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Venice Rookery.  SW Florida

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A few short-term ones... Roseate Spoonbill, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


Greenspun's Tenth Rule of Programming: "Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp."
I've seen this in .signatures on USENET postings but I can no longer remember where I wrote it originally. On a Squeak discussion group, Vassili Bykov helpfully explained the meaning: "that complex systems implemented in low-level languages cannot avoid reinventing and/or reimplementing (poorly on both counts) the facilities built into higher-level languages. Like garbage collection in OLE or keyword arguments in X."

Ancient History

These are writings from the preceding decade and may be of slight historical interest. Alligator. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  SW Florida

Useful Internet Computer Science Resources

Ideas.  Dogtown.  Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

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