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Music TopicTodays band of the day is brand new to me, I just ran across
them today but I really dig the songs they have available. This is the
band Maogojiatta.
I found out about them by cruising through the site of their
publicists. They have two songs available at the site above. I
downloaded both and really like them. “City” has kind of an old
fashioned feel to it, kind of like a Buffalo Springfield vibe. Or
perhaps I’m just tired and talking nonsense. Whatever.

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Last night I spent the evening rushing at my old fraternity, the
Georgia Tech chapter of Zeta Beta
Tau
. Through a series of screwups, the chapter was kicked off
campus three years ago and is only just now ending its exile. I cannot
say that I had any great desire to be attending rush parties into my
mid 30’s, but there you have it. It was good to see my old
compatriots. I still maintain that I look and act significantly less
middle-aged than the rest of these guys.

In some ways I feel the same
about ZBT and WREK – in both cases the main reason for my involvement
was that the organizations were in danger of becoming defunct. It’s the
duty of the current stewards of any such group to keep it alive, out
of respect for the legacy of those who preceded you and as a service
for those who will follow you. I sure hate to see organizations that I
feel fondly towards floundering and in danger of going belly up. I
sure wish that the current custodians of each could handle it without effort
from me but you play the hand you are dealt.

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I’ve been reading some of Paul
Graham’s
writings on Lisp. I had read some time ago his account of
how he used Lisp in Viaweb (later Yahoo Stores) to beat the
competitors. With this renewed interest in Lisp, I had it pointed out
to me that he is now giving away his book
On Lisp
for free. In one of his many articles, he talks about how
pointy-haired bosses always want you to use what they perceive as
being the “hot” language. Towards the bottom of his hilarious essay
Revenge of the Nerds
he includes this little nugget of wisdom:

If you want to trick a pointy-haired boss into letting you write
software in Lisp, you could try telling him it’s XML.

I’m enjoying his essays. I might as well give some Lisp a shot. My
editor program of choice includes a Lisp interpreter anyway, so why not?