I'm in Japan to present a talk at SISAP 2016 and do some vacationing. That limits my Net access and time for writing updates here, but it also means I have plenty of stories to tell, so I'm going to try to post more or less regularly (maybe not every day) during my trip. Brief updates and photos, usually more current than the entries posted here, will be on my Twitter stream, which see.
This is a brief update on what I've been doing since my last posting a month ago, and where I'm going next. I am writing this from Skanör, Sweden, where I've been staying with my friend Steven Baker and his family since leaving my Copenhagen apartment on September 29. I'll be here until October 9, when I fly back to Toronto.
Vincent: So if you're quitting the life, what'll you do?
Jules: That's what I've been sitting here contemplating. First, I'm gonna deliver this case to Marsellus. Then, basically, I'm gonna walk the earth.
- Pulp Fiction
My contract with the IT University of Copenhagen ends at the end of August, and I'll be returning to Canada around the end of September.
In which a Parable is Related and Betting Strategies are Considered
Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, I heard an interesting story recently. Perhaps you might find it edifying.
Bandicoot: Oh, goody! I do like stories, Friend Aardvark.
In which there is an Inquiry into What Counts, and into the Aardvark's Commitment to the Cause
Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've got the module passing the test suite now!
A: And it's really the module passing the test suite, not one of your school chums hiding inside the computer?
B: Uh-huh. Well, almost.
Some Clinical Consequences of Introjection
Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've given a lot of thought to our conversation the other day about the ontology of software engineering.
Aardvark: I had hoped you would.
B: It took me a while to see it, but I think your point about no one single test case being necessary is in fact correct.
Studies in Ontology, with a Hint of Romance
Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, do you know what a formal ontology is?
Bandicoot: Yes, Friend Aardvark. I learned about them in library school.
Introducing the Mechanical Australian
Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've implemented the double-double feature you wanted in the parser.
Aardvark: Again, Friend Bandicoot?
B: Well, you keep telling me to re-do it.
In which a Feature is Implemented, but At What Cost?
Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, Friend Aardvark! I've added that extra double-double feature you wanted in the parser!
A: Really really?
B: Of course!
A: Not just "almost," Friend Bandicoot?