIPTIONI am experienced and know exactly what I need
Not sure - developer should suggest
I'm not sure
NUMBER OF FRONT END SCREENS
I'm not sure
NUMBER OF REPORTS
I'm not sure
TECHNICAL SUPPORT REQUIREMENT
CLIENT DATABASE EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Friday, October 12, 2001
Tuesday, October 09, 2001
Friday, October 05, 2001
Thursday, October 04, 2001
Wednesday, October 03, 2001
Friday, September 28, 2001
Thursday, September 27, 2001
"I always thought terrorists blowing shit up would be cool," Martin continued. "Like, if the Pentagon was bombed, I figured they'd mobilize a special elite squadron of secret-agent ninjas, and half of them would be hot babes. How could I ever think that? This is actually happening, and it's just not cool at all."From God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule
"I don't care how holy somebody claims to be," God said. "If a person tells you it's My will that they kill someone, they're wrong. Got it? I don't care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else's, ever again."
Wednesday, September 26, 2001
I'll stop ranting now. The content still more than makes up for the list's technical quirkiness.
Tuesday, September 25, 2001
A little research turned up this article from therepublic.com about ribbons. It mentions the Tony Orlando theory but says that "news stories credit Penelope Laingen, wife of Iranian hostage L. Bruce Laingen, with starting the yellow ribbon-tying craze at her Maryland home." That doesn't seem to refute the theory since Ms. Laingen may have been inspired by the Mr. Orlando and the Misses Dawn. The article also cites a woman who did ribbon research: "Virtually every culture and society, Wolos said, has used ribbons in a show of allegiance or support, from black mourning bands and wreaths with bows used at funerals, to red, white and blue bunting in the French Revolution, to red ribbons worn in the 1970s to bring attention to POW-MIA issues."
Very interesting, but I'm still sticking to the Tony Orlando theory for the lapel ribbons.
Monday, September 17, 2001
Friday, September 14, 2001
When you download IE, you get just a small executable which relies on an internet connection to pull down the rest of the package. If I weren't using Microsoft's flagship OS, Windows 2000, the installer would give me an option to download only. But, the readme file advises users of Win2k to read this article so that you can run the installer with extra args like this:
"C:\Windows Update Setup Files\ie5setup.exe" /c:"ie5wzd.exe /d /s:""#E"
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Also of note in this article is the author's reference to "The Paradox of the Active User":
In this study of how non-technical people use computers, they observed that people don't read manuals. And once they figure out how to achieve something, they will not change their protocol even if doing things a different way is quicker.I haven't yet read this study. It's rather lengthy; probably subway reading for another day.
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Karen's family lives in NYC and they're all safe. We had trouble reaching them by phone, but we were able to communicate via AIM. I guess that's something else useful that AOL has given me. According to this article at internetnews.com, we weren't the only ones to use instant messaging
Somebody wrote into slashdot saying that "The [internet] backbone is, according to [network watchers], at about 80% utilization -- they've never seen it above 40% before."
Monday, September 10, 2001
Friday, September 07, 2001
Monday, September 03, 2001
- Memorize the capitals of all the letters.
- Prevent the resurgence of the Whig party.
- Run behind the bulls at Pamplona.
- Invent a better placebo.
- Climb to the top of the Vietnam Memorial.
- Teach an illiterate child to do the Macarena.
Friday, August 31, 2001
Thursday, August 30, 2001
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Monday, August 27, 2001
Set in pre-WWI Europe, each player controls the armies and navies of one of the seven great powers at the time. After a short period of negotiation or conferences, each move consists of all players writing "orders" for each of their units. All moves are implemented simultaneously and you discover which of your allies kept their word and which ones are lying, back-stabbing, blood suckers.
I remember my friends playing in high school. I never played, though. My recollection is that there was already a group of seven who knew how to play and they didn't want to wait for me to get up to speed. Or maybe they just didn't want me to join their reindeer games, but this is not the place to reanalyze high school issues...
It doesn't take long to discover the central gathering place on the 'net for a game which is a geek magnet like Diplomacy. The Diplomatic Pouch has all the answers and links that any player or wanna-be could need. I learned that:
- the game is popularly played via email and automated judges.
- you can use a web based java interface to track email games.
- if you are tired of the standard scenario, there are many variants which you can play.
- you shouldn't pay more than $40 to buy the game new or you can buy a used copy on ebay for considerably less, like I did.
Friday, August 24, 2001
You don't have to hang out with anyone you don't want to hang out with, not until you acquire co-workers, in-laws or prison time....even though I actually like my in-laws and co-workers.
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Monday, August 20, 2001
I'm not sure how one would calculate 4851 degrees north of the equator... let's see, that'd be 13 times around the earth then almost half way around again, ending up around 8 degrees north of the equator from where you started. Now, 217 degrees east of Greenwich is the same as 143 degrees west of Greenwich. But, since the latitude calculation put us past the North Pole and down the other side, we're really at 37 degrees east longitude, right?
At this point, calculating the exact minutes and seconds is left to the reader, currently stranded somewhere in Ethiopia.
Friday, August 17, 2001
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Go through a door in our laundry room and you're outside, at the bottom of a short flight of stairs. Also at the bottom of these stairs is a drain. The drain got clogged, the water went under the door into the laundry room. The water probably found the drain in the floor of this laundry room and headed that way, until it, too, got clogged. With no way to enter the sewer pipes, the water started looking for other places to go. The easiest route, it seems, is into the main (finished, carpeted) area of the basement. Ugh.
The water seeped easily through the carpet, spreading about 10 feet from the laundry room doorway. Once it found its way to the uncarpeted floors of the bathroom and furnace room, it spread more quickly.
The Great Flood of 2000 was caused by a leaky washing machine hose and compounded by lots of stuff sitting on the floor and exacerbated by our being out of town for five days. We'd (mostly) learned our lessons from that flood, so property damage from this flood is negligible. ServiceMaster came on Monday and lifted the carpeting, removed the pad, and left a bunch of floor fans blowing from the underside of the carpet. They'll return in about a week to put down new padding and wash the carpet. Then we can set up the basement again and prepare for the next flood.
Monday, August 13, 2001
Thursday, August 09, 2001
Wednesday, August 08, 2001
Tuesday, August 07, 2001
Wednesday, August 01, 2001
Tuesday, July 31, 2001
Thursday, July 26, 2001
There is no "relief plan" for DC's 202 since it is not in jeopardy. DC may be the last major city where it isn't necessary to dial 10 digits every time you want to make a local call. Or maybe, by this definition, DC is no longer a major city.
Tuesday, July 24, 2001
Monday, July 23, 2001
Thursday, July 19, 2001
Friday, July 13, 2001
13:56:13 (me): I've got a net-search challenge for youLess than six minutes, not bad. I'm still looking for the definitive answer to my general question.
13:56:18 (Ms. Brie): shoot
13:56:29 (me): there's a specific and a general...
13:56:42 (Ms. Brie): okay...
13:57:04 (me): specific: what company makes Solo paper products (e.g. disposable coffee cups and lids)
13:57:15 (Ms. Brie): Gee, I would've thought they were their own company...
13:57:47 (me): general: find a site where you can enter a product name (e.g. "Crispix") and it will tell you the name of the manufacturer
13:58:10 (Ms. Brie): those are good questions. would be agreat site if there isn't one already. searching...
13:59:37 (Ms. Brie): www.alexa.com used to do things like that, but I don't think it's still around.
14:00:22 (Ms. Brie): www.hoovers.com is the best business resource.
14:02:25 (Ms. Brie): 1: http://www.solocup.com/
14:04:02 (me): well done
Tuesday, July 10, 2001
A week ago some books came in from Amazon.com in a box not addressed to anyone. Its a very eclectic collection of literature, with subjects ranging from fatherhood, to racecars, to pharmaceuticals, and more (there are 7 books in all). If you belong to these books, please come and pick them up at the front desk.
Friday, July 06, 2001
The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. They know that overstaying the festivities - that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to generate in the future - will eventually bring on pumpkins and mice. But they nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party. Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight. There’s a problem, though: They are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.
Thursday, July 05, 2001
Tuesday, July 03, 2001
It was time for an easier test. Could the Big Five get us fromMapquest.com has since fixed this bug.
ReaganNational Airport to the White House? Surely, we thought, the Internet's biggest and best could locate the nation's most famous address. We started with MapQuest, entering " ReaganNational Airport" and "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." Up popped the response: "Unable to find 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
Monday, July 02, 2001
Friday, June 29, 2001
I found this site after surfing through a few references in an article about a survey of flag geeks that stated that the flags of DC and Maryland are among the ten best of North America's states and provinces (and territories without proper congressional representation, but I digress). For our
readers reader in Pennsylvania, the survey ranked its flag near the bottom, along with the many other states who feature the state seal on a blue background.
Thursday, June 28, 2001
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001
The accident occurred about 7:35 a.m. when ... a red pickup cut off the truck on the bridge. The truck crashed into a guardrail and overturned, spilling tar across all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 [The Beltway] at the Washington Street overpass. That forced officials to shut down all lanes of the major commuter route just before the peak of morning rush hour. (full story)
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Friday, June 22, 2001
The interview was interesting... I'm reading an excerpt of the book now (published in The Atlantic Monthly but not available online). It may lead to me buying the book and eventually learning to fly sometime after my last kid finishes college. Or maybe I'll start a mini-airline with the small jets he describes.
Thursday, June 21, 2001
Why am I doing this?
- I've been reading borklog and I want to be like BorkWare.
- I've typed enough stories into AIM chat windows that would be better related from a weblog such as this. It'll save me from copy/paste madness.
- I wanted a place to announce new photos, accomplishments and such of my little girl, Marney!