Friday, January 16, 2009


I have learned numerous computer languages. The first was Fortran (basically a calculation language), then I learned SNOBOL (a string manipulation) & ALGOL (calculation). Next was BASIC (a very basic language). Then came PASCAL (was Macintosh's preferred language) & ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE (for work). C (an elegant language), C++ (object language based on C), Obective-C (Mac's new language). Add JAVA & Javascript to round out the languages.

Notice the past tense; I have to relearn these every time I use them. Now mainly C,C++, SmallTalk (Obj C). My memory can not keep the knowledge in there. One problem is that I use them so seldom that my brain cells are filled with other things (food, choir anthems, Bible studies, sleep,etc.) & there is a limited number of neurons.

I find my memory is not as good as my wife's, daughter's, son's, etc.. I remember things that no one else does (say figment) or remember things incorrectly. One memory trick I use is ask my wife to remind me, this seems to help me remember.


Winter is here also. My daughter has been writing about her weather for a few posts. We reached -18 degrees F last night & this morning when I took out Frisbit.


Another hero, electric utility repairmen who go out in the horrid weather to keep the electricity flowing!

MIND (n) A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with. From the Latin mens, a fact unknown to that honest shoe-seller, who, observing that his learned competitor over the way had displayed the motto "Mens conscia recti," emblazoned his own front with the words "Men's, women's and children's conscia recti."


  1. 59 degrees in Littleton right now.

  2. -22.5 when I woke up this morning.
    And I wouldn't be too quick to say that your memory is worse than mine. Last year I lost our Christmas stocking gifts not once, but twice, the second time after searching semi-frantically for an hour or so, finding them and putting them somewhere, telling myself I wouldn't forget this time. And just to prove my point, I had another example, but I forgot it. It's just that fast. Scott knows not to leave things lying around, because I will put them away and forget where I put them.

  3. We should all move to Denver (or perhaps Golden)