Digital Arhcæology in Action

Since almost all work on the REFAL programming languages family was done in the (ex-)USSR, the most problematic part of dealing with that stuff is getting hands on a working compiler, interpreter, or at least an instruction on how to build one.

https://refal.net seems to be a pet project of Turchin and a few of his students. With the death of the language concept author, the further development ceased almost completely, and is only sporadically renewed in Ruᛋᛋia.

Whatever files were available there should be run under MS Windows 9x, so I managed to install one in the UTM emulator, which works surprisingly well given that win 98 came out a quarter of century ago. (However, setting up the equipment drivers was a pain in the butt like all these years ago.)

Windows 98 running in the UTM virtual machine.

When I downloaded the files, I found out a few funny things about the purely Ruᛋᛋian way of developing the software:

  • The help files are mostly useless
  • The examples are not commented at all
  • The instructions are usually written in a very concise manner without any second thought about the other users

The most recent works on the REFAL languages belongs to Alex Konovalov form the BMSTU, and some other guy whom I have not identified yet. They managed to avoid a lot of the issues related to the earlier implementations, but still, their takes on the language are rather on the research side, not on the ‘ready-to-teach’ one.

So, the search continues.



Au travail comme au travail…

Finalement, j'ai reçu une tâche qui demande d'appliquer mes compétences en Français.

Sans aucune pratique pendant l'anné prochaine, j'ai un peur, j'ai oublié beaucoup des mots et des règles de grammaire. Donc, nous verrons si je peux d'améliorer mon niveau et si je pourrais parler Français encore.


A Cool YT Channel: TIK History

A really cool YouTube channel I have been watching for three something years: YT: TIK History.

It is still mainly a historical channel whose author works with the WWII, but during the last two years, more Classical Liberal content started appearing there.

Since the author was diving into the innards of two totalitarian systems and refused to believe in the myths on any side, he finally discovered a really peculiar connection between Nazism, Fascism, Communism and the modern SJW agenda.

His attempts to untangle the modern mythology surrounding the present-day distinctions between the ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ (which are pain in the buttocks for analysing the historical literatiure) led him to Eric Vöglin's works and the analysis of socialism as a gnostic religion. And now he is more focused on some political philosophy content.

Pretty interesting stuff, I highly advise anyone interested in a fresh view on the modern culture war to watch it. And also, the ‘Battlefield Stalingrad’ series will be just a crazy interesting meta-analysis of the writings on one of the most important battles in the human history.