|Taoism, Alchemy and
@ this was a lecture on internal alchemy and
longevity given at Stony Brook University in
2003. Old recording with poor sound but audible.
Conversations of Taoist
Master Fu Hsiang: a short dialogue of ten parts on a
Taoist perspective on evil, love and the soul.
The Shen of Shen: a series of
aphorisms derived from Taoism and martial arts on
programming as an art.
School of Internal Alchemy; a nascent vehicle for my
current work in teaching.
I was active in
writing poetry between 1993-1996. This was about
the time that I started losing interest in the
academic life as I later recorded in Why I am not a Professor. In 2009 and 2010 I
experimented with putting two of these poems to
music and video. I also put several to audio only
with static pictures. I'd like to do more
sometime. I plan to put more links here soon.
The video poems owe much to
the genius of the late John Barry.
Video Poem: Playing Truant @
Video Poem: the Sacrifice @
philosophical logic, metaphysics and epistemology
at Oxford and my Ph.D. was in philosophical
logic. Finding myself without work when I
graduated in Thatcher's Britain, I became a
programmer and from there migrated into computer
science. I wrote an essay about my development as
a computer scientist and programmer in Hackers and Fighters. (with apologies to Paul
work for which I am known is in functional
programming which culminated in the programming
language Shen. There is a Shen language website you can visit which
details that language. Shen is open source under
BSD though there is a commercial version under
continuous development. Probably the most concise
summary of Shen is in this appeal of 2013 @. The Shen News Group exists for Shen and we
have 500 subscribers.
There is also a Shen under Twitter and a Shen wiki run by good people. Being
of the old fart generation, I actually don't
contribute much to these, but don't let that stop
If you're really
keen on learning Shen then The Book of
Shen (third edition) is the canonical text.
masochistic enough to delve into the history of
this research, Shen was a portable development of
a predecessor language Qi which is described in
this invited talk of 2008, Lisp for the C21 (.wmv
There was also this talk which predated Shen - The Next Lisp.
The was an old web
site for Qi was Lambda Associates which exists on
the Shen site as an archive,
During the brief
Indian summer of my time as a lecturer, I taught
discrete mathematics at Stony Brook to first year
computer science students. My notes eventually
shaped themselves into a text Logic, Proof and
The Bipolar Lisp Programmer: this was an essay which
came from my experience as a lecturer of watching
brilliant students fail. I've been scolded on the
use of 'bipolar' in this article. If you Google
this title you'll find an extended discussion.
Why I am not a Professor: this was my equivalent to
Robert Graves Goodbye to All That which
he described as his "bitter leave-taking of
England". This was my bitter leave-taking of
academia; the tone is deservedly bleak. If you
Google this you'll find discussion too.
In Defence of Open Science: this was prompted by a
deletionist removal of my work from Wikipedia. I
didn't put my stuff on Wikipedia, but the
resulting bizarre discussion prompted me to write
The next four were
my take on the absurdities of the open source
The Problems of Open Source
this was penned in 2007 and was the beginning of
my disfavour in open source circles. It was
revised in 2014 to discuss crowd-funding. The
article became recommended reading on some
A Reply to 'The Problems of
Open Source': this was the only intelligent
response to the above.
Open Source is Ceasing to
be Cool (2016): a less academic and certainly not
polite review on open source which compared it to
7 Reasons Why I do not
Support the FSF: a review of the hypocrisies of the
Free Software Foundation.