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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chain Letters Reach the Blogosphere

Taking a break from our continuing coverage of all things New York, I bring you the latest internet meme circa 2004. I've never heard of this event before, but I've been tagged. As in, I'm it.

Dave has apparently been hanging out with a dangerous blog gang, and I've been roped into his initiation. In order to spare his life, I present to you, an excerpt from Effective Java Programming Language Guide by Joshua Bloch.

While this may seem unnatural, it is necessary. It protects the class against changes to the parameters from another thread during the "window of vulnerability" between the time the parameters are checked and the time they are copied.


This is a discussion of shared mutable class variables being changed by multiple threads because the class constructor failed to make its own copy of the reference object. The book was actually loaned to me today by a co-worker who objected to my use of arbitrary boolean arguments.

Don't I sound smart.

As my final act, I shall implicate others in the communist conspiracy:

Dena - because pink is close enough to red.
Mike - because not everyone reads press releases.
Allison - because she's been missing since the tap broke.
Erin - because she's the queen of internet memes
Paul - because I don't have enough blog writing friends that I'm forced to double tag. (I think the double tag requires a book report instead of just a blurb. Get to work Paul.)

The rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post in your blog the following three sentences.
5. Tag five or more people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Alex said...

Because I don't have a blog:

There are three ways that two rings may be joined. Fused rings are most common, sharing two adjacent carbon atoms and the bond between them. Bridged rings are also common, sharing two nonadjacent carbon atoms (the bridgehead carbons) and one or more carbon atoms (the bridge) between them.

Checkmate on your "don't I sound smart" comment, Mr. Muller.

6/18/2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger mattjustmull said...

Perhaps, but you failed to link to the book you've just quoted!

6/18/2008 10:32 PM  
Anonymous alex said...

Crap. The reference is:

Wade, L.G., Organic Chemistry, Third Edition, 1995

6/19/2008 3:34 PM  
Anonymous yoda said...

How sad... How very, very sad...

6/23/2008 2:23 PM  

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