October 16, 2003

On The Herding Of Very Big Cats

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 1:49 pm

Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he “didn’t want to see any stories” quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used.


October 15, 2003

Pattern Recognition

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 3:56 pm

“As with most things fanboy, those who are vaguely familiar with the term seek to ingratiate themselves with others by almost getting it.” – Jim Hill

Pattern programming is hot-hot-hot in my faculty right now, this month’s Way of the Future; it will make us better programmers, our lives will be easier and more fruitful, our code will both taste great and be less filling. And, tragically, it’s a load of bullshit.

Harsh words, I know, and unless people are asking who’s fault that mess is I am rarely regarded as an authority. But true, nevertheless.

I think this is partly because damn near everything that involves computers is, to some degree, bullshit. This is a well-known but not widely understood phenomenon; people often declare that the field of computing is a young field, without the decades or centuries other fields have behind them, but not a lot of people realize that computing as an industry is in its teens, and Justin Timberlake is, like, the greatest thing ever, omigawd. And like all things aged teen once a fad gets enough traction in the popular consciousness to really get rolling, that momentum is reason enough for it to keep going – if people just keep buying the product why not? Everyone wants to fit in, all the cool kids are doing it, so forth.

But the other reason it smells like bullshit is because if you actually go back to the original documentation, you get a clear view of an entire academic subfield that is diligently and industriously missing the whole point.


October 12, 2003

Where The Hell Are My Dentures.

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 8:40 pm

Over the last few days, I’ve come across precious few interesting things. I’ve have, curiously, seen many things that are eminently worth deriding. I’d like to share one of them with you here.


October 9, 2003

Flurry of entries.

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 4:39 pm

For a few days, I’ve been asking people if they remember the bit from Demolition Man about President Schwarzenegger.

That movie was satire, and I was fucking kidding.

News Flash – Barrel Scraped Through

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 3:55 pm

While I’m only an occasional reader of The Guardian, I’ve had this piece of comedy gold pointed out to me recently.


Shorted Out

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 1:57 pm

Today, on a lark, I picked up a copy of Wired, a magazine I used to read quite a bit. I remember liking it quite a bit – it was interesting in a shiny-thing way, reasonably thick, had some neat-o articles about emerging technologies and, well, back when I was a half-formed proto-geek this kind of silver-inked nerd-porn was tailor-made for guys like me.

While I promise nothing, I will try to avoid rampant hyphen-abuse for the remainder of this entry.


October 6, 2003

99 and 44/100% not like ass.

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 5:31 pm

Ok, mostly done.


October 5, 2003


Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 11:06 pm

Well, well, here we are. Moveable type, allowing users the world over
to comment on my every-few-daily batch of trivialities.


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