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Knowledge of good and evil [Oct. 4th, 2008|11:24 am]
Lindsey Kuper

Lindsey: So apparently there's this weird phenomenon, and it's in a bunch of programming languages -- they totally screw up lexical scope!
Alex: Um, yes. That's called dynamic scope.

Alex: So apparently there's this woman who interviewed Sarah Palin, and it's all over YouTube -- Palin totally falls apart!
Lindsey: Uh, yeah. Her name is Katie Couric.

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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-10-04 06:33 pm (UTC)
you two are obviously meant for each other
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2008-10-04 06:46 pm (UTC)
elisp! That's why Paul and I decided to fork emacs.

frighteningly, perl can do static scoping by request with the local keyword.
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[User Picture]From: conform
2008-10-04 07:32 pm (UTC)
local is for dynamic scoping. my is for lexical scoping.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2008-10-04 07:33 pm (UTC)
you're right. My typo.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-10-04 10:23 pm (UTC)
Scheme can do dynamic scoping by request with fluid-let! *small shudder*
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2008-10-04 07:25 pm (UTC)
Fail. You should really know who interviewed Sarah Palin, considering that she's given like a total of two (2) televised interviews.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-10-05 06:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know tv people because I don't watch tv... *shrugs*

Maybe I should consider working it back in, but I fell out of the habit years ago. I hear there's some worthwhile stuff on sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: billings
2008-10-06 04:25 am (UTC)
DVDs. I don't ever just tune into something on the TV, but occasionally I'll replace reading time with "watch the Wire on DVD" time. This also means that I get to wait until the series is done until I decide whether I'm going to spend time with it.

This works better if you have A/V culture obsessive friends to borrow these things from.
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[User Picture]From: jonatthebar
2008-10-09 07:50 pm (UTC)

the labors of the world

At first I was (no offense intended, Alex) dismayed that a smart person wouldn't recognize Couric. Then I realized that "there's this woman who interviewed Sarah Palin, and it's all over YouTube -- Palin totally falls apart!" is actually EXACTLY the attitude I would want people to have about a good piece of journalism.

As long as information is perceived as useful and trustworthy, I don't give a shit how it got out there, and I don't think anybody else needs to, either.

Michael
reporter
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-10-09 09:34 pm (UTC)

Re: the labors of the world

Absolutely. Fie on celebrity journalism.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-10-11 08:34 pm (UTC)

Heh.

I would like to credit you for your useful and trustworthy insights, but because they were made in a LiveJournal comment, they clearly must be worthless. Darn!
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