Posts from March 2002

OOP Myths

Ironically, [Object-Oriented Programming] is sometimes billed as “better fitting the way people think”. Years of meditation and study to learn how to “think naturally”? I am thinking of setting up a $60-per-hour consultancy to teach sports fans to drink beer and belch in order to “optimize their recreational satisfaction”. link via webword


I overheard someone talking about SportsFilter at some point during the LA MetaFilter shin-dig last night. This is excellent! It’s a MetaFilter just for sports fans!

“When I’m playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales.”

Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Good Puns

Three excellent puns, via eMail, from my mom: I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded. Without geometry, life is pointless. Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.


Poli High – Harry Nilsson

Pinot Bistro

You’ll have to trust me and just ignore what you read elsewhere. Pinot Bistro sucks.

Meditations on First Philosophy

Meditations on First Philosophy

This is a philosophy paper I wrote in my sophomore year at the University of Florida.

New Payment Methods Accepted

While advertising as a form of support for independent Web sites has proven about as effective as sugar-frosted dental floss, the Web still manages to serve as a massively multiplayer open mic night for many the aspiring writer/artist/poet/revolutionary. The reason for this is simple: money and fame have historically been a less powerful motivator for

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.