The Best Open Source Lisp.
Bill Clementson asks an interesting question: “What is the best open source lisp?” His answer: “PLT Scheme”.
In a way, this is in line with my opinion, which is that there is currently no open source lisp that is even “good”, in comparison to the commercial versions. There are a couple open source lisps that are making a lot of progress and seem to be strongly positioned for future greatness, but they're not there yet.
I was starting to get into Lisp last year but couldn't devote enough time to it. I was also a little put off by the cost of Lisp implementations. PLT Scheme and it's IDE DrScheme look useful.
This Modern World. Reference sources of terror: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing! [Salon.com]
It's been a while since I've posted a This Modern World. This one tickled me.
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Reproduced with the kind permission of Tom Tomorrow.
Announcing Lucy Simone Canter.
Sisters meet for first time.
Lucy is my fifth child. Kevin Werbach is enjoying his second (see below.) Thomas Madsen-Mygdal also just had (or is about to have) a child as well.
The joy of parenthood, v. 2.0. Ah yes, now I rember what sleep deprivation is like! [Marc's Voice]
Congratulations to Marc!
In case you're wavering, wondering if you will enjoy it, I can't recommend Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything enough. It's both absorbing and amusing, heck I've even learned something about phsyics and geology too!
Here's one example of a passage that tickled me:
Kelvin died in 1907. That year also saw the death of Dmitri Mendeleyev. Like Kelvin, his productive work was far behind him, but his declining years were notably less serene. As he aged Mendeleyev became increasingly eccentric - he refused to acknowledge the existence of radiation or the electron or anything else much that was new - and difficult. His final decades were spent mostly storming out of labs and lecture halls all across Europe. In 1955, element 101 was named mendelevium in his honour. "Appropriately," notes Paul Strathern, "it is an unstable element."