January 20th, 2012

Semiformalishmaybe

Arietta, part 1

This is part one of a sketch of the design for a programming language (and development environment) for blind people. More of this is done than what I'm posting now, but I'd like to post it in parts.Collapse )

I've chosen the name Arietta, because it's the first musical term I tried that didn't seem to be already used for a programming language. If someone uses it for something else before I start, and if I go forward with the project (or someone else does), I'll pick something else.

Comments are of course welcome; more details to come in coming posts.

Semiformalishmaybe

Argument summary

DPerkins (a friend I knew from my CMU times) and I had a long discussion on Tor on twitter. Twitter's an interesting medium for an argument; the character limit encourages one to be really brief, which:

  • Has the effect of leading to really short sentences in discussion, which can be positive or negative
  • Leads to underexpression of supporting points, which is probably more negative
  • Leads to very rapid back-and-forth without interruption (like IRC), which is positive
In any case, if you'll recall, I don't like Tor, and DPerkins was taking a pro-Tor stance. I'm trying to present the discussion in a way that doesn't try-to favour my side over his so much as act like "perspective tourism", pointing out points of disagreement. This will require me to connect the dots to an extent on his perspective; I'll try to do so sensibly. I will simply assert in the following my conclusions on what DPerkins believes; this is a linguistic convenience, so please be willing to expand my assertions into presumptions.

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