Every reader should ask himself periodically “Toward what end, toward what end?” — but do not ask it too often lest you pass up the fun of programming for the constipation of bittersweet philosophy.
— Alan J. Perlis [foreword to SICP]
I find long functions names charming — I think they impart a certain personality to the API and add to the fun of programming. And while I try to avoid excessively long names in my own code at work (unless they add to clarity), I never fail to get a good kick seeing such names used by other programmers! Continue reading
I was going through the first chapter of the book Graphical Enumeration by Frank Harary and Edgar M. Palmer when I chanced upon this perplexing footnote:
Read wrote Wright that both Read [R2] and Wright [W3] were wrong. So Read and Wright wrote a joint erratum [RW1] to set things right. This may be wrong since Wright asserts that Wright wrote Read first.
Some time back, I had read a hilarious piece by Shashank, a friend of mine from the days at BITS, Pilani. The auto-podal-tow phenomena that he describes has to be seen to be believed: an autorickshaw towing another with one of the drivers using his leg as a connection! A good soul captured the moment and licensed it under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic. Continue reading