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R.I.P. Ralph E. Griswold, 19 May 1934 — 4 October 2006

Ralph Griswold invented the SNOBOL and Icon programming languages.

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Make the Pie Higher

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER by George W. Bush I think we all agree, the past is over. This is still a dangerous world. It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses. Rarely is the question asked Is … Continue reading

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Resistor madness

In response to a message about a donation of a large quantity of 16.9K resistors to the 6502 Group, Scot K. Anderson replied with a story of an unusual usage of resistors: This reminds me of a story, a cautionary … Continue reading

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Interesting sight on I-680

On the way to work I saw a car carrier loaded with brand new police cars — black sedans with white doors and roofs. They had the automaker’s window stickers, but no police insignias and no light bars.

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(No) New Year’s Resolution

I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions, because some years back I made a New Year’s resolution to never make any further New Year’s resolutions.  That’s been working out pretty well for me so far.

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Celebrating the holiday

Happy Newton’s Day!

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Housesitting

While a friend and his family are vacationing in China for two weeks, I’m housesitting, which is probably more of a favor to me than to him.  The central air conditioning in his house works much better than my poor … Continue reading

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Things I’ve learned this week, episode II

Smooth the surface of the sour cream left in the container before you return it to the refrigerator, and it will not separate as much. (Thanks to the printed information on the seal of a tub of Daisy brand sour … Continue reading

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Things I’ve learned this week

Probably of no use to anyone else. While cold pizza is OK for breakfast, cold Chicken Burrito Supremes are not. Mission College parking lot C offers a reasonably good view of the fireworks display on July 3 at the nearby … Continue reading

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A statement previously only seen in science fiction

Seen in an article in LWN: The early years of the 21st century were [...] Wow, not only is it really the 21st century now, but we’re far enough into it that we can legitimately refer to “the early years … Continue reading

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