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Friday 08 November 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 104

What I really need right now is a function pointer. Or a lambda. A lambda would be ok. But I'm working in Java, so I'll have to do it the long winded way.

Birmingham Mobility Action Plan puts, among many other proposals, the future of Birmingham's A38 tunnels into doubt. This dazzingly lame-arse local BBC report features non-expert commentary from two blokes. Not blokes with any kind of relevant expertise. Just blokes. Perhaps they're on some kind of BBC bloke-in-the-street contacts list and are routinely phoned up to offer off-the-cuff remarks about something they have only just heard of and know naff all about, but I thought we had rent-a-quote MPs for that kind of thing. Maybe they just happened to be walking through the Mailbox when Peter Plisner ran out of the BBC offices, shorthand pad under one arm, copy of the report still warm from the laser printer under the other, and wouldn't let them past until they'd given a quote. Who knows, but whatever the reason their comments add absolutely nothing of any value at all. To my surprise, the Birmingham Post has a much better article on the BMAP.

JavaScript Allongé is a jolly good book, and not just for the JavaScripty types. You can read it online, but I paid actual money for it and have been toting it around on my Nexus 7, reading it in little snippets. To my delight, the second half of chapter 11 (entitled New Ideas) covers exactly the kind of thing I was banging on about *checks* back in 2007. Not that it was new then, obviously.

New Ligament Discovered in Human Knee. Knees are complicated, I get that, but it does seem surprising that nobody noticed a something as large and as well glued in place as a ligament.

Lispers will, of course, tell you that it was all there in McCarthy's original paper and that Lisp is the ne plus ultra of programming languages, always has been, always will be.

Down in the smoke, Mayor Boris opened London's first segregated bike lane. Which a van driver immediately parked in. Good work all around, I think.

Unlike many Lispers, I have actually been paid money to write Lisp.


Tagged birmingham, javascript, knees, and cycling


Jez Higgins

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