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April 24, 2013 5:14 am


So, I just discovered the Unix tool bc.  Given that I’m a Mac guy as much for the Unix as for anything else, this got me interested.

bc is a mathematical programming language and interactive calculator.  The latter is useful, sometimes I need a calculator, and for what I’m doing that instant, a terminal app is most appropriate.  bc fills that role well.

bc also is a C like programming language for mathematical operations.  I haven’t gotten deeply into it, but here’s a factorial function, with a simple recursive implementation.  

/*Factorial function in bc*/

define fact(x)


    if( x <= 1){

        return 1


        return x * fact(x-1)



April 22, 2013 8:55 pm

Who could Clara be?

What if Clara is The Doctor, and her amnesia about this and her scattering through time and apparent multiple deaths are the result of some bizzare TARDIS mishap?

I don’t have any real arguments in support of this, it was just an idea that randomly occurred to me.

April 20, 2013 6:17 pm

Doctor + Companion



Peter Davison and Jenny from the Doctor’s daughter. The actress who plays her is Davison’s IRL daughter. So, it would be the Doctor’s daughter in both real and who life.

#also I loved that episode #and would love for her to come back #because Matt and her would be cool too

It’s Doctor Who Day. We’re doing lots of stuff and things.

Like having Sonic Sunday on a Saturday… and sharing your favorite Doctor Who crossover of Doctors and Companions new and old.

If you blend reality and fantasy a little bit, he’s his own father in law.

To be fair, Doctor Who has a flexible enough premise that such a thing might arise without being icky, even without needing to involve aliens.

(Source: agentchurch)

April 19, 2013 7:50 am



I’d actually be really annoyed if they revealed the doctors name.


Nope. Nope. Nope.  Please don’t reveal the Doctor’s name, gorramit!

I expect it to be a situation where he reveals it, but off camera or whispered into an ear… Or, perhaps, the reveal will only set up deeper mysteries.

If it was going to be a straightforward reveal, it would be in the anniversary special.

(Source: pondspondsponds)

April 18, 2013 5:27 pm

On gun violence in the United States

Something needs to be done. 

Right now I’m not going to discuss specific gun regulations.  I’m open to action in the general direction of most proposals, though I disagree with many of the specifics.  I need to read more on given proposals before I can discuss them in any real detail, so I’ll leave it at that for the moment. 

But one thing we need to do is sort out mental health care.  Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Klebold and Harris, too many others to mention, there are mental health issues all around.  We need this fixed.  Make care easier and cheaper to access.  Break the stigma- if your arm is broken, you go to a doctor to get it fixed.  It should also be that if your mind is broken, you go to a doctor to get it fixed.  

Not just diagnosable mental illness- anger management, coping skills, that sort of thing.  Nonviolent conflict resolution.  These things need to be taught, and taught early.

Dealing with bullying will help, too.  

Why isn’t the gun lobby making more than token comments about these things?  Improving mental health care, reducing bullying, and you can make a huge dent in gun violence, make many other improvements in society, and not impact gun rights AT ALL.  From their point of view, a significant improvement in general mental health is all win.  

I don’t know a huge amount about various proposals to fix this, either, so I can’t really do a whole lot more than see the potential in the idea, what a well crafted plan could achieve.  This really needs to be a much more central part of our response to gun violence.  It will make a huge dent in that problem, and others, with far fewer definite and potential downsides.

But no, if you can’t handle your own life, we’re not helping you, you’re not worthy if you aren’t strong enough to stand on your own.  Oh, and by the way, you can have ALL THE GUNS.

April 8, 2013 1:22 am

Hmm.  Maybe Clara was on Game Station too, and was affected just as strongly, though much more strangely, than Jack when Rose resurrected people?

(Source: ksica, via ignorethyneighbour)

March 24, 2013 5:03 pm




Plot twist: The Doctor’s name is revealed to be the Gallifreyan word for “who” or “who am I.”

holy crap this is so awesome

Plot twist: “Who am I” in Gallifreyan is pronounced Jean Valjean

Or… Nobody may speak falsely or fail to answer.

The prophecy says nothing about how the question is interpreted.  

Imagine the scene…  The Doctor refers to someone without giving their name.  Then The Question is asked.  ”Oh, I was just talking about my friend Clara here”.  

"Doctor, who?" being the question as interpreted.

This would require some cleverness, beyond the simple example I gave here, to make it fit the significance of the answer that we’ve been promised.  But it could work.

Also, the question could be asking who The Doctor is, but not his name.  ”Who are you?” is sometimes meant more abstractly- what are your interests, what are your hopes and dreams?  It does not always refer to your name.

(Source: marathemara, via ignorethyneighbour)

March 17, 2013 10:06 pm

Warchief Candidate Roundup

So, with the Dominance Offensive storyline, we’ve got some political machinations going with potential implications for whoever is going to replace Garrosh as Warchief.  Spoilers ahead.

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March 11, 2013 1:12 am

Introduction to Timbre

Introduction to Timbre

So, for my Introduction to Music Production course on Coursera, there’s an assignment where we have to explain some part of our lessons.

Who am I?  My name is George Worroll, which you could probably have figured out on your own.  I’m living in Buffalo, MO, originally from Milford, CT.

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March 10, 2013 4:07 pm
Sloppy statistics: Do 50% of Americans really think married women should be legally obligated to change their names?

Jill Filipovic wrote an opinion column for The Guardian yesterday, arguing against the practice of women taking their husbands’ names when they get married. It ended up linked on Jezebel and found its way to my Facebook feed where one particular statistic caught my eye. Filipovic claimed that 50% of Americans think a women should be legally required to take her husband’s name.

First, some quick clarification of my biases here. Although I write under a hyphenate, I never have legally changed my name. I’ve never had a desire to do so. In my private life, I’m just Maggie Koerth and always will be. That said, I personally take issue with the implication at the center of Filipovic’s article — that women shouldn’t change their names and that to do so makes you a bad feminist. For me, this is one of those personal decisions where I’m like, whatever. Make your own choice. Just because I don’t get it doesn’t mean you’re wrong.

But just like I take objection to being all judgey about personal choices, I also take objection to legally mandating personal choices, and I was kind of blown away by the idea that 50% of my fellow Americans think my last name should be illegal.

So I looked into that statistic. And then I got really annoyed.

I had someone tell me he thought the woman should have to because she was leaving her family to join his.  I didn’t protest this because he outranked me kind of a lot.