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another coworker, on a past hack:

"There was a Ruby... abomination that someone wrote that hooked on the 'undefined method call' hook of the base Ruby object, computed the closest actual method by using Levenshtein distance, and delegated to that function instead."

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Friend says "Yeah" and then burps several times, which sounds a bit like more words

Me: Did you forget to null-terminate the string

it's really sad how many great people I follow on here have since disappeared

what noise did the nervous floating-point expert make when confronted?


you know what's cool? papers about raptor pursuit strategies - "Terminal attack trajectories of peregrine falcons are described by the proportional navigation guidance law of missiles" - "Hawks steer attacks using a guidance system tuned for close pursuit of erratically manoeuvring targets"

by the way the Museum of Mathematics is putting on a lecture about the mathematics of bird flight at

I've run a big text adventure for thirteen years (at one point briefly it was the biggest text adventure!) and if there's one thing I've about managing a big online community in that time that I'd choose to pass on as a warning to others, it's this: remove the people who don't like being there.

Some folks just don't like the place, or they liked it once and they don't anymore, and that's fine.

You'd think they'd just go somewhere else, and most do, but some don't, and those folks are AWFUL.

I thought of a brutally awful Japanese pun and I suspect sharing it here will help get it out of my head: when you spill some thin noodles, say sōmenasai

...probably doesn't work on multiple levels, least of all pitch accent, but that's what the disclaimer was for

old meets new

(by which I mean Java vs component video; I know they coexisted, but they're certainly not from the same era, I believe)

and it was on this day that I learned:

> Linux provides a file called /proc/self/mem which can be used by a program to modify its own memory

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Dad joke: my back is doing better than it was a few days ago, so... my back is back!


Started Hanasaku Iroha, after enjoying Shirobako. Pretty interesting so far, although of course it has its shortcomings (e.g. I could live with fewer, ah, womanizer characters in anime...)

born too late to explore the earth, born too soon to explore the galaxy, born just in time to witness every system on the planet being programmed in a language slapped together in ten days

why did the views on my github projects spike on valentine's day...

you know what's hard? having a chat conversation (via text, like IRC) with someone who obviously has >1 second of ping, so that you're each responding to the penultimate message, not the most recent one

alright I got it
for my youtube channel the intro is going to be a chair, and then me jumping into the chair from the top of the frame, and get this, I'm gonna place a minecraft bucket of water at the bottom to stop the fall like an epic gamer

(not serious, to clarify)

wanted: forum software that automatically closes new account signups once the number of mods drops below 150 times the number of monthly active users

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