Archive for February, 2008

Harmonia Sacra online

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Here's a labor of love: the Harmonia Sacra online. The Harmonia Sacra is a shape-note tunebook in the Mennonite tradition. Originally published in 1832 by Joseph Funk as A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, it has gone through twenty-six editions. This on-line version provides both seven-shape and four-shape ("Sacred Harp"-style) versions ...

Happy 77th Birthday, Dad

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

It was my father's birthday today, and we visited him at the nursing home this evening. We called several of my brothers and even got through to them. Steve complained that I haven't been writing much in my weblog--guilty as charged, but more than you write in yours, Steve! Dad has ...

Glitches

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Back when I was a child, I had two choices for watching moving images: watching live television or going to the movies. Now, we have a large array of choices, and this weekend we used quite a few of them, but it was interesting (and frustrating) to see the large ...

More better spec for Arc

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

A DESCRIBE form now creates a procedure, which, when run, returns a set of results, which can be printed. Also, errors in test forms are caught. See spec.arc Can an HTML format be far behind? (= test-basics (describe "Basic ARC list functions" (prolog ...

First experiment with Arc

Friday, February 1st, 2008

I decided to try to write a simple but useful program in Arc, the programming language recently released by Paul Graham. One thing I've liked about using Ruby is a testing framework called Rspec, in which you describe the behavior of your program in a kind of narrative form. So I ...