Name: Paul Mackinney
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Graduate Studies at Mills College, working on Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Computer Science. This is a nice program designed for college graduates with non-cs degrees.

Recent blog entries by palm

7 Mar 2003 (updated 7 Mar 2003 at 20:06 UTC) »

I've posted my CodeCon 2003 review. Read it at It took me a while to get to it because of midterms, etc. Really a lot of fun.

And when I got back from the conference and logged onto Advogato, I'd made it from Observer to Apprentice. I can post articles! Either the system is working, or something's gone dreadfully wrong.

30 Jan 2003 (updated 30 Jan 2003 at 05:56 UTC) »

Well he did it. I heard him do it. The leader of the free world, the man who controls the nuclear arsenal of the United States of America, said "nucular" during his State of the Union speech. Kind of gives you confidence that the system is working, eh?

10 Jan 2003 (updated 26 Feb 2003 at 04:42 UTC) »

Had to quit reading Ben Bova's book, 'The Precipice' (c) 2001 at page 42. Not a picky reader, I consume mass quantities of science fiction and mysteries to compensate for not watching any broadcast TV. Here's the offending passage:

"What about your cook?"

With a laugh, Dan said, "She goes with the van, old buddy. She only speaks Japanese, but she's terrific in the kitchen. And the bedroom."

Frieberg flushed deep red. But he did not refuse Dan's gift.

I've read plenty of books that were racist and sexist. I've enjoyed them. Some of them (Ivanhoe, Tarzan) had the (thin) excuse that their authors were working within the prevailing mores of their lifetime. Others lacked even that excuse (Casino Royale et al).

So why am I so heated about the admittedly tame passage quoted above? The problem is that Bova actually has a decent scientific idea (the greenhouse effect is accelerating catastrophically) but he throws in this offensive crap that has nothing to do with the plot. It's like he thinks he has to bribe me to read his book (time out while we all fantasize about giesha.) Spare me, pal!

17 Sep 2002 (updated 21 Nov 2002 at 22:50 UTC) »

OK, my first python script is done.

Given a name, it creates a directory if none exists and puts a pickled state file (currently just a counter) in the directory.

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