My Computer History: The IBM 7094

(My apologies to the hard core: I’ve chosen accessibility over strict accuracy in an attempt to address an audience beyond the computer intelligentsia.) When I was at Westdale Junior High School in Baton Rouge in 1960, I came across The Boys Book of Electronics, which had a chapter on “Giant Electronic Brains”.  I’ve been hooked … Continue reading My Computer History: The IBM 7094

Mardi Gras Madness and Sanity

(Mardi Gras Sunday, February 15th) We had a epic “Sunday Gras”: the Thoth parade going past our house was three hours of outrageousness. My kind of parade watching: sit on the sidewalk outside your home in a comfortable chair with easy access to good drinks and good food, surrounded by good people. Afterwards we went … Continue reading Mardi Gras Madness and Sanity

The Maple Leaf Rag V

The publication party for the Maple Leaf Rag V was held at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans on August 10th. The auspiciousness of the evening being a “Super Moon” surprised no one. According the the New Orleans Historical web site, “In 1979, famed local poet Everette Maddox began the series with sculptor Franz … Continue reading The Maple Leaf Rag V

Elixir, Making the Revolution Fun

Most of us write software in environments with ridiculous deadlines. We don’t have time to investigate every new thing. My purpose in this article is convince you that Function Programming + Immutable Data + Massive Parallelism (which I will henceforth abbreviate as FIMP, is not just another new thing, but is an important collection of … Continue reading Elixir, Making the Revolution Fun

An August Afternoon

It’s that time. I’m finished with today’s work, flailing away at what might become a novel, or making a weekly commit of Groovy or Javascript poetry to my now one-day-a-week employer’s repository, or pausing for a while in my reading, or weed whacking, or… What’s next? Today’s particular possibilities now, at mid afternoon, include a … Continue reading An August Afternoon

New Orleans Pot-Holes

A friend from Santa Barbara sent me this cartoon, with the question, “Is it really this bad?” (Thanks, Karl!) (Cartoon from the New Orleans Advocate.) It’s bad. Katrina accelerated the deterioration already underway before the storm. The city already had hundred year old water mains and sewers in a bad state. It’s a fine old … Continue reading New Orleans Pot-Holes