East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/11/16

Linkage (30)

Filed under: Linkage,News,OS X,Software — Erwin @ 11:25 pm

And you thought you were doing yourself a favour by switching to decaf (New Scientist):

Decaffeinated coffee may have a harmful effect on the heart by increasing the levels of a specific cholesterol in the blood, researchers say. Their explanation is that caffeine-free coffee is often made from a type of bean with a higher fat content.

I’m never sure if I use the word right, but I think this could be called ironic. Of course at the end of the article someone else claims that this study was quite small and short-term and it is too soon to draw conclusions.

Bottomline seems to be that nothing is perfect, there’s usually a catch, and the best thing to do is to not use/drink/eat anything excessively! So I’ll stick to my two cups of coffee in the morning and not go back to habits from a previous job & life that involved a bit more throughout the day. 🙂


Passed on by Ranchero (Brent Simmons), a handy site collecting open source software for OS X. While not perfect, it’s a good start.


And last but not least a reminder how NOT to program, in any language (The Daily WTF):

label 8888,9998,9999;
const inpfl = ' input file: ';
mdkfil___ = 'mdco___.mdk';
alfn      = 'mdconvr.Ã '; { formerly .MFO, earlier .DAT }
n_mtrls = 5; n_parms = 12; n_midsp = 2; idfirst = -3;
n_strms = 3; sndf = 13; midf = 14;
idflast = 14; {n_parms+n_midsp;sndf=parameter sound/controller; midf=param MidiChannel}
n_prgs = 32; mx_mtrs = 6; mx_puls = 256; mx_scls = 6; mx_lyrs = 10;
mouse_accel = 0.9; mouse_start_wait = 50 { ticks @ 5ms = 250ms }

<...skip lots of similar lines...>

i8p         : array[1..n_strms,1..mx_puls] of integer;     {attenuation bezogen}
attfac1     : array[0..maxP1,0..mx_puls] of real;
attfac2     : array[0..maxP1,0..b7] of real;
ostfnt      : array[0..1,1..18] of integer; { 18 = ost_bx[n].H (q.v.) }
kdamH       : array[1..24] of integer;

Go see for yourself, or avoid the headache and write readable programs!

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