2003-12-29

Predicting the Future

"Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate too many of Newton's Laws."

— Alan Kay, 1971 Xerox planning meeting

2003-12-27

peristalsis

Hint: Its alimentary.

Comma Chameleon

This Perl fragment does not do what you might think:

  use constant foo => 'BAR';
  my $hashref = {
    foo => 43
  };
  printf "%s: %s\n", foo, $hashref->{foo};

2003-12-19

Quantitative Cliodynamics

The term is coined in section 10.4 "Toward Theoretical Cliodynamics?" in Historical Dynamics : Why States Rise and Fall by Peter Turchin, where he defines cliodynamics...

2003-12-13

sagacity

Hint: It is not "The look of a person who has eaten too much chocolate for too long". Still, you may want to think twice before telling your lady friend that she has an "ample portion of sagacity" unless you are confident she knows what it means.