Author: Mike Garrity

Noisy Loops 0

Noisy Loops

It seemed like kind of a crazy, noisy day. I felt a little like this sketch.



This is great. An implementation of Logo which runs in a browser. The project page is here, but just skip straight to it by clicking here, and get your turtle moving.   Or try...


Leonard Nimoy Day

Today was Leonard Nimoy day in Boston today. Nimoy grew up in Boston and he’s back in town this weekend, so Mayor Menino issued a proclamation. To celebrate, we watched an old Star Trek...

Cookie and XFish 0

Cookie and XFish

When I blogged about Multics yesterday, I forgot to mention my favorite Multics program. Cookie was a program that you use to use to hack someone’s account when they left a terminal logged in....


Multics Turns 40

Multics, one of my favorite operating systems recently turned 40. I first encountered it in ‘76 on the big machine at MIT. It was quite a revelation at the time. The other systems I...

Marine Traffic 0

Marine Traffic

As Melville wrote: Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth ; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul ; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses and...

SPDE Starlings 3

SPDE Starlings

OK, I think I’ve got SPDE generating applets now. Let’s see how this works. Leave me a comment if you have trouble running this one. This is a variant of the Bees sketch I...

Brother Blue 0

Brother Blue

A local icon died this week. If you’re from the Boston area, you’re familiar with Brother Blue and his stories. He was one of the people who made Harvard Square special. If you’re not...


Ayn Rand

Two biographies of Ayn Rand (Goddess of the Market and Ayn Rand and the World She Made) came out recently. That’s been the occasion for a number of book reviews which attempt to puzzle...