April 12, 2011


me+ME: Why Assembly is good for ME


Yet another brief Nederlog, as described in the title, and continuing from yesterday - and by "ME" in the title I mean both me and ME, as you'll see. But first another assembly related bit - and "assembly" is a family of programming languages.

1. More WoW

I updated yesterday'sWoW - see my More and better WoW-quotes - namely by fixing a bug: I had not assigned enough space to accomodate larger texts, which upset WoW's Helptext. It should work now (and works in the previous version except that the author's name in the Helptext gets overwritten with "Enjoy!" )

The new version is here: There are further versions planned...

2. Why Assembly is good for ME

I like programming but am not often up to it, what with ME. But the last days I was relatively - I said: relatively, namely: compared with my normal average day - OK and used that to do some with Assembly (follow the link if you think of gatherings of people: I mean programming, on a fundamental level) and realized I have the wherewithall to put together a helpsystem about ME, that can display texts of tens or hundreds of files, in one executable, that displays them as hypertext, all contained in the executable.

This makes it possible to bundle huge amounts of written information in one hypertext viewer, and I mean to do so for ME. To see what I mean, here is a so called 'proof of concept'(*):

This is a base-version for a similar system with a lot more information, that in this way can be distributed to others. As is, it comes in a zip-file of 8 Kb that expands to an executable of 25 Kb, that when clicked pops up a help-system, that is self-explanatory. (It's small because it is written in assembly. It also contains all the texts it displays.)

I could explain a lot about it, but will not. What matters is that this is a means that I can use to gather and distribute lots of information in a single hypertext displaying executable, that may contain a great amount of interlinked text-files.

If I have sufficient energy and not too much pain I will soon have a version with information: The present one is mostly a stub, and a proof of concept(*).

Anyway... you won't miss much by not downloading, but I do intend to expand the version in the zip into a downloadable executable with lots of interlinked information about ME in that one executable.

(*) A term used by programmers (and no doubt by others), that when appropriate refers to the writing of a program that works and shows thereby it can be extended to a full program fit for a certain task.

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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