Old-school Lisp used dynamic binding but I thought all modern ones (Scheme, Emacs Lisp, etc) used lexical binding. Am I wrong about Common Lisp, or something?

Years ago a friend was extolling the virtues of some Maltese cheese. “Oh”, I ask, “where do you get it?”.

“Malta” he replied, looking at me like I was a complete idiot.

Probably helped that he was an airline pilot, though. Shopping for particular things can be an input when they're bidding for their rosters.

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Dear everyone who is considering making a video of yourself talking rather than just writing the *exact same words* into a text file, a blog post or a PDF:

Unless you're specifically targeting people who literally cannot read...

Please don't.

Sincerely, A Person Who Doesn't Have Literal Free Hours To Hear You Slooooowly Say Something It Would Take Me Five Seconds To Read And Also I Can Ctrl-F It

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Need a simple hardware board. Dug out an old Arduino NG. Wonder if this still works. Download the blink sketch. Hmm, can't see a blinking LED. Web search: arduino.cc/en/Main/Boards “Revision C of the Arduino NG does not have a built-in LED on pin 13”. Yes, that would probably account for it.

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Plenty of barn swallows round the house I'm building in the last few weeks. Have to shout at them to keep them from coming in through the door while I'm working.

Anybody got a copy of that email which went viral on June 4th 1989, the message from the Sun employees on the atmosphere in Tiananmen Square, sent the evening before the massacre?

First internet viral phenomenon I read, I think.

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Scotland: 61.9% votes for unambiguously remain parties (SNP, LibDem, Green and ChangeUK); 28.2% for unambiguously leave (Brexit, Ukip) or theoretically split but any vote for them is probably leave (Tory).

It's not a second referendum but who knows what the 9.3% who voted Labour are thinking.

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And then they wonder why people are slow to apply upgrades.

Upgraded Ubuntu from 18.04 to 18.10 the other day. All fine. Upgraded to 19.04 today - not so good.

19.04 has Firefox 67.0. I think 18.04 had 66.<something>. 67 won't open my existing profile: “Using an older version of Firefox can corrupt bookmarks…”. Really. Only gives the choice of creating a new profile or quitting.

Removing Firefox 67 and installing the previous version also available in the 19.04 repos (“sudo apt install firefox=66.0.3+build1-0ubuntu1”) seems to sort it, thankfully.

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Why haven't we on the internet solved for forms yet? Why are forms never not hard? Why does each new tool and framework and library always enter a room forms-processing first? Why is this still a problem?

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