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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Monday July 15, 2002
05:07 AM

Meat clock

[ #6356 ]
Dear Log,

I'm putting together the codeblock tar for the LWP book -- which means going thru the book and saying "Oh, there's a program [or more likely part of one]", and then going to that chapter's source file, copying that out, and trying to make a running program out of it. I'm almost done -- just two more chapters to go.

When I'm done, it'll go on the book's web site. It's looking like there'll be about 35 programs then.

In other news, I just finished a book that I'd picked up for fun, The Real Frank Zappa Book . It's worth the read. Interesting to note that Zappa had the same sort of sleep schedule I tend to slip into -- about a 26-hour cycle, which inconveniently progresses against the "normal" 24-hour Earth day that all primitive Earth plant and meat beings are beholden to.

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  • ?q =circadian+cycle+day+26+hour

    I didn't bother to weed through those for any "reputable" source,
    but "I've heard" that humans normally adjust to a longer day when
    allowed to do so... especially when deprived of information about
    actual time-of-day (including sun's position, of course).

    I know that one summer I wasn't working I stayed up until I felt
    like going to sleep. I'm guessing the sun thing kept me from going
    fully over to the
    • I heard 24 1/2 to 25 hours was a pretty common adjustment for humans somehow separated from the sun (say, lost in a cave). That's why I want to move to Mars [] . :)

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • I have all the code I checked still hanging around on a box somewhere...all that cutting and pasting gets tedious :)

    • Ohyeah, I didn't think of that. But anyway, your code is from the QC1 stage, and I made a few changes between there and the final version -- and I don't remember exactly what changes. So if I used your code, I'd have been always haunted by the idea that it failed to reflect those changes. Anyway, it was good for me to make one last sweep thru the book before calling it definitively done.

      I wonder if anyone actually looks at these tars that accompany ORA books.

      • I have to admit that I download the tar's. It's just plain easier when you want to steal^wstudy the code.

        I have lifted at least 3 or 4 sections from a variety of programs offered as tarballs from a variety of tomes.

        A tar file of the code is the second best thing, errata is the first, that O'Reilly's website for a book offers. Then again most good authors that have websites for their books seem to have an errata section as well as a section for code from the book.
  • But remember also that Vonnegut referred to humans as "meat", notably in Cat's Cradle.