Google searching fun

To take a break I decided to search my own name on Google. It turns out that my homepage doesn't come up first! Instead the post about Phil Wadlers blog which I posted on LtU came first. It doesn't seem right!

Apart from that it seems that I'm the only (living) Josef Svenningsson which google has registered. The first link that doesn't refer to me is to a page containing the names "JOSEF ZACKRISSON" and "UNO SVENNINGSSON". That link doesn't show up until page seven among googles search results. That Uno's name would show up is no surprise since he is a famous singer here in Sweden.

On the ninth page among the search results is a link to a page containing information about a certain "Josef August Svenningsson". He lived between 1837 and 1904.

Well, browsing through all those search results it seems I've left a small mark on the Internet. I got quite nostalgic from many of the links I saw.



Yet Another Quote (from /.):
The price of greatness is responsibility.
There is a lot of truth to this quote. But it's late and I need to sleep so I'll postpone elaborating on this subject.


On having an open mind

It's quote time again. Today I read the silliest email sig I have ever seen:
Minds, like parachutes, function best when open
I don't believe in having a constantly open mind. One should have it closed and be very careful what to put in it, just as with the mouth. I read a quote about this several years ago but never wrote it down. Neither did I know who wrote it. After seaching a little on the web it turns out to be a quote from G. K. Chesterton. Is goes as follows:
I think he [H. B. Wells] thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. Whereas I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
When trying to dig up this quote I found a good article on this subject on the net called Close Your Mind. It discusses this issue in more depth from a Christian perspective.


A contemporary classic quote

OK, here's a hilarious quote. I was leaving my fiance's apartment the other night and she told me this:
When you're leaving seems to have a laxative effect on me.
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Phil Wadler's blog

Just noticed that Phil Wadler has his own blog here at Blogger. He seems to be just as creative as I naming it Wadler's blog. I posted a notice on LtU about this. It's going to be an interesting read, this blog.
Few people has had such a profound influence on a research field as Wadler. He's basically created several subfields in the programming language community. He started the field of deforestation (although Turchin's supercompilation and partial evaluation both existed before and are somewhat related), he introduced monads as a programming paradigm, he was among the first to recognize linearity as an interesting property for various things such as optimization and side effects. He was also one of the pioneers of lazy evaluation and he invented type classes which really makes him the father of Haskell more than anyone else. And the list goes on. So. As I said. His blog is going to be an interesting read.