Monday, September 19, 2011

Nothing fails like prayer...

Then: "I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas."

Now: "In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 176 fires for 126,844 acres."

Functional Evaluation

I have some iPad development to do in the near future and I need to learn Objective C. Since Objective C is a super-set of the C programming language, I figured I would finally work my way through the KnR C book. I taught myself how to program in C, which means I most certainly have some gaps in my knowledge that could be filled.

This is one of those embarrassing gaps that falls into the "everyone probably knew this but me" file...

 Somewhere at the end of chapter 2 it says:

"C, like most languages, does not specify the order in which the operands of an operator are evaluated. (The exceptions are &&, ||, ?:, and ',' .) For example in a statement like x = f( ) + g( ); f may be evaluated before g or vice versa; thus if either f or g alters a variable on which the other depends, x can depend on the order of the evaluation." 

This whole time I had naively assumed that evaluation was always done from left to right...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Big Government

I hear a lot of talk about how Barack Obama supports big government. I see no direct evidence of this and really feel like such talk mostly comes from whiny teabagger welfare recipients. About the worst you can accuse Barack Obama of is not using his bully pulpit more effectively on a gridlocked Congress. But that is not what this post is about...

What confuses me is how we heard so little about the expanding size of government when George W. Bush was in office. Along with federalizing airport security and signing the Patriot Act into law, we lost a huge surplus, overthrew Iraq and started running their government for them.

Why is it that a Republican can kill a surplus, expand the size of government and start running a second government and no one gives a shit. But when a Democrat wants to do something useful like get rid of recision in the health insurance industry (the practice of dropping paying customers for pre-existing conditions) you would think the whole world was coming to an end.

Bottom line. I think this is all driven by people who let "liberal" and "conservative" labels do their thinking for them. There is nothing wrong with looking at an idea in isolation and ignoring where it came from. Try that on for size and then tell me how much you hate politicians.