Me age 24, a moron: "I don't like that flamenco crap. I like things like metal, with nice guitars, and complex rhythmic and harmonic structures and..."
Me age 34: "Yeah, metal is fine, but I like things with nice guitars, and complex rhythmic and harmonic structures... like flamenco"
I've had this video on loop at work for 2 weeks now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYYDdn1rRKs
Daughter has reached the age of asking "why?" to everything.
"hold on to that cup with both hands"
"i don't want you to drop it"
"It's made of glass, and if you drop a glass thing it can break"
"because glass is brittle"
"because supercooling molten silicon dioxide makes an amorphous solid which is weaker than the crystalline form"
"the crystalline form has a tetrahedral lattice of ionic bonds"
"because one silicon atom can bind with four oxygen"
Alternate social media, by Sheng Lam
I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.
This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.
I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.
One thing that surprises me is how Spain has many super savory yet simple dishes that haven't become well-known outside its borders.
One such dish is this: eggs, potatoes, Spanish ham strips and small peppers (these ones are Padrón peppers), fried with some garlic in olive oil, add some salt, and you're done. Not exactly healthy, but tasty and nice.
This was our dinner today and I am fuuuuull😊
Me: OK, I optimized the hell out of this function using SIMD intrinsics and it should now be a lot faster than it was. Yay!
Computer: Great work, you beautiful genius! What a shame it is that you didn't actually profile the code before optimizing it, so you didn't notice the code is not CPU bound but memory bound. Your "optimized" code will give you a perf increase of approximately 0%
Nudity, Swedish children's book
Even after 3 years living here, Sweden still surprises me. This is a children's book that's sold in the biggest bookstores in Sweden right now. The title is literally "Naked butts" (or maybe, "only butts"?
This seems to be the author's blog: https://blogg.mama.nu/annikaleone/2019/04/12/proffssminkad-ny-outfit-bokrelease/
If I ever set up my own software company, please remind me to hire people with the job description of "hacker". Their purpose will be to answer to nobody and just go around the company fixing things that need fixed but nobody can really justify working on them.
We accidentally ended up with having a person like that because of some political fuckup, and it's *awesome*. Issues that bug people for years but never get fixed because they are low priority are suddenly done and everyone's happy
a fantasy world where all the techbro wizards don't know how to do any spells except by summoning this one demon who they've enchanted to conjure up a pocket universe wherein four imps will build a complex system of runes and inscriptions in which a goblin will finally step and say a magic word that the wizard could have said in the first place if they knew what they were fucking doing, anyway i've been installing ruby gems today, how are you
Star Trek TOS
I had watched a lot of TNG, DS9 and Discovery, but I had never watched the original series.
Yesterday I saw it was on Netflix, started watching the first pilot (The Cage), and I absolutely loved it. It does have the cheeky acting, crappy costumes and obviously painted backgrounds... but holy crap, the story is good. Especially for a pilot, and especially for a TV show from 1964!
Programmer in Frostbite rendering team. Spaniard in Stockholm
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