Thursday, April 17, 2008


[reading: Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue, "The Royal Road to Card Magic (revised edition)"; recently Henning Nelms, "Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers"]

Today's --work-properly option: adding -rdynamic (a.k.a. --export-dynamic) to a GCC link line will mean that any dlopened libraries are able to bind to the symbols in the running executable.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Programmed Obsolescence Bug

[reading: Donald Knuth, "Digital Typography"; recently Neil Gaiman, "M is for Magic"; Neil Gaiman, "Odd and the Frost Giants"; Atul Gawande, "Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance"]

We had a new washing machine delivered today, because my old washing machine was on its last legs—it only spins about a third of the time, although the rest of the cycle still seems to work fine.

Which is a shame, as I bought the old machine (a Zanussi FL828) in 1995. Second hand.

(And yes, I was impressed enough with it that I've bought another Zanussi).