Will It Optimize? John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2010-07-23).
Another splendidly intricate post from Peter Ammon. Only of interest if you enjoy puzzles on GCC optimizations. ★(Linked Wednesday 2010-08-04.)
★ An Improved Liberal, Accurate Regex Pattern for Matching URLs. John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2010-07-27).
Back in November, I posted a regex pattern for matching URLs. It seems to have proven quite useful for others, and, even better, based on feedback from those who’ve used it, I’ve since improved it in several ways. The problem the pattern attempts to solve: identify the URLs in an...(Linked Wednesday 2010-08-04.)
On Broadway. Cat and Girl (2010-08-04). The joke only works under the Copenhagen Interpretation of QM. (Linked Wednesday 2010-08-04.)
Speaking the Truth is for Losers and Egomaniacs. cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2010-08-05).
In Savage Mules: The Democrats and Endless War, Dennis Perrin writes that “Speaking the truth is for losers and egomaniacs.” Had I read that before Wikileaks gained much traction, I probably would have agreed without fully comprehending. In light of the accusations hurled against Julian Assange, however, I see that...(Linked Thursday 2010-08-05.)
Philosophy of Science
For those of you who know me only through my online presence, you should be aware that I did not, in fact, commit suicide out of despondancy over the results of the November 5 elections. Nor have I become a reclusive monk (as much as my tastes may run in that direction). Instead, my weblog has simply been on a prolonged hiatus because of a couple months of nearly non-stop academic work and a blissful bit of reclusive relaxation for the week afterwards.
I just wanted to wish everyone a peaceful and happy holiday season, and to let you know that I shall return to posting more regularly in the very near future (whether this means before the New Year or not will depend on how long it takes me to revise certain essays of mine). In any case—talk to you again soon.
In the meantime, consider this bit of correspondance from Paul Feyerabend to his frequent partner in debates over philosophy of science and methodology:
You have powerful allies in this country: Ayn Rand (know her?) is after me. She wrote a long article against a short (three and a half pages) article of mine, and sent copies to 4,000 philosophers in order to prevent American philosophy from deteriorating further. Sample: the author (i.e. me)heralds the retrogression of philosophy to the primordial pre-philosophical rationalism of the jungle But what is innocent and inexplicable in an infant or a savage becomes senile corruption when the snake oil, totem poles, and magic potions are replaced by a computer …
You must admit, she writes much better invective than you.
(from Lakatos, Imre and Paul Feyerabend, For and Against Method: Including Lakatos’s Lectures on Scientific Method and the Lakatos-Feyerabend Correspondance. Quoted in Gregory R. Johnson and Chris Matthew Sciabarra, "Ayn Rand in the Scholarly Literature," The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 3.1)