Yet Another Compiler Compiler or yacc. From the way it was named it sounds like the latest tool in compiler building, right? But actually it is old and venerable. Please don't email to tell me about the much better tools out there. I refer you to the Wikipedia topic on compiler-compilers.
Saw my previous post? Hey Yacc is only half the battle. So why don't I give it all away and post the lexical analyzer too? OK I will. But I hope you appreciate how difficult it was to post this code since many of the characters in here have meaning to html as well.
Hopefully no errors have crept in with all of the escaped character codes I had to add to please html.
It occurred to me after wandering around my house changing all the clocks that maybe the bewitching hour should be updated for the new millennium. In my home there is only one clock left with hands that point straight up at midnight. Maybe the old stories should be changed for the new clocks. Maybe Cinderella's carriage should turn into a pumpkin at the time 12:34.
Recently there has been a lot of news about the security of Mac OS X. A lot of the press would like to sell the idea that the Mac isn't fundamentally any more secure than any other operating system (read Windows). The reasoning is based upon popularity. Surely the less popular operating system has fewer problems because it naturally has fewer attackers.
Whenever I hear that message I often come to the same conclusion. If my call really was important then they would increase their service staff so I could speak to a human being right away. Instead you wait. You wait while your children fight. You wait while someone rings the doorbell. You wait all the way through an episode of some program you'd never watch on TV except for the fact that you are sitting around waiting. Of course if you finally get service of some sort it ends up being no better than a voice menu system that doesn't have any options you want.
I was reading the news feeds as I sometimes do and after reading an article entitled Bush Defends Calling DeLay Not Guilty I just started laughing out loud. Then it hit me. I have not seen a single comic do a funny imitation of George Bush. I've seen a few body doubles, but they were just NOT funny. Jon Stewart does a lame Bush satire at best. Yet he is hilariously funny. Why? Because he plays off of news footage of George Bush just being himself.