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From a puzzle in the office kitchen today:

#21 down: 1. xiy - f. Or, how one traverses the Cartesian plane due north, for example

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Jun. 10th, 2009 10:14 am
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A little unnerving to see in the office kitchen first thing in the morning.

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purge day

Apr. 9th, 2009 03:35 pm
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I do not think that means what you think it means.

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kindred spirits, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

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friday in the common with tim, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

It's a lovely day to sit in a coffee shop and drink hot cider and eat croissants and watch the rain while waiting for them to fix your alternator. Well, maybe except for that last part.

Now if only my VPN would work. Oh well. More cider?

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As a postscript to my previous complaint about Ruby, I received today a fantastic exploration of Ruby's closure and execution semantics, via [livejournal.com profile] zsquirrelboy: http://innig.net/software/ruby/closures-in-ruby.rb.  This covers some of the ground that I did but then goes much, much deeper.  I have only covered about half of it and probably will not get any farther today.  If you are a Ruby fan or any kind of a computer language nerd I strongly recommend that you take 30 or 40 minutes to read through it.

The upshot is: Ruby is even more fucked than I recognized.  I'm an understanding guy, and would be willing to accept a lot of the language's foibles if they were well documented up front, but some of these conclusions are really damning.  See section 3 in particular, especially if you think that "I thought I knew all there was to know about the 'return' statement" is a funny joke.

Ruby seems like a very interesting but ultimately unsuccessful experiment in functional language semantics, where some of the novel concepts just do not pan out.  Blocks in particular are a failure: if they were just implemented as first-class closures it would solve a lot of problems, but that doesn't seem likely.  A pity.
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Highly valuable information I have learned today:

eval { foo }; is permissible syntax.
eval { foo } is not.

I want those six hours of my life back, goddamnit.

I think [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth is right.  This is clearly all because Mercury is in retrograde.
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Free Ice Cream Day at Akamai, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

We're still hiring, too!

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20 000 pounds of ban^H^H^Hpeanuts
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Anybody need 20 bags of post-practical-joke styrofoam peanuts?

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not the only nut in the bag
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This is the bike rack outside my building today.

The temperature this morning, adjusted for wind chill, was one degree above zero.

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(I keep forgetting to do this on Friday.)

About 81 miles this week, for a total of 263 this season.

With only three days in the office this week, I decided it was a good time to start biking from Bedford again -- by the end of the week I wouldn't be totally exhausted and would have another three days to recover.  It's 13.5 miles from the Bedford Depot Park to 8 Cambridge Center, so in three days I did 81 miles.

Things I know but have to keep remembering:
  • Don't push yourself really hard if you're running late.  You won't get there any faster, possibly slower, you'll exhaust yourself and you'll hate it.
  • When it's 40dF out there, a long sleeve shirt and a sweater are still TOO DAMN MUCH CLOTHES.
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excitement in Kendall Square
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Fire at 1 Broadway in Cambridge! Streets closed off!

The Boston Globe reports that 20-25 people have been treated for smoke inhalation and 30 people had to be rescued from the roof (I'm guessing the roof of the low part of the building, judging from the ladder) but that there have been no fatalities.

April 2012


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