Looking around at blogs that are part of the HP Magic giveaway contest, I found this post:
which reminded me of something I’ve thought about recently. Working on some reeaaaally old code recently has been really interesting. Seeing the way we used to do things, and how strange they seem now. Our software is a giant tree, and as I prune it I get to see the odd shape that some of the more interior rings took.
I said so here. Which was not only a fun way to enter a contest, but also a nice prompt for a blog post of my own.
What weird coding conventions have you forgotten and then uncovered? Did you ever declare variable types using punctuation? “TheString$” instead of “TheString as String”? “If (FooBar = True)” vs “If (FooBar)”? Not all of them are folly, but they probably have a strange look to the You of 2008.
I can count on two hands how many times I’ve been asked what the “point” was of Twitter. Why is it useful? What purpose does it serve? And normally I’ve had to answer extemporaneously; sometimes more effectively, and sometimes less.
This will be one of those effective times, I can feel it. Let’s begin.
One part of flight I enjoy is crossword puzzles. I don’t usually take the time to seek them during my day-to-day wanderings, but the in-flight magazine brings them right to you.
Another thing in-flight magazines present is a good visual jam session. They provide some graphics and words, and it’s up to you to make them into something more interesting. This is their intention. It would be rude not to participate.
I recently found these fine examples while cleaning:
The visualization of all of the permutations is significantly more interesting than a simple (and clean) tool-assisted run.
This reminds me of the terrible Nicholas Cage movie “Next” wherein Cage’s character can see two minutes into the future. There’s a visualization near the end of him following all of his ideas out to their conclusion as he searches a warehouse. They composite together a bunch of different shots of him walking off in different directions, testing all of the possible decision branches.
Anyway, this is an impressive work. I’d love to see more people use this technique!
I’m building a 16-step tone sequencer using the Arduino Diecimila prototyping platform!
Iâ€™ve reached the first milestone: potentiometers for Volume, Tone, and Duration are all responding as expected (after correcting a few mistakes).Â Hereâ€™s a movie showing how it all currently works! [Read more →]
As part of a pre-marriage Manly Dinner celebration, me and my groomsmen went out chow last night. Some food was eaten, beverages were imbibed, and conversation flowed like a proficient rapper.
As the dinner wound to a close, Sean told us that some of his friends had recommended visiting the Whirlyball place that was (sorta) nearby. It took him awhile to describe it (since he had never been there himself) and we decided that it sounded darn cool enough that we should at least check it out.
It’s basically like basketball-flavoured lacrosse, played in souped-up bumper cars.
I heartily recommend that you go. And call me before you do, so I can come along!