Message Of The Day

Sat, 27 Mar 2004

06:12 [zork(~/octal/railroad)] cat shay.txt

The problem is you can only run it facing clockwise

So, after purchasing a regear kit, realizing that I can open up the gearbox after all, shaving off the fill ports on the inside of the gearbox (bad design), and remembering where I put that bottle of gear oil, my Shay finally runs. I put it on the club's layout and it only stalled occasionally. I think the PWM inherent in runing an analog loco on a DCC track actually helped the running.

I also took a few pictures of it pulling a bi-level enclosed autorack, you know, just 'cause. Of course, I took them on film, so it'll be another three years before I finish up this roll, and then several weeks before I actually bring it to a developer, and then who knows when I'll get it to a scanner.

01:32 [zork(~/sam/mail)] cat mh-addiction_part-1.txt

Frank Chu Sightings

I like using MH even though some "features" of it are weird and/or somewhat tarded. It's just crazy, and I've really started getting into it. Anyway several Frank Chu sightings this week prompted me to write a script that allows me to post messages to the <a href="">Rocket Society</a> quickly.

<a href="">chu-sighting</a>

00:00 [zork(~/nick/scheme)] cat stallman-lisp-experiences.txt

RMS's Lisp Experiences and the Development of GNU Emacs

There's a new transcript of an RMS LISP talk up on Some choice tidbits:

on TECO:

Actually, there were some rather sophisticated facilities; I think that Lisp got its unwind-protect facility from TECO.

on EMACS LISP features:

I implemented Common Lisp once on the Lisp machine, and I'm not all that happy with it. One thing I don't like terribly much is keyword arguments. They don't seem quite Lispy to me; I'll do it sometimes but I minimize the times when I do that.

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