The weekends are when I get lazy. I got promoted to Diamond League in Starcraft. I’m still plugging away on ScrabbleCheat (see the branch ‘feature-curses-ui’). Did me some laundry.
While folding/placing laundry and cleaning up my room, it’s good to have some videos or music playing. If you have an hour to burn, there’s a great 1 hour interview in 4 15-minute segments with Christopher Hitchens:
I had a Serious post all lined up, made of words and things, but found an old video I forgot the name of, and decided to post it instead.
Little known fact, but true. While I took traditional music theory and piano, I kind of endured that; the degree had a focus on Electronic Music and digital media production. It was affiliated with the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (MEME) program at Brown.
I, Paul Meier, do solemnly offer these responses to the Road to Lisp Survey
When did you first try Lisp (meaning here and throughout the survey “any member of the Lisp family”) seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to run through a code book, with life throwing me so many welcome curveballs since the summer. But I’m finally taking the time to work through a book like old times; this go-round is with Conrad Barski’s Land of Lisp. I probably wouldn’t have gone for it, but the music video he made was just too cute:
While working as a Sunlab consultant at Brown, my buddy and I would frequently find ways to ‘spice up’ the workspace. If we ever found the other person’s workstation empty without being properly xlocked, we’d usually pull pranks on each other: ‘alias ls=’eject; ls’ being a popular harmless one, or writing zwrite
> -m “PAUL LOGGED OUT” on my .logout file, executed anytime I logged out.
Glenn Greenwald has another winner, this time over the firing of Juan Williams after his “I’s afraid of Muslins!” kerfuffle. His article is great by describing the general trend of fear and loathing in America:
To start with, as a general proposition, it’s vital that the American citizenry always be frightened of some external (and relatedly internal) threat. Nothing is easier, or more common, or more valuable, than inducing people to believe that one discrete minority group is filled with unique Evil, poses some serious menace to their Safety, and must be stopped at all costs. The more foreign-seeming that group is, the easier it is to sustain the propaganda campaign of fear. […]
“The Muslims” are currently the premier, featured threat which serves that purpose, following in the footsteps of the American-Japanese, the Communists, the Welfare-Stealing Racial Minorities, the Gays, and the Illegal Immigrants. Many of those same groups still serve this purpose, but their scariness loses its luster after decades of exploitation and periodically must be replaced by new ones.
I’m a week back from my marvelous trip, photos over at Madly Brilliant’s blog and a Facebook album.
I can only say it was a magnificent, magnificent week. I might even say transplendent! Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, and Turkish people were (as many people are) kind, warm, and happy people.
I’m off next week to visit Madly Brilliant in her current home of Istanbul, Turkey. She’s abroad for the first time, spending 5-ish months as a lab tech, so my visit bisects hers. Mad props to Adobe for letting me do this ^_^
I’m a tired, grumpy Geodude, but I have to post these remixes, because they’re quite lovely. 16 pop tunes: