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Wednesday
Nov222017

"I'm not interested" - This totally made my day

Please read this, it says it better than I ever will be able to:

https://www.xojane.com/relationships/stop-saying-i-have-a-boyfriend

 

Now if for some reason you didn't click through, can I please encourage you to scroll up and follow that link ^_^. Do it. For you.

 

And do it for everyone else in our society too, reprogramming society away from patriarchy towards genuine equality will take conscious effort. For example, the glass ceiling is real, but I also think it's a problem we can choose to solve as members of society.

My words are not important here, but as it is my blog, I can place them here just in case a fellow INTJ or one of similar mind desires to know, for some reason I can't yet fathom.

In Math, I'd say something like:

"I'm not interested" > "I have a BF/GF/significant other".

The very fact that I need to pick an order to GF/BF/... and choose phrases like significant other over say partner in crime is itself bias. It's a shame I sometimes hide behind the alphabet here.

I love that that Wikipedia currently has as it's current heading "This article may be too technical for most readers to understand", but I'm also saddened by the fact that it means most readers may never understand it. My experience of learning inequalities in Year 7 was two weeks of metaphorically bashing my brain against the wall, finally "getting it" enough to go on to amazing things. Things like coming first in NSW in Year 11 Mathematics and spending 5 years working with Mathspace. But I still make mistakes with inequalities even today.

Now to return to the article's intent that made my day so awesome, I could be selfish and claim that in said miscommunication I even had that thought in one of my drafts (not that I can prove it except in my own mind), and stripped it out of the message in the interests of compression. But irrespective of truth that should be interpreted as pointless point scoring, so I'm going to self-pwn my mistake, admit that it was the wrong compression, and be glad I made it so I could learn from it and forever more just say and hope to influence others to say "I'm not interested".

Monday
Nov132017

Simon Peyton-Jones and John Hughes - It's Raining Haskell, QuickCheck and Fuzzing

Friday
Oct272017

componentDidMakeSense — React Lifecycle Explanation

This diagram is genius, alone I feel like it's grown my understanding of React by leaps and bounds:

https://medium.com/gitconnected/componentdidmakesense-react-lifecycle-explanation-393dcb19e459

Friday
Oct272017

Roll up of the fall of a government

So many failures, so very sad - enough to have made me cry on occasion and hang my head in shame for Australia. There's at least a little hope the next government might be a little better.

Barnaby Joyce, Malcolm Roberts and other 'citizenship seven' MPs receive verdict - live from the High Court

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/the-pulse-live/barnaby-joyce-malcolm-roberts-and-other-mps-receive-citizenship-verdict-from-high-court-20171027-gz9efa.html?sortOrder=LATEST

What did Bloomie expose in its Crapstralia series?

https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/10/bloomie-expose-crapstralia-series/

Malcolm Turnbull says the NBN was a mistake and may never make money

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-says-the-nbn-was-a-mistake-and-may-never-make-money-20171022-gz63yo.html

 

Thursday
Oct192017

Five years later, the Ariane 5 story is still my favorite software bug

I first learned about the Ariane 5 explosion, partly caused by reusing Ariane 4 code, around five years ago at a one day taste of YoW! 2012 in Sydney, where I was also introduced to Don Reinertsen's Keynote on the Practical Science of Batch Size (unfortunately it looks like the Melbourne copy of that video is not currently available, hopefully it comes back sometime).

In any case, still my favorite bug:

https://around.com/ariane.html

 

Follow up 16 Nov 2017 - It's come to my attention that Bugsnag agrees too. Good on them!