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I am what might be considered a computer architecture hobbyist, having posted some macroarchitectural and microarchitectural thoughts on the comp.arch newsgroup and the Real World Technologies forum.

My church affiliation is Presbyterian (PCA) by temperament and general belief.

I am only mostly useless. Mostly useless is slightly useful. (Yes, I liked the movie The Princess Bride.)


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comment Listing items in fiction
@AlexandroChen No, I just have a hyper-analytical mind.
8h
comment Listing items in fiction
I hope this is not too tangenty. While most of it does not apply much to the specific question and the organization is not ideal, I think most of the content is at least somewhat interesting/useful.
8h
answered Listing items in fiction
Apr
6
comment How does one avoid incomplete changes to documentation?
@MonicaCellio That would be one case. One case I encountered was in documentation of an instruction set variant where the text description of an instruction was apparently copied from the documentation of the earlier instruction set and the change in immediate size was not included in the text description (but was documented in the instruction format diagram). Inconsistency is slightly better than invisible errors (for the end user) but reflects poorly on the organization.
Apr
5
comment Should I make the gender of the narrator more obvious?
Of course, names can be unclear in gender (e.g., Marion, Hilary, Julian). Even clothing and accessories are not 100% gender defining. ("I put my phone in my purse" might be a 90+% indicator of being female; men generally don't wear heels or perfume [but elevated shoes or cologne], even lip balm is probably avoided enough to provide a 60% gender identification from the association with lipstick [beyond any male conception of being too tough to require medicine].) Also, "I'm not a little girl anymore" or "Many girls develop an interest in animal rights, but I found myself fascinated by".
Apr
5
asked How does one avoid incomplete changes to documentation?
Mar
22
comment A commentable live book format that doesn't lose the front-to-back reading order
Access control can be used to restrict access (e.g. this extension for mediawiki). Having discussion/talk pages be editable by anyone or by registered users might work for comments and questions (the edit history would prevent irreversible vandalization), but that is a bit kludgy. Using forum software for comments/questions (with each page or chapter having a link to a thread or room in the forum) would avoid the problem of a user editing another user's comment. Wiki software can be used just for convenient editing and history.
Mar
21
comment A commentable live book format that doesn't lose the front-to-back reading order
There is nothing inherently preventing the use of wiki culture (and software) to provide a linear teaching "narrative". E.g., see Wikibooks. Pure wiki culture does not fit as well with a larger work with a unified vision; copy editing would generally not interfere with the vision, but adding content can break the coherence of the whole (e.g., using a better [in its local context] example may hinder tweaking the example for other sections, additional exercises may change emphasis or violate the desired proportions of difficulty).
Mar
13
comment How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
Definitely scope creep. Sadly I suspect the topic is too broad and opinion based for any SE (though a more constrained question might work on Programmers and might already have been asked). Document scope (and organization [e.g., Q&A vs. wiki]) is a hard problem for communication in general. (Stop encouraging chatty comments! ☺)
Mar
13
comment How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
Explain and document the contract ("Don't repeat information"? ☺)? BTW, deciding what implementation details are part of the contract can be difficult; abstractions can leak in unexpected ways (e.g., uncached accesses might become less costly when the remote data store is moved to a VM on the same computer, then disabling caching might improve average performance and hacks to provide temporal locality.can become pessimizations).
Feb
26
comment Thesis writing: how to address “self”
Side (non-writing) comment: statistical and especially systematic error applies to falsification as well as validation. Hypotheses are also typically filled with implicit assumptions (e.g., only considering naturally occurring swans on Earth, use of present tense implies currently), sometimes even the field of study is not aware of the assumptions. Removing or measuring/limiting systematic error is comparable to debugging software.
Feb
7
comment Types/Categories of rhyme?
This page has some terms of interest.
Feb
7
comment Types/Categories of rhyme?
There is also analyzed rhyme, where consonance and assonance alternate in a quatrain; e.g., bit, mess, miss, bet. Arrangements like bit, bet, miss, mess are likely to be seen as just consonance, but may be appreciated after multiple quatrains. Gratuitous link to my own (approximate) use of this type of rhyme.
Jan
31
comment Why doesn't everyone publish public domain books?
Editing/layout/typesetting also adds a small one-time cost (99 cent ebooks sell not just because people don't know about Project Gutenberg or find using Amazon more convenient). Small things like providing a decent preface can also add value. For shorter works, selective collections can be a significant value-add (illustration can effectively be forming a collection by inserting visual "short works"). Older works also often benefit from explanatory notes.
Jan
31
comment Why doesn't everyone publish public domain books?
@Pacerier Bulk production implies long-term warehousing (adding cost and risk) or popularity. Popular public domain books are already produced by established publishers who can have lower costs, better distribution arrangements, and brand recognition. For a paperback, having Dover or Penguin as publisher might add 5% or more to the value to me because I know the quality will be more than acceptable.
Dec
7
comment Is it good to publish a novel online for free?
+1 In addition to "competing with the rest of the internet for attention spans", the Web medium encourages (hypertext provides an inherent distraction) and is associated with shorter attention spans (in part from having so much decent content so readily available even given Sturgeon's observation amplified by lack of publisher filtering). Short stories are probably friendlier to the medium, though the medium allows more flexibility in teaser length and annotations (particularly for serious world-builders).
Nov
25
comment Variation in humor among ethnic/cultural groups
In fiction, the writer can also "cheat" by having the character use humor foreign to the native culture (e.g., a Chinese character fond of Australian humor may inflict it on [Chinese] friends) or by claiming that the translation strategy was for emotional impact over literalism--translation of humor (like poetry) can be challenging (explaining a joke reduces its impact)--or even taking a less caring attitude to accuracy (as long as such does not violate the intended tone/audience expectation [cf. tech. inaccuracy in SF]). I do agree that research is often a good idea (given the Internet).
Nov
14
comment How can I write a tragedy for children?
I am not certain that "The Little Match Girl" is a tragedy since she goes to heaven. Cinderella/rags to riches stories (where the child is in a miserable state at the start of the story) are common, but tragic endings are unlikely for stories for children.
Nov
5
comment Is there an accepted (or 'correct') way to write translations/subtitles for different materials (videos, articles, books, etc)?
The Star Wreck: In the Pirkining Annotated Translation seems to provide some good insights for writing subtitles (and is fun, at least if you like the movie).
Nov
5
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