Saturday, March 12, 2005

SPELLBOUND

SPELLBOUND BY THE NIGHT
ANGER TURNS INTO RAGE
FORCED INTO ROOMS OF HATE
BLEEDING ALTHOUGHT THERE IS NO WOUND
TAKING PLEASURE FROM TORTURE
I SEE IT EATING ME ALIVE
I FEEL IT BURNING ME FROM INSIDE
SOOTHING OUR SELFISH THOUGHTS
I'M EMPTY IN BODY AND SOUL
NO LONGER ALIVE, DANCING STILL DEAD
DARKSIDE FOREVER ALIVE
DISEASE THAT CAN NEVER BE CURED
LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND, STILL I AM TRAPPED
WILL I EVER BE FREE ?
I WISH I COULD END IT NOW
I WISH I COULD END IT ALL
BUT THERE YOU ARE
PUSHING IT OVER THE EDGE
AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN
SPELLBOUND BY MY OWN ILLUSIONS
TO PROUD TO FALL DOWN ON MY KNEES
I WISH I COULD BLEED, TO CLEAN ALL THE WOUNDS
LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND AND DROWN IN MY DREAMS
FOR ALL MY SINS FORGIVE ME
AND AT LAST I'LL BE FREE

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Programming pearls ...

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. (Fowler)

Debug only code - comments can lie.

If you have too many special cases, you are doing it wrong.

Get your data structures correct first, and the rest of the program will write itself.

Testing can show the presence of bugs, but not their absence.

The first step in fixing a broken program is getting it to fail repeatedly.

The fastest algorithm can frequently be replaced by one that is almost as fast and much easier to understand.

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components of a computer system are those that aren't there.

Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.

Don't use the computer to do things that can be done efficiently by hand.

[Thompson's Rule for first-time telescope makers] It is faster to make a four-inch mirror then a six-inch mirror than to make a six-inch mirror.

If you lie to the computer, it will get you.

Inside of every large program is a small program struggling to get out.