Fedi is the most strange thing in the world.

On normal social media, you write a message and people just ignore it forever.

Here, you write a message, it stays ignored for 1 or 2 years, and then all of a sudden, for no reason, with no explanation, someone finds it somehow, boosts it, and it gets 200 likes and 120 boosts.

What the fuck.

I'm sure someone will boost this message in 2021 or 2022.

@juliobiason I've been saying this for decades now. Djikstra was straight-up wrong on this one.

While I'm not a professional educator, I have given talks about best practices for programming over my career, and I've found that teaching people low-level programming first (for example, assembly language) and letting them experience the pain of trying to scale that process up gives the right foundation and motivation to introduce higher-level languages and, more importantly, the concepts that they introduced at the time.

I'm a big proponent of this. If you go the opposite direction, you get ... waves hand around current software landscape this.

I sent money by a usual European bank transfer, with IBAN, to relatives hiding in a bomb shelter in Kharkov. Amazingly the banking system in Ukraine still works.

And to the govt of Ukraine, too

Perhaps more to the point: bank.gov.ua/en/about/support-t

It would be nice if someone delved into the stories of early Lisp hackers outside Boston and the Bay Area. What about those TI LISP machines? The entire scene around Le Lisp and EuLisp?

French Open Science Free Software Award Ceremony: The Coq proof assistant is the winner ouvrirlascience.fr/open-scienc

Hourra typage statique !

Yak shaving is wonderful.

Today I got to rewrite DRAW-CONS-TREE and add some features, bugfixes, tests, and documentation for it.

And that's all because a single CLR recipe mentioned that library in a footnote, and I thought that it would be good to get it into a bit more production-quality shape if I'm mentioning that library.

A PR upstream is waiting for review.

Lisp Yaks, beware, here I come.


Roti Prata is really nice. If you ever visit Singapore, don't miss it. If course the true answer to the question that that the best place can be found in the North 😂

If anyone has a good example of a similar channel in their own country that I can watch, please share a link.


Interesting article, and the sentence that rang the most true to me was the following:

But to some extent, it feels like a big part of C++ committee and the ecosystem is focused on “complexity” in terms of showing off or proving their worth.


OK, I'm not a fan of Apple for many reasons, especially for their treatment of developers on their platforms. Just when you thought they couldn't be more evil: xda-developers.com/apple-buyin

@tfb hmm, UN troops were mistaken for European mercenaries hired by Katanga secessionists (funded by mining multinationals). Saying they were "defending the interests of a European empire" is a bit, hmm, rich.

@juliobiason I know a number of ex-googlers and still-googles, one of them my former student, one of them former student of my wife, the rest my former colleagues in academia in Singapore - all of them joined Google 8-10 years ago, out of desperation at the state of the global academic market in maths and CS - and for overseas -based people it's much easier, visa etc -wise, to apply for a job in a US mega-corp rather than something smaller. They are Bulgarian, Chinese (a Chinese girl!), Indonesian, Spanish/Catalan...

@loke my favourite Swedish false language similarly is "utfart" vs Dutch "uitvaart" - the latter, while formally speaking might mean the same as in Swedish, actually means "funeral".

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