Archive for August, 2003

“Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Frank Lloyd Wright said this. Wright built houses, and the function of houses, as I understand it, is to be lived in. Roofs, too, have functions, among which is to keep out the rain. One might […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 28, 2003 @ 5:59 PM | Culture

I’ve often been asked (well, twice) what my favorite poem in English is. This one, from Emily Dickinson, is my favorite poem today. It was also my favorite yesterday, five years ago, and, I expect, ten years hence. As imperceptibly as grief The summer lapsed away; Too imperceptible, at last, To seem like perfidy. A […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 27, 2003 @ 9:42 PM | Poetry

I have previously discussed my facility with hardware. Yesterday’s outage proves that my UNIX system administration skills are up to the same exacting standard. I upgraded from RedHat 7.1 to the latest, 9.0, because I absolutely had to have a journaled file system, and various catastrophes ensued whose consequences I am still sorting out. Have […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 26, 2003 @ 1:36 PM | Code

David Sucher, who runs the very interesting urban planning blog City Comforts, is asking again for “a principled, thoughtful conservative/libertarian critique of how to create the built environment,” and I figure as a sort of villain in the piece. What makes me uneasy is that in actuality there really isn’t any principled, thoughtful Conservative/Libertarian (C/L) […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 23, 2003 @ 1:20 PM | Culture,Law

I liked Eve Tushnet’s list of words she overuses; all bloggers should be required to post one. Here’s mine: but so because notwithstanding even distinguish (also the adjective, “distinguished”) ritual dispositive (twice is too often) characteristic I There’s a glass and concrete tower in Manhattan, 9 West 57th Street, with crossed steel supports on the […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 21, 2003 @ 11:51 AM | Language

So you want to make a left-wing propaganda movie? Then let’s see what we can learn from the most successful propaganda movie in history, to judge by actual political results, The China Syndrome. It was released in 1979, after more than a decade of steady building of nuclear power plants. Since then not a single […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 20, 2003 @ 5:23 PM | Movies

I have avoided writing about Kobe Bryant until now, and promise to do so forevermore, because I find it hard to understand how anyone, except a deeply interested party like a Laker fan, could possibly have a dog in this fight. In one corner is the superstar modern athlete, the closest thing one finds today […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 17, 2003 @ 11:06 PM | Sports

Well. If you’ve tried to reach the site lately you’ve probably surmised why you couldn’t. I run my own web server, and living in Chelsea, I was the one of the last to get my power back, at 8:00 PM last night, 28 hours after it went down. This was accurately predicted by a Con […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 16, 2003 @ 12:09 PM | Navel-Gazing

A null, in computer programming, is not a thing but its absence. Suppose you have a list, a handy object that programmers use all the time. You can do many things to a list object — add an item to it (list.add(item)), count the number of items (list.count()), iterate through the items one by one. […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 13, 2003 @ 1:04 PM | Code

Ambler 1, Cosh 0.

Aaron Haspel | Posted August 12, 2003 @ 1:54 AM | Blogs