Three Ruby Links

A couple of cool links on Ruby since I’m doing my project in it. First is Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby. Alright, so it’s the obligatory link, but this is the strangest, funniest, coolest intro to any programming language you’re likely to find. Here’s something else I read today – pretty random, really. An argument…

Is Stephen Harper Crazy?

So now that the results are in and the press has moved on, what to make of Harper’s Quebec resolution? On the surface, it’s an excellent illustration of how weird Canada is, and one of the (many) reasons I’m glad I don’t live there. Here’s the general picture. In Parliament there is a Party (the…

GULP!

Today in Friedman’s Class we got the big bombshell: in place of a final exam we have to implement Mini-Kanren (full technical report here, a goofy application to demonstrate the language in action here) in a language of our choice. A couple of words about why this could be a bitch of an assignment. First…

Much Appreciated

Relevant to continuing discussion about whether Borat was a good movie is this recent Charles Krauthammer column. This is a point that I left out of my list of reasons why the whole Borat thing is a bit annoying, but it’s a good one too, so I thought I’d send Krauthammer a hat-tip (you know,…

Piece of Cake

Ok, so I originally said that this blog would be back up two days ago rather than today. Wanna hear my excuse? Kay. My computer crapped out. No, seriously. It started showing symptoms just before I went home. Occasionally it would just freeze, and once or twice it gave me five beeps (rather than the…

Gone Fishin’

The previous post is about a Wiki article on Robert Conquest. Turns out he’s a really interesting guy who wrote a highly controversial book published in the Summer of Love about just how awful the Soviet Union was. Most of his career, in fact, has been dedicated to smashing leftist illusions about the Soviets ……

Maybe Just Me

Alright, this struck me as really funny, but maybe it’s just me. From a Wikipedia article about obert Conquest’s book The Great Terror (on extent of Stalin’s “Great Purge”): The timing of the publication of The Great Terror, in the middle of the Vietnam War and the great upsurge of leftist sentiment in Western universities…

Wow, that was Terrible!

I don’t really know why I continue to watch Battlestar Galactica. Last night’s episode was all ways horrible. Cliche city. Let’s see if we can name any other military series in which a subordinate screwed over by a controversial command decision and presumed dead shows up again randomly years later to haunt the person who…

Was Borat Funny?

One of the signs that I’m getting older: more and more I find myself seeing merit in opinions I don’t agree with. Case in point. Here is a review of this Borat movie that totally trashes it, and yet I see a lot of its points. Personally, I laughed my ass off at Borat. I…