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    Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
    2:54 pm
    Brief teaching gig
    If anyone knows anyone who'd be qualified and available to give a one day tutorial, in the Barcelona region, on the LispWorks development environment and in particular the debugger, could they get it touch? Thanks.
    Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
    4:05 pm
    ILC 2014

    I counted about sixty people in the hall — really not very many for an ILC where one might typically hope for twice that. I didn't see anyone from the CL vendors, hardly anyone from any of the other CL implementations, few people I knew from previous outings, indeed really not many of the "usual suspects" at all. But note that some of this works two ways: I could equally be upbeat and say there wasn't much overlap between Montreal and the recent ELS in Paris: this conference had netted a different audience, which is fine.

    My only fault with the program was that there wasn't enough of it. For an ILC there really should be enough material to fill four days. At two and a half, this gig felt like one of the European local meetings, translocated.

    As for the presentations: the one that left me totally gaping in amazement was the lightning talk from a 14 year old (sorry kid, I didn't make a note of your name) who'd implemented his own lisp dialect along with embedded image processing and all manner of other bells and whistles. Of the named speakers, I should mention: Dave Cooper's hands-on Gendl tutorial; Christian Queinnec's Small (but Massive) Open Online Course; François-René Rideau's CL scripting; Dave Penkler's amalgam of LISP 1.5 and APL\360; and Robert Strandh's SICL implementation notes. All that time we spent building bigger and better caches is now just history.

    My own (co-)talk about work on an NLP project went OK (I think). Judging by the questions, the audience found Michael Young's social science side much more interesting than my comments about the lisp, and I'm not going to disagree with them.

    So for two and a half days, some part of the lisp community had come face-to-face. We presented and listened to the talks, we drank the coffee and ate the food, we explored Montreal from below. And when it was all over we all went away again, back to our separate corners. I think the next "lisp community" meet will be European Lisp Symposium 2015, in London next April / May. I mention this "community" idea, because it came up in the panel on the last day, and it's an interesting thought to mull over: is there one? (or more than one?) should there be one? and if you had it in front of you what would you do with it?

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    8:35 am
    Montréal
    I'm arriving on Tuesday. Will anyone else be around before the lisp conference starts, and are they interested in a little touristing / dining experiences?
    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    9:17 am
    Our Sad Duty

    Letter dated July 23rd1987:

    It is our sad duty to inform you of the demise of Red Rag. After many tribulations (but no trials), it finally faded from insignificance into non-existence sometime early this summer. Owing to the absence of any corpse, there will be no post-mortem.

    The relieved collective met last night to wind up loose ends.

    Despite a long tradition, Red Rag was not in debt (we think). So the collective decided to return a portion of subscribers recent money (if you find a cheque enclosed, this applies to you).

    For those of you with standing orders, please cancel them immediately unless you wish to become an unrecognised subsidiser of the Co-op Bank.

    After outstanding bills are paid, any money left over will be spent on a wake for any friends or relatives of the deceased. It will be sometime in the Autumn, probably the first weekend in October.

    As complete an archive as possible is being assembled by James, so deluge him with any old copies, minutes or memorabilia... "Box 79" is to be recycled and the bank account closed.

    There will of course still be collective meetings, the next one is on August the 5th, but we do promise that we will not produce any more issues of Red Rag.

    On behalf of the collective,

    Genghis and Diogenes

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    Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
    2:37 pm
    International Lisp Conference, Montréal
    (Updated) Program and registration details of next month's International Lisp Conference can now be found at http://international-lisp-conference.org/. Note the changed dates; note that the deadline for early registration is July 14.
    Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
    7:12 pm
    Moving to Spain

    I've taken up a position with RavenPack, and so my 14 years at Ravenbrook come to an end. I'm sorry to be leaving, but I hadn't been able to generate anywhere enough income recently and something had to change. I've never worked anywhere for so long, and although the dips in available work sometimes made life very stressy I've also been very happy there. If you ever need someone to help you increase the value of the software industry to society, this is the place to look.

    A job! Lisp! The lean times are over! This is all very exciting.

    RavenPack are based in Marbella. We'd been wondering for some time whether we would ever get around to leaving Cambridge, and it turns out now that the answer is "yes". But it's all going to be very strange. My name badge might not be changing by very much, but there's no mistaking either consulting for full-time employment, or the Fens for the Costa del Sol.

    We'll be staying somewhere temporary over the summer, and then when the tourists have gone home we'll find somewhere to live which has space for visitors. Enough said.

    PS: leaving do probably Saturday July 12th

    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    8:12 am
    Was it any good?
    In the June 2nd 1987 issue of Red Rag: Thatcher's second term draws to a close. So prepare for the "Festival Season", highpoint of which is the solstice bash at Stonehenge, as seen on TV. Or for National "Marking The Routes Day", when people all over the country will mark the routes of nuclear convoys. Help Reading Community Farm Project establish a city farm. Go watch films at the Hexagon, which boasts Dolby sound and Reading's biggest screen. Or maybe you could write a piece for the Rag?

    No copy means no Red Rag, so it's up to you. There are lots of people who claim to work in a collective way, so it's startling that so few seem to apply this to their fortnightly Rag.

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    Monday, May 26th, 2014
    2:33 pm
    Wukix? I think this one's for you.

    From: "Daniel" <miller.app.packs.services@gmail.com>
    Subject: Planet Lisp
    To: ndl@ravenbrook.com
    Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 15:21:37 +0200

    Hello Wukix, Inc.,

    I would very much like to work with you on your app Planet Lisp.

    Lots of developers have worked with me before on a wide range of
    projects. Better rankings can be achieved for almost any app.
    Monday, May 19th, 2014
    12:54 pm
    Trash The Claimants
    In the May 19th 1987 issue of Red Rag: Not much news this time, but a vacancy for a Red Rag co-ordinator. How long can they keep this up? Bosses in Bracknell for example are refusing to touch the MSC's new "Job Training Scheme" with a bargepole, partly because they're no doubt afraid of catching something nasty off the town's 3000-strong mob of claimants; the Anti-Apartheid organises a National Sponsored Cycle Ride for Nelson Mandela's 69th birthday; the Conspiracy Tape hits the streets; and what are the chances of Mrs Thatcher not winning next month's general election? [cover]
    Monday, May 5th, 2014
    9:54 pm
    CLAUDE and CLAUDE-SETUP

    CLAUDE (the Common Lisp Library Audience Expansion Toolkit) exports libraries written in Common Lisp, so that applications being developed in other languages can access them. CLAUDE co-operates with foreign runtimes in the management of CLOS objects, records, arrays and more primitive types. Lisp macros make the task of exporting a library simple and elegant; template documentation along with C headers and sample code files relieve some of the burden of explaining such exports to the application programmer.

    CLAUDE-SETUP configures CLAUDE for your library.

    Rapid Example

    (defclass-external frob () ()) (defun-external (new-frob :result-type object) () (make-instance 'frob))

    and then in Python...

    >>> claude.Frob() <Claude Frob handle=0x200538b0> >>>

    Take a Closer Look

    9:51 pm
    Live and Direct
    In the May 5th 1987 issue of Red Rag: the only independent telephone system in Britain other than British Telecom is in Hull, where the telephones are run by the local council; while BP lost 50,000 jobs, Hull has a policy of retraining employees displaced by new technology; it is cheaper to subscribe to than BT and far more efficient in its service. Radio 210 reports that local anarchists have prepared posters, leaflets and stickers as part of a "Don't Vote" campaign; but you should vote for the SDP-Liberal Alliance because David Owen wants power and if we help him, perhaps he will throw us a few crumbs once he has leapt into partnership with the Tories; and the Rag has a recurring inability to decide exactly what is or isn't folk music. [cover]
    Monday, April 21st, 2014
    8:22 pm
    Worked To Death
    In the April 21st 1987 issue of Red Rag: a spate of suicides hits defence trade computer experts in the Reading area; a new pressure group encourages councils to enforce the laws concerning estate agents boards advertising houses for sale; the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has kept secret more than 250 reports of breakdowns at nuclear power stations; it takes twelve people to hold a riot, three for violent disorder, but only one for affray; along with Yuppies, Young Upwardly Mobile Persons and Dinkies, Dual Income No Kids there are now Yummies, the Young Upwardly Mobile Marxists; and Caversham has a plague of rhinoceroses. [cover]
    Monday, April 14th, 2014
    1:20 pm
    I'm looking for work

    I've been an enthusiastic Common Lisp implementor, developer and advocate for over 25 years, in particular with ten years at Harlequin and more recently as a consultant for Ravenbrook. I've worked with various lisps on a range of projects, from servers and GUI applications down to the LispWorks garbage collector. Most of the software I've written doesn't belong to me and so I can't publish it, but you'll find links to some of the libraries I've worked on here, along with a few papers that I've authored.

    My full CV is here.

    Working with Ravenbrook makes me part of a team. We're highly qualified mathematicians and computer scientists, we have a lot of lisp experience, and between us we can cover a lot of ground. So if what you need is (for instance) a temporary need for more weight on one of your projects, please come to us. If we can't help then we'll put you in touch with people who can.

    ndl@ravenbrook.com

    Monday, April 7th, 2014
    9:17 am
    Business is Business
    In the April 7th 1987 issue of Red Rag: 150 officers, 20 vehicles and nine months of planning and undercover work go into a raid on Mandela Court which seizes a paltry amount of soft drugs; one local person comments that "...at the moment cannabis is virtually impossible to get hold of", but adds "almost every other drug is available". The Police and Criminal Evidence Act's authorisation of prolonged detention of up to 96 hours for questioning until the suspect breaks down is in flagrant contradiction of the right to silence; Reading students protest about government cuts in arts education, a block to any kind of education which encourages questioning, analytical thinking and curiosity; how handing out anti-fascist leaflets gets you branded a fascist yourself; and under the powers of the Public Order Act (only three weeks old) the police have can control the size and route of marches, and the CND footslog through London later this month will be their test case. What will happen?

    On being challenged to reconcile his position as a trustee of the Vegetarian Society with the promotion of meat products he retorted that the Society's existing rules allow a butcher or even a slaughterman to serve on the Council.

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    Monday, March 24th, 2014
    10:46 am
    How to talk like a Situationist
    In the March 10th 1987 issue of Red Rag: it's next to impossible to say how much of Reading will be trashed by "developers" over the coming years, but it seems like nothing short of a market collapse will stop the rot. In its first year The Conspiracy put on over 30 concerts and raised thousands of pounds for local organisations; working people must organise together, understand the full implications of attacks on their living standards, and fight for democratic control over their own affairs; International AIDS Day is on April 3rd; and why you might say that the formative mechanism of culture amounts to a reification of human activities which fixates the living and models the transmission of experience from one generation to another on the transmission of commodities: a reification which strives to ensure the past's domination over the future.

    One might ask who exactly it is who gains - like one might ask how come there aren't any winos in the architects drawings of the latest Kings Rd office.

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    Monday, March 10th, 2014
    11:54 pm
    International Women's Day
    In the March 10th 1987 issue of Red Rag: the new Women's Information Centre has opened in style; the Night has been Reclaimed; Greenham women are everywhere. The USAF are asked to mark the anniversary of bombing Libya by suspending flights for the duration of an 18-hour vigil; the DHSS has no leaflets about the forthcoming changes in death and maternity benefits, but even if they had any they won't hand them out until the new rules have taken effect; an exercise in social control; another guide to safe sex; and Red Rag readers need "News on Sunday" - Britain's first national radical newspaper for a generation. [cover]
    Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
    6:15 pm
    LW-P4: LispWorks / Perforce bindings
    These bindings allow access from the LispWorks GUI to the Perforce SCM.
    control-x p e "P4 Edit" control-x p S "P4 Submit" control-x p o "P4 Opened" control-x p r "P4 Revert"

    It's been some years since I released version 0.2. Since then I've thrown out the COM bit and now it no longer crashes, even a little bit. Also, it's no longer confined to Windows.

    I've been using this (or its predecessor) daily for years. If I have any other users out there I'll be pleased to hear from them as it might improve the chances of there ever being a 0.4.
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    9:43 am
    Vote Labour & Still Die Slowly
    In the February 24th 1987 issue of Red Rag: Reading Council's Health & Safety Executive agree that the old bus depot can be demolished by a crane swinging a ball and chain, so long as someone squirts a hose at the asbestos as it falls. Red Rag challenges borough councillors to stand on the site during the demolition and demonstrate their confidence in this method. The new Women's Information Centre opens; the all new risen-from the ashes like a phoenix veggie dining takes a nose dive; and the current state of advice about AIDS and the HTLV III virus that causes it. [cover]
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    9:26 am
    More Actions at Greenham!!
    In the February 10th 1987 issue of Red Rag: despite Parliament being told recently that there were no women at Greenham, no fence had been cut, and so no money was necessary for repairs, small groups of women have cut down parts of the perimeter fence at Greenham Common every night for a week. The Wildlife Garden, dismissed by some as a heap of rubble, wins an Environmental Award; the Job Training Scheme is only there to get the unemployment figures down in time for this year's election; a Free Mandela demonstration is coming to London; and Veggie Dining have had more comebacks than we care to remember, had their cutlery stolen and been banned from most of the suitable venues in Reading. [cover]
    Monday, January 27th, 2014
    2:56 pm
    Meeting at the new Women's Information Centre
    In the January 27th 1987 issue of Red Rag: while Harbax Singh goes on trial for the murder of Gurdip Kaur, her husband is still walking free; the Women's Centre moves into new accommodation; there are bailiffs at the Blue Gate; World Education Berkshire focus on AIDS; BT are double-charging a "takeover fee" to house movers; Blowzabella are down one tunesmith; and the community engineer will fix your hi-fi, although whether or not he'll do this with talcum powder is a little unclear. [cover]
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