Hold my beer. “But come.” Heh. So, some kind soul transcribed Hamlet into XML. Let’s dig into it and see what we can find. So far so good. The XML API sucks but we should be able to get something useful out of it. Like… who said all that stuff? Well, the XML input looks … Continue reading Who’s the happiest character in Hamlet?
I reckon that there’s only so much room in your life for hate. Not in a save-the-whales, where-have-all-the-flowers-gone sense, just that you’d never get anything done if you hated all kinds of shit. I’m not a fan of, let’s say, cricket. I pretend can’t stand cricket. Fake despise it. The bats, the balls, the running around – it drives me (not … Continue reading Outrage tokens
Dad visited me in Shanghai, we hit up a museum, this thing happened:
(Or, the Sam Moorhouse Centre for Kids Who Can’t Swim Good and Wanna Learn to do other stuff good too) There’s this joke in Catholic circles that Jesus changed water into wine, and the Methodists have spent two thousand years trying to change it back, and that’s a bit like how I feel about humanity’s … Continue reading How to snorkelling
Bangalore is kinda wild. It’s a city best described by what it isn’t: quiet, slow, old. Bangalore is a bit like Bangkok in that you’re constantly left wondering how it all works – like how does everything keep running? There are cables hanging loose off lampposts, cows meandering down the street. The streets! Cars and motorbikes and … Continue reading Bangalore
I’m in Ghana working with ELiTE (“Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering”), a charity that engages with communities around the world to bring STEM knowledge to children. I met Chelsey, the co-founder, in New York last year and begged him to let me come and help with the summer program he runs here. In a … Continue reading Ghana
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died a few short weeks ago. I know we’ve all been pecking around for a way to immortalise the man, so I’d like to humbly suggest a change to the name of a popular programming language. I hereby present Scalia 1.0. The Scalia language is defined by the principles of immutability and … Continue reading Scalia 1.0
Name Otterate – bring OtterLike semantics to Scala strings. Synopsis Description The otterator brings the curiosity and playful antics of nature’s water dogs to Scala strings. Otters are hard-working, carefree and occasionally obfuscated. The otterator is left-binding and intensely communicative. An otter is for life, therefore premature GC is discouraged. See also The lesser spotted right binding … Continue reading Otterator
Write an opinion article (i.e. an analysis suitable for readers of a serious newspaper) of no more than 500 words on one of the following subjects: How best to judge whether government policies are helping or harming the economy. or Whether free markets have come to play too big a role in the organisation of society, … Continue reading It’s not fair.
A monad is a special prayer used by software developers. In this simple guide, I’ll teach you how to build (we developers say “reify”!) a monad of your very own. Start with the combinator function. A combinator is like a regular function except that the domain is partial and the range is delicate. Turn it clockwise … Continue reading Howto: construct a monad