To a computer, content is at once its conditio sine qua non and a complete non-entity. Nothing could be stored if it weren't for human input and output. But by the same token, the computer doesn't care what is being stored or why it is being retrieved. It cares a lot how things are retrieved … Continue reading What is content?
Following up on two weeks ago, we've now established that the math behind assembly can have a history in two ways: either in the elements to be assembled, or in the operations when going about doing so. Today we'll take a look at the second of these two: the operations going into assembly. You'll probably … Continue reading Does Assembler Math have a history? Part 2
As individuals and as a society, we tend to have trouble with unfinished things. We have difficulty taking breaks and admitting to ourselves we need them, and a project that we've put on hold - or, somehow worse, that's not finished - stares at us to make us feel guilty. Why is that? Reading this … Continue reading Projects paused, on-hold, “unfinished”
At first glance, that seems to be a silly question to even ask. How can math have a history? Sure, discovering math can have a history - there were times when Pi was less defined than it is now, for instance, or when infinitesimal calculus hadn't been discovered yet. But is not the emphasis on … Continue reading Does assembler math have a history? Part 1
As someone with a few years' teaching experience under my belt, naturally I think about how I would go about teaching the stuff I write about. I think teaching computing ought to be oriented towards flows, not objects. It must be focusing on dynamic movements, not static entities. That's why I'd like to call it … Continue reading Teaching computing
Hi all! First off, apologies for my sudden silence. There were a few things I've been working on and they came to fruition in the last couple of weeks, so the blog had to take a back seat for a bit. The first of these is that I published some of my work in a … Continue reading Back from hiatus
There's a French philosopher, Louis Althusser, who once posited a theory of structural determination. What he meant by that, minus a whole lot of pretty complicated elaboration, is that there are phenomena which make no sense unless you observe them as parts of a structure. To use a pretty crude instance, a mad dash for … Continue reading Structures of structures