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  1. Comment on You can have an organ or feature of any multicellular organism implanted in your body. What is it, why do you want it and how would you use it? in ~talk

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    Ooh! I'be heard that some predatory birds have multifoveated vision. I think it would be super cool to be able to focus on several parts of my field of view.

    Ooh! I'be heard that some predatory birds have multifoveated vision. I think it would be super cool to be able to focus on several parts of my field of view.

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  2. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    Very cool! That's something I definitely hadn't heard about.

    Very cool! That's something I definitely hadn't heard about.

  3. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    I was referring to a unix shell - A habit of mine is to open an editor and terminal side by side, and write shell script in the editor while testing and prototyping each command in the adjacent...

    I was referring to a unix shell - A habit of mine is to open an editor and terminal side by side, and write shell script in the editor while testing and prototyping each command in the adjacent terminal.

    But haha, I totally agree. Writing programs in interpreters, like python, or even the browser js console, is a nightmare.

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  4. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    Ah, I think the mistake is in my original post, rather than my understanding. Whoops - I guess I phrased things a little too fast and loose in my excitement. The reason I mentioned feasibility is...

    Ah, I think the mistake is in my original post, rather than my understanding. Whoops - I guess I phrased things a little too fast and loose in my excitement. The reason I mentioned feasibility is that I had a hunch this sort of project would be impractical to develop, due to what you mentioned - two massive codebases trying to adhere to a singular evolving standard! Haha, open source has enough problems as it is, even without a project that.. Demanding?

    Thanks for the link and the reply! I'll definitely check that out. (And I'll add a disclaimer to my original post tor reflect what I mentioned)

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  5. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    I appreciate all the detail you put in there - thanks so much! I'll revise my post though, as I'm not personally planning to create any languages. I have enough half baked projects to work through...

    I appreciate all the detail you put in there - thanks so much! I'll revise my post though, as I'm not personally planning to create any languages. I have enough half baked projects to work through as it is, haha.

    When you refer about many languages being compiled then interpreted - are you referring to something like the jvm/bytecode? If not, I'm not familiar with what you're describing!

    Once again, thanks a ton.

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  6. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    Ooh, good point! I'm a mathematician at heart, so FP has always been alluring. I looked into fasl some more - seems that some implementations do indeed run it on bare metal, which is much better...

    Ooh, good point! I'm a mathematician at heart, so FP has always been alluring. I looked into fasl some more - seems that some implementations do indeed run it on bare metal, which is much better than the bytecode I was expecting.

    And thank you for the book suggestion - I suppose my question was misleading, because I don't intend to actually make this language, I was just wondering what the state of the art was (if any). Nonetheless, I've been learning more about formal grammars in my free time, and that looks like a lovely read.

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  7. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    Huh! I didn't know that. Swift is interesting, but I haven't given it much attention in the past. Thank you for sharing :)

    Huh! I didn't know that. Swift is interesting, but I haven't given it much attention in the past. Thank you for sharing :)

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  8. Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable?

    I've been thinking about the feasibility of defining a language spec that can both be compiled and interpreted lately. I first thought about it while writing code in crystal, which, for the...

    I've been thinking about the feasibility of defining a language spec that can both be compiled and interpreted lately. I first thought about it while writing code in crystal, which, for the unfamiliar, is a compiled language based heavily off the syntax of an interpreted language (ruby).

    Here are a couple reasons I find the idea interesting:

    • It effectively neuters the interpreted/compiled language debates. Why just choose one, when both have such big upsides?
    • You could develop a program in the interpreter with the same playfulness as you get in a shell, and then compile it into a speedy 'lil thing!
    • It would be wonderful for metaprogramming! From my experience, languages usually define a little janked together syntax for compile-time execution. If the language had an interpreter for itself within the compiler, you could metaprogram and program in the exact same language.

    I'm curious if any languages like this exist, or if you can think of more benefits.

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    I just want to mention that my reference to 'feasibility' earlier is not born of disbelief - you can write a compiler or interpreter for any (to the best of my knowledge!) well defined formal grammar with enough effort. I suppose I left that word there to account for the fact that I might have unknown unknowns here.

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  9. Comment on Dos and don'ts in open source in ~comp

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    I agree with a lot of what this article says. From personal experience, I find the biggest concern I have when contributing to a project is knowing that, often, people will be dismissive and rude....

    I agree with a lot of what this article says. From personal experience, I find the biggest concern I have when contributing to a project is knowing that, often, people will be dismissive and rude. I'm still rather fresh in the OSS scene, and it's been hard to get over that. I've wasted so much time writing and rewriting, hoping that a person I respect won't decide to eviscerate a comment I made.

    What I like about Tildes is that it is polite by default. I don't have to establish myself or read over my words a dozen times to ensure people will offer me basic respect.

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  10. Comment on Call for volunteers: Techies against COVID-19 in ~comp

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    I'm decent with full-stack webdev, and could be willing to help out. If you identify a need where those skills would be helpful, feel free to let me know.

    I'm decent with full-stack webdev, and could be willing to help out. If you identify a need where those skills would be helpful, feel free to let me know.

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  11. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Mhm, I reckon I agree with all of that. Anyhow, I'm glad you were able to garner a little insight from my reply!

    Mhm, I reckon I agree with all of that. Anyhow, I'm glad you were able to garner a little insight from my reply!

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  12. Comment on Are there any other sites similar to this one? in ~tildes

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    Although it's very young, and far less active than tildes, I find Karma interesting. IIRC, it's basically a very polite forum for studying things as a community, and Eve (the creator) has plans to...

    Although it's very young, and far less active than tildes, I find Karma interesting. IIRC, it's basically a very polite forum for studying things as a community, and Eve (the creator) has plans to redistribute money the site makes back to users, like a form of universal basic income. Very interesting stuff, I'm keeping an eye on it.

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  13. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I came out as gay about a year ago, and prior to that I wasn't particularly feminine at all - monotone, boyish voice, I didn't care about fashion, etc. Since getting comfortable with being openly...

    I came out as gay about a year ago, and prior to that I wasn't particularly feminine at all - monotone, boyish voice, I didn't care about fashion, etc.

    Since getting comfortable with being openly gay, though, I've really let that whole act go to the sidelines. I painted my nails for a little bit, which was strictly reactionary - like a big FU to the closet, haha. Because my heart wasn't really in it, I stopped doing that, but I've definitely gotten way.. 'girlier' since then. I disagree with previous comments that it's to do with tribalism (I've probably spent less than a hundred hours with gay people in my life). I think it's more just that I opened my mind to the possibility of shamelessly acting a little feminine, and found it was fun. That's mostly why I do it, I think - acting girly is just a damn good time. You get to be catty and snarky and put on this little theatrical show. I also like being very non-threatening, and acting like a fruitcake really gets people's guard down.

    There are places and circumstances where I keep it hetero, of course. Job interviews obviously aren't the place for that behaviour. Frankly, I mostly only act like that when I'm with my friends.

    Anyhow, I hope that helps clear things up for you. I'm not at all offended by the question, and if you have any follow-ups, I'm happy to answer.

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  14. Comment on Pete Buttigieg's campaign received $5,000 from Russian-linked oligarch who supports Trump and McConnell in ~news

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    It's almost beautiful, in some kind of horrific way. It's it's own little ecosystem!

    It's almost beautiful, in some kind of horrific way. It's it's own little ecosystem!

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