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<randomrant>

I was going to natter on about rainbows, because there were some really awesome ones yesterday, but it was pointed out that I've already done rainbows.  If there's one thing that makes me twitchy, it's when I've done something and I go to do it again thinking it's the first time, and nobody says anything.  "Hey, have I told you this story?  Your silence and attempts to claw your way through the door tell me 'no'...sooooo, once upon a time..."

I spent the weekend working.  This wasn't part of the plan.  I was going to do other stuff.  Well, I did do some other stuff.  I cleaned.  That doesn't count.  I was going to do fun stuff, but that didn't happen.

And I guess I can't grouse too much about it not being 'fun', because it was programming, and that's fun to me, it was just the wrong kind of fun... >.<

My first programming language was APL.  And the operation I loved the most was Quad-FX, which in the font looked like a box with an FX next to it.  This beastie accepted a matrix.  The first line was the name of the function, and the subsequent lines constituted the function.  What this meant was that I would write programs that created other programs.  My first foray into this involved writing an editor.  I learned a lot.  And I'm sure I freaked out the interpreter.

Generally speaking this kind of fun behavior is allowed by interpreters.  Compilers rarely get to play.  I've done similar stuff in VAX DCL and various UNIX and Linux shells.

Well, I've been forced to write my own interpreter, basically my own language.  It's kind of fortrany, because one can do a hell of a lot with gotos and call functions.  But the one thing I really needed was a good evaluation system.  After I tokenize the input I run it through the evaluator system, which recursively expands symbols until they can't be expanded anymore.  Then it dispatches the result.

That allows me to do things like...

>>> A=echo
>>> B=hello world
>>> $A $B
>>> hello world

Having this allowed me to reduce a function that could have been more than a couple hundred lines line down to about 12 lines.  Woof.  It's clean, it's nice.  I like it.

Okay, I've totally geeked out now.  Back to work... :P

</randomrant>
<randomrant>

When I'm puttering around with no clue what to write I sometimes check to see what happened in history on the current day.  This isn't a perfect scheme, since it's fair to debate what that really means, what with various calendar changes and all (I'm looking at you, 1752).  Still, screw it, this is what I'm doing.

So just after sunset on June 25th, 1185 (or June 18th in the old calendar), five monks in Canterbury reported to the abbey's chronicler that they  saw something explode on the Moon.

I first heard this tidbit on Sagan's Cosmos.  He claimed that Apollo detected the ringing aftershock, however, it seems there are some reasons to be less that 100% sure of what happened.  Still, let's give the monks the benefit of the doubt.

in 1185 they saw the creation of the crater named Giordano Bruno.  Now stuff is hitting the Moon all the time, just like stuff is constantly pelting the Earth (to the tune of about 100 tons per day).  What's remarkable is seeing anything big going thud.  And to be honest, it's much nicer for it to hit the Moon than the Earth (with sincere apologies to any future Moon inhabitants reading this 100 years from now, don't you have anything better to do than reading old crap?).

And so, ever since then, when I look up at the Moon, it's with a vague sense of expectation.  I want to see something hit it.  I want to see a fireball.  Come on, give me something!

</randomrant>
<randomrant>

It seemed apt to post this old thing after the two Janice stories.  I have what seems to be the "best" copy of Janice and Pam: Whet and Whiled (bizarre title, I'm sure I would have changed it).  After taking care of prior commitments I'll see about finishing it up.

At this tiny story shows, I do get asked for J&P style stories.  I don't mind that at all, I like them myself, but one of the reasons I wrote the stories in the first place was to inspire and cajole people into writing their own stories.  The theory was that eventually I'd be able to lounge about reading other people's stuff.

You're not properly fueling my desire to be lazy...

I have to admit, the Anomus format seems kind sparse, even for me.  I like the vignettes, because they're like little literary punches.  And I like the Mauvaises Lettres' format of five pages (plus a bit) because that seems to be enough to establish characters, settings and motivation, and still have time to describe something fun.  Or naughty.  Or both.

Anomus is more of a tease.  There's just enough time to promote the idea and then it's done.  It's the movie trailer of story formats.  Hmmm...might have to keep that in mind.  I can irritate people with movie trailer type snippets of a tale...  :p  ...it might be a grin to do that for some existing stories.

</randomrant>
<randomrant>

The subject of leaf raking came up (my fault if I remember right).  That led to talking about leaping into piles of leaves, and the peril of piles of leaves with undesirable stuff in it, like dog doo, or more likely in my case: slugs.

And that got me thinking, because stomping through crunchy leaves is one of those happy guilty pleasures I'm happy to indulge in, as long as there's nobody about that I have to explain myself to.

The same is true for sand castles on the beach.  There's a surreptitious glance about to see if anybody is watching, and then: STOMP STOMP STOMP, and the world is a safer place.  Or something like that.  I went to a sand castle competition near LA once.  The kind where people build huge, elaborate buildings, sculptures and whatnot.  I behaved for the entirety of the visit, and afterwards went back to my hotel room to weep.

Wintertime is good for crunchy snow.  If one has tiny snow people, all the better.  If one has tiny snow buildings, we're getting into more of that nervous glancing about.  The best has to be after a heavy snowfall, when the temps warm a bit and freeze back up again, the snow gets a crust on it that crunches in the most amazing way.  So whenever you see me writing about the way streets buckle and sink down, now you know the source material.

But what about spring?  There are no leaves, beaches, no snow.  What the hell is a determined macrophile supposed to do?

The best I've been able to come up with is puddle jumping.  "Look, a serene lake bordered by coastal villages!" *leap* STOMPY STOMPY STOMP.  As I've mentioned before, I have no qualms about leaping into puddles.  This is squarely in the category of "what's the point of growing up if I can't act childish when I feel like it."

Are there any other things that are best in the spring?

</randomrant>
<randomrant>

I was going to natter on about rainbows, because there were some really awesome ones yesterday, but it was pointed out that I've already done rainbows.  If there's one thing that makes me twitchy, it's when I've done something and I go to do it again thinking it's the first time, and nobody says anything.  "Hey, have I told you this story?  Your silence and attempts to claw your way through the door tell me 'no'...sooooo, once upon a time..."

I spent the weekend working.  This wasn't part of the plan.  I was going to do other stuff.  Well, I did do some other stuff.  I cleaned.  That doesn't count.  I was going to do fun stuff, but that didn't happen.

And I guess I can't grouse too much about it not being 'fun', because it was programming, and that's fun to me, it was just the wrong kind of fun... >.<

My first programming language was APL.  And the operation I loved the most was Quad-FX, which in the font looked like a box with an FX next to it.  This beastie accepted a matrix.  The first line was the name of the function, and the subsequent lines constituted the function.  What this meant was that I would write programs that created other programs.  My first foray into this involved writing an editor.  I learned a lot.  And I'm sure I freaked out the interpreter.

Generally speaking this kind of fun behavior is allowed by interpreters.  Compilers rarely get to play.  I've done similar stuff in VAX DCL and various UNIX and Linux shells.

Well, I've been forced to write my own interpreter, basically my own language.  It's kind of fortrany, because one can do a hell of a lot with gotos and call functions.  But the one thing I really needed was a good evaluation system.  After I tokenize the input I run it through the evaluator system, which recursively expands symbols until they can't be expanded anymore.  Then it dispatches the result.

That allows me to do things like...

>>> A=echo
>>> B=hello world
>>> $A $B
>>> hello world

Having this allowed me to reduce a function that could have been more than a couple hundred lines line down to about 12 lines.  Woof.  It's clean, it's nice.  I like it.

Okay, I've totally geeked out now.  Back to work... :P

</randomrant>

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GiantessLucy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the watch ^-^ 
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FaerieWarrior Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the llama =3
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Thank you for the watch!
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sgrildrig Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, and thanks for watching back!  ^^
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thanks for the watch
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sgrildrig Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome ^^
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TOMATE-FARCIE Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
Thx for the watch Scotty!
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sgrildrig Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for drawing in amazing ways!
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Thx for your support Buddy
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This llama thing again! From you! YAY!

*rides a giant llama*
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