Programming Languages, as I learned them (pt1)

I wrote this around 6 months ago, and somehow never published it BASIC (1980-83: CP/M MBASIC, Commodore, BASICA, QuickBasic, VB6; a little bit of AppleSoft and TRS-80) Somewhere around the holidays in 1980 or perhaps early 1981, I had my first encounter with a computer thanks to one of my parents’ friends noticing I was… Continue reading Programming Languages, as I learned them (pt1)

Chili, a questionable success

This blog is pretty much dead, but I use it as a notepad mostly for recipes these days. If you like any of these, feel free to reuse them, and consider sending me a shout out on my twitter @nkedel This came out really thick, and perhaps a bit too salty – unsure what to… Continue reading Chili, a questionable success

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A breadmaking success

200ml room-temperature water 200g bread flour (gold medal; am out of King Arthur) 1/4 tsp breadmaker yeast Run on dough cycle without pre-warm (next time try sourdough starter cycle) ~3 hours ferment including the rise part of the dough cycle 120ml tap-cold water (try warm next time) 200g bread flour 100g white whole wheat flour… Continue reading A breadmaking success

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Macaroni and Cheese proportions

I’ve been making Macaroni and Cheese to roughly the same recipe of my mom’s since high school, and the result have been inconsistent. I tried making a creamier and less caserole-y version for Nadia compared to my usual-of-late proportions, and I thought I’d record it here. I realized I had recorded one set of proportions… Continue reading Macaroni and Cheese proportions

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Spelunking my own blog

One of the odd things about having kept this up for ~15 years is that there is plenty of old stuff I don’t remember it all, like: https://www.cubiclehermit.com/archives/482 For the record. I do not now, and I have never owned an iPod or Zune. I’ve owned three MP3 players: [….] I keep hoping that battery… Continue reading Spelunking my own blog

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Java vs. C, a totally unscientific microbenchmark

Java vs. C — inspired by an interview question, I wrote a little bit of sample code to create an array of a billion random integers, and either (A) take the sums as I go, or (B) go back over and sum it on a second pass. In C (cygwin, gcc 6.4.0 64-bit): – summing… Continue reading Java vs. C, a totally unscientific microbenchmark

Some presidential age trivia.

Last year, I posted this on my feed on Facebook; since that’s friends-only, I thought I’d repost it here on the anniversary of this rather regrettable milestone. As most folks know, Trump is the oldest President at his inauguration, beating out Reagan by about 8 months (Reagan was not quite 70, Trump almost 71). What… Continue reading Some presidential age trivia.

JVM performance over time

Out of curiosity, I decided to run some quick (and non-repeated, largely unscientific) benchmarks of a Gentoo (-march=native,etc etc) OpenJDK/IcedTea build vs. actual Sun/Oracle JVM builds. Interestingly, the Gentoo builds are slower. Unsurprisingly, the JVM gets noticeably faster across versions from 1.6->1.7->1.8

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A new animal to be afraid of? When sea lions attack…

Interesting article in The Guardian: Experience: I was nearly drowned by a sea lion What Trish hadn’t seen was that at the moment she said “Smile!” a sea lion had leapt about 7ft out of the water to get the fish, and grabbed my left hand in the process. Sea lions have canine teeth, just… Continue reading A new animal to be afraid of? When sea lions attack…

Inside baseball, Linux edition

I love the title of this article: “ ¿Por qué SystemD es una mierda? Too tired tonight to read the whole thing in Spanish — I’ll feel dumb if the implications of the title aren’t their point — but wanted to share somewhere. Disabling the FB/Twitter publicize for this one for obvious reasons if you… Continue reading Inside baseball, Linux edition

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