Stone of Remembrance

December 25, 2009

Kernighan, Ritchie and Lovecraft

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 21:59

There’s a strange synergy between C programmers and the Cthulhu Mythos. Or at least that’s what I read here.
A sample:

“Matt Elliot, Obed’s fust mate, he allus was agin’ it, but he saw it with his own eyes how that funct’n used to call itself up like a serpent eatin’ its own tail–

void Cthulhu
(int Ia) {
if (Ia/10)
Cthulhu (IA/10);
putchar // ftagn!
(Ia % 10 + '0');
} // neblod zin!

“Twistin’ and writhing like nothing of this Earth, it’d spit out those strings without no heap allocation in sight.”

This is but a foretaste of the aftertaste. Hilarious.
Thanks to Conor for pointing it out to me.

December 15, 2009

Readercon 21

Filed under: Walter\'s Schedule — admin @ 07:24
July 9, 2010 15:00toJuly 12, 2010 15:00

I will be attending Readercon 21 in Burlington, Massachusetts. The guests of honor are Charles Stross and Nalo Hopkinson, and the memorial Guest of Honor is Olaf Stapledon.

December 9, 2009

True Story, As It Happens

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 08:05

Everyone’s email box gets filled with all kinds of forwarded stuff. Mine is no exception. Setting aside jokes, Nigerian scams, medical offers and assorted ‘business opportunities’, there’s all kinds of ‘pass it on’ material that is sometimes touted as “news the mainstream media won’t report.”

Be that as it may, sometimes there are stories that are actually true. This one is, according to Snopes. A Navy SEAL, CPO Michael Monsoor, posthumous recipient of the Silver Star and the Congressional Medal of Honor, was interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego – and as his coffin passed, each of the many Navy SEALs present saluted and slapped his trident pin into the coffin.

Snopes does note that the picture circulated with the e-mail is actually that of another fallen hero. Nonetheless, the reported incident – now a few years back – did occur for CPO Monsoor; it seems to be a SEAL tradition.

The email I received (and the account recorded on Snopes) declares that this incident “should be front-page news instead of the crap we see everyday.” After a week of Tiger and his peccadilloes, about which I care nothing, I agree: unclear whether it was at the time.

We have brave service men and women in peril every day. Regardless of political position, their devotion to duty and unswerving devotion to the mission should be honored and respected. As in many other places, in Masonic lodges prayers are offered for their safety every day.

I am pleased that one of these forwarded things actually turned out to be true.

Special Delivery

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 06:50

My buddy Conor sent this little gem along. Apparently a few coding errors transformed coal futures into coal delivery. I particularly like that it involves misinterpretation of XML code.

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