Website, Reboot

General ramblings about web coding, life and other stuff

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How big is space?

Last week, I attended a NASA tweetup at their headquarters here in Washington, DC. It’s been fun seeing how their tweetups have changed over time. They’ve definitely gotten bigger and people are becoming friends through it, which is really, really cool. NASA broadcast the tweetup live, in which Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock (@Astro_Wheels) talked to us about his experience aboard the International Space Station, tweeting from space, being the first FourSquare person to check in from the ISS and generally his experiences aboard for 163 days. A Hundred and Sixty-Three days! See the video here: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDlx2N6fpM4

During the tweetup, of course, people were on twitter like mad. During it, I posted a question:

How do you describe the hugeness of space in only 140 chars on Twitter? @astro_wheels did by posting pics on twitpic!#nasatweetup

These were some of the very clever and funny responses:

@LeslieFraraccio like Leary did, it’s a big bowl of spaghetti

@keshavkiran as huge as freedom of thought and imagination

@Ma2tew It’s Fu#king HUGE!!

@sadiecarnot It’s a 1st yr exam question: Describe the universe in 250 words. Give three examples…

@rhpteradactyl one question. Where does space end. And what’s on the other side? I guess that would be two questions duh

@AKposthuman “How do you describe the hugeness of space?” 10^500 potential universes with different physics on top of our Multiverse.

@bhagwandave staring into the eye of God

@solar_bud “you might think it’s a long way down to the shops, but that’s really nothing compared to space” – Douglas Adams

@notoriousgranma Yes, and they were amazing!

@thazmrplaya2u “Infinite”, there, I did it in 8 characters.

@phillypa800 HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

@madridvk The place where the Light gets old

@whiteops “To infinity and beyond”?

But this one is my favorite:

@Blackfireink I belive that Douglas Adams said that “Space is big. I mean really BIG!”

 

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Hello world!

The simplest of programs. Used to introduce a person to a basic syntax of a programming language. Here are some examples, in the languages I know (or once knew) mostly in the order in which I learned them.

10 PRINT "Hello World!"
echo hello world
:- write('Hello, world!'),nl.
program hello;
begin
  Writeln('Hello, world!');
end.
#include <stdio.h>
int main(void) {
    printf("Hello, world!\n");
    return 0;
}
PRINT @(34,12) : "Hello, world!"
Private Sub Form_Load()
  MsgBox "Hello, world"
End Sub
CREATE TABLE message (text char(15));
INSERT INTO message (text) VALUES ('Hello, world!');
SELECT text FROM message;
DROP TABLE message;
-- Or simpler yet...
SELECT 'Hello, World!';
echo 'Hello, world!'
<html><body>Hello, World!</body></html>
<cfset message = "Hello World">
<cfoutput>#message#</cfoutput>
document.write('Hello, World!');
print "Hello, world!\n";
<?php echo "Hello, world!"; ?>

I think that’s enough for one day, don’t you think? So, in case you didn’t get it….

Hello, World!

Welcome to the blog. What’s it going to be? Who the hell knows, but time will tell. Programming, ranting, raving (the good kind), it’s all on the table. So stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this awesome page, which I went to to help me remember how the heck to write a hello world in Prolog. (it’s been few years…) //www.helloworldexample.net/

–Joel