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Jeremy Clarke - Forty & Naked
His first rule of crisis prevention is that one should avoid self-absorption. If nothing else matters apart from your own wellbeing, you can never be happy. This paradox of egotism, of course, encompasses the habit of feverishly buying self-help paperback books in the belief that you might come upon the secret of happiness for £9.99.
books  selfhelp  philosophy  buddhism 
20 hours ago by terry
A New Programming Language: SARTRE
A New Programming Language: `SARTRE`

SARTRE – Named after the late existential philosopher, SARTRE is an extremely unstructured language. Statements in SARTRE have no purpose; they just are. Thus SARTRE programs are left to define their own functions. SARTRE programmers tend to be boring and depressed and are no fun at parties.

The SARTRE language has two basic data types, the EN-SOI and the POUR-SOI. The EN-SOI is a completely filled heap, whereas the POUR-SOI is a dynamic structure which never has the same value. The structures are accessed through the only operation defined in SARTRE, nihilation, which usually results in a ?BAD FAITH at PC 02AC040 error. Comparisons in SARTRE have a peculiar form in that the IF statement can take no arguments and simply reads

IF;

Similarly, assignments can only be of the form

WHAT-IS := (NOT WHAT-IS);

since in SARTRE the POUR-SOI is only, and exactly, what it is not. Although this sounds confusing, a background process, the nihilator, is constantly running, making any such statements (or any statements at all, for that matter), completely meaningless.

Programs in SARTRE do not terminate, of course, since there is No Exit.

— Anon
programming_languages  humor  computer_science  philosophy 
21 hours ago by daniil
René Barjavel — Wikipédia
Et c'est un peu a posteriori que l'on rattache les premiers romans de Barjavel (Le Voyageur imprudent et Ravage), au genre de la science-fiction : le terme n'est pas encore utilisé en France ; on parle plutôt de « roman scientifique » chez Jules Verne, de « roman d'anticipation » pour J.-H. Rosny aîné ou Albert Robida ou encore de « roman extraordinaire » chez Barjavel, mais pas encore de science-fiction : ce terme, anglo-saxon, ne s'imposera que plus tard. Et de surcroît, dans ses deux romans écrits et publiés dans un Hexagone alors coupé du monde anglophone, Barjavel ne fait intervenir ni extra-terrestres répugnants, ni robots psychopathes, ni voyages spatiaux, ni mutants. Mais il y développe déjà des idées typiques du déferlement des années 1950 : apocalypse, fin du monde, voyage dans le temps, retour à la barbarie et autres catastrophes imputables à une technologie aliénante ou malicieusement utilisée.

[global warming, cars, metropoles, Europe, et cet]
writing  france  français  philosophy  literature 
yesterday by juliusbeezer
Bias
"What should be laudable in a news organization is not a simple capacity to collect facts, but a skill – honed by intelligent bias – at teasing out their relevance." – Alain de Botton
philosophy  from notes
yesterday by estreitinho
Growing up with Dogma
If all software is broken, if everything isn’t bug-free and 100% accessible the first time we build it, then we can’t assume anything we are doing is the ‘correct way.’
workflow  philosophy 
yesterday by Gwendoux

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