29 May 2002 wnewman   » (Master)

Egads. I expected there would be undetected CMU CL dependencies lurking in the SBCL build process, but the :JUST-DUMP-IT-NORMALLY thing is somewhat more horrible than I was really expecting. Live and learn, I guess. (And hope we can bootstrap from some unrelated compiler someday...)

I hope my OpenBSD CDs will arrive someday. Oh, happy anticipation. Of course, I still have my not-entirely-pain-free memories of the 3.0 upgrade, so there is a certain admixture of free-floating anxiety in the happy anticipation. But any version which makes getrusage() nondecreasing so that I can actually profile my Lisp code without trying to set up a patch branch of the kernel (like the one I forgot to maintain in the 3.0 upgrade, yep) is off to a good start in my book. Godspeed, mail monopoly. May you live up to whatever shining glamour it is which inspires people to support detailed micromanaged franchise monopolies in telecomms and transport and health care and whatnot, instead of being weighed down by any pointy-headed theoretical or rock-ribbed libertarian skepticism about incentives and public choice theory or historical performance or, for that matter, the gritty reality of the thunderstorms outside. Go mail go.

It's hard to believe I've been stuck in the same stupid module in Go programming for so long. How hard can this be? On the plus side, it's still cool (though less intensely cool than, say, a month ago, somewhat earlier in the process of being stuck in this module) that I noticed that the failure cases of this part of the algorithm match, in considerable detail, the the failure cases of whatever my subconscious is doing when it looks at similar problems. Now if only I could get this and a few other things up through a few layers of abstraction to where they'd actually solve complete problems, or else step into a parallel universe where I were an academic with nice incentives to publish cool partial results...

Come the nanotech revolution, the technology may become available to visit poetic justice upon people who, in an earlier less-advanced era, configured their car alarms so that they automatically announced their entry to, and exit from, their cars at all hours (e.g. 10:45 pm, currently) to any other apartment dwellers who might otherwise have slumbered foolishly unaware. One can only hope that this power will not be abused.

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