October 31st, 2011


27 Years Ago Tonight

We'd known each other about two months, having met under an oak tree at the Duncharloch demo, where I spent an hour or two extolling the virtues of the SCA to her. I was a college sophomore; she was a grad student holding down three jobs and somehow still managing to be interested in the Society. Since then, we'd been flirting at dance practice, and necking at Falling Leaves; we decided that Halloween would be a fine first date.

We went out to Grendel's, back when it occupied the entire building in the middle of Harvard Square -- the heart of the still-oddly-bohemian land that the Square tried to be. It was cheap and tasty, full of college students and post-students, deliberately laid-back amidst the lovely house around us.

I ordered the alfredo; she got the lasagna. As our plates arrived (small, but about right for a cheap individual dinner), we looked at the sides, and simultaneously said, "Would you like my tomato?". Of such things are fates built.

It was our first night together, and we were near-inseparable after that; by the time we actually married, we'd been all but living together for three years. We retained Halloween as our dativersary -- returning to Grendel's each year until the main restaurant closed, and afterwards declaring that it would always be a cheap but pleasant date night -- put out a little candy for the rugrats and then go have an evening for ourselves.

A melancholy day for me, this being the very oldest of our formal anniversaries, but a good one to reflect on many past evenings...

Scala Docs site

[Simply reposting this announcement, which should be useful to anybody using or learning Scala. The new site is still a work in progress, but it's already a great place to start for most questions.]

We're happy to announce the (beta) launch of the official Scala Documentation repository, at We're happy to announce the (beta) launch of the official Scala Documentation repository, at http://docs.scala-lang.org.

The Scala Documentation repository is meant to be a centralized, organized repository of many different types of documentation, including:
- Guides
- Overviews
- Tutorials
- Glossary
- Cheatsheets
- Scala Improvement Process documents
- the Scala Style Guide

Two equal focuses of its design are that (1) documents be easy for users to find, and (2) it is as easy as possible for core committers and the community alike to contribute and evolve documentation.

As community involvement is a central goal of the Scala Documentation repository, we urge those that have found holes in current documentation, or areas in which existing documentation can otherwise be improved, to participate and help us to improve that documentation for others in the future.

We are also happy to consider accepting entirely new guides/overviews, tutorials, or cheatsheets.

To submit a document one must simply fork the repository at http://github.com/scala/scala.github.com, add their document to the appropriate location on the site (written in Markdown markup), and submit a pull request.

For more information on contributing, please see http://docs.scala-lang.org/contribute.html

Feedback welcome!
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Heather Miller