Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Best video game moments ever

I just added a couple of comments to an article by my pal Austin Grossman.  The comments are awaiting moderator approval.  I am so wonderful, I post them here so you don't have to wait.
My #1 video game moment.
I can’t describe it here in detail, because it’s a major spoiler. But I can say that it is the moment in Nethack where you find out what you are.
If you’re like me, you probably won’t ever beat Nethack and may only reach this particular moment once, if you’re lucky. So you can read about it it at Search for the string “you are”.
I get chills every time I think about the moment when I apprehended this.
My #2 video game moment(s):
All the screens in Atari 2600 Superman where there’s nothing there, nobody there, except the sound of the wind.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Peter Landin FTW, once again

The great Oleg Kiselyov reports yet more things that Peter Landin figured out before Sesame Street existed, like the state monad, world-passing, and treating the semi-colon as a concatenation operator.  And more.

Peter Landin was, like, the Da Vinci of programming.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pardon me!

I saw an unopened shipping package sitting on a cabinet here at work, and I  figured someone left it there, so I picked it up and looked to see who the recipient was.

Turns out, the recipient was the cabinet itself.

I put it back, apologized, and walked away.

People who like this sort of thing will find that this is the sort of thing they like

If you care about functional programming, you must watch this blog devotedly and read carefully everything he posts. Conal Eliot is the finest mind in functional programming working today.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Carrots in Ze Love

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Monday, August 16, 2010


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Perils of living in a tallish building

Had yet another apocalyptic dream last night where I watch the city be destroyed from my balcony, but this time the real cause was a madman who dropped an enormous scale model of a city onto NYC.

The model was large enough that out covered the entire city in dust so even Brooklyn looked like Wall Street did in 9/11. But it was a scale model, and not a model of NYC. Got that? So the model must have been of a city the size of Africa. But scale, so it was the right size to cover NYC.Okay. Just so we're clear.

But it started out with strange explosions on the horizon, and then small shock waves. Yet another nuclear dream. Then debris was falling from the sky.

Then a overscale model of an airplane fell onto Manhattan (which I can't actually see from my ninth floor Brooklyn balcony). Yes: a model of an airliner, made of some chalky painted material, but maybe two miles long. Fell into the buildings and broke apart like a melon.

I went to sleep (I'm always sleeping and waking in my dreams), and when I woke up, it still looked like daytime. The sky was filled with dust, and there was still a sun (or maybe distant fires?). Look like those artists renderings of Sunrise on Mercury, a huge oval splotch of white light.

Down below, people were sort of acting normal, going to work or whatever. After all, it was a disaster, but few dead, and no radiation.

Then my alarm went off and I hit snooze and had a dream about my foot.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010