Why Ninja Always Beat Samurai

Ninja don't have an alias for seppuku.

Back to flipping out....


G-Client and Special Sauce

I'm posting this from the friendly confines of G-Client, a suite of emacs clients for accessing Google Services. It's quite nifty, although you should pay attention to the comments if you are using it independently of its parent project, emacspeak; there is a gotcha with the stand-alone package, although I hear it has been resolved with the latest in svn.

Actually, ignore that last paragraph. I wrote this post 4 times in G-Client, and never once managed to post it successfully. Once, I made the mistake of saving a draft version, and emacs switched modes on me. The other three times, I finished writing and used C-c C-c to (supposedly) submit the post for publication, but emacs seemed to just spin out into infinity or something. So combining the fact that the distributed tarball didn't work out of the box with the fact that even after I fixed that problem the editing and submission process is flaky, I can't recommend G-Client to anyone right now. The idea is fascinating, though, so I'll continue to follow developments, and if it does work out, I'll be sure to let you know. Until then, it looks like it's back to FF + It's All Text! for now.

Back to flipping out...


The Education of a Programmer

In a previous post, Picking Your Next Programming Language, I discussed my plans to begin learning a new programming language. Now it's time for the big reveal: Scheme.

I picked Scheme for a variety of reasons: I don't know any functional languages, I don't know any LISP dialects, etc. By far the most important reason, though, is that it is the language used in SICP, and that's the textbook for CS 6.001 - Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs at MIT. I'll be posting periodic progress updates and interesting tidbits as I work through the material available through the incredible OCW program.

Since there is more to being a programmer than the computer languages you know, I'll also be working through the course material for 21F.101 / 21F.151 Chinese I. If I can figure out how to make Blogger work with Chinese characters, I'll post progress updates as I work through this class as well.

Back to flipping out...