Got my ominous glowing red CST trackball at work the same day I put on the newly arrived #SGDQ2019 shirt, and a couple colleagues have the blue one, so it's time for the Marble Madness OST all afternoon.
It's a whole new decade of animated musical culture-remix nonsense technology, and it is glorious: https://youtu.be/ddWJatRxfz8
I'd forgotten how this video also depicted aggressively pushy recommendation systems, notification overload fighting for your attention, and getting frustrated with unresponsive UI.
About half an hour in it literally has icons sliding in with folks lifting their hands and coughing to interrupt the speaker with their own thread.
Want a vision of the future, ask a satirical science fiction author.
Also the history of Duke being an Intelligent Software Agent reminds me that it's been long enough there's people who need to see Douglas Adams' Hyperland anew: https://youtu.be/1iAJPoc23-M
The ideas behind Clippy (who was based on a cool and powerful framework Microsoft killed in Win 7) and now Siri/Alexa/Cortana/Assistant are old as the hills, and made it into a televised special in 1990.
The only outlier is Rust's crab, Ferris, which makes me uneasy about that otherwise green-looking grass over there from my mascotless fields of C++. Other perfectly reasonable mascotless languages include TypeScript and Haskell, for the negative hypothesis. Maybe type safety is incompatible with fun.
...C needs a mascot.
Hypothesis: a programming language having a mascot is a warning sign.
- Perl 6: Camelia the butterfly (and Perl 5 had camels)
- PHP: the elePHPant
- (I don't think Python actually has a snake *mascot*, just a logo.)
- Java: Duke, the...whatever, that Sun licensed out in an almost pleading appeal for fanart (https://web.archive.org/web/20070618073343/https://duke.dev.java.net/)
- Go: the Gopher which eats all your descriptive variable names
It's Antoine-Augustin Parmentier's birthday!
He's a major part in why you get to enjoy all the delicious forms of the potato, rather than it just being dismissed as animal feed unsuitable for humans.
He didn't just get them declared edible in France; he made them sneakily desirable with tricks like posting armed guards around the "valuable" crop that were instructed to take bribes and leave them stealable at night.
Happy birthday, Antoine!
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