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Pope Francis praises Jordan at start of Middle East visit

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 20:47 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Pope’s journey marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Athenagoras.


He will also meet the current Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch, Bartholomew, and they will sign a declaration of friendship.

And since the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is part of his itinerary, perhaps they can cooperate in fixing this little problem. You know, start with something easy, work up from there?

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Leviticus 25:44-46

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 17:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


Reginald Wayne Miller, the president and founder of Cathedral Bible College, is not allowed to set foot on the college campus in Marion or communicate with any of the school’s current or former foreign students as an investigation continues into allegations that Miller threatened to cancel foreign students’ visas if they did not work long hours for little pay.

Those terms are part of a $250,000 secured bond that Magistrate Judge Thomas Rogers set for Miller during a detention hearing Friday in federal court. In addition, Miller will be on home detention and will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

“I don’t think we’ve identified all of the potential victims yet,” said Carrie Fisher, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case. Fisher said some victims may have already left the country and some may be former students who have yet to come forward. “Our investigation just started this week.”

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A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 14:25 by John Sinteur in category: Software


1801 – Joseph Marie Jacquard uses punch cards to instruct a loom to weave “hello, world” into a tapestry. Redditers of the time are not impressed due to the lack of tail call recursion, concurrency, or proper capitalization.

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  1. “1965 – Kemeny and Kurtz go to 1964.”

    “1986 – Brad Cox and Tom Love create Objective-C, announcing “this language has all the memory safety of C combined with all the blazing speed of Smalltalk.” Modern historians suspect the two were dyslexic.”


  2. In the early 1990’s I used Smalltalk to prototype some really wonky stuff that I later implemented in C++. Now, that code runs about 80-90% of the semiconductor fabs in the world…

Interpreters and Compilers (Bits and Bytes, Episode 6)

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 11:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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