Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Dusk
Dusk
Mon May 17 20:45:58 2004
Twisted plastic ideal
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A vision -- twisted coloured shapes in space, the turns fill my vision, it's thick and worms through my mind. Plastic is as close as we can get to meet this impossible nature, this pathetic infinity that nature spurns...

I'm sorry, noble horse, though you call yourself by another name. If you had just let me know, I would've done the hard thing, and backed away. Such things are my concern too, and my honour, or rather what it protects, is something I love. Alas, to tell you may be to reopen your pain, over a year closed.

I just finished a lot of cleanup to my BLOG code. This makes me happy -- the same code paths are now used for displaying comments and entries. I also fixed a problem in some of my cookie-handling code. This is what I love of hobbyist programming -- no need to cost-justify refactoring.. The code is a labour of love, and love it you can. Thinking of the bottom line is such a stupid way to live.

Last night, on the way back from Coffee Tree, I swung by Giant Eagle for my weekly shopping trip, and was disturbed by what the people in front of and behind me were buying. The guy in front of me looked ok, but the couple behind were really big, and both carts were filled to the brim with disgustingly unhealthy meals, far worse than I have ever eaten. I'm not sure if it's a good thing that I've managed to get judgemental in this way.. I'm not sure how much of it is really me, versus shades of someone else, although people change over time, so perhaps it doesn't matter. Just now, while programming my BLOG, I've been overhearing a conversation from a similarly disgusting woman, although in a different way -- she was describing to her friend how she was stealing from her last employer, apparently embezzling coupons to the tune of well over $1000. I tried to get enough info that I could track down said employer and spill the beans, but I don't think I was listening at the right times... It's all part of being fair -- while often corporations are quite uncool, stealing from them for personal profit is a bad thing. She then proceeded to talk about why she wasn't going to stop smoking around her baby, saying that to do so would be 'unduly punitive' on her. And, as is often the case, the person she was talking to was unwilling to say either was problematic. So much stupidity in society is made possible when people rely on false reassurances of their behavior, given only out of conversational politeness. That's something that irks me. While I don't shove it in peoples faces, if people ask me, I'll tell them what I think of them or anything they do/have done. I really thought about saying something when she was showing off her baby and happened to exhale some smoke right onto its poor little face.

An interesting note on programming in practice -- exception handling is hard to fit into normal program flow, and so most people using an external library end up wrapping many/all of its functions with their own functions that manage exceptions as they like (and sometimes statically fill parts of the argument list when the full interface is too complex). I find myself wondering if there's a better way to do this kind of thing -- it would be possible to make generic class wrappers that would allow users to install a 'policy' or something to best handle errors and status information, perhaps using function pointers, but that still doesn't handle the easy partial parameterization problem, which as far as I can figure has no solution. If I'm right, that'll be something that, far into the future, people will still be doing if they still program as we know it (that is, still with functions, parameter lists, etc). Hmm.. now that I think of it, Perl6 promises, like R, named parameters, so perhaps it would be possible to have policies change the default parameters for a class. Managing the scope on such default-setting might be an interesting problem -- one doesn't want to mangle third-party calls or internal dispatches with one's personal code preferences. Perhaps one could add more structure to whose code is what in order to fix that problem.... Hmm.

Finally, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, my favourite Persian blogger/government guy, had an interesting post about a Jewish ceremony that he and some other government people attended, as an outreach thing, I imagine, with some neat pictures. I find myself wondering what it'd be like to be from Iran or Saudi Arabia, traveling abroad in other Islamic countries.. or indeed in many areas of the world where Americans (and, perhaps to a lesser degree, westerners in general) are not considered very welcome.



Dusk
Dusk
Mon May 17 23:05:28 2004

"she was describing to her friend how she was stealing from her last employer, apparently embezzling coupons to the tune of well over $1000. I tried to get enough info that I could track down said employer and spill the beans, but I don't think I was listening at the right times... It's all part of being fair -- while often corporations are quite uncool, stealing from them for personal profit is a bad thing."

If her employer was screwing her over badly enough--perhaps even doing something illegal, but she had no effective recourse--and she needed the money badly enough, and the employer had done unethical enough things--could you be persuaded that it was OK?