Thu Aug 23 22:02:34 2018
Add a digital protocell blurb, and update to reflect the fact that
I've, umm, retired, to work full-time on indefinite scalability,
robust-first computation, and best-effort computing. Living
Fri Apr 20 03:25:02 2018
Hey, let's try to remember to revise the revision history every once
in a while too. Which was brought mind after I used the slogan
"Truth is born to die. Quality is born pregnant" during Compiler
Construction class today, during an, umm, 'spirited' discussion of
the relative merits of 'git merge' vs 'git rebase' and 'git
Current status on writing is: Both an ALIFE18 paper and an
NSPW18 paper are now under review. We shall see!
Wed Jul 30 04:39:32 2014
Put up the final ALIFE14 paper ahead of the conference, and also the
author accepted version of the FTXS2014 paper.
Tue Jan 21 03:07:18 2014
Redo the web site build system slightly so we can make extra template
dirs from 'the outside', rather than hardcoding a single outward path
from inside the build system. In a likely futile attempt to survive
teaching CS460 and CS341 at the same time. Gah.
Thu Nov 28 08:40:38 2013
Update the 'An infinite computer' links to reflect the appearance of
'A Movable Architecture for Robust Spatial Computing' in the Computer
Journal. It's in the December issue; made it into 2013 right at the
Tue Sep 24 23:31:43 2013
Update the 'Laws for gods' links to reflect the appearance of 'Bespoke
Physics' in the Artificial Life Journal. Also redo the google scholar
links which all seem to have rotted like google changed its arg
parsing or something.
Sat Sep 21 10:46:13 2013
Add the 'Beyond Efficiency' video to the robust-first computing
highlight. Copy the PDF and bibtex links out of the highlight trailer
and make them more obvious, since the video points to the robust-first
computing highlight for people to find them. Conform the other 'top
highlights' to that style.
Wed Aug 14 08:21:22 2013
Rev the website build system to support incorporation of source dirs
outside the repo, so class web sites can stay in their own trees but
still reference config vars. Add the traditional class stub for 351.
Wed Jun 19 03:03:02 2013
Add a blurb for the Alife Journal paper, and reorganize the sections a
Fri Feb 1 07:16:31 2013
OK, well, at long long last, a complete home page redo. Goal is to
look a little more modern and provide somewhat more useful text and
links—in particular, relatively understandable research blurbs,
with useful links, for select work.
The previous 'design' had lasted, what, fifteen years? Sheesh.
Leaving this revision page plain.
Sun Oct 21 11:23:15 2012
Been a little while here I see ahem. Exponential revision backoff.
So, finally update the blurb to mostly track the mini-bio I use for
talks. Get rid of the 'free forever'
hit counter that has been dead for who knows how many years
— although the site and service appear to still exist; move up
the ashack counter I control instead. Add the Computer Journal paper.
Mon Aug 21 17:21:20 2006
Oh, man, missed a whole year. Again. Now it's time for CS259.
Sat Jul 9 09:58:42 2005
OK, off with the CS251. Also update the pubs a little bit. Whole
home page really needs a rethink, doesn't it, man, ancient. And in
more signs of futile middle-aged would-be circle-slowing
foot-dragging, I removed the 'in 1987' from the first sentence of the
blurb (and the 'in the last n years' from the selected pubs).
Also checked some for dead links.. Despite SGI being a penny stock
now apparently about to go under for the last time, the Futurist
Manifesto at sgi.com is still accessible. 'To the young
programmers of the World!'. Well, if the page doesn't vanish due to
bankruptcy, it'll probably just die of irony.
Tue Jan 18 11:07:42 2005
Time for CS251. Really need to put a few fresher citations on the
home page too, sheesh; not doing it now, of course..
Mon May 10 10:26:28 2004
Yikes, had a space in the 'link: ' thing on the google form.. Changes
the results a lot.
Tue Jan 20 11:45:39 2004
Uh oh, missed a whole year in revision land. So much for automated
revision tracking. Clean up class links: Out with the CS591, in with
the CS454/554. Now it's compiler construction time.
Fri Dec 13 11:52:36 2002
CS351 link goes back on hiatus for a month or so.. Freshen up
Wed Aug 21 10:09:12 2002
Time for the CS351 link to return! Also posted the tech report link
for the GECCO paper.
Thu Apr 11 12:11:18 2002
Added the GECCO evolvability paper. Once again didn't put a link to
the TR version... I actually did rehack the TR cgi script enough to
support a not-great-but-not-completely-ugly link-per-TR approach.
Sent it in to CS Support a couple weeks ago; hopefully it'll get
vetted as needed and installed some time soon...
Sun Jan 13 13:17:25 2002
Added the USM paper. Didn't put a link to the TR version because it
currently seems like our TR system isn't designed to provide a
link-per-TR. Let's check into seeing how hard that would be to
And since I was in there, I actually rewrote the home page research
interests blurb for the first time since I don't know when -- I
suspect for the first time ever. Still has pretty much
weirdo-sounding entries, just some fresher ones as well.
Also faded the background image a bit further. I had been wanting
to do that forever, since it really did seem a bit cluttering, but now
the page does look a little drab by comparison. We'll see.
Sat Jun 2 22:33:41 2001
Clearing the CS341 link. Now, it's sabbatical time.
Well foo. I also, at first, moved google to the top of the search
order, since google is pretty much my first choice. But then I
noticed that the AltaVista netnews search option had rotted, and I
just decided to get rid of AltaVista altogether.. That left me with
google and FAST, but I've really pretty much forgotten about FAST as
Way it really comes out is that, at the moment, google is really my
first and only choice in search engines for all but specialized
classes of queries..
And.. sigh.. got rid of my mailto: link. Garbage's getting thicker
in the in-box. Put in a dorky image-of-text instead.
Wed Jan 10 23:36:24 2001
And now the new millenium. Time for a CS341 link. Commented out the
LCDC link; will bring it back when we get the retrospective site put
Wed Aug 16 10:56:48 2000
OK, here we go, up with a CS491/CS591 link. It does start to feel
like putting up the link to the class home page is the real beginning
of school for me, these days.. Also, update the ReAL citation since
it's for real and not `to appear' any longer. Also, rolled the
Littman, M.L. and Ackley, D.H., "Adaptation in constant utility
non-stationary environments." In J. Grefenstette (ed.), Proceedings
of the International Conference on Genetic Algorithms, San Diego,
CA: Morgan Kaufman (1991), pp. 136-142. ref off the bottom of the
pub listing, judging it too old considering the limited impact it's
had (so far as I know). That means it's all alife papers now! Should
probably include some of the newer other stuff, too, hunh?
Wondering if we'll ever need to consider splitting this revisions
page. My goodness it spans five years already and it's still under
Wed Jul 26 12:14:25 2000
Time for a freshen-up. Taking down CS251, cleaning up the bottom
links a bit; it'll be school before we know it. Leaving Michael at
Duke since don't see a personal page for him at AT&T. Dick's
pipeline.com URL seem's to've rotted also; ditto Adam; ditto Neal.
Tue Apr 11 00:26:22 2000
Adding the AL7 paper reference, such as I know it so far, along with a
link to its living version. Also updated the Google back links button
since I finally noticed they support 'link: '.
Tue Aug 17 10:22:54 1999
Linking the currently-empty CS251 URL. Here comes school again!
Also redid the search links again. Added FAST searching. Flushed Excite,
because I can't get their flooping search page to work. Suspecting
cookies or the like, unwilling to invest the time to
investigate.. hmm.. invest/igate..
Sat May 8 13:02:01 1999
Hmm, seems I've missed a few revisions here.. Certainly have bashed
the page several times since 1/98..
So, reorged the search stuff at the bottom of the page, added Google! since so far I've fairly
much liked their searches.
Wed Jan 21 09:15:33 1998
Started up a home page for CS351. Here we go!
Mon Dec 1 03:34:00 1997
Was searching for a quote-of-the-day for class tomorrow and ended up
at a site (don't ask me
how I got there, if it isn't obvious to you..) with one of those
embedded AltaVista search sections, and decided to rip it off. As
long as I was into the home page I added a backlinks-from-Excite
button. I wanted to do the same for the good ol' boys at
Lycos.. but.. umm.. http://www.lycos.com/ reliably
coredumps my installation of Netscape 4.03 for Linux.. Way to grab
for market share!
Only three weeks left in the semester. How do I feel about that?
Also, hrrm, upped the counter width from four digits to five. Hey,
it's already up to 4413!
Mon Sep 29 01:46:35 1997
Time for a new slogif, eh what?
Tue Jul 15 19:58:06 1997
Yay! AL5 finally actually came out! ccr is
finally in print for real!
Updated some of the other citations as long as I was at it. Next
stop: A CS451 homepage with some content!
Fri Jun 27 11:22:49 1997
HTML corrections to make the page view better in ccr!
Also, get links in for all the core groups members that have home
Mon Jun 23 01:38:20 1997
Added a links-from HotBot button, just to see if I could. If you say
`no' to HotBot's cookie monster it seems to cough up URL's with embedded
cookie dough, and I just copied what I got and stuck it in the form.
God knows what that means for their report generation if people ever
actually start clicking on the damn thing.
Put the whole mess in a table to avoid taking up a lot of linear
space -- sequential FORM's seem to want to be on separate lines.
Tue May 27 15:20:56 1997
Flushed CS538. Added a mostly-empty stub for CS451 next fall. Tried
a new slogif.
Sat Mar 29 18:29:56 1997
Swung the ccr anchors over to point at
keys.ccrcentral.net, where the central key server now lives.
Of course at present keys.ccrcentral.net is just an alias, and
`keys.cs.unm.edu' is the CNAME, so the latter shows up in the browser
returns, but, it's a start.
Fri Jan 24 12:52:25 1997
So yow I've gone and made an animated gif of one of my
little slogans, as per the relaxation-inspiration of last Tuesday!
Funny how it worked: At first my `back links' button wasn't finding
anything, because I'd specced it all the way down to
begin.html, but nobody refers to that directly, just
stopping at ~ackley. Once I got it fixed Alta Vista turned
up hits, including the expected ones and a few unexpected ones. One
of the unexpected ones was Terry
page, and from there I found GifMerge, which did
exactly the job I was looking for, in combination with Gimp to make the
individual gifs. The results are pretty sucky but they're a start.
Fri Jan 24 10:35:14 1997
Just a little cleanup triggered by the dept's reorg of its website,
which had rotted a couple of my links. Time to flush the CS351 link
again, and create a CS538 link, as long as I'm here. Also updated
Michael's link now that he's moved to Duke. Also updated and then
commented out Adam's link
-- haven't heard from him since forever, in internetime anyway. It seems
Nelson's still using SFI as his web-PoP even though he's at the
Media Lab, so I left that one alone.
So, the old idea futures
link seems to have rotted with no forwarding address. That seems
fairly unusual; left me wondering if there was bad blood in the
move.. I figured it was unlikely to have simply died (but I briefly
wondered if anybody stood to collect on some proposal that it would..)
so the only other likely scenario was that it had gone commercial. A
quick sniff of Alta
Vista (although I'm using HotBot
more and more these days, for its reasonably unambiguous keyword
matching default) turned up that `Foresight Exchange'.
Also while hunting that down, found an example of
how to do a `back links' button for a page, so decided to give that a
No surprise, I guess, that the Cults page had moved, from the UK to
the Netherlands.. Good old XS4All. Hope they can hold
Amazingly, the Books link is still viable, and I'm still wondering
who or what wiretap.spies.com is supposed to be about.. Wow, I
finally visited the obvious, and
it seems to be in fact what it seems to be --- people big on the First
Amendment and doing something about it by putting up books. Good for
wiretap.spies.com! (At least they took their DNS name with them when
they moved last year.)
And it's looking like the Random URL/URoulette folks have
died off without any obvious trace. And I'm not even bothering to see
if I can hunt them down, because their `random' universe seemed to be
fairly much a bore anyway.. I always got like the home page of some
random sub-sub-municipality in sub-sub-nowhere when I tried it.
Tue Nov 5 17:25:12 1996
Been ages since I've been in to the home page. Time for the CS351
link not to be new anymore. Added a link to Elena's home page --
likely its first link, so now the crawlers will descend upon her. (I
Also made the border around my picture narrower. Tried getting rid
of it entirely but the thing started to bleed into the background.
BORDER=1 looks not awful.
So. Election Day. Too soon to have any early results. Damn
near took me longer to find the polling place -- due to Pershing Ave's
intermittent existence combined with my inability to count -- than it
did actually to vote, despite the seven NM constitutional amendments,
the six hundred `Judge retention' questions, the bond issues, and so
forth. We shall see.
Mon Aug 26 10:30:34 1996
School starts again. Put up a new CS351 link. Going with three
categories of lecture stuff this time: Notes, just for me; Handouts,
available before class; Slides, available after class.
Declared ccr wasn't new anymore.
Thu Jul 4 14:41:02 1996
Released the beginnings of a ccr site, so
finally updated the old comment about there perhaps being such a thing
on the home page. Also, left the test scan of the nice paper in as
the background of this revision page. It's 7.5K but what the hell,
nobody comes down this way anyway.
Wed May 22 15:38:59 1996
Unrotted the URoulette link. Deleted the Suck link -- hello, Frames+ads, goodbye
Suck. Deleted the CS351 link. Added a preliminary citationish sort
of thing to the AL5 ccr paper. Deleted the oldest two references
(Ackley, D.H., and Littman, M.L. "Generalization and scaling in
reinforcement learning"; and Ackley, D.H., and Littman, M.S. "Learning
from natural selection in an artificial environment.") since they're
no longer in the last five years. Jeez!
Sat Apr 20 15:12:22 1996
Finally upgraded my picture (the picture, off there to the
left, not the sketch, up top) to something that doesn't make me
instantly heave! Used #51 from dsmith's series! I must say "Yes!"
Mon Feb 12 12:20:43 1996
Unblackened my home page, my front door. Unblackened it, and nothing more.
Thu Feb 8 20:32:11 1996
Blackened my home page background to get with the eff thing. Since
the caricature was going to end up black-on-black, stuck in the eff
blue ribbon gif instead.
And as long as I was into the home page, I guess it's time for Dick's
and the CS351 links not to be any more.
Sat Jan 20 15:08:28 1996 Updated George's link. Got rid of the unhappy
Reorged this revision history back to reverse chronological order,
which means the link on the homepage doesn't have to be revised when
the revision date changes, since it will now always point to the top.
Don't know what happened to the 88 hits I thought I had -- it's at
52 at the moment. It's possible that I saw a '38' in the 'festive
snow-capped' font and misread it as an 88. This is more believable in
Wed Jan 17 19:35:30 1996
Made a new caricature gif with transparent background, just because I
Hey, the WebCounter
folks are alive again! All of a sudden I've got 88 hits -- and
many of them are not because I keep flushing the cache
and reloading the page to see how my changes look. I think CS351
students must be dropping by or something. Speaking of which...
Made a world-readable 'cs351' directory to stick outgoing stuff for
the class into. Made a link to it. There's nothing in there at
present, of course.
Also, recognizing another downside of doing the revision history in
forward chronological order: As this sucker bloats out over time
you've got to wait longer and longer to see the text you're being
referred to. With reverse chrono, you'd (1) Get the new stuff
quicker, and (2) Ensure the referenced stuff appeared at the top of
the window, instead of some random place in the middle like it does
Didn't do anything about it.
Fri Jan 12 20:10:01 1996
Finally realized that all those page counters weren't being done as
cgi scripts! Realized anybody could do it! Made one for me! Thanks
to the WebCounter
folks for making it free to the small fry. Of course, out of four
or five load attempts so far, their server's only responded twice.
Well, jeez! I tried changing the font and the fill colors and
such, and I've been utterly unable to get the count server to
respond. Not even going back to the original parameters, not even
trying to create another counter to use instead. Like the sucker
crashed. Starts to make me think that the caption for these counters
ought to be less like 'Visitors to this page' and more like
'Times the count server was alive'.
Tue Jan 9 04:09:58
1996 Yow! Actually figured out how to make a transparent gif
with Photoshop and Transparency,
following the instructions in H's FAQ. So I got rid of
the viral NEW! pic and stuck in one of my own. It's big and ugly but
it's . It's 860 bytes instead of 116, mainly because I
antialiased the text against the yellow and the yellow against a grey
background (before dropping out the primary grey with Transparency) so
I ended up with seventy some colors.
Mon Jan 8 23:29:37 1996
- Added a link to Dick's first home page. The first of my non-geek
friends to join the home paged! Hunted down a copy of the canonical
viral image to
stick in.. If URNs
actually existed we could probably shave a measurable fraction of Web
traffic just with that tiny image, not to mention countless 116 byte disk
files all over the place.
Also, tossed Letterman's link. What the heck was he doing in
And, unrotted the link to the Cool Site of the Day, whose days on
my page seem severely limited at this point, considering.. Back in
the 'old days' -- call it 1995, to be generous -- the CSotD was doubly
cool: Not only did it point at plausibly/perhaps/sometimes cool stuff,
but the very fact of its something-from-nothing existence and success
was cool in itself. But now it's just another commercial venue,
fundamentally. How long can Suck
avoid the same fate?
And finally, sigh, made the first revision to, rather than just
extension of, this revision page -- an act which, viewed from the
perspective of truth rather than quality, is an unethical thing to do.
Added a link to the archive of Esther's gingRICH interview, since it
was easy to find and made the page 'more useful'.
Ah well. My own fault. In the cards from the start:
Creators seek truth. Consumers seek quality.
Example: The whole reason for creating this revision page was so
that the 'truth', in the form of the evolutionary history of the home
page, would be preserved while allowing the home page itself to be
rewritten for 'quality', in the form of topicality, at liberty.
Fine. But this page is public too and 'quality' pressures to
rewrite the revision page grew as I started sticking all this
sort of marginalia in here.
Truth is born to die. Quality is born pregnant
Sun Aug 6 19:31:35 1995 - Started
making changes reflecting the dual existence of the
department-maintained page for me, and my own self-maintained page.
At the moment the two in the main duplicate each other; thought it was
time to personalize the personal one a bit more.
So, tossed the seal of UNM, and
inlined that old caricature I got way back when, at the Three Rivers
Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, now scanned, cropped, diffused to black
and white, and GIFfed into 2118 bytes! Tight! (By contrast, the home
page itself, sans pictures, takes over 4K bytes..)
Makes me think of the television show Brunner made up in, what was
it, Stand On Zanzibar? The TV had hardware so you could scan
in pictures of yourself, and they'd get computo-pasted onto the actors
in the show, so you could watch 'yourself' in all the romantic places
doing all the amazing things you'd never see or do in your hum-drum
moo-cow actual life. The twist was that the viewers never bothered to
update their scans as they aged, so not only did they see
themselves making love to some beautiful star or whatever,
they always saw their younger selves so engaged..
Mon Jul 17 19:57:19 1995 - Updated
the ideas futures link, which had also rotted. (The frigging
URouLosers still have something screwed up -- can't even get in
through the front door, now. It's become a subscription
service?! Give me a random break!
Also, did a first cut at an Emacs macro to update the revision times
between the home page and this baby. It's still pretty crufty.
Fri Jul 14 15:40:00 1995 - Updated
the URouLette's address since the previous one seems to have rotted.
Also, dropped the link to the idiot decency bill petition since we
seem to have lost that one for the moment. Hey did you see Newt the
Ging telling Esther, in Wired 3.08, that private strong crypto was inevitable?
Doesn't mean it'll inevit easily, or that he wouldn't take cheap shots
to delay or defame it, of course.
Fri Jun 9 13:29:27 1995 - Added
a link straight to URouLette's random-url script.. I suppose that's a bad thing to do --
bypassing their front door -- but it gets me out and randomized one click quicker.
Fri Jun 9 11:37:43 1995 - Added
a link to the lcs WWW-ified Info-Mac archive mirror.
Wed Jun 7 11:35:17 1995 - Added
a link to an 'Ultimate Mac' page. Is 'www.freepress.com' related to
The Free Press? We're betting no.
Sun Jun 4 21:26:58 1995 - Added
a link to the online book collection at wiretap.spies.com. What kind
of name is that?
Tue May 23 22:44:34 1995 - Added
a link to the petition against the idiot decency bill.
Fri May 19 00:22:57 1995 - Added
a link to cult stuff, always fun. But hmm. Beginning to see the problem with the
revision history concept, here. Would probably just rather have auto-change-bar
generation somehow. Man, just finished the Xanadu story in Wired 3.06.. The lure of
perfection.. The belief in the purity of the single idea. A tough go, that. And thus
the ccr slogan, Reifying reality..
Also, went back to forward chronological order, although that's backwards for revision
histories. Justified it by making the revision times be anchors and pointing at the
latest from the home page.
Thu May 18 15:29:03 1995 - Added
revision history. Noted that it's not obvious how to find the URL of a random page
you happen to have saved! That damn asymmetry of links again. Had to go back to the
place I'd found the URL to find it again. Put a
<base=http://www.cs.unm.edu/~ackley/revision.html> into this page for the hell
5/17/95 Created from the page Linda Atkins built to get me going. Used various sources
off the net for inspiration (including H's
home page). Used Netscape 1.1N enhancements, much as I feel I shouldn't've.