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What I called 'cold distallation', many moons ago. When friends and I got together for winter camping and snowmobile racing in Alaska, by leaving Boone's Farm wine out in a pan overnight, we got some killer flavored high-proof 'stuff'.
In recent years, I've come to find discussions of one language being strongly typed vs another which isn't more and more curious and fun.
Starting out, it was Turbo Pascal, followed by inline asm, shortly after by Turbo Assembler and Macro Assembler, before picking up C and C++. At that point, I'd leer down my nose at anyone seriously considering using a script-like, interpreted language - partially, because everyone knew that strongly typed languages were 'better' and were also 'harder', generally a result of their less comprehensive standard libs.
I also think about how much I code in different languages and find that shockingly, much of what I do these days is in fact in script-like langs. It's always an interesting challenge - coding something in C/C++, JS/PHP and in ASM - they're just so very different, yet in the important places, very much alike. Keeps me on my toes at least. Graphics and Sound have always been interests, so for those at least, C/JS/ASM are all perfectly alike enough. And in fact, writing a pdf-producing class was far easier in PHP than in C++. I reckon JS would make the C++ version look long-winded, verbose and full of gotchas.
This was one of the things that annoyed me to no end in college... The MLA updated their rules for comma-delimited lists such as this, so that the last and second to last item no longer had a comma preceding the conjunction.
Which leads to really confusing situations when your last item has a conjunction in it! It gets even worse in situations like this where re-ordering the list isn't possible because you're literally listing them in the order they occur; re-ordering would then just be confusing.
I sometimes wonder if the people in the MLA have English as a first or second (or third!) language...
You do know that you're allowed to ignore idiots who don't know anything about the language, don't you? Every rule that's even remotely associated with "in-line lists" and "parallelism" dictates the use of a terminal comma (before the "and"), so anyone who declares differently is an idiot.
Just because an idiot has his idiocy published in a book doesn't make it less idiotic.
I mean, if we ignore the travesty that is "Charlotte's Web of English Usage" (Strunk & White), the worst writer in the world on the subject was Fowler, so ignoring his bollocks is not only possible, but recommended!
If anyone gives you any hassle about your choices, give me a shout, and I'll provide more than enough chapter and verse to make them STFU.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
In everyday life, that's certainly true (and to this day I precede my conjunction with a comma!) However in a college English class, if you don't follow the rules to the letter (no matter how retarded) then you get docked points...
To further cement the stupidity of this mindset, I wrote a paper in said class about DRM schemes. I got docked points because I was using 'defamatory/inflamatory language'. Stupid woman didn't know that scheme was literally what they were called, and wouldn't listen to any argument against what she felt was true.
Hated her, hated the class, and hate English (the language!) in general... So glad that my degree only required one semester of English...
Inherently nothing. The dictionary definition only describes it as some manner of plan. However the adjective form (which to note, I wasn't using the adjective form...) is more commonly used in a derogatory manner. 'He is such a scheming b!@#ard.' Etc.
So she had it in her head that the noun form of the word had a negative connotation as well... Fantastic for an English professor; doesn't even understand the language she's supposed to be teaching!
I feel like I'm in the middle of a Seinfeld episode where a simple miscommunication leads to disaster. I was on a phone call with a client's dba explaining once again how the sql authentication method she had selected was causing problems for the end users. (desktop app)The options were sql server login or integrated...she chose integrated using a dedicated domain account meaning that the application has to run in the context of that dedicated account for the connection to work. (or am I missing something) Unfortunately, this causes other problems...too much to get into with this post.
Anyhow, after a few minutes of explaining things, she (the dba) gasps and cries out 'Why me? Why me? What have I done in life to deserve this?' Feeling more than slightly offended, before my filter could kick in I uttered 'Yeah, Karma's a bit@h.' Maybe it was a VOIP glitch on one end or the other, but the only word she heard was the last one and hung up! My boss was present and heard the whole thing so I'm not too worried about the not so nice email just now from her boss asking for an accounting of events and an apology. Yep, Karma's a bit@h! No more coding this afternoon for me! I'm in timeout!