The junk heap of (blog) history
A couple of years ago, I said:
I have an idea that I might inaugurate a new section of the blog,
called "junkheap", where unfinished articles would appear after aging
in the cellar for three years, regardless what sort of crappy
condition they are in.
Some of the stuff in the cellar is in pretty good shape. Some is
really trash. I don't want to publish any of it on the main blog, for
various reasons; if I did, I would have already. But some of it might
have some interest for someone, or I wouldn't be revisiting it at
Here's a summary of the cellared items from February-April 2006, with
the reasons why each was abandoned:
I would say that the aggregate value of these six articles is around
2.5 articles-worth. In all, there are 23 items on the junkheap of
calendar year 2006.
- Two different ways to find a number n so that if you
remove the final digit of n and append it to the front, the
resulting numeral represents 2n. (Nothing wrong with this one;
I just don't care for it for some reason.)
- The first part in a series on Perl's little-used features:
single-argument bless (Introduction too long, I couldn't figure out what my point
was, I never finished writing the article, and the problems with single-argument bless are
- A version of my
article about Baroque writing style, but with all the s's replaced
by ſ's. (Do I need to explain?)
- Frequently-asked questions about my blog. (Too self-indulgent.)
- The use of mercury in acoustic-delay computer
memories of the 1950's. (Interesting, but needs more research. I
pulled a lot of details out of my butt, intending to follow them up
later. But didn't.)
- Thoughts on the purpose and motivation for the set of real
numbers. Putatively article #2 in a series explaining topology.
(Unfinished; I just couldn't quite get it together, although I tried repeatedly.)
I invite your suggestions for what to do with this stuff. Mailing
list? Post brief descriptions in the blog and let people request them
by mail? Post them on a wiki and let people hack on them? Stop
pretending that my every passing thought is so fascinating that even
my failures are worth reading?
The last one is the default, and I apologize for taking up your
valuable time with this nonsense.
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