Thursday, September 24, 2009

The great Guy Steele on C++

As for C++–well, it reminds me of the Soviet-era labor joke: "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work." C++ pretends to provide an object-oriented data model, C++ programmers pretend to respect it, and everyone pretends that the code will work. The actual data model of C++ is exactly that of C, a single two-dimensional array of bits, eight by four billion, and all the syntactic sugar of C++ fundamentally cannot mask the gaping holes in its object model left by the cast operator and unconstrained address arithmetic.
(From Objects have not failed, 2002.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Quote from Susan


"Look at the Woolworth Building -- it looks like a Christmas Bruise."
-- Susan Beal 9/11/2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Annie's first full sentence!

Young kitten annie typed her first full sentence on my laptop the other day. I'm so proud!!!

"$ ./
k bddddddddGd

They really do say the darndest things.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Annie y Greg

Here's what I love about cats. They can be comfortable almost anywhere.

In this picture, Annie is on my shoulder. My shoulder and arm were vaguely horizontal at that moment, and she took the opportunity to sit down like it was the floor. It's quite gratifying to be treated as a floor by a small creature; it's hard to explain why, but if you've experienced it, you know what I mean.

She looks like she might be playing here, but at that moment she was taking a break. The break lasted somewhere between 500 and 1500 milliseconds, but that's a decent break for a kitten.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Annie update

If you saw the pictures of the very-young and very-thin Annie,, you might have been a bit worried about her. We were worried too.

But everything is just fine now.

A bit of legal knowledge from my wife.

From: Susan Beal
To: Greg Travis
Subject: there's actually a statute about this!

Authority to represent the state as owner of abutt

Who'd'a thunk it?