I thought the potentially very interesting Clay language was dead when its web site and mailing list disappeared, but in fact it just moved. It turns out, in the meantime, that they have just released a version 0.1 compiler, a front end for llvm.
When Magellan got to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America, the people he found there wore no clothes, and would lie down on a snowbank to sleep. If they could do it, why can't we? The answer, as usual, is practice. I determined to raise my base metabolic rate, initially by sleeping with one arm out on top of the blankets. In an astonishingly short time -- a couple of months -- I was finding any sort of blanket too hot, and now a sheet is plenty cozy at 60°F/15°C/298K. I still have a way to go before sleeping in a snowbank, but I have not needed a coat this winter.
Upgraded to firefox 10. Now it crashes unattended, again. 8 and before usually crashed in GC cycle detection. 9 didn't crash unattended, but crashed in regular use, somewhat less often. Now, the 10 crashes seem to have something to do with timer expiration. (Recall this is 32-bit ff running on 64-bit linux.) Maybe now it's just not fooling around for as long after it's gone corrupt. I count this as progress. [I spoke too soon. It crashes attended, too, and in the cycle collector; this time after barely 16 hours running; VSZ 3359988, RSS 2457468.]