posted @ 06:21 PM EDT
Another Sidney Morgenbesser story:
During a conference of linguistic philosophers at Columbia University, he interrupted the pompous J. L. Austin, who was saying that while many double negatives express a positive - as in “not unattractive” - there is no example in English of a double positive expressing a negative. Morgenbesser’s interjection took the form of the two words “Yeah, yeah.”
posted @ 11:49 AM EDT
Saturday and Sunday, in nearly perfect weather conditions (a tailwind on route 6 in Truro would have been nice :-), I rode in my fifth Pan-Mass Challenge, the 25th year of the event. My thanks go to all of the people who volunteered, making the event work, and to the people with whom I shared the ride, and especially to the people who are sponsoring me this year by contributing to the Jimmy Fund.
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posted @ 11:25 AM EDT
posted @ 11:57 AM EDT
Good News! Printing is fixed in the latest version of Java for Mac OS X, included in the recent updates. This was a major stumbling block in the development of fnPad until I found that my printing code worked in Windows XP. Now I can work on enhancing the printed output. Meanwhile, using a symbol definition when running the application, printing works in a rudimentary way. For example:
java -Dorg.dolben.fn.Pad.enablePrinting="true" -jar fnPad.jar
posted @ 12:06 PM EDT
Here’s Team Dolben in Bourne Saturday evening of this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge: from left to right, in front, Martha Dolben, Jeremy Slayton, Sue Prakken, Drew Dolben; in back, Mike Shea, Don Dolben, Mike Prakken, Al Murphy, and Hank Dolben. Missing from the photo is Clare O'Connell.
posted @ 02:25 PM EDT