Not it!

I didn’t write [Carrie’s Dots][1] — but I did download it!

It was written by [Dr. Chris Hanson][2], a Chris Hanson who’s evidently still in the mid-South. Maybe the next time I get a chance to visit Mississippi, we’ll get to meet up!


LLVM terminology

I thought the proper terminology was worth pointing out, since I’ve seen — and heard — some misuses lately.

* **[LLVM][1]** is the Low-Level Virtual Machine and the project surrounding it.

* **[LLVM-GCC][2]** is a compiler that uses GCC for its front-end and LLVM for its back-end.

* **[Clang][3]** is the C language family front-end that is part of the LLVM project. It’s a parser, semantic analyzer, and code generator — in other words, a compiler front-end that uses LLVM for its back-end.

* **[The Clang Static Analyzer][4]** is what people have been trying out lately, to find subtle bugs in their and other projects. It’s a great tool.

I just thought this was important to mention, because people have been referring to “LLVM” instead of “LLVM-GCC” in reference to the compiler included in Xcode 3.1, and people have been referring to “Clang” instead of “the Clang Static Analyzer” in reference to what they’ve been using to find bugs in their projects.


New bike! Marin Belvedere 2007

I just got my first bike since junior high, and rode a bike today for the first time since high school! Many thanks to Meg for helping me pick it out and to Dan and others for listening to me ramble about what I might or might not want.

What I wound up getting was a 2007 Belvedere from Marin Bikes, in matte coal (of course). I test-rode it and it felt great, I could even shift — something I could never do in junior high or high school without losing control, damn post-shifters — and the only limit I felt with it was me!

So after accessorizing a bit, Meg and I rode home and then walked back to pick up the car. Cupertino and the South Bay in general are so bike-friendly I can tell I’m going to put a lot of miles on it just this summer, and if I get a good set of panniers there’s no reason I won’t be able to keep doing so into the fall and even winter.

And as tired as I am just from riding a couple miles today, it feels a hell of a lot better than contributing to the climate crisis while paying nearly $5/gallon for gasoline.