Posts Tagged ‘writing’

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Lone Star Swan’s written works

March 31st, 2011

Lone Star Swan, 16th Street’s favorite eccentric pigeon caretaker, was immortalizezd in a mural. But did you know he’s also a writer?

Swan occasionally hands out a piece of xeroxed writing; sometimes typed, sometimes scrawled; and often with a self portrait and/or drawing of a pigeon.

Yesterday, Mr. Swan handed me the following written piece as I walked by. Note the remarks throughout insisting that this be given to the press, so take note, media. (Click to enlarge.)

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Swan has been handing out written works for years — long before I lived in the area. Here’s a few he’s given me over the past few years.

lonestarswan - the return lonestarswan - 1-15-10 lonestarswan - 3-4-10 lonestarswan - 12-29-09 lonestarswan - 12-19-09

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Programming is a lot like writing

August 28th, 2009

Computer programming is a lot like writing. You use the same tools to do both (chair, computer, scraps of paper) and you have to follow a similar set of rules.

What sort of rules? There’s the strict rules, like syntax, grammar, and spelling. Then there’s the not-so-strict rules, like style and taste. Same idea, slightly different type of language.

Your program also has to “tell a story” in the sense that it’s telling the computer what to do. The stories have varying levels of complexity, but they often involve the same basic overall structure. Both tend to re-use tried and true plot devices that change the story as it goes along.

What are some differences between programming and writing?

  • No matter how great you think your program is, it will never be printed out on paper. (Unless you’re writing a book about programming, in which case you’re writing as well so ha!)
  • If nobody understand your book, it could still be a bestseller. If a computer doesn’t understand your program, nobody will buy it.
  • Writers don’t have SCO filing patent claims on their work.

Next week’s post: Driving a car into a lake is a lot like making silly analogies.