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Places, football, Facebook

Things I have learned recently, I think: Every so often, you figure out that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this particular time. That can be reassuring or frightening, I suppose, depending on your outlook.College football this year has been boring. Sure, I’m affected by not having a pony in the [...]

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Justice?, cats, resolutions, 2019

Things I’ve learned recently: It’s tempting to write expressions of moral outrage, like “Does anybody remember justice?”, but then you remember that yes, most people do, but they’d rather reach for revenge or outrage instead. Justice takes too long. It’s also too easy for justice to accept that the wrongdoer might not be so wrong [...]

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Things I’ve learned recently: If you really want to know if you have value, post something of questionable worth on the Internet. You’ll immediately have a bunch of people correcting you. That’s not to say you should post anything harmful – for goodness’ sake, don’t do that – but post something that makes an assertion [...]

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JNDI

Things I have learned recently: People still don’t really get JNDI, and the Java frameworks around today make it easy to ignore, even though it’s still a core technology. It’s not difficult to see how it can be confusing: context in JNDI is everything, and context makes it a challenge to create examples that make [...]

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Malazan Book of the Fallen

Things I’ve learned recently: Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen is better than A Song of Ice and Fire. Yes, I said it, and yes, I meant it. It’s very simple to explain why: Malazan was completed. I have very little faith we’ll ever see A Song of Ice and Fire to completion. What’s [...]

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Picking Content

Things I have learned recently: Picking items for these lists can be a drag, because I’m trying to be very careful to have positive (meaning “uplifting”) assertions where I can. It’s not a perfect system; even in this post I have “I don’t like…” but hopefully it’s neutral enough to pass my criteria. My overall [...]

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Short Term Memory, ReggaeFM

Things I have learned: If I don’t record these things regularly, they slip my memory. It’s not that I have a bad short-term memory, it’s that most of the things I think are cool to relate fly in and out – and my mind stays crowded. As a result, I tend to write them in [...]

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Consistency, Aquaman

Things I think I’ve learned today: Aquaman was a fun movie to watch with my youngest. This surprised me. DC is trying to be more fun and failing but at least they’re trying… and it’s a better movie than we’ve had overall. The Chris Nolan Batman movies were great, Wonder Woman was good, the other [...]

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Blogs are so eh

Things I think I’ve learned today: Blogs are so yesterday, man. It’s probably the medium and platform I’ve chosen – I don’t use Medium, for example, although I have an account there – and I don’t publish often enough, or with enough direct focus, to really attract users, because I’m really not trying to build [...]

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JUCE, tox, Euclidean beats

Things I’ve learned today: tox is a Python library designed to “standardize testing in Python” – including testing a given project across Python versions (so you could use it to create a library for both Python2 and Python3, and test in both environments.) I’m working on such a library right now; I am using two [...]

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