Monday, April 27, 2009

A little programming trick

Have you ever wanted to have a C++ program that uses an MFC GUI and a console? Here's a link to how to do it.
For those who don't program in C++, you probably don't care, but here's an explanation, anyway: in the old days, before Windows, C++ programs used to have "print" statements to print to the screen you saw in DOS (They're called "printf" or "cout".) They're a convenient way to show what's going on in your program behind the scenes, or just to show a lot of information as the program is running. I still use it for most of my programs, becuase it's simpler than using all the Windows overhead.
Once you start programming for Windows, you get dialog boxes and menus and all that Graphical User Interface stuff, but you lose the ability to just print stuff out when you need to. This little hack lets you have the best of both worlds.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Some tracks I've enjoyed recently. I haven't watched these video links, I just found them by a search for the title and artist.

25 Years

Blackmore's Night

32 Flavors

Ani DiFranco

Almost Lover

A Fine Frenzy

Any Day Now

Missy Higgins

As I Lay Me Down

Sophie B. Hawkins

Blue Light of the Flame

Dar Williams

Breathe No More


Broken Wings

Dougie MacLean

Diana's Song

Antje Duvekot

End Of May

Keren Ann


Sarah McLachlan


Dar Williams

Fields Of Gold (Live)

Eva Cassidy

Ghost Of A Rose

Blackmore's Night

Givin' Up On You

Lara Fabian

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Loreena McKennitt

Hide And Seek

Imogen Heap

Holding Out For A Hero

Frou Frou


Vanessa Carlton

I Love You Always Forever

Donna Lewis

I Wish

Kate Rusby

Kathy's Song

Eva Cassidy

Katrinah Josephina

Universal Hall Pass



Lullabye For A Stormy Night

Vienna Teng

Marrakesh Night Market

Loreena McKennitt

May It Be

Taliesin Orchestra


Within Temptation

Monsters And Angels

Voice Of The Beehive

My Immortal


Laman and Lemuel are Dead

(from flickr)

I just wanted there to be a link here to the short play I wrote a while back.
Laman and Lemuel are Dead
It's funny-- years after I wrote this, I found out that the idea of evolving clocks shows up in Erewhon, only a few years after Darwin published The Origin of Species.