An Overview of All Computer History

Though proto-computer science has its roots back in Babylonian times, the general idea behind a working computer did not emerge until the 17th and 18th centuries with mechanical calculators and a mechanized loom, respectively. After that, the first computer was designed in the early 19th century, but was never built, and its idea was very much stillContinue reading “An Overview of All Computer History”

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The Ultimate High-Fantasy World

During my Bachelor’s degree, I got sucked into a series by the name of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. It spanned around 10’000 pages of blistering magic, rambunctious characters with a plot so dementedly wide, it left canyons full of unanswered or unexplored questions. Not only this, but the writers supplemented the series withContinue reading “The Ultimate High-Fantasy World”

Short Codes, Big Effects

The set of short codes in all programming languages that have significant, and perhaps unexpected effects is a particularly fascinating one, because often the most seemingly innocent codes can cause a variety of problems. Some of the most clever lines of code ever written (like the one-liners in Python) rely on hugely compact writing, approachingContinue reading “Short Codes, Big Effects”

The Main Problem with Sustainability

Time and time again, I keep hearing about sustainability this, sustainability that. However, there is a fundamental problem with this approach to making the world a better place.  A friend of mine recently bought a Tesla because it’s electric, arguing that it’s more sustainable. It’s certainly true that it doesn’t release carbon into the atmosphereContinue reading “The Main Problem with Sustainability”

The OS Landscape: A Guide for us All

When looking at the landscape of operating systems (OS), as opposed to those of the sciences, we find something intriguing: explanations of all OS’s do not resemble anything one could teach a five-year old. One might hope that there is one single OS or that all computers follow specific guidelines, which they don’t. Thus, weContinue reading “The OS Landscape: A Guide for us All”

The Overlooked Death of Fan Mail

It is quite fitting that after indulging in Susanne Sundfor’s therapeutical songs of amorous disappointment, that I discover that personal communication between artists and the masses that are geographically remote has vanished, or at least has been forgotten with few clues to its disappearance. Twitter and a plethora of other social media on the internetContinue reading “The Overlooked Death of Fan Mail”

Why Having Children Might not be Immoral After All

In a previous article, I argued that having children is immoral. I’m not fond of controversial statements, so I’ve given this topic a lot of thought. I still hold this view, begrudgingly, for the simple reason that I would still love to have my own children. If I was going to have children, then IContinue reading “Why Having Children Might not be Immoral After All”

Some Thoughts on Men’s Health

It seems that this year’s International Men’s Day is being celebrated with a little more enthusiasm than that of other years. It certainly helps when the discrimination against a well known male movie actor eclipses this day, but I believe that the focus on men is part of a growing movement that is responding feminismContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Men’s Health”

A Quick Philosophy of Fat

We have differing opinions on fat, yet few people have ever explored this subject in depth. There is clearly an aesthetics of fat, because we’ve seen from the Venus of Willendorf, or the sistine chapel to today’s fashion models, that views on fat have changed over the millennia. But we do not have a non-aestheticContinue reading “A Quick Philosophy of Fat”