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...that she might be a sufficient reason for young Candide

and he for her

March 19th, 2001

CD's and vi @ 01:05 am

Current Mood: satisfied
Current Music: High Fidelity ST

Two things to say before I go home and watch my rental, 'Almost Famous'.

One, I bought four CD's last week, all sound tracks: Snatch, High Fidelity, Good Will Hunting, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. THEY ALL KICK ASS. I think this is the first time I have bought more than one CD at a time and not had at least one be mediocre or complete crap. Very cool.

Two, I really must learn vi/vim. I have played with it a little and I am very excited by the way it feels. I'm a huge emacs fan, and have no plans of renouncing it as a faith, but I suspect there is room in this pantheon for two gods (and damn the masses!). Perhaps that will be a good side project (read: excuse to procrastinate) this summer. Woo! I should comment here that as obsessed as Brad is with coding, I am with understanding and exploiting my tools. If I had a little more ability to focus, I'd actually contribute to some of their development. GCC in particular would be a worthy use of my time. Or for that matter making GDB compliant with GCC 3.0. But I digress.
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Date:March 18th, 2001 10:15 pm (UTC)
I've learned vi enough to use it when I'm thrown into it, or when I know emacs is going to open a new X window and I'd rather just edit it in the console. (too lazy to type DISPLAY="" emacs)

It is pretty cool. Prefixing any command with a number is neat. (like C-u in emacs ... but easier to use)
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Date:March 18th, 2001 11:10 pm (UTC)
Interestingly the strongest parallel to be drawn is to Nethack. When played by Real Men (tm) (i.e. with hardcore keybindings and ascii graphics) nethack and vi are astonishingly similar. I saw one proponent of vi claiming that nethack was his favorite game, and the thing he liked best about vi was that it made text editing feel like a game as well. This was when I started taking vi seriously for the first time. When I tried it myself, I realized just how true his words had been. Ever since then I've been dying to learn. A nifty side effect of switching to vi(m) as a primary editor is that I'd be forced to actually learn all the various tools that are part of typical *nix systems, like find, sort, and etc. This would in my mind be a very high and worthy end. Nethack is my favorite game. I want vi to be my favorite editor. It will be done. Mark my words.

...that she might be a sufficient reason for young Candide

and he for her