two colums

anonymous asked:

I loved the scene between Collum Dougal and Jamie. It re-enforced the scenes in s1 where C went up one side, down the other of Dougal after finding out about the rent money then Geillis. I believe C was impressed by Jamie from the beginning, when Jamie skilfully navigated the tricky oath taking at the Gathering. In the end I believe C was willing to risk civil war within the clan backing J as his successor?/regent for Hamish until he was old enough to assume the mantel of laird of the clan.

I LOVED all the Colum stuff in 2x12! I think Jamie first catches Colum’s eye/interest with his volunteering to take Laoghaire’s beating––not just that he does it when there is no real reason for him to do so (he hasn’t seen Laoghaire in *years* and has been back at Leoch for all of four days, maybe), but the way he does so. The people in the hall are baffled at first by his actions but he certainly got their attention and held it, making them laugh and root for him as he took Rupert’s punches and when it was over he not only smiled but bowed to Colum before leaving. That is something that takes guts and earns respect. 

Then there’s the brilliant way that he navigates the Oath Taking––again, with a great deal of showmanship and getting the tense crowd in the hall on his side, charming everyone (except perhaps Dougal). 

Colum is a man with power but it doesn’t consume him or drive him. He feels the weight of responsibility for the men, women, and children of his clan and he respects that responsibility. Dougal has shared aspects of that power and responsibility but as far as Colum is concerned––especially through those scenes from The Reckoning––Dougal can barely be trusted with what he has, let alone with more when the fates of so many are in his hands. That responsibility is something that Colum can clearly see Jamie recognizes and respects, that Jamie can handle with the skill and care necessary to guide an entire clan. 

One thing that I found particularly interesting in 2x12 was Colum’s point that he didn’t think the men would necessarily follow Dougal, even with Colum’s endorsement. During the infighting of The Reckoning (though it’s far more apparent in the extended cut of the episode), the two sides (Colum/Dougal) seem pretty evenly matched in their support. But as Colum points out, only two men followed Dougal to fight in the Rising and if Dougal were the natural leader he thinks himself to be, more men would have been willing to defy Colum and follow Dougal to the fight. 

Jamie has a lot of Dougal’s, let’s call it passion, but he also has the control that a laird must have and exert so that passion can be put to effective use rather than take complete control. 

The biggest thing that Colum takes issue with when it comes to Jamie is his marrying Claire. In The Reckoning, he sees it as Jamie possibly being too blind to see what Dougal was trying to do in marrying him to an Englishwoman and it’s a disappointment. But by the time we get to 2x12 and Colum’s admission to Claire about her marriage to Jamie, it’s clear that Colum sees that Jamie went into that marriage with his eyes open and that he married Claire for his own reasons––that Dougal hadn’t pulled a fast one on him at all––and that Claire is part of what balances Jamie, what helps him to be as effective and understanding a leader as he is. 

S1E9: The Reckoning, A Recap

And so it begins. Eight more episodes of the most wonderful, badass show in the world. If we all can think back six months ago, we had left off with Claire in a rather precarious position and then Jamie bursting through the door, gun at the ready and pointed at the redcoated bastard Black Jack Randall. “Get yer hands off my wife…” and then boom. A six month break of Jamie sitting in a window, Claire bunked over a table half naked and Black Jack Randall holding a knife to her nipple. So, now that we’re all caught up. Let’s start the recap for this wonderful new episode.

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When you want to program loops in G15 PMN

A simple way to do it is by means of LL:nnn, where nnn is the number of repetitions you want. Then say what you want, and complete the loop with LO.

  If you put the stuff into card i:1 as above, then the command ^i1 followed by (on the next line) the command ‘cc’ to compile it, is enough to start it and get the output as shown above.

  In the example above–repeated after the output so it is easy to look at while also reading this text–you see that G15 PMN has two columns in each of its program cards. So the text above first defines the word ‘nice’. You see that the full stop is really, really huge, so there is no doubt that it is there. You also see that the characters as displayed there–and they are automatically considered as lowercase in these cards, unless you press SHIFT and get a dot above and to the right of this so-called ROBOTFONT (for it is suitable for low-resolution LED-displays on robotic instruments also)–they are rich in contrast, and that’s a GOOD thing for programmers. For instance, the ‘i’ is as different from ‘l’ and from the number ‘1′ as it is just about possible to get while still having a resemblance to typical English letters. It is also an optimistic font–it’s all pointing up, all over the place (except for the letter ‘z’, which has been mirrored, to reflect that it is last in the alphabet, and signifies typically a completion of something). Finally, let us also note that the letters of these cards are huge,–in fact, gigantic.

  Now all this sums up to what a programmer will want to have when truly complicated programs are made, made out of hundreds or even thousands of cards. Each card must be not just half-way right, or two-thirds right, but totally right–in a way. This exactness can be tiresome. The large font, the conciseness of the PMN expressions, the optimism of the bright green and the upward-pointing features of the funny characters, and the clear-cut contrast between the tools that the programmer works with–namely, first and foremost, text and numbers–all this adds up to elegance and meditative flow of programming and ease of correction, generally speaking. Nevertheless, every complex programming process will have moments of confusion, no matter how the language is structured, and how the routines are displayed.

  In any case, to return to description of the above: the first routine is called ‘nice’, and the second ‘lotsnice’. Lotsnice is defined like this:


So, the {menu} type of thing at bottom merely reflects what mode the card editor and performer, the CAR, was in when I took this screencopy. It also says that I work in card i:1. The {menu} becomes {edit} when the mouse is right-clicked. The {edit} becomes {menu} when CTR-W is pressed. To an artist, a smooth W looks like the metaphor of a girl’s mouse.

  The CE is Clear scrEen. If you omit it, the program will still work, but it will say YES! on the upper left to show that the program compiled in well enough. Finally, on the right column, at bottom, there is the zz type of statement. This tells the compiler that when compilation is done, then start the quoted function, in this case, the new function, or word, named lotsnice.

  To print out the text in B9FONT, which we made {actually earlier on, when the main language form was called Firth234 then Lisa GJ2 FIC3, the ‘fic3′ still being the name of the language place, with a mirror-site in one of the other sites in our Yoga6dorg search engine set of sites, run in the same language, which in this case is, you can use the two-letter (predefined) function B9 instead of the function PP. Of course, there are more such functions to place the characters freely on the screen. And in each case, you have the source of these functions, written in the G15 native assembly-like language, and which it is natural to get to know a bit about as you progress in G15 PMN programming, for it vastly extends what you can do with PMN so that you can do anything which is within the scope of just that type of Personal Computer, the G15 PC, as we have imagined it and realized it.

Note that the ‘zz’ command is typically the very last line in any program that we compile and run, and that is isn’t something used within a program. In other words, when we make a new word, a new function, a new program, by doing something like abcdefgh= then some lines then a dot (.), that’s fine, but the ‘zz’ won’t be found between the = and the dot. Rather, the zz stands on a line all by itself, and no dot comes after it.

When you have gone through this little example you have seen a great deal of all the main features of the language: and yet there is no end to how many books we can write about programming in it. But that concerns higher structures, techniques, approaches, methods, and getting used to using the libraries of ready-made functions, and such. Fundamentally, it always looks more or less like this type of stuff, though there are a few more features, such as how to handle long-quotes (quotes over several lines) and comments and such, that can be said to be part of the ‘syntax’ of the language.

Note that the command


is enough to start the program when you include a ‘zz’. If you leave out the zz, you can start it manually by typing in the name of the program. When you have a large program, with many functions or programs {or sub-programs} within it, and you want to check how a certain part of it works without starting the main part yet, you can leave out the zz on purpose; and perhaps put it in when the program is all polished and wonderful and ready to be published to the world, perhaps as a G15 app.

Anonymous said: I don’t get why Jamie’s uncles especially Dougal treat him so coldly. He is their nephew, their sisters son and seeing how he resembles her why the aggression?

Howdy Anon. 

Dougal and Colum Mackenzie are very calculated in all of their actions, not just their treatment of Jamie. I’m sure that when he was younger, they found it easier to be genuinely affectionate towards him - maybe. The show has actually done a very good job of getting into those complications at an earlier stage than in the books - since the books are limited to Claire’s perspective regarding Colum and Dougal, it’s a while before she completely understands what’s going on in their relationship with both each other and Jamie.

It seems to be true that Dougal and Colum were fond of their sister, Ellen, but that relationship was very affected by the circumstances of her marriage. In the show, Jamie tells Claire the story of his parents’ marriage on their wedding night but most of it is covered with Claire’s voiceover (though I believe the full scene is floating around on the internet somewhere from the Blu-Ray’s deleted scenes). In the book, it is Old Alec who tells Claire the tale.

“Oh, she had a tongue on her, did Ellen, and a mind of her own to go wi’ it. […] But enough sweetness with it that no one minded much, other than her brothers. And she wasna one to pay much heed to Colum or Dougal.[…]  Ellen was the eldest o’ the six MacKenzie Bairns - a year or two older than Colum, and the apple of auld Jacob’s eye. That’s why she’d gone so long unwed; wouldna ha’ aught to do wi’ John Cameron or Malcolm Grant, or any of the others she might have gone to, and her father wouldna force her against her will.

When old Jacob died, though, Colum had less patience with his sister’s foibles. Struggling desperately to consolidate his shaky hold on the clan, he had sought an alliance with Munro to the north, or Grant to the south.[’’…]

“I take it Malcolm Grant’s suit was rather firmly rejected, judging from his behavior two weeks ago,” I observed.[…]

“Aye. I never heard exactly what she said to him, but I expect it stung. It was at the big Gathering, ye ken, that they met. Out in the rose garden they went, in the evening, and everyone waiting to see would she tak’ him or no. And it grew dark, and they still waiting. And darker still, and the lanterns all lit, and the singing begun, and no sign yet of Ellen or Malcolm Grant.[…] But time went on, and they didna come back, and Colum began to fear as Grant had eloped wi’ her; taken her by force, ye see. And it seemed as that must be the way of it, for they found the rose garden empty.”

Sending out searches, Colum and Dougal found Grant and learned he’d been refused but Ellen wasn’t found and Colum began a more intense investigation.

“At long last, they worked out that [the man she’d run off with] his name was Brian, but no one knew his clan or his surname; he’d been at the Games, but there they only called him Brian Dhu. […] I heard tell later as they’d met at the Gathering, taken one look and decided on the spot as there could be none other for either one o’ them. So they laid their plans and they stole awa’, under the noses of Colum MacKenzie and three hundred guests.”

Colum and Dougal probably loved their sister the way siblings generally love one another, but she was very free-spirited and given to following her own inclinations - not something either of her brothers cared for much. Her elopement with Brian Fraser came at a time and under circumstances that made Colum look bad and had no political advantage to the MacKenzie clan - quite the opposite, in fact. Jamie looks a great deal like his mother in features, and while she was “tall and queenly,” he has the size of his father, Brian. 

Claire notes the way Jamie’s presence could command on many occasions through the series and he has a likability and ease when it comes to tricky situations that make him a natural leader - and an interesting prospect when it comes to Colum and Dougal’s political machinations within the clans and beyond. 

A specific part of the tension that lies between Dougal and Jamie is the prospect of Colum’s death (given his condition, everyone knows it won’t be too much longer). Rule of the clans wasn’t always passed down from father to son but through a more general election - it did usually go to the son or a brother… or nephew. So long as the man belonged to the clan he could be chosen as the new clan chief. Hamish was clearly too young and Dougal was already acting as war chief for the clan, handling travel and tasks that Colum’s condition precluded him from doing personally. As far as Dougal was concerned, he was the shoe-in for the next clan chief… so long as no one stepped forward to challenge him. Jamie was the prime candidate who could upset his plans for becoming chief. 

In the show, they do a good job of playing up the tension between Dougal and Colum but kind of gloss over the impact Jamie’s marriage to Claire plays in the brothers’ plotting. Married to an Englishwoman, Jamie’s appeal drops significantly as a candidate for clan chief. The show goes through the delicate situation between the brothers and Jamie during episode 4 “The Gathering” (specifically when it comes to Jamie taking the oath), episode 9 “The Reckoning” (when you get Colum’s reactions to Jamie and Claire’s marriage - which Dougal orchestrated), and episode 14 “The Search” (during Dougal’s conversation with Claire regarding what might happen if Jamie were to die and the Lallybroch property). There’s - understandably - a great deal more detail provided in the book - much of which comes from Jamie during his “honeymoon” with Claire when they’re still getting to know one another’s histories. 

Basically, Colum and Dougal have a tense relationship with Jamie because they acknowledge and respect the power he could wield as MacKenzie - and given the way Ellen had of getting around her brothers’ wishes, they aren’t about to underestimate him.