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A Klingon Christmas Carol Screenshot-sm 170

Have you always wished that Christmas classics were written in Klingon? If so, then a theater in Chicago has just the thing for you, "A Christmas Carol" in thIngan Hol, the language of the Klingon race. Written by Christopher O. Kidder and Sasha Walloch, the play features English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. "The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge is eternal and universal. But that alone isn't what does it. Also, Star Trek has worked its way into the fabric of American pop culture so much, that even those people who aren't Trekkies (or, Trekkers) understand what's going on," Kidder says.

Google Enhances Street View With User Photos 133

Google has launched a competitor or counterpart to Microsoft's Photosynth, which employs user-contributed photos of much-photographed sites to supplement the street-level view in an immersive way. Google's offering is called simply Navigate through User Photos, and unlike Photosynth — which requires Sliverlight and therefore is not available on Linux — is implemented in Flash. This YouTube video (also embedded at the link above) offers a quick tour of the new feature, which can use photos uploaded to Panoramico, Flickr, and Picasa.

Journal Journal: C:\Windows directory

My C:\Windows directory (I'm running Vista Business) has 86,874 files in 15,214 folders.

I'm not sure this is a good thing.

Even if someone from Microsoft took one minute for each file to explain its function, it would take sixty days without sleep to hear it all.

Comment Re:Commodore BASIC (Score 1) 213

encouraged practices that made programs hard to read, like omitting comments and whitespace.

I think that is a bit unfair. Given the limited memory of the C64, best programming practice was to omit comments in favour of code. Remember, C64 BASIC was interpreted, not compiled, so comments chewed up memory... memory measured in KILObytes. Comments (actually, they were called REMarks back then) were a luxury.

I was a bit young to do any serious programming on the C64, but I do remember my father rewriting a line of code to save two BYTES of code. If you didn't use up all the single letter variables before using double letter variables, or you added spaces between commands, you were simply doing it wrong.

Now we have gigabytes of RAM and terabytes of hard disk space yet computer programs don't run any faster than they used to (if anything, slower!). I think modern programmers could do worse than writing a few programs for the C64 to expose them to resource-scarce programming.