Old-tattered-notebook-from-1999 notes

So, these are probably more useful here than sitting in a dusty binder…


  • “Common Lisp, Typing, and Mathematics” by Francis Sergereart – good (long) paper about one application of Common Lisp; Postscript here
  • “Getting Started With LaTeX”, David R. Wilkins – here


  • AT&T Graphviz – very very useful program for visualization of directed and undirected graphs


  • Croquet (from the Croquet Project, not to be confused with the Croquet Consortium) – by my description, an attempt to extend the original 2-dimensional paradigm for a GUI into 3 dimensions; by their description, “Croquet is a powerful new open source software development environment and software infrastructure for creating and deploying deeply collaborative multi-user online applications and metaverses on and across multiple operating systems and devices.”… I think it’s an interesting project, anyhow. Check out some of the papers Alan Kay helped write, and look at some of the videos.


  • JGraph – some sort of graphing and visualization software, open-source and written in Java
  • Ploticus – more graphing and visualization, not as shiny as JGraph, but not Java either; apparently good for on-the-fly graph generation, for websites and such
  • TeXmacs – ” GNU TeXmacs is a free wysiwyw (what you see is what you want) editing platform with special features for scientists.”… it puts Mathematica’s rendering to shame.


  • Very useful link for using matrices in POV-Ray
  • Media and Particle Systems in POV-Ray, here
  • Photons & caustics in POV-Ray, here


  • “Weaving the Web”, Tim Berners-Lee – “The original design and ultimate destiny of the World Wide Web, by its inventor.”


  • Grasshopper Enterprises, “Borders of science, boundaries of imagination,” might be complete and total bullshit, but the page has some interesting things on lucid dreaming and other workings of the mind


  • cachegrind – cache profiler, part of the valgrind suite, designed to pinpoint cache misses in code
  • I don’t know why, but I wrote down “BDI2000 JTAG”, maybe because the Abatron BDI-2000 can be used to debug the Linux kernel via JTAG?


  • “The Grand Inquisitor” from “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky  –  I think I’m supposed to read this because I don’t know why else I’d have written it down.




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