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ToriLisp – an ersatz LISP for tiny birds

Dec 22, 2020

When deciding to work on a side-project three factors are needed to transition from fancy to application: goal, motivation, and time. Time is usually the biggest sticking point for me personally but with COVID most of what I may have spent my time on this year was cancelled. However, motivation was still a huge sticking […]

A city is not a tree

Feb 22, 2019

While reading Christopher Alexander’s amazing essay “A City is Not a Tree” I was reminded of a page in one of my old notebooks. On that page I had taken some notes on some amazing computer science (and related) dissertations that might form the basis for a personal program design gestalt.1 In this post I’ll […]

Soup

Oct 25, 2018 some comments

As I listen to “Soup” by Can I’m reminded of the time when Alan Kay took some time to post on Hacker News addressing his thoughts and ideas about object-oriented programming. For raw context read the original thread, but in this post I’ll attempt to annotate some of what was posted. For the purpose of […]

Read-Eval-Print-λove v002 – UrLISP is go!

Nov 24, 2014 one comment

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally put the finishing touches on the latest installment of Read-Eval-Print-λove, the Lisp/Little Languages zine. In the latest installment I discuss the roots of Lisp and dive fairly deeply into an implementation of John McCarthy’s original vision as described in his seminal paper “Recursive functions of symbolic […]

Timothy Hart, Rest in Peace.

Jan 27, 2014 some comments

On January 20, 2014 the world lost a hacker named Timothy Hart. Hart was not just any hacker — he was a hacker of the highest order. If you’ve read more than three books on Lisp then you might have seen his name pop up here and there. If not, then you’ve definitely felt his […]

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