(My apologies to the hard core: I’ve chosen
accessibility over strict accuracy in an attempt to address an audience
beyond the computer intelligentsia.)
When I was at Westdale Junior High School in Baton Rouge in 1960, I came across The Boys Book of Electronics, which had a chapter on “Giant Electronic Brains”. I’ve been hooked on computers ever since.
We had a epic “Sunday Gras”: the Thoth parade
going past our house was three hours of outrageousness.
My kind of parade watching: sit on the sidewalk outside your home
in a comfortable chair with easy access to good drinks and
good food, surrounded by good people.
The publication party for the Maple Leaf Rag V was held at the Maple Leaf
Bar in New Orleans on August 10th. The auspiciousness of the evening being
a “Super Moon” surprised no one.
According the the New Orleans Historical web site,
“In 1979, famed local poet Everette Maddox began the series with
sculptor Franz Heldner and poet Nancy Harris.” The weekly reading has
continued uninterrupted for thirty-five years, save for Mardi Gras,
hurricanes, and an occasional Saint’s playoff game. Since Everette’s
death in 1989, the readings have been guided by the capable hands of
Most of us write software in environments with ridiculous deadlines. We don’t
have time to investigate every new thing. My purpose in this article is convince
you that Function Programming + Immutable Data + Massive Parallelism (which I
will henceforth abbreviate as FIMP, is not just another new thing, but is
an important collection of new technologies and a reasonable and obvious response
to the fundamentally-changed/changing computing environment.
It’s that time. I’m finished with today’s work,
flailing away at what might become a novel,
now one-day-a-week employer’s repository,
or pausing for a while in my reading,
or weed whacking,