Ars Technica reports on Julia, an interesting language that is aspiring for pole position in the world of technical and numeric computing. The benchmarks are revealing. I'm most surprised though by the performance of FORTRAN. It still kicks ass after 60 years!
My grandfather had a wonderful shop in his basement. To me, it was a place of mystery and fascination, and I would spend hours wandering through it, looking at all the tools and projects in various states of completion. Not being much of a wood worker, I've never had the need for such a shop (not to mention that I lack a basement), but recently it occurs to me that my gear, computers, and software are my shop. This site is for my late grandfather and everyone else who takes personal pride in carefully executed work.