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July 18, 2009

This link, The C Programming Language, 1st ed, will search Powell’s Books (www.powells.com) for any current copies of the classic by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.

And this link, sabadash, will allow you to contact sabadash.

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I wish they would read…

October 8, 2006

Headrush, over at Creating Passionate Users, wants everybody to post their fave two books: one fiction, one non-fiction. Avoiding the smart remarks, clever comments, and odd asides, here’s mine:

 Fiction: Why do Birds

Damon Knight wrote this perfect science fiction novel that’s nothing like most science fiction novels. It sure isn’t a space opera. It does have time travel, maybe. And it does concern the end of the Earth, again, maybe. But it is a perfect critique of human values, particularly the reader’s. I will say no more.

Non-Fiction: The C Programming Language, 1st ed

Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie created the perfect, simple programming book, along with a pretty good language. The first edition reads like Euclid, almost. I recommend it as a beginning book in logic or aesthetics. Just beautiful.

Oh, and since we’re encouraged to second other choices, I’d second The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. It might be fiction, might be fact, but however you catagorize it, it’s a wonderful book and a powerful idea.

What a great idea! Ask people what they like!

Hello world! (and the Scobelizer, too!)

September 9, 2006

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Well, why not just start?

I want to start with this: Scobleizer’s comments on Patricia Dunn, the (now) former Chair of the Board at Hewlitt-Packard, and his apology for calling her a ‘cancer’ (on HP) without bothering to find out if she’d ever had the disease.

But I don’t really want to talk about that without putting it in perspective. The stock market has just sort of idled for six years now, taken as a whole. I predicted that. Specifically, I said at the beginning of 2000 that the market was about 20-30% overvalued, that it would fall, and then stay pretty still for about eight to ten years, then break out in a frantic, but real bull market.