April 5, 2011


me: More and better WoW-quotes

As my regular readers may know, I like mathematics, logic and programming, but also tend to have not enough energy and mental clarity to do it at all, or for more than a brief while.

Anyway... as it happens I felt a bit better at various points over the last day, and indeed also, presumably to show the Lord's infinite mercy, with more pain, but that is how it is, and in any case I found sufficient energy and clarity to write a new version of the quotation-server WoW (Words of Wisdom), of which you find the first version presented in Dutch here

As it happens, that is from two years ago, minus one week. The new one has more quotes and a better interface, as follows

It shows random quotes and authors' names, from a series of 564 from the Quotations-section in my Philosophical Dictionary, and allows paging through the series by the <<, First, Last, and >> buttons. It contains the quotes it displays, which is the reason it is 191 Kb: Most of that is the text of the quotes.

It's not difficult to write in e.g. C, Delphi or Freebasic, say - supposing you know how to program (somewhat) in these - but as I said, this is Assembly, which is more difficult than other programming languages, but has the great merits of giving great control, producing small and fast executables, and sitting very close on the machine (that other programming languages try to hide behind their particular abstractions for programming it).

Also, it shows one much better than other programming languages what is really going on in a computer, for in the end all works on assembly or machine code. (*)

I suspect few are interested in Assembly code, and more may be interested in some interesting quotes, but in any case you find both in

that is, both the program as an executable and the code Rosasm needs to assemble it into an executable, that in fact is also part of WoW, when you open it with Rosasm, so the code is enclosed to enable you to see what Assembly looks like in Rosasm: The code that is included in the zip = the code from which WoW.exe was compiled. (And you'll find that, apart from the quotes, it is not much code. (*))

Finally, I have written this myself and also moved the executable through an updated virus-checker, and it should be free from viruses, but if you don't trust executables, you shouldn't use them.

My reason to write it is that I like programming, felt fit enough to do it, think a quotation-server like the present one is a somewhat useful thing, and still hope to get better at assembly.

Have fun if you like: The quotes are good, and should inspire some thinking.

(*) Actually, most of what you see - the window, the buttons, the textboxes - above is Windows-produced, rather than pure assembly, but that too is not very easy to call from assembly (and much easier using e.g. Delphi).

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence".
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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