Someone who repeats the same point repeatedly without changing the way they say it. It’s annoying and ineffective. “But I told you…[repeats]” Doesn’t work. Means I’m talking to someone who is brain dead and whose CD is skipping.

Someone who repeats the same point repeatedly without changing the way they say it. It’s annoying and ineffective.

“But I told you…[repeats]”

Doesn’t work. Means I’m talking to someone who is brain dead and whose CD is skipping.


People who are following a worn out script for arguments.


People who assume they know what I’m “really” thinking, twisting my words in the process to suit their ends.


People who think knocking down points without contributing their own is a sign of intelligence.


People whose participation in a conversation could be easily reconstructed using 120 lines of MS-BASIC code circa 1983, with proper IF/THEN/ELSE/CASE statements.


121 N$ = “Miquel A. Almanza”
122 PRINT “Thanks, ” & N$;

[I’ve learned so many other syntaxes (syntaxi?) of other languages I forgot ancient BASIC syntax tongue emoticon ]


Ah PHP – I was heavy into that in ’07-08, mostly modifying, no idea what version it was. Take a module I liked, make a copy of it, totally change it, move all calls to it from the other various modules to point to my new one, and change a CMS to do what I wanted.

And Javascript – never did straight programming in javascript either – just debugging or tweaking here and there. Actually, I rarely write anything from scratch – I just cobble together bit and pieces from here and there to do what I want to see ’cause other ppl usually did most of the grunt work before me tongue emoticon


I experimented with brainfuck about a year ago and a few variations of it. I like learning to read the languages, even if I can’t always write in them. [I don’t usually have a need for most].

I did tackle a bit of Python last year. Even though I only understand enough to read + tweak, I’ve recommended it to new programmers all over the place because to me, it’s the new BASIC…. or rather, the closest thing to an all purpose tool you can mess around with.

Outside of tweaking, I *did* work with a Python interface for Minecraft. Someone devised an interface that was functionally similar to the MC for the Rasberry Pi but for the PC, and was able put together a few scripts to make some interesting things happen. That was fun.


I fnd whatever gets ppl thinking more algorithmically, the better they are. Of course, the same argument they’ve made for math through the years. “math makes ppl think better”, which is bullshit but they keep saying that anyway. But I really believe algorithmic thinking _does_ help, because real life is a series of steps and repeated proceses.


I happen to be a fan of the movement. That being said, I don’t think programming is for everybody. But I grew up being FORCED to program my computer to use it. Thankfully it was BASIC and really easy to learn and I loved it.

As the years went on, and computers were made “easier and easier” (which is great and all), and non-nerds could use them, they ALSO started taking away the nerd-level stuff in them. Kids didn’t have instant access to easy programming abilities.

But because their GAMES are on the computers they’re playing, they instead learned to HACK… and to me, hacking is a fine start of any programming career.

My nephew, now 10.5 – I couldn’t get him to get interested in programming UNTIL he wanted to hack in some items in a game.

He asked for a tool, I found one. He taught himself to use it through youtube videos, hacked in items for a game… learned to rewrite some scripts. It’s a start.


Oh absolutely. School has a way of DESTROYING creativity in general. They can take something good and ruin it. Instead of, “Here’s this optional thing if you like” it’s HEY ITS GREAT FOR EVERYBODY and you’ll be timed and graded….

“just make sure you draw that owl the RIGHT way”.. shades of art teachers, masters of creativity destruction in the wrong hands.


Gene Spafford was another name… I remember talking to Douglas Adams on alt . ascii-art a few times… just a regular guy… and even seeing a few of Kurzweil’s kooky transhumanist type ideas floating around the ‘net back then too… although they had someone else’s name attached to them strangedly enough [the singularity stuff]… but he was in there too

Never thought he’s get so far as he did but hey, kudos to him.


Green screens … made the mistake of mastering VAX/VMS instead of Unix. I could use it, knew enough c to hack around a tiny bit, but I REALLY liked the VAX better and DCL. How did *I* know that Digital was going to crap as a company and that weird unix thing was going to take over so strongly?

Oh well. Then again I was rooting for minix when it was between minix and linux…. I backed the wrong horse there too tongue emoticon


You just gave me warm fuzzies there. BITNET. I rooted for Bitnet to stick around too. I loved the real-timeness of it all. I STILL have a screen-capture (text) I saved of the BITNET announcement of the start of the Gulf War.

I saw it, saved it to a text file (which is properly time dated still even moving it from system to system), and ran down to the commons telling everybody about the start of the war.

I let them know about it HOURS before CNN started broadcasting about it. I had my moment of an early hero and that’s when I KNEW the Internet beat TV.


I miss versioning _so_ much. It’s just so LOGICAL. It’s been 25 yrs – and I’m always at the cmd prompt [I’m running Win7 on an ancient cheap laptop] – and time and time again, I just want to be able to have versions of files instead of always having to rename them fresh everytime.

At a job 15+ yrs ago, systems analyst (ok, I was their excel guru but they seemed to think it was like a systems engineering job ’cause I worked magic in excel and vba]… I was SO PARANOID about losing work, I’d have multiple versions of the same thing. EAch and every save, I’d have to change the filename to reflect the time, ending up with dozens and hundreds of versions of the same document because i never knew if I’d make a catastrophic error and have to rollback.

[’cause sometimes I would].

and the whole time I’d be thinking, “versioning! versioning! where is my versioning!”


I’ve been collecting EVERYHING I could find that I’ve written online through the years (my own little “google” for my brain kinda) – because I’ve watched stuff just go *poof* off the net].

Started sticking a lot of stuff on the Internet Archive too. I trust those guys.

Yeah, I hate losing work. I know that the axiom “information can never be destroyed” is false, and so I work VERY hard to make it TRUE ’cause, well, it’s important. I dunno why it is. It just is.



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