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Rough Cut: Code aesthetics as a design consideration

From GNU sed 4.2.2 released, and a rant from the maintainer, and apparently quoting Richard Stallman: We [the FSF] still prefer C to C++, because C++ is so ugly The aesthetics of programming languages as an influencing factor in choosing which ones to use is relatively recent. Ten years ago I don’t think I ever…

Questions & Threads

The breadth of the questions in my head has stopped growing, so dumping them all now. These may or may not be related. Just thinking out loud…in no particular order: What are the constraints on thinking? (Short list: metaphor, language, culture, semantics) Why did I become interested in privilege and intersectionality? Why have I become interested…

Is it possible to improve understanding & communication independently?

Brain dump again. It may or may not make sense in hindsight. We (the people) seem to do a terrible job of understanding each other. All our communication methods are “lossy”, in that information is lost in both the encoding & decoding processes. The act of listening actively alters the content of the message. And…

Constraints on Thinking

Thinking out loud here. This is a rough cut. What are the constraints on thinking and solving? Metaphors, particularly un-acknowledged metaphors. Language itself, where concepts not expressible in our language are beyond our ken or ability to reason. For example, the lack of a French word for “like” (as in “I like ponies”). Semantics, where…

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