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Jerry Coleman, Yankees Infielder and Padres Broadcaster, Dies at 89

The Wayward Word Press notes with sadness the recent death of Jerry Coleman, a Hall-of-Fame baseball broadcaster. Though I hadn’t heard his voice for almost two decades, I was immediately able to recall it, and how much pleasure I enjoyed over the years listening to it, on the CBS Baseball Game of the Week. That […]

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many […]

Unix SPITBOL 13.05 Released, With Support for Unicode

The SPITBOL project is pleased to announce that Unix SPITBOL 13.05 is now available. It can be downloaded from This release includes versions of SPITBOL for both ASCII (8-bit characters) and Unicode (32-bit characters). The Unicode version of SPITBOL (uspitbol) uses 32-bit characters internally. Character strings are converted from UTF-8 encoding to 32-bit characters […]

Unix SPITBOL 13.01 Released

The SPITBOL Project is pleased to announce that Unix SPITBOL 13.01 is available. It can be downloaded from Github: HARDBOL/SPITBOL: 13.01 tar.gz 13.01 zip This release supports floating-point arithmetic and save files. Load modules and the loading of external functions are still not supported.

SPITBOL Update: SPITBOL X86-64 can compile “hello world”

The SPITBOL project is pleased to announce some progress in porting MACRO SPITBOL to x86-64 Linux. (I use MINT, so this should also work on straight Ubuntu.) This version is able to compile such simple programs as “hello world” but is not yet able to compile itself. It can be found at It has […]

SPITBOL Status Report

Early this summer I started work on what I thought would be a modest change: convert SPITBOL from using the GNU GAS assembler to my favorite X86 assembler, NASM. I also wanted to do some code cleanup as part of this. Alas! What I thought would take a few weeks took a few months. I […]

SPITBOL License now ‘GPL V2 or later’

I have updated the license for MACRO SPITBOL from ‘GPL v3 or later’ to ‘GPL v2 or later’. This was motivated by a conversation with Rob Landley, who first made me aware that that GPLv2 and GPLv3 are not compatible. An explanation of why this is so can be found in the following post by […]

How to Write SPITBOL in Cyrillic (Russian)

I just noted use of a a search phrase that resulted in reaching this blog: бои спитболи The second word is SPITBOL in Cyrillic (the Russian alphabet). Ochen Xorosho (Very good). thanks,dave

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