The C Programming Language, by Kernighan & Ritchie & Lovecraft

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“Recursion may provide no salvation of storage, nor of human souls; somewhere, a stack of the values being processed must be maintained. But recursive code is more compact, perhaps more easily understood– and more evil and hideous than the darkest nightmares the human brain can endure.”

2009 – 40 questions

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1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Appeared in a porn mag.

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Thanks to everyone for helping today. Concrete moved, lots of weatherboards oiled, then A&I spent some time just looking at progress. The seven posts show the volume of the house, the two-storey space that will be the living room. It’s going to be good. It’s going to be gorgeous.

New Year’s Eve do at ours

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If you’re in Wellington for NYE, you’re invited to ours. That’s our new place, which has (some) walls and no roof. We’ll provide blankets and beanbags, for relaxing upon. You may wish to wear a hat, but there’ll be cups of tea and toast. We will plug in heaters until out electricity supply trips, and …

First two posts raised

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And we’ve many more to do. Weatherboard oiling tomorrow. Weather looks good and we’d be glad of any help.

“More drugs, more threesomes”

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…is indeed the tune of the moment, properly called Organikismness – “Standard practise”. Sample comes from here:

Weatherboard oiling day!

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You’ll love it. (And by love it I mean enjoy the opportunity to contribute to an awesome project and get lots of fresh air smelling of cypress.) We’ve a huge pile of weatherboards to oil. Come oil our wood. This is the pretty part of the job, it makes the wood look good. It’s lawson …

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This is what the house looks like from the road above: No, the house with red window frames is the neighbours, you can tell from the way it’s got a roof, unlike ours. Ours is hidden down below the trees, nice and unobtrusive. This weekend was mostly working on the posts and fighting with tarps …

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Here’s one of NZ’s climate change skeptics, talking about my employer: “The main assertions in this story are inane, blatantly alarmist, undisguised advocacy and wrong. That the story is promulgated by our once-proud, independent, trustworthy and in particular scientific Royal Society is now a source of shame to all New Zealanders. There is no doubt …

This weekend was a weekend of cracking on

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There was mad science: Yes, that’s some PVC tubing, on bamboo skewers, in a frying pan on a radiator. What, you don’t have this kind of thing around your house? You’re weird. Anyway, I can only blame women for this. And then there was copious nailing, with occasional extra pile holes to dig. Serious progress …

Truly these are the end times

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Humanity is finally doomed. Also, pornographic technology marches on. These two statements may be connected.

Energy research geekery – International aviation

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“Carbon emission offsets for aviation-generated emissions due to international travel to and from New Zealand”, Inga Smith, et al, Energy Policy, 37 (2009), pp 3438, 3447 NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown by 25% since 1990, but emissions from international tourism grew by 172%. Holy crap. So what can be done about it?

Climate change deniers in electoral suicide

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Yes! There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle brewing over in Oz and today it exploded. Kevin Rudd’s Labour party was elected promising to do something about climate change, the something being their Emissions Trading Scheme. Rudd didn’t have enough votes so was relying on a bipartisan agreement with the opposition, the right-wing Liberal party. …

Energy research geekery – insulation

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“Warm homes: Drivers of the demand for heating in the residential sector in New Zealand”, Philippa Howden-Chapman, et al, Energy Policy, 37 (2009), pp 3387-3399 New Zealand houses are cold and damp. This kills about 1,500 people per year. We’ve a $300 million government scheme to insulate houses, open to all but with additional funding …

Pruning and board layouts

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tieke always knew her circus skills would come in handy around the garden: When not running around collecting dead tree, large chunks of the weekend were spent scratching my head, trying to fit all of this into the space normally occupied by one AA battery: That’s a microcontroller, 4 Watt step-up power supply, accelerometer, LED …