Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?

Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind? – Ruminations on the Psychology and Aesthetics of Coding [robot]

I really enjoyed this article, if only for the profound sense of relief it drenched me in. When I program, I program in emacs, mostly, (but not always) in python, and mostly (but not always), under Unix. I haven’t done any “visual” programming for over seven years, and haven’t missed it. I found the experience painful. I do sometimes, however, worry that I’m getting stuck in the dark ages, or missing something great – that I would be so much more productive if I just “got with the program” and did things The Modern Way.

The article reinforces my underlying belief that what I do is right, for me at least. I remain convinced that the programmer’s most important tool is their brain, and that the programmer’s key task is organisation. Any tool that gets in the way of that task, and which prevents me from wielding my brain to full effect, diminishes my ability to program well.

The other thing the article confirms for me is that yes, Windows programming really has been horrible since day one. So much of what I read there had me nodding, saying to myself “Yes! When I did this I knew it was wrong! I knew it was stupid!”. I’m definitely better off out of it. :-)

Some pictures by Bash

Will has published a few rather good photos Bash took over the summer, at the Welsh National Botanical Gardens and elsewhere.

Paper chess

Paper chess [robot]. Indeed, a veritable wealth of paper foldy things to make and do on that site. Go Jo!

Oona King in/on New Orleans

Oona King in America, talking about New Orleans, the race divide, and in particular the idea that whites don’t think about race, just because they don’t have to. Good stuff, to make you wish even more fervently that George Galloway hadn’t unseated her.

She really is there!

I’m not lying: Bash really is at Eurooscon, looking purty and taking pictures. :-)

Walking from Mumbles to Three Cliffs Bay

Three Cliffs Bay at sunset

On Saturday morning, I drove Bash to Cardiff Airport and saw her off to Amsterdam, where she’s spending the week reporting on Eurooscon for Ping Wales. How, then, to spend the afternoon? I somehow managed to resist the alluring prospect of tidying the house, saving it for Sunday, and instead walked from our house to Three Cliffs Bay. It were nice.

Photos are here, potentially boring account follows…

(By the way, Friday night was rather good too – Lanonima Imperial at Taliesin, performing The Ecstasy of Orpheus. We somehow got invited to the after-show nibbles and wine, and Will’s excellent art is here.)

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Pedestrian Terrorism

Anyone stupid enough to believe The Powers That Be when they say anti-terror legislation won’t be used inappropriately for general authoritarian head-stamping should read this about a woman arrested under the Terrorism Act for walking on a cycle path [robot].

Blogging at its best

Awe inspiring.