April 17th, 2004

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Writing

Some time ago, I found on a blog this quotation that quite fits my writing activities (or lack thereof, much too often, for some important document of mine):

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. . . . Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

-- E. L. Doctorow

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The Evolution of LISP Programming Style

I wanted to write an article on the evolution of LISP programming style, from LISP 1.0 to the latest advances in Common Lisp and beyond. But I find I haven't got time for that, so I just write a meta-article suggesting that someone could write such an article. Maybe there already exists descriptions of LISP style evolution between the 1950s and the 1970s, from FORTRAN-style to functional and object-oriented programming styles?

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Fallacy of the day: Accounting Fallacy

One of the most frequent fallacy amongst statists is the fallacy of dynamic contradiction. The reason being that statists don't understand dynamics: they indulge in accounting fallacies.

A lot of nevrotic behaviour is related to this accounting tendency of assigning blame and praise for past facts, where there should be economic reasoning of allocating resources to some or some other future alternative.

Could anyone make a first pass at translating my article raisonnement économique contre sophismes comptables ("economic reasoning vs accounting fallacies")? The more I discuss with various people, the more I realize that the difference is not clear to them.

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Quelques Haïkus

Au cours d'une sortie avec mon frère, nous avons discuté de haïkus en français, et nous sommes lancé dans la composition. Les contraintes dont nous nous souvenions ou du moins croyions nous souvenir, et que nous avons adoptées: 3 vers de 5-7-5 syllabes; rime du premier et du troisième vers; une saison. J'ai vite écrit une série, puis une deuxième, que j'augmentais le lendemain d'une troisième.

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