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quote Over the last 19 years I have used (in order) InterLisp, Franz Lisp,
IQLisp, MacScheme, Lisp Machine Lisp, Vax Lisp, Common Lisp (Kyoto,
Lucid, MCL, and CLisp), T, Scheme 48, and Arc.

It's Lisp I like, not CL. I think CL is pretty ugly and always have.
My favorite dialect of Lisp is T, which was developed (mostly) by
Jonathan Rees at Yale in the early 80s. T is the language Common
Lisp should have been.

If CL is ugly, why do I use it and write about it? Because Lisp
is so powerful that even an ugly Lisp is preferable to using some
other language.

quote For example, C permits an implementation to insert padding into structures (but not into arrays) to ensure that all fields have a useful alignment for the target. If you zero a structure and then set some of the fields, will the padding bits all be zero? According to the results of the survey, 36 percent were sure that they would be, and 29 percent didn't know. Depending on the compiler (and optimization level), it may or may not be.

quote No amount of language design can force a programmer to write clear programs. If the programmer’s conception of the problem is badly organized, then [their] program will also be badly organized. The extent to which a programming language can help a programmer to organize [their] problem is precisely the extent to which it provides features appropriate to [their] problem domain. The emphasis should not be on eliminating "bad" language constructs, but on discovering or inventing helpful ones.
quote When I see patterns in my programs, I consider it a sign of trouble. The shape of a program should reflect only the problem it needs to solve. Any other regularity in the code is a sign, to me at least, that I'm using abstractions that aren't powerful enough — often that I'm generating by hand the expansions of some macro that I need to write.
quote Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?
Mitch: No. What?
Curly: This. [He holds up one finger.]
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh*t.
Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the “one thing”?
Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.
quote «Необходимость и свобода локализованы не на одном уровне; свобода возвышается, надстроена над любой необходимостью»
quote I went to the sergeant’s room at the end of the hall. He was a real sergeant who took the job at Black/Foxe when he retired from the army. I told him about all the beatings and asked him what I should do.
“You want them to stop beating you up?”
“Yes, sir.”
“The next time one of them comes into your room, pick up a chair and smash it over his head.”
“. . . But . . . I can’t do that. What if I killed him?”
“You asked me what to do. I told you.”
I never went to him for help again.

отличный совет, на все времена.
quote When I got home, I didn’t tell my mother about the naked lady, but I did ask her what “fuck” meant. “You want to know what “fuck” means?” she asked, as she pulled me into the bathroom and turned on the faucet. She ran a bar of Ivory Soap under the water and stuck it in my mouth. “There! Now you know what fuck means.”

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quote К.С. Станиславский: «Внимание к объекту вызывает естественную потребность что-то сделать с ним. Действие же ещё больше сосредоточивает внимание на объекте. Таким образом, внимание, сливаясь с действием и взаимно переплетаясь, создаёт крепкую связь с объектом».
quote Кому не кажется верхом изобилия то, что есть, тот останется бедняком даже сделавшись хозяином всего мира.