Archive for July, 2010

What’s for dinner?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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I miss Assembly and BASIC. POKE 43602,0

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Travelling back in my mind, inspired by this article Google executive frustrated by Java, C++ complexity

Today’s commercial-grade programming languages — C++ and Java, in particular — are way too complex and not adequately suited for today’s computing environments

I remember the good old days:

10 for a = 1 to 26
20 print chr$(a+64);
30 next
run
abcdefghij….

(or something like that, its been well over 20 years since I actually wrote anything in BASIC).

I also remember the good old days of programming in 6502 raw assembly code, man that was fun. I had no idea what I was doing at first or even what assembly was, but I coughed up huge allowance dollars for a thick, dry, purely technical book, figured it out, and churned out really cool things.

When I first caught wind of the C programming language, after having taken a few years off from doing anything with a keyboard, I just didn’t get it. Something about it became ugly, heavy, overly complicated and unnecessary.  I didn’t get why I couldn’t just inject my code straight into memory from a text file anymore.

I wrote some really nice stuff in assembly back in the day, sound and fast video and cool graphic effects.  At least that’s how I remembered it.

While I don’t have any source code for that assembly stuff anywhere, here’s a game in BASIC I wrote in that first 6 months of touching a computer.  Requires an Apple //c and every single spare byte of memory.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6bp1g669cx0n5gs/Chopper%20Assault%20(All).jpg

Makes sense to me

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

– George Bernard Shaw

Oil well capped – God responsible, says Gov.

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

So its great that the leaking well is capped, for how long we don’t know but hopefully this puts an end to this shit.

“That’s great. I think a lot of prayers were answered today,” said Riley.

That’s Alabama Governer Bob Riley, by the way.

Prayers?

Listen you idiot hillbilly, if God had anything to do with this AT ALL … ugh, nevermind.  I can’t stand it when religious people blame or thank this “God” for anything.

Scuba Steve

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Meet Scuba Sue