October 28th, 2009

ronin

The CIA is creating Saddam 2.0 in Afghanistan right now, today.


Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the president of Afghanistan, gets regular payments from the CIA and has for much of the past eight years, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said that according to current and former American officials, the CIA pays Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the CIA's direction in and around Kandahar.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/27/karzais-brother-on-cia-pa_n_336279.html

It ended so well the last time we put the brother of a middle-eastern despot on the CIA payroll, ostensibly to protect the USA against some potential threat.

The middle east is the graveyard of empires. The American empire is currently carving the letters on its own tombstone - and we don't even know it.
Captain Obvious

One to two feet of snow hits Colorado in biggest October storm in several years.


The biggest October snowstorm to hit Colorado in several years dumped more than 2 feet Thursday, grounding flights, closing highways, knocking out electricity — and jump-starting the ski season.

"This is kind of wet, heavy snow that really sticks to the branches, and weighs everything down," reports Jennifer Cabala of CBS station KCNC.

The storm began late Wednesday and turned highways wet and slushy across the state. At one point, snow was falling at a rate of about 3 inches an hour in Denver. A 125-mile corridor from Colorado Springs to the New Mexico line was under a blizzard warning and poor conditions forced the state's main north-south route to close at the border.

Denver International Airport got 5 inches, and more than 110 flights were canceled. Some suburbs reported up to 10 inches of snow that fell at about 3 inches an hour before the storm moved east onto the Plains, where it caused more trouble.


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/27/national/main2130221.shtml

I call this kind of storm a "tree-breaker", because that's what it does. It's definitely been several years since we've had a tree-breaker...

I would call this snow "snowball snow", except that getting hit with a snowball made from this this stuff would hurt! It's about 75% snow, 25% slush/ice. It's dense, wet, very heavy, and sticks to itself like concrete. I went to sweep the 14" of snow off the top of my car this morning, and the brush went RIGHT UNDER the snow! I got the bottom 2" of snow, and the rest of it just stayed right where it was!

I'm the only tech guy in the office today. The smartest people didn't come in at all. The smart people came in but then fled home before noon. But I'm still here - which I reckon makes me the dumbest guy in the office. :P
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ronin

Making your own toy compiler with Flex, Bison and LLVM.


If you follow this article, you should end up with a language that can define functions, call functions, define variables, assign data to variables and perform basic math operations. It will support two basic types, doubles and integers. Some of the functionality is unimplemented, so you can have the satisfaction of actually implementing some of this stuff yourself and get the hang of writing a compiler with a little help.

http://gnuu.org/2009/09/18/writing-your-own-toy-compiler/