November 18, 2008

Fortune of The Day

Posted in Fortune tagged , , , , , , at 9:11 pm by pmatos

The Lord of the Lambdas

Data and procedures and the values they amass,
Higher-order functions to combine and mix and match,
Objects with their local state, the messages they pass,
A property, a package, the control point for a catch–
In the Lambda Order they are all first-class.
One Thing to name them all, One Thing to define them,
One Thing to place them in environments and bind them,
In the Lambda Order they are all first-class.

— Abelson et al., The Revised Revised Report on Scheme


November 13, 2008

Fortune of the Day

Posted in Fortune, religion tagged , at 5:36 pm by pmatos

Violent, Irrational, Intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.

— God is Not Great, C. Hitchens [the emphasis is from the original]

Fortune of the Day

Posted in Computers, Fortune tagged , , at 5:30 pm by pmatos

Unix Commands for Sex – If you’re not doing it right, try this…

init, uncompress, gasp;
finger; find, route, whereis, which, mount;
nice, more; yes; gasp;
head, halt, renice, restore, touch, whereis, which, route, mount, more, yes, gasp,
            umount, expand, ping, make clean;

October 14, 2008

Fortune of The Day

Posted in Fortune tagged , , , , at 1:18 pm by pmatos

From “Programming in Haskell” by Graham Sutton:

The parser type can also be read as a rhyme in the style of Dr Seuss:

A parser for things

Is a function from strings

To lists of pairs

Of things and strings!

October 10, 2008

Fortune of the Day

Posted in Fortune tagged , , at 9:05 pm by pmatos

Some quotes are just interesting and you have to share them… other are odd and come from the wierdest of places. Do you remember the quote in the Doom game?

Sure, don’t order DOOM. Sit back with your milk and cookies and let the universe go to Hell. Don’t face the onslaught of demons and spectres that await you on The Shores of Hell. Avoid the terrifying confrontations with cacodemons and lost souls that infest Inferno.

Or, act like a man! Slap a few shells into your shotgun and let’s kick some demonic butt. Order the entire DOOM trilogy now! After all, you’ll probably end up in Hell eventually. Shouldn’t you know your way around before you make the extended visit?

September 18, 2007

Fortune Of The Day

Posted in Fortune at 9:36 am by pmatos

“We should be open minded but no so open-midned that your brain falls down.”
— Richard Dawkins

August 16, 2007

Fortune of The Day

Posted in Fortune at 11:38 am by pmatos

From Roderick Greening Gentoo Forums quote:

If God were a pickle, I would still say “no pickle on my burger”.

May 4, 2007

Fortune of The Day

Posted in Fortune at 10:34 am by pmatos

From Daniel Jacksons book: Software Abstractions: Logic, Language, and Analysis (OIP), a quote from my favorite physicist…

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
— Richard P. Feynman

March 26, 2007

Fortune Of The Day

Posted in Fortune at 10:04 pm by pmatos

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim.
— Edsger W. Dijkstra

It was the first time I heard this! It’s nice because it’s a very good metaphor which doesn’t solve the problem at all. If you use the metaphor, it all comes down to what do you mean by swim.

March 14, 2007

Fortune of The Day

Posted in Fortune at 10:31 am by pmatos

Sometimes people signatures have such wonderful quotes…

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–that is to have succeeded.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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