Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Twisted plastic ideal

A vision -- twisted coloured shapes in space, the turns fill my vision,it's thick and worms through my mind. Plastic is as close as we can getto meet this impossible nature, this pathetic infinity that naturespurns...

I'm sorry, noble horse, though you call yourself by another name. If youhad just let me know, I would've done the hard thing, and backed away.Such things are my concern too, and my honour, or rather what it protects, issomething I love. Alas, to tell you may be to reopen your pain, over a yearclosed.

I just finished a lot of cleanup to my BLOG code. This makes me happy --the same code paths are now used for displaying comments and entries. I alsofixed a problem in some of my cookie-handling code. This is what I love ofhobbyist programming -- no need to cost-justify refactoring.. The code isa labour of love, and love it you can. Thinking of the bottom line is such astupid way to live.

Last night, on the way back from Coffee Tree, I swung by Giant Eagle for myweekly shopping trip, and was disturbed by what the people in front of andbehind me were buying. The guy in front of me looked ok, but the couple behindwere really big, and both carts were filled to the brim with disgustinglyunhealthy meals, far worse than I have ever eaten. I'm not sure if it's a goodthing that I've managed to get judgemental in this way.. I'm not sure how muchof it is really me, versus shades of someone else, although people change overtime, so perhaps it doesn't matter.Just now, while programming my BLOG, I've been overhearing a conversation froma similarly disgusting woman, although in a different way -- she was describingto her friend how she was stealing from her last employer, apparently embezzlingcoupons to the tune of well over $1000. I tried to get enough info that Icould track down said employer and spill the beans, but I don't think I waslistening at the right times... It's all part of being fair -- while oftencorporations are quite uncool, stealing from them for personal profit isa bad thing. She then proceeded to talk about why she wasn't going to stopsmoking around her baby, saying that to do so would be 'unduly punitive' onher. And, as is often the case, the person she was talking to was unwilling tosay either was problematic. So much stupidity in society is made possible whenpeople rely on false reassurances of their behavior, given only out ofconversational politeness. That's something that irks me. While I don't shoveit in peoples faces, if people ask me, I'll tell them what I think of them oranything they do/have done. I really thought about saying something when shewas showing off her baby and happened to exhale some smoke right onto itspoor little face.

An interesting note on programming in practice -- exception handling ishard to fit into normal program flow, and so most people using an externallibrary end up wrapping many/all of its functions with their own functionsthat manage exceptions as they like (and sometimes statically fillparts of the argument list when the full interface is too complex). I findmyself wondering if there's a better way to do this kind of thing -- it wouldbe possible to make generic class wrappers that would allow users to installa 'policy' or something to best handle errors and status information, perhapsusing function pointers, but that still doesn't handle the easy partialparameterization problem, which as far as I can figure has no solution.If I'm right, that'll be something that, far into the future, people willstill be doing if they still program as we know it (that is, still withfunctions, parameter lists, etc). Hmm.. now that I think of it, Perl6promises, like R, named parameters, so perhaps it would be possible to havepolicies change the default parameters for a class. Managing the scope onsuch default-setting might be an interesting problem -- one doesn't wantto mangle third-party calls or internal dispatches with one's personal codepreferences. Perhaps one could add more structure to whose code is whatin order to fix that problem.... Hmm.

Finally, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, my favourite Persian blogger/government guy,had an interesting post about a Jewish ceremony that he and some othergovernment people attended, as an outreach thing, I imagine, with someneat pictures. I find myself wondering what it'd be like to be from Iran or Saudi Arabia,traveling abroad in other Islamic countries.. or indeed in many areas of theworld where Americans (and, perhaps to a lesser degree, westerners in general)are not considered very welcome.

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