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Monthly Archives: January 2004

Crossroads Mall

Here in Boulder the ominously-named Crossroads Mall, a place where one supposes that a modern-day Robert Johnson might well trade in his soul for a new pair of Nikes, sits like a cancer mid-town. The mall has hardly seen worse days, even as a cow pasture. There’s one store remaining and the remainder is sits […]

The New Spam

I love the new spam that is aimed at defeating Bayesian filters. I just got spam titled “mayonnaise decor culture”. Delightful.

Big Fish

For me this movie was a sentimental and emotional experience, touching on the themes of the meaning of life, friendship, courage, communication, etc. The various whimsical fantasy scenes were the best part overall. In the end this was missing a little something, hard to say what. I probably won’t watch it again. Still, I recommend […]

Gcj as JIT

I’ve been talking with Andrew more about using gcj as a JIT. This seems not only feasible, but attractive, at this point. First, we can easily hook into libgcj. We simply override ClassLoader.defineClass to call into our special code. There we compute a crypto hash of the class and use this to look in a […]

More Compiler News

The other day I made a SourceForge project for the compiler, called gcjx. The “x” stands for “experimental”.

Gcj JIT Information

I’ve been researching the simplest way to get a JIT for gcj for a while. I investigated using either ORP or Kaffe. ORP looked possible, since it was written to be VM-independent, but difficult due to mismatches between its exception handling and gcc’s. Kaffe had a similar problem, with licensing difficulty to boot. Tonight I […]

More Compiler News

Yesterday the new front end broke the 20,000 LOC barrier. So, that’s progress. The new work is mostly in bytecode generation, since that is pretty easy, and fun, and I’m avoiding dealing with classification of expression names. At this point I’m considering setting up a new project on Savannah. One problem is Savannah doesn’t seem […]


I had heard from a friend that this was good. I didn’t know quite enough about it or I would have refused to go, I think. Gus Van Sant stays relentlessly on the surface of things, providing us with an essentially insight-free depiction of Columbine. Thanks, but my imagination had already filled in all those […]


About what I expected. The only other person in the theater expressed his disappointment to me, but I think his expectations were set too high. It’s hard to believe much will come from a Ben Affleck action movie based on one of Philip K. Dick’s second-rate stories.

Return of the King

This movie was everything I had expected of it. Though of course I would have seen it even if it had gotten bad reviews, seeing as I’d already committed to the first two in the series. Let’s hope the same team makes The Hobbit, as has been rumored. At various times, though, I had to […]