Learning Emacs – part 1: Introduction, entering emacs, and exiting emacs

Blasphemous Bits

So I’ve decided to learn Emacs. I’ve always been more of a Vi man previously, and I still consider some moderate amount of comfort with Vi to be a necessity for any Unix sysadmin. I’ve also used a few of the major IDE’s for programming: I use Eclipse with RadRails for all of my Ruby development, a friend who’s trying to get me to learn Java has introduced me to NetBeans, and I’ve played a bit with C# in Visual Studio.

So why learn Emacs? Well, there are a so many people on the net who swear by Emacs, including some who otherwise seem to be very sensible and non-masochistic. 🙂 It’s also supposed to be the environment of choice for Lisp and Scheme programming, which is something I’d like to learn more about. So, operating under the principle that “where there’s smoke there may be fire”, I’m going to…

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Donald Trump

Fevered media speculation about Donald Trump’s psychological motivations and psychiatric diagnosis has recently encouraged mental health professionals to disregard the usual ethical constraints against diagnosing public figures at a distance. They have sponsored several petitions and a Feb. 14 letter to The New York Times suggesting that Mr. Trump is incapable, on psychiatric grounds, of serving as president.

Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.

Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).

Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.

His psychological motivations are too obvious to be interesting, and analyzing them will not halt his headlong power grab. The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological.


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The writer, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical College, was chairman of the task force that wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (D.S.M.-IV).

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Paulo Freire, grande educador Brasileiro. Baixar aqui o livro em pdf “Pedagogia do Oprimido”

Baixar o livro em pdf aqui:  Pedagogia_do_Oprimido_Paulo_Freire     Paulo Reglus Neves Freire (Recife, 19 de setembro de 1921 — São Paulo, 2 de maio de 1997) foi um educador, pedagogista …

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Lots And Lots Of foldLeft Examples

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In my last post I reviewed the implementation of scala.List’s foldLeft and foldRight methods. That post included a couple of simple examples, but today I’d like to give you a whole lot more. The foldLeft method is extremely versatile. It can do thousands of jobs. Of course, it’s not the best tool for EVERY job, but when working on a list problem it’s a good idea to stop and think, “Should I be using foldLeft?”

Below, I’ll present a list of problem descriptions and solutions. I thought about listing all the problems first, and then the solutions, so the reader could work on his own solution and then scroll down to compare. But this would be very annoying for those who refuse, against my strenuous urging, to start up a Scala interpreter and try to write their own solution to each problem before reading my solution.


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Lofty Strangeness

“THE future ain’t what it used to be,” baseball’s Yogi Berra quipped, with trademark deadpan. Indeed, the emerging “new science” can be as unreadable as a deftly…

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Last week Donald Trump told the US Army Corps of Engineers to stop their comprehensive environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s up to us to deny that request. Sorry, Donald.

Yesterday, things got worse. This review moved one step closer to being scrapped as the Acting Secretary of the Army Corps directed them to grant the final permit needed. It could happen any time now and construction could resume – unless we flood the Army Corps with comments telling them to continue their full environmental review of the pipeline.

If we succeed, DAPL will be forced through a multi-month review of its impact on drinking water, tribal rights and the climate. The only way to approve this pipeline without conducting the review would be to to disregard the hundreds of thousands of comments from people like you.

Join the resistance: send a comment to the Army Corps of Engineers demanding a comprehensive environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose drinking water and sacred sites have been desecrated by this pipeline, already announced plans to sue to stop any action to expedite DAPL. Every comment we send bolsters their legal case that the federal government would be abandoning their own rules and procedures by illegally forcing the project through.

Not only is Trump’s administration full of Big Oil cronies, he also owns stock in the company behind Dakota Access. Illegally forcing this project through is an obvious example of corruption — not to mention a gross violation of Indigenous rights and the science of climate action.

To be honest, he’s holding a lot of the cards in this fight. But he’s also facing some of the most dedicated and most effective grassroots organizers in North America — the indigenous leaders who brought over 500 tribes together in this historic fight, the hundreds and thousands of people who stood out in the cold in North Dakota with them, not to mention the millions of people supporting this fight around the country, and the rest of the world — and I will never rule them out.

It’s our job to have their backs, and we can do that by flooding the Army Corps with comments against DAPL and fighting Trump’s plan to fast track this pipeline.

If the first 10 days of Trump’s administration have shown us anything, it’s that people are ready to resist in unheard of numbers. Let’s keep the pressure on.


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15 consejos para escribir novelas de Mario Vargas Llosa

Esta semana nos adentramos de nuevo en los secretos de la novela de la mano de un maestro como Mario Vargas Llosa, quien nos indica 15 consejos muy interesantes para escribir novelas, así como otr…

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Metaphor, Story, Visualization


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There is only one way to live


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Billy Don’t Be a Hero

Billy Don’t Be a Hero is a 1974 pop song that was first a hit in the UK for Paper Lace and then some months later it was a hit in the US for Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods. The song was written by two British songwriters Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.

Because the song was released in 1974, it was associated by some listeners with the Vietnam War, though it actually refers to an unidentified war. But the drum pattern, references to a marching band leading soldiers in blue, and “riding out” (cavalry) would seem to be referencing the American Civil War.

A young woman is distraught that her fiancé chooses to leave the area with Army recruiters passing through the town and go with them to fight. She laments,

Billy, don’t be a hero, Don’t be a fool with your life
Billy, don’t be a hero, Come back and make me your wife
And as he started to go, she said, ‘Billy keep your head low’
Billy, don’t be a hero, Come back to me.

The song goes on to describe how Billy is killed in action in a pitched battle after volunteering to ride out and seek reinforcements (which suggests mounted infantry and a lack of modern two-way radio communications). In the end, the woman throws away the official letter notifying her of Billy’s “heroic” death.

The marchin’ band came down along Maine Street
The soldier blues fell in behind
I looked across and there I saw Billy
Waiting to go and join the line

And with her head upon his shoulder
His young and lovely fiancée
From where I stood I saw she was cryin’
And through her tears I heard her say

Billy, don’t be a hero, don’t be a fool with your life
Billy, don’t be a hero, come back and make me your wife
And as Billy started to go she said keep your pretty head low
Billy, don’t be a hero, come back to me

The soldier blues were trapped on a hillside
The battle raging all around
The sergeant cried, we’ve got to hang on, boys
We’ve gotta hold this piece of ground

I need a volunteer to ride out
And bring us back some extra men
And Billy’s hand was up in a moment
Forgettin’ all the words she said, she said

Billy, don’t be a hero, don’t be a fool with your life
Billy, don’t be a hero, come back and make me your wife
And as Billy started to go she said, keep your pretty head low
Billy, don’t be a hero, come back to me

I heard his fiancée got a letter
That told how Billy died that day
The letter said that he was a hero
She should be proud he died that way
I heard she threw the letter away


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