Jo Walton on Science Fiction Without The Future

September 5, 2011

On Tor.com: Jo Walton writes Where are all the positive futures?

When I was writing about The Door Into Summer, I kept finding myself thinking what a cheerful positive future it’s set in. I especially noticed because the future is 1970 and 2000. I also noticed because it isn’t a cliche SF future—no flying cars, no space colonies, no aliens, just people on Earth and progress progressing. Why is nobody writing books like this now?

This is such an interesting debate. Among other interesting things, the comments on the post mention a bunch of works I’ve never heard of, and some that I have and seem like scraping the bottle of the barrel. I wish there were more like this..

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About dating

September 5, 2011
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I don’t know where I found this. Maybe Evi.

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Dating-Guidance.jpg

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Land of Lisp

September 5, 2011

Seen via Planet Emacsen: the Land of Lisp.

It’s a Lisp book that is, in its own way, even crazier than the dearly-departed _why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby. Check out this sample of the comic on their homepage:

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/comic_20x_10.png

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HOWTO write a Perl Obfu

September 5, 2011

Here’s one I found once a long time ago and keep thinking of randomly. jynx on Perlmonks explains what makes and breaks an Obfuscated Code entry. Does anyone still write Perl? Does anyone still write (intentionally) obfuscated Perl? Still, I really like the way he offers examples and counter-examples of each principle.

2) pack/unpack is not obfuscation

The reason i list the counter-example is because it is not unpacking anything like what you think at first glance. While the obfu itself does need some work, that is an acceptable use of unpack. On the other hand, looking at the example we see a fairly common use of unpack: get the string and unpack it, oh look the string is japh. While a packed string is line noise, it’s easy to see past it and note what the code is doing if it’s a simple obfu.

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