The Right of the Party

Let me just get my bias out of the way: I’m a #NeverTrump-er. I’m also not a Republican, so at least for now it’s not my call. The Republicans can nominate whomever they like for whatever reasons they like. I’m just one of hundreds of millions who gets a (rarely exercised, in my case) right…

1972

Comparisons to past elections are fun, especially when they trip you up. A lot of people, me included, have spent some time trying to fit the current contest into 1972. It’s like a puzzle piece that you have in your hand, and you know where it fits, but you can’t quite see it yet because…

About Them Superdelegates…

So, Bernie Sanders did pretty well in Iowa. He didn’t get the clear win he and a lot of his supporters were hoping for and believed was possible, but he still did well enough that everyone has to sit up and take him seriously now. Especially given that he’s probably going to clean house in…

The Night Watch (thoughts pursuant to a review)

There’s that old joke about being a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. Since Sarah Waters is, only two books in, well on her way to being my favorite contemporary novelist, I guess I should wonder if it applies to me? I haven’t read the three "victorian lesbian romp" books yet, but with The Night…

Young Americans (Review)

Since Josh Stallings’ Young Americans seems likely to win a Lefty, I figured I’d better read it. Also, it takes place in the mid-70s, aka "America’s Best Years." Also also, it takes place in the Glam Rock 70s, which was the best part of the 70s. And it’s an Elmore Leonard-style heist novel. What’s not…

A Source is a Source of Course of Course

Any volunteers for today’s exemplary of crap journalism? Anyone? Mary Elizabeth Williams, is that your hand I see up? Alright then! Rule one in journalism – at least if you’re even remotely interested in getting at the truth – is to always check your facts. Hey, I’m not just taking opportunistic potshots here. That actually…

The Force Awakens (Review)

The Ironic Article Title of the year award goes to David Roberts writing an article called Critics are going too easy on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which he goes entirely too easy on Force Awakens. Hell, he even comes back to revise his already excessively high grade upward just because some whiny fans…

Path to Y – Y

Last time we got two important steps closer to implementing the Y Combinator in C++: How to enforce "composition" on every call – by overloading the call operator, delegating its functionality to our call member function, but only after calling compose How to pull responsibility for making our FactorialWrapper class recursive out of the class…

Path to Y – Overloading

Last time, we’d found a way to (sort of) ape function composition in C++ by using Functors … modeled as classes that bundle the function to-be-made-recursive with a private member pointer to itself. The class exposess two public methods – compose and call – which are meant to correspond to the two stages that a…

Path to Y – Shallow Composition

Last time we saw how to pass "build" functions (i.e. return a function from a function that depends on the arguments passed to the outer function) in C++, even though C++ functions don’t really "do that." The trick is to wrap the return function in a class that can set private member variables which are…