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Lispers and Wikipedia

Lispers and Wikipedia

2007-12-27

[The following is posted to comp.lang.lisp newsgroup in a thread's tangent discussion on contributing to Wikipedia]

permanent link: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/encyclopedia.html

Please people, by all means, add and edit to Wikipedia lisp related info!

I've been reading and editing Wikipedia like for 2 to 8 hours every damn day since about 2003-11. (mostly just reading in the past year) My website has over 3786 links to Wikipedia, and i basically read every article i've linked to. For each article i have linked, there are about 10 more articles i've read.

I read encyclopedias with greed like a leech sucking on blood since ~1992. And i can tell you, with my life's saving on the table, that Wikipedia today as it is in terms of quality and quantity, in depth and in breadth, and all things considered, is FAR beyond any 10 professional encyclopedias and or specialized encyclopedias and references and compendiums and annals COMBINED! (…

Graphics Programing Pains

Perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/3d/graphics_programing_pain.htmlGraphics Programing PainsXah Lee, 2007-12-29, 2009-06[this essay is a rambling about programing GUI app and 3D geometry]I have a problem. I want to do 3D geometry visualization programing, but there is no appropriate tools. (see Requirements For A Visualization Software System For 2020) O, fuck the industry.GUI Programing PainI never had any experience writing a GUI application. (except web/HTML form based ones, which doesn't really count.) About 3 times in different years since 1997, i tried to learn GUI programing thru Java's Swing (Java). But each time i aborted rather even before getting a basic understanding of how to create a menu. Today is another try, and perhaps the furthest i've made. To make a empty window with a menu with no actions attached, requires some fucking 170 lines of java code, and tens of classes and objects with complex relationships. (sample code here:MenuLookDemo.java) So, …

wikipedia readings on evolutionary biology

2007-12-30

Excursion into evolutionary biology:


Mimicry↗
Fisherian runaway↗
Sexual selection↗
Evolutionary arms race↗
Sexual conflict↗
Sexy sons hypothesis↗
Coolidge effect↗
Red Queen's Hypothesis↗


A quote from the Sexual Selection article:

«Sexual selection is the theory proposed by Charles Darwin that states that the frequency of traits can increase or decrease depending on the attractiveness of the bearer. Biologists today distinguish between “male to male combat” (it is usually males who fight), “mate choice” (usually female choice of male mates) and “mate coercion” (forced mating). Traits selected for by male combat are called “weapons”, and traits selected by mate choice are called “ornaments”.»

john lennon

While annotating David Bowie's song lyrics Life on Mars, i read Wikipedia on John Lennon (1940-1980), i learned that in his time he had a decade-long, widely publicized, major conflict with the US government regarding his deportation as means to silence his anti-war activities in US, and that he is murdered. Here's some selected quotes from Wikipedia:In 1976, Lennon's U.S. immigration status was finally resolved favourably, after a years-long battle with the Nixon administration that included an FBI investigation — a full-scale effort involving surveillance, wiretaps, and agents following Lennon around as he travelled. Lennon insisted that the investigation was politically motivated, a claim that was later proven true. Nixon left the White House after the Watergate scandal, and Lennon won his green card in 1975. After Lennon’s murder, historian Jon Wiener filed a Freedom of Information request for FBI files on Lennon. The FBI admitted it had 281 pages of files on Lennon, b…

taiwan under dutch rule

2007-01-08 Taiwan under Dutch rule↗. Excerpt:«Dutch traders, in search of an Asian base first claimed Formosa (Taiwan) in 1624 as a base for Dutch commerce with Japan and the coast of China.»«The Dutch built a second administrative castle on the main island of Taiwan in 1633 and set out to earnestly turn Taiwan into a Dutch colony. The first order of business was to punish villages that had violently opposed the Dutch and unite the aborigines in allegiance with the VOC.»«The 1636 punitive attack on Lamay Island in response to the killing of the shipwrecked crew of the Beverwijck and the Golden Lion (Xiao Liu Qiu) ended ten years later with the entire aboriginal population of 1100 removed from the island, including 327 Lamayans killed in a cave, having been trapped there by the Dutch and suffocated by the fumes and smoke pumped into the cave by the Dutch in cooperation with aborigines from Saccam, Soulang and Pangsoya. The men were forced into slavery in Batavia (Java) and the women and…

prostitution in the Netherlands

2007-01-05 De Wallen↗, Prostitution in the Netherlands↗. Hurrah to the Nether-Lands!Some excerpts:«Prostitution has long been tolerated in the Netherlands under the gedoogbeleid (policy of tolerance) with the reasoning that the worlds 'oldest profession' has proven impossible to ban by any government. Indeed in where it is banned it is usually the prostitute who is the victim and, as the easiest target, the one who suffers criminal prosecution instead of the client or pimp.»«The prostitutes are usually self-employed, though not always. Health and social services are readily available, but the women are not required to undergo regular health checks. A recent study found that despite health rules, about 7 percent of Dutch prostitutes have HIV/AIDS.»«Dutch attitudes regarding prostitution support legalization and normalization. Public opinion polls conducted in the late 1990s show that the Dutch public overwhelmingly rejects the notion that prostitution is unacceptable, deviant be…

grizzly bear, saddam et al.

2006-12-31 • Watched the movie Grizzly Man↗ by happenstance. The entire movie is a documentary about the guy Timothy Treadwell↗ (1957-2003). As you watch the film, you'll see that Tim is a emotionally unstable nutcase, and loving bears and “protecting” grizzly bears has become his life's addiction and purported goal. What make the whole affair interesting and having a movie made about him, is that he got eaten by the bears, while he's living his ways in the wild, along with his girlfriend. And they turned on their video recorder in the last few minutes of their lives. • Brown bear↗, Grizzly Bear↗, Grizzly-polar bear hybrid↗. These guys weights up to 700 kg, and can run at some 55 km/h. A force not to be reckoned with. (the quip is just for one-on-one encounter only. Of course, if we wanted, we can kill any bear, nay, his entire family. Nah, when push comes to shove, we human animals can have their entire race exterminated within days. Bears, go home!) • Bird's nest sou…