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Rust Hashers October 20, 2018

A (very bad) hash function in the wild. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

A (very bad) hash function in the wild. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

A hash function, for our purposes here, is a function that takes as input another, general, value, and returns a number that is ideally unique to that value. This number can be used to store the value in an array and then locate it again later without searching the array; in other words, in O(1) time. More or less: there are a lot of other details. For more information, see Rust’s HashMap and various information sources online.

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Quote o' the day: Advertising flowers July 28, 2018

How to Live, or a life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer July 25, 2018

Male-pattern baldness and a big mustache.

Male-pattern baldness and a big mustache.

Ok, so a biography of Michel de Montaigne, a man who invented the essay and examined his own thoughts and reactions, seems a bit like duct-taping a ten-foot pole to another ten-foot pole, but How to Live, or a life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer, by Sarah Bakewell, is not bad. It has its moments, anyway.

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The benefits of rain June 26, 2018

The Darker Side May 28, 2018

“The Darker Side of the ‘Original Affluent Society’”, by David Kaplan…

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Tutu: an Egyptian god who is more metal than you May 27, 2018

Reading: Why the West Rules---For Now May 26, 2018

From Why the West Rules—For Now: The patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future, by Ian Morris:

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Software Foundations, Volume 1: Logical Foundations December 8, 2017

There is a certain amount of celebration going on at Maniagnosis’ underground lair at the moment. (Underground lair? There’s nothing underground or lair-ish about this place. It’s not even spectacularly office-like. –Ed) I have (Insert lame drum-roll here.) completed all of the exercises in Software Foundations, Vol. 1: Logical Foundations by Benjamin Pierce, et al. (Very much al.)

(Cue fireworks!) Pop!

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Quote o' the day: Picking acronyms September 25, 2017

Link o' the day: UTF-8 August 24, 2017

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