Programming language subreddits and their choice of words
presents an interactive chord graph
showing how often particular languages are mentioned in other languages' communities. Another chart
shows how proportional others' mentions are to the TIOBE Index
. And some very elementary sentiment analysis
suggests how often each language inspires pure theory
, happiness and fun
, or cursing
. A tongue-in-cheek aside reveals that counting infrequently-mentioned languages yields another happiness/coolness chart
that puts Elm
at the top, just above other surprises.
Actor, Playwright, Artist, Comedian, Magician, "Man of A Thousand Voices" (including Mighty Mouse,) "Beloved Herring Maven"
Mr. Ira Stadlen (Stage name: "Captain
" Allen Swift) has passed away at the age of 87
. Throughout his career, Mr. Stadler voiced characters in more than 30,000 television and radio commercials, as well as cartoons such as Underdog
, Tom and Jerry
and Diver Dan
, but some might remember him most as the man who saved Howdy Doody
. His nephew has posted a remembrance
on his blog, which includes a link to a "novelty 45" mp3 recording of Swift's "Are You Lonesome Tonight
." [more inside]
has lots of poetry translations into English online, concentrating on French
, though more than 40 other languages
are represented as well. A boatload of translators
is represented, from those toiling in obscurity to big literary names (e.g. there are translations of Catullus poems by Ben Jonson
, Jonathan Swift
, Louis Zukofsky
, Aubrey Beardsley
and Thomas Hardy
). There is also a section of quirky poems
. Finally, here's a rendition of Goethe's Der Erlkönig that substitutes the elfish king with a dalek
How far can the naked eye see? About 7.5 billion light-years.
On March 19th, a Gamma Ray Burst
was noticed by NASA's Swift satellite and given the name GRB 080319B
. It left an optical afterglow estimated at +5 apparent magnitude for 30 seconds, about that of an average star. (Sadly, no one was looking at the area with an optical telescope at that exact time.) Read the original Burst Alert, including the email address of the Burst Advocate, here
. [more inside]
Writer Merrill Markoe
proposes a novel solution to the issue of having our elected officials turn out to be little more than political figureheads for corporate special interests; why not allow the corporations to run for office directly?
What are you doing for July 4th
? I just found out I'll be working
. Our spacecraft Swift
is going to be observing comet Tempel1
at the time of the Deep Impact
encounter. (Previous discussed here
on MeFi 2 years ago.) We'll probably have images
and movies first, but the first images you'll see after the encounter will likely come from either JPL
. You can't have Penn State
Oh well, at least we will have a barbecue
at work to celebrate. Our acting Mission Director during this time is a great bloke from MSSL
. It is oddly appropriate to be celebrating the Fourth
with a person from the UK
Jonathan Swift and April Fool's.
In March of 1708 Swift published a pamphlet (under the name Isaac Bickerstaff) predicting the death of a popular astrological charlatan (John Partridge) who had predicted the demise of the COE. On March 29th, Swift published an account of the fulfillment of the prophecy and of the man's death, convincing people, despite Partridge's protestations, that the man claiming to be Partridge was an imposter. The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers.
Ben Franklin used a similar prank
when he started Poor Richard's.
HP Lovecraft used the name Isaac Bikerstaff Jr., in 1914, when attacking "a quack named Hartmann, a devotee of the pseudo-science of Astrology."
The Original Tom Swift Series Public Domain Texts.
Twenty-five of 'em for your perusal. In piles of formats, some including page scans, and with color cover images (mostly from here
, where they also have larger images). Not that
kind of Tom Swift, mind you.
I must admit, the domain name gave me pause. So far, no teleportation has transpired.