Xah Lee's Blog Archive 2008-05
The The Arabian Nights, translated by Sir Richard Burton and annotated by me, is available for download. Download link at the bottom.
Several programing tutorials and expositions are now available for download. They are:
- Java Tutorial
- Python Tutorial
- The Discontinuous Groups of Rotation and Translation in the Plane (geometry)
The download link are at the bottom of the pages.
Several annotated classical literatures are now available for download. They are: 西游记 (Journey To The West), The Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus, Flatland, Time Machine. The download link is near the bottom of the page.
My Emacs and Emacs Lisp Tutorial is now available for download. See the bottom of the page there.
How To Make Emacs Use Modern User Interface (computing tutorial)
Added a naked girl photo sporting the double-bun hairdo, at: Double-Bun Hairdo Babes.
The Operative Efficiency of Emacs's Deleting Text to kill-ring (computing; essay)
Emacs Lisp Idioms (for writing interactive commands) (computing tutorial)
Updated a vocabulary compilation page: Writer's Words.
Many countries, typically Europe and Canada, has high taxes on gasoline, so their gas is 3 to 4 times higher than USA. Also, some countries, including Chian, Taiwain, and mostly oil-producing countries, subsidize on gas (i.e. government pays some), so that gasoline is cheaper than market rate. See Gasoline usage and pricing.
Emacs wiki Problems (computing; essay)
Updated: Digital Piano Chromatic Abruption (essay on Piano)
Reread and cleaned up annotation for by H G Wells's Time Machine. (science fiction)
cleanup: Writer's Words (vocabulary compendium)
Following is a quote from Bertrand Russell in Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?:
What is true of Christianity is equally true of Buddhism. The Buddha was amiable and enlightened; on his deathbed he laughed at his disciples for supposing that he was immortal. But the Buddhist priesthood — as it exists, for example, in Tibet — has been obscurantist, tyrannous, and cruel in the highest degree.
See also: Li Ao on Tibet and Dalai Lama.
Added a image to: Toons USA page.
Image added to page: Asian Goddesses. (photo gallery of sculptures)
Spent 1 hour to update a vocabulary page: Writer's Words.
Effective Emacs (computing; tips on using emacs)
Took me 2 hours to update a vocabulary page: Writer's Words.
Crispin Sartwell Email on Government Power (a email from philosopher Crispin Sartwell on anarchy)
Blogs, Longbets.org, and Education Of Sociology (essay on the need of social education among programers)
≈850 pages of emacs lisp manual, now available for download. Buy Xah Emacs Tutorial.
Some Wikipedia highlight of Romance Novels (bodice-ripper)
Spent about 10 hours in the past 2 days updating my English Vocabulary. Putting words into a XML styled format with precise container on usage examples, source, etc. Also tracing the original Time articles the usage examples came from. Most of them are from Time Mag article of the 1990s. Not surprisingly, searchig the exact phrase can can locate the original article thru search engines. I've only updated about maybe 20%. A lot more work to come.
Youtube: Corpse Bride Piano Music (vid on piano playing)
Why women shouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton (by Camille Paglia, annotated by Xah Lee (me))
Texinfo Problems (computing; essay)
Spent the past 2 days updating the 3714 pages at XahLee.org. Mostly, internal changes on style sheets and html clean up. Effectively no content change.
Humor: Weird Al - White ＆ Nerdy (lyrics)
Added 3 YouTube vids of piano playing of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes #12. Piano Scale Practice; Liszt Transcendental Etude #12.