2005: December

Those Little Link Icons

7:51 pm PHT

If you’re observant, you might have noticed two distinct icons appearing before links in my posts. These serve as a visual indication on where the links go to. Links without icons are normal external links, that is, they link outside the blog. Links with a Roman ’W’ inside a square icon are external links to Wikipedia articles. Wikipedia is special since I frequently link to it. Finally, links with the v9 icon link to other pages within this blog, typically to other posts.

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Pointers and Recursion

7:24 pm PHT

There’s supposedly much ado on Joel’s Spolsky’s article, “The Perils of JavaSchools” (via Tim Bray). The violect reactions seem to come from people who interpreted Joel’s piece as a denigration of schools that teach Java instead of C/C++. It’s actually a denigration of schools that don’t teach pointers and recursion, two things that Joel believes necessarily (though not sufficiently) indicate whether a programmer is excellent instead of just good enough.

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10:17 pm PHT

If I’m going to put up a café, I’ll name it Coffeeright. And its slogan will be: “You have the right to good coffee.”

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Hopelessness and Hope at Quiapo

8:46 am PHT

Read this PCIJ i-Report about the hopelessness and hope at Quiapo. Something to think about this Christmas season.

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The Great TBL Has a Blog (and A Look Back In Time)

4:10 pm PHT

Tim Berners-Lee has a blog! If you don’t know who he is, then you either probably haven’t read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, or you haven’t carefully read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons. For the still clueless, he’s the reason you’re reading this blog entry now; he’s the inventor of the World Wide Web.

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Cell Tracking

6:46 am PHT

Recently tried out Globe’s Family/Friend tracker service, which they newly promoted. The locations it gives me were, while technically correct, can be misleading. I wouldn’t have tried the service if it weren’t for my mom who asked to enroll me so she can supposedly track me.

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God’s Debris

12:47 pm PHT

I just finished a short, but thought-provoking, piece of fiction God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment, which was written by Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist, way back in 2001. The novel is a Socratic method discussion on who is God and why we are here. The first link above points to a page where you can download a free PDF format of the book.

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