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Ideas I frequently invoke:

- Philip Guo on silent technical privilege

- Bryn Hammond on silenced history

- Duncan Watts on cumulative advantage, or, MusicLab, in the top ten scientific experiments ever

- AnimeFeminist for their critiques and season guides

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“Fischer Black thought that got the right price within a factor of two about 90 per cent of the time… I knew Fischer pretty well, and he didn’t throw numbers like those around lightly; he thought long and hard about them, even though they sound like the kind of rough figures other people would come up with quickly. We argued quite a bit about them, and I pushed for ‘within a factor of two about half the time’.” —Aaron Brown

*Financial Risk Management for Dummies* chapter 4 = 🔥

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“Taking less risk than is optimal is not safer; it just locks in a worse outcome. In competitive fields, doing less than the best often means failing completely. Taking more risk than is optimal also results in a worse outcome, and often leads to complete disaster.”
—Aaron Brown, “Red-Blooded Risk”

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Saw a template for an email that the diversity recruiting team at work was putting together—a woman at a whiteboard writing toy Java code, the fucking longest substring ☠️😵🔫, and sent them the press release from NCSU posted above.

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😨😱: "I'm going back to work half-days"
🤔😅: "But don't worry, I'll be in the clean room"

To print the of each line in a file in instead of hex, use this handy trick:

cat file | while read i; do
echo $i; # print the line
echo -n $i | md5sum | xxd -r -p | base64;

md5sum prints the result in hex, which `xxd -r` reverses to binary and which `base64` re-encodes.

Also, echo needs `-n` to avoid printing the newline—a newline would ruin the checksum.

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An idle thought—

Is harder to learn or teach than ?

Via Tony Lin

is commonly referred on internet as “The King of Knowing”(). The nickname is used by all sides & comes from his catchphrase “nobody knows xxx more than me”‘

懂王 according to Pleco is “dong3 wang2”. A reasonable rendering would be “tōō” (“tou ou”), which is extra special I feel 🤣.

But I couldn't stomach another frontend project with Browserify and 1+ second builds. Snowpack is much better, now that I've sorted out the bullshit.

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Started using and I don't know how beginner coders do it.

Anything other than what you've done before and what stupidities you've gotten inured to is just often so insanely difficult.

But I do wonder if my lifestyle is to blame though—just ran into a bug because JavaScript's JSON codec sends Infinity to null 🤬, and moreover how for months I didn't realize this because, of course, I was writing and reading this JSON in Python & Java, who DO sanely handle ∞.

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some Japanese mastodon slang (1/2):

paoru パオる (from pao, 'toot'): to use masto (wider in usage than 'to toot')

paopao-sio: let's masto

paorā 'paorer': mastodonter, masto user

-pau: present progressive aspect; elephant version of Twitter -nau (<'now')

zōge 'tusk': lol (laugh = warai = w = looks like a bit of grass = kusa 'grass' (normal Internet slang) → looks like elephant tusks (Masto parody))

kiba-haeru 'to sprout tusks': similar play on kusa-haeru 'to sprout grass' (= wwww = laughs)

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in the absence of words like "doch", the contour can be used to disambiguate tag-negative questions:

— so you don't like maple syrup?
— no˦˨ (, I don’t).
— no˦˨˦ (, I do like it.)

this kind of thing is why I reject the exoticisation of lexical tone as inhumanly hard and fussy. languages like English already have all sorts of sophisticated mappings between pitch and meaning; lexical tone is just doing that at the lexical level (which cases like 'quite' come quite˦˨ close to.)


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"researchers significantly improved the ability of native English speakers to distinguish between Mandarin tones by using precisely timed, non-invasive stimulation of the vagus nerve … vagus nerve stimulation allowed research participants to pick up some tones twice as quickly."

Misc notes—

I'm keeping a daily diary of how much of what I pages read (page numbers and, before, when I was bookmarking definitions in the dictionary app, of how many bookmarks I added that day).

is freakily easy to buy books on. I'm hyped because I bought the two Eccentric Family novels. (Something Khatzumoto once wrote, "own before you pwn".)

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I didn't expect to start a novel so soon, I have five other Tokuma Ghibli picture books to still read.

Previously I dipped into various novels (print & ebook)—the "Summer Wars" light novel (print) or the "Voices of a Distant Star" light novel (ebook; both full furigana)—and usually got quickly discouraged by the intricate grammar.

Just Because! novel arrested me—first pages were pure exposition, comprehensible with lovely kango imagery. And I'm intimately familiar with the story (5% read).

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If anyone cares, my approach to free reading: the Tokuma picture books of Studio Ghibli films I read alongside a Japanese dictionary app and just manually look up & bookmark words I didn't know (~3.0 bookmarks/page, 10~15 sentences/page; few kanji, full furigana).

Just Because! novel—full kanji, no furigana—I bought on BookWalker, and… I OCR screenshots via Google Translate & add furigana via MeCab on computer, and just free-read with macOS

Fun fun fun fun fun!

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I'm going to have to learn height in centimeters aren't I.

In novel, the one bro is a 160 cm pudding-head, the other is a 180 cm glasses-wearer ("megane").

Shoutout to my free reading mentors, first Wim who set the wheel turning in my head and then Melissa who gave that wheel a big whack—I'm spending 1~2+ hours a day reading, first the Whisper of the Heart picture book (~100 pages with lots of stills from the film—Tokuma has a big series of these books) and now this great novel.

"reducing cultural conflict" 

Thread with sordid details about international schools in Japan:

A favorite term of art: "credit event" for a bankruptcy that you either bought or sold insurance for.

I was thinking specifically of the insane pressure and extremely unusual demands South Asian parents tend to place on their American-raised kids, how that parenting style might transplant poorly to a new land not used to dealing with its side-effects, and how that might be the largest risk I can see standing in the way of the child attending college (or apprenticeship, etc.).

I'm not sure I did the best thing by framing it as a culture gap but maybe it's approachable and convincing.

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Coworker asked about investing for their baby's college fund, & after talking about risk of stocks versus money market etc., for the first time ever I voiced a concern I must have had for a while—

"You know, the other big risk to your plans for your kid's college is the challenge you face as South Asian immigrants raising a child in America—the cultural gap between your childhood and your kid's. Improving your skill at parenting multicultural kids might be your best investment."

Now I'm like 🤭

While doing some more research, I see that Firefox at least supports better search by using <rb> in <ruby>, which I haven't tried in a while. This allows you to basically separate the main line of text with the over line so searching (within <ruby> tags) will work. E.g., in Firefox.

However, Chrome and Safari butcher <rb> tags. They only seem to support <ruby>main<rt>over</rt></ruby> case, with the broken search. At least it looks reasonable.

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