The Free Software Foundation is celebrating 30 Years of GNU. Why the hell not? It's a hell of a thing, and deserves to be celebrating.
Ollie Williams, BBC sports reporter and something of an online chum, captures in two tweets why gymnastics is as fearsomely difficult mentally as it is physically
Daniel Keatings falls off the godforsaken pommel horse. This being his only event, and Dan being European champion, that's a catastrophe.
Dan Keatings 14.033 on pommel horse after fall. No final. His World Championships lasted just over a minute. Lonely place to be.— Ollie Williams October 1, 2013
Here's Richard Stallman's original newsgroup post announcing GNU. It's thrilling in its ambition, and the astonishing thing is that the project's pretty much done everything stated there and more.
"I admire your ingenuity," said Stallman, "but I disapprove of your choice of software." While I'd heard of the GNU project, Stallman was something of a remote figure and, particularly given the talk at the time around Open Source, rather subject to ridicule. I remember reading this article finding much to admire in Stallman. Schofield must have too, because a few years later when Stallman was again being mocked he wrote Leave Richard Stallman alone.
Hindu Love Gods cover of Raspberry Beret - rougher, filthier, sexier than Prince could ever be.
Over the years, Stallman's become a pretty polarising figure in software, particularly in the politics and ethics of software, but you can't deny he stands there with Bill Gates, Steves Jobs and Wozniak, Marshall Kirk McKusick, Bill Joy, and whomever else you care to name as someone who changed the world of software, and by extension, changed the world.
I wrote this in Emacs but on Windows. I'm compromised, ok?