Highlight: I’d got tickets for the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in December, but finally went this weekend, at the end of July. Visiting after three years, and my favorites are always the jellyfish and the octopus, but it’s all good. It’s all really good.
Went for my first 5K run in a park
A cold windy walk in Pacifica
Weekend visit to New Jersey, mini-adventure on a hop-on/hop-off bus in New York when it started raining
Saw the Hobbit movie, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected (will watch the rest this month, when I get time …)
Had an annual eye checkup, and my power went down (still confused)
Got a Birthday surprise at Nola’s (wonderful to see everyone that showed up for that!)
This one tickles a very old itch of mine: a lot of natural processes can really be seen as computation
This one is just … I don’t know what to say. Trekking across the desert and finding an abandoned space shuttle is like some indie video game, not real life. And yet, and yet …
This one is a blast from the past (about twenty two years ago), when Java was launched. But what to make of the following little paragraph?
Herb Sutter put out a real teaser about upcoming metaprogramming abilities in C++
Finally, a short but important article reminds us that regardless of the machine underneath, we program in metaphors, and there’s no point trying to deny that.
You must master the art of metaphor selection, of meaning amplification. You must know when to add and when to subtract. You will learn to revise and rewrite code as a writer does. Once there’s nothing else to add or remove, you have finished your work. The problem you started with is now the solution. Is that the meaning you intended to convey in the first place?