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02 May 2006 @ 12:44 am
Happy "I Just Missed May Day"!  
As the planets come into alignment, let us remember that a wet (yet scorching) heat will soon envelop the earth, flowers will burst from the earth half-formed (like orcs)*, the wolf will lie down with the lamb, the leopard lie down with the kit, and a child shall lead them.

Enjoy your days of dewy coolness now, for they are numbered.**

*I would also like to point out that this is the day that 16-bit NOP (Perform no operation) instructions occasionally become BAR (Jump and Save Base Register) instructions. Just as God himself intended, I'm sure. Don't laugh - it happened to me today.***

**Offer not valid for readers in the Southern Hemishere.

*** Actually, that was probably somebody else's fault, unless it's my fault for not understanding it. Long story longer, the alignment of the planets has made today infinitely more bearable than yesterday.
 
 
 
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: [Penny Arcade] Hmmm Ninjasdiscoflamingo on May 2nd, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Soon, I will be trained in the deadly but loving art of the broom.

No, I don't know either.
a certain brand of escape: fuji's lunar eclipseatelierlune on May 2nd, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Happy May Day. It's over. Hallelujah.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Devourdiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
I feel fertile already!
a certain brand of escapeatelierlune on May 3rd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
o.O
Virtual Travellervtraveller on May 2nd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
16bit NOP? Cunning. Not NOP NOP (0x9090)?

BAR not CALL? This would clearly make you a Big Endian man.

ret 4
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Killer Coding Ninja Monkeysdiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
This is a 16-bit fixed-point machine. Big-endian, as you say; the idea of little endian was still a decade away when it was designed. You haven't heard of it, because it's a secret :-O
Virtual Travellervtraveller on May 3rd, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Not that secret if I know it's big-endian. ;-O

The moment you mentioned a branch instruction rather than a conditional jump I knew we were moving along the 6502 pathway of history which roughly goes 6502->68000->Risk. Skipping a varietal few along the way.

At least you don't have to work within the constraints of a Harvard architecture which is something I do every day. Then again an Amdal machine is the most hooky thing I've had to work with; 1-bit processors arranged in a 2D matrix with 3D memory via a Cray slave. Gah! Bwain melting.
chadvalentinechadvalentine on May 2nd, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
I love it...
*I would also like to point out that this is the day that 16-bit NOP (Perform no operation) instructions occasionally become BAR (Jump and Save Base Register) instructions. Just as God himself intended, I'm sure. Don't laugh - it happened to me today.***

Someone's been coding too much, or not coding in assembly enough.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Dark Gardendiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
Re: I love it...
Strangely enough, this is an artifact of the DMA probe I'm using. Rather, the emulation layer between me and the DMA probe.

If I just say "fuck it" and hard-code the memory myself, it runs like a charm.
Gostor of Wafflekaulis on May 2nd, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Personally, I like leap seconds, because they happen whenever an esoteric clique decides they should.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on May 3rd, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
Like the epoch? Man, that's a bad-ass temporal measurement system!
Gostor of Wafflekaulis on May 3rd, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hells yeah!

Without the epoch, we couldn't have ephemerides!
Nightwalkerhalfawake on May 3rd, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
I would also like to point out that this is the day that 16-bit NOP (Perform no operation) instructions occasionally become BAR (Jump and Save Base Register) instructions.

I'd say you've definitely outgeeked me here.

Glad to hear the day was more bearable today.