Thursday, September 29, 2005

Eating dirt...

It's late, but I am eating dirt... As in this little thought from St. Francis de Sales:
Consider that there was a time that you did not exist.
It's late, and I can't help but think to myself... my life is not so significant. The world was here and spun, lo, these many, many years and functioned just fine without me (except for the 70's - sorry, bellbottoms still don't make sense to me). And this little statement is worth a year of reflection. If only I could ponder this little thought alone before ever opening my mouth to speak in the future.

Let's look at the continuation of the thought, as St. Francis de Sales continues to point out in his "Introduction to the Devout Life":
The world had been around for a very long time before you ever appeared. The Divine has drawn you out of nothing and made you something: a son or daughter of the living God. Consider the nature God has given you. Your nature is the greatest in this visible world, capable of eternal life and of being perfectly united to God, who is the source of all life.
Quoth Wayne and Garth, We're not worthy! Quoth Christ, For God so loved the world... Our worth is derived from love. And as he said to St. Paul, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. And so, quoth St. Paul, when I am weak, then I am strong.
Sin... and Grace

Never despair...
... ubi autem abundavit peccatum, superabundavit gratia...
... and where sin did abound, grace did much more abound!

from the letter of St. Paul to the Church at Rome (Romans 5:20).

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

All the world's a float

I know the title of this post makes no sense, but, well, there it is... but seriously...

Over at *Coder Blog, Mike points out an excellent article at the ridiculous fish blog about the formatting of floating point numbers in memory. Didn't you know it wasn't particularly trivial to store fractions of a number with just ones and zeroes? I haven't thought much about the details for a few years, but here is a pretty thorough description, good demonstration.


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