Archive for April 2010
- rhetoric6 / rhetoric reference writing
- A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices / reference writing grammar rhetoric stylistic devices
- relevance’s functional-koans at FSharp – GitHub / koans f#
- Perlisisms – “Epigrams in Programming” by Alan J. Perlis / programming quotes
- WF4 – Guess the number game! / workflow
- Will Wall Street require Python? | ITworld / python legal
- Manly Slang from the 19th Century | The Art of Manliness / humor slang writing
- UNITY: Game Development Tool / games mobile iphone_dev
- Ansca Mobile | Build Your iPhone, iPad and Android Games Faster With Corona SDK / games iphone_dev mobile
- Alex York .NET | UINavigationController with MonoTouch – Building a simple RSS reader – Part 1 / monotouch iphone_dev
- InfoQ: Customizing Tables in MonoTouch / monotouch iphone_dev
- Downloadable Layers / hawaii maps gis
- Heavens-Above Home Page / astronomy
- The Register says that F# was “sneaked into” VS2010 in a “stealth” launch. Uh… http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/19/microsoft_f_sharp/ #
- Hey, United Airlines! You should turn off DEBUG in your ua2go ASP.Net site. (PS: You have a bug in getFileName() ) #
- Commodore 64 and Amiga emulators for the iPhone http://bit.ly/9tfcYs If these get approved w/o significant clarification… #
- RED SOX!!!!!!! WOWWWW!!!!!! #
- Adobe throws in towel on Flash-to-iPhone http://bit.ly/atda09 #
- Red Sox are beginning to look like the Red Sox! #
- Photographers: Do 5+ megapixel phonecams make any sense? Don’t tiny lenses fundamentally limit images to snapshot quality? #
- Link for that cautionary tale about s/w entrepreneurship that ends with “he forgot that 1% wasn’t the smallest marketshare”? #
- “Find Your Sole Heir — Billionaire Edition.” #apps_I_should_write #
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The SEC is considering mandating that Python be used to express certain financial contracts, allowing the potential buyer to ‘programmatically input the user’s own assumptions regarding the future performance and cash flows from the pool assets, including but not limited to assumptions about future interest rates, default rates, prepayment speeds, loss-given-default rates, and any other necessary assumptions.’
I love this idea!
Contract disputes, which unfortunately crop up every once in a while when you’re a consultant, are horrifically expensive to adjudicate, because both sides invariably interpret some definitions in different ways and dispute which clauses have precedence.
Oh how I’d love to have a contract whose appendix was the behavior-driven steps of the various Cucumber-defined clauses!
Feature: Automated Resolution
In order to avoid expensive litigation
As a contract signatory
I want to resolve disputes using a mechanical method
Scenario: Invoice dispute over unsatisfactory work
Given contractor submits an invoice in the amount of $100
And Contractee finds that work is unsatisfactory
When Contractee disputes invoice
Then the dispute shall be resolved by The Contract Program
Not that this would magically make contract disputes go away, but I can imagine it helping. At least until someone builds a recursive clause-defining clause and makes a Turing-complete Contract Program and then defines a non-computable contract.
Well, optimistically assuming that everything works out between Novell and Apple I have posted a new tutorial on using a NavigationController in MonoTouch. Nothing fancy: Just navigating between two TableViews. Lots of screenshots to try to make the steps as clear as possible, source on github…
Let me know if it’s helpful!
- Thought Experiment: All songs sold on the iTunes store must be originally composed on a piano, organ, or guitar. #
- “Tiberius Cologne” Set odor on stunning! http://amzn.to/8XNVOI #
- Facebook now lets you @-dress tag someone and then emails you the comments to that post. Spam countdown: 10, 9, 8, 7… #
- “I’m 21…the ‘books’ that come to define my generation will be impossible to print. This is great.” http://tcrn.ch/bzVpBz #
- Short sharp EQ felt in Kalaoa #
- Wow. http://www.starwarsuncut.com/trailer #
- I was going to do the same thing with “Aguirre: The Wrath of God” http://www.starwarsuncut.com/trailer #
- Getting depressed listening to Red Sox game… #
- Those with a view of the Sunset tonight should look for a beautiful crescent moon nestled above Mercury and near Venus. #
- I love writing, but it’s absolutely amazing how rebellious my mind is about settling in and getting to work. Oh! Recycling needs sorting! #
- Moon and the Pleiades last night were absolutely GORGEOUS. Hope you had a chance to see them… #
- STL ties game 1-1 in bottom of 19th inning! 20th inning coming up! #
- If you live in the Midwest, go out of your way to see the Shuttle re-enter tomorrow AM. It’s an astonishing sight and few chances left… #
- My fantasy baseball team is absolutely imploding. Oh yeah, and the Red Sox, too. #
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Having just finished Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” — a book which in two typical pages produces the words: “squailed,” “vadose,” “bated” (not in it’s normal sense), “terra damnata,” “carreta,” “monocline,” “sleared,” “rebozos,” “fusil,” and “clackdish” — I have an opinion on this post from O’Reilly on eBook Annotations
The only thing worse than having no annotations in a difficult text is having annotations: I hated those overly-footnoted texts of Shakespeare and the classics that combined actually interesting footnotes with constant vocabulary (the meaning of “terra damnata” is obvious and if “fusil” reminds you of “fusilier”…).
On the other hand, I wouldn’t at all mind some kind of annotation and analysis to accompany a challenging work like this. eBooks actually have the opportunity to have the finest user experience possible: allowing a spectrum of annotations (from vocabulary to book-summing essays) to be shown, or not, wholly under the user’s control.
If you just show all the links at all times, then the reader never knows the difference between “Footnote 538: A type of flower” and “Footnote 539: This is considered the central passage of the text…”
This is thought-provoking: http://blog.the-scientist.com/2010/03/25/amazing-rats/
Does this imply that rats form a mental model of their opponent’s agency?