Don’t really get why you’d want to work at AWS or Google, other than seeing what it’s like (career tourism), or thinking it’ll help you get less awful jobs later (career austerity).

It caused me no end of embarrassment at work that to use a Node module, we had to either

- set up Python2 & Visual Studio, and make a local build, or
- download a pre-built binary from AppVeyor

and then keep the binary in a shared drive.

The Java people were laughing their asses off.

Now at home, I have some of the same incredulity: why the fuck does Babel need to build a native module, needing Python2 and a C compiler toolchain available? Come on, Node, it's hard to love you.


"Writing raw h or createElement calls all the time is much less fun than using something JSX-like."


"That wasn't true."

@wim_v12e SO interesting, thank you! Definitely reading is my favorite way to learn & practice (along with talking to Japanese teacher), and I put all the words I look up in dictionary into SRS to remember them—I remember them really well if they came from a book/anime.

But after attempting to translate a couple of song lyrics (not the easiest), and encountering a ton of difficulty, I think I will read and translate things that have English translations (Your Name light novel, dual text, etc.).

@Eidon Note that ok their website anyone can make courses and so there will be a ton of jouyou kanji courses 😁 you can pick your favorite one and start learning it on their website and then it’ll sync to your mobile app (if I recall, their app only shows a very limited number of courses). I have a pretty good set of automation tools to add CSV data to Memrise and upload audio/images for each flashcard, let me know if you need anything there.

@wim_v12e Is the Memrise course you use public? I'd like to learn more about your practice regimen. Does your 常用 course quiz on pure kanji->on'ymi reading, or vocab->reading, or…? Do you practice stroke order, or just recognition? My goal is to read a Murakami novel one day like you (well, some piece of long literature, maybe One Piece instead of 1Q84 🤣), I'm curious how you maintain that level of skill.

@wim_v12e ah right, life may require that you put a skill in maintenance mode long-term and SRS is good for that (and with remembering infrequently-used information like medical doctors have to do).

I may be able to get enough immersion without moving to Japan since I'm surrounded by anime nerds also learning the language with me 😅. Plus there's tons of Japanese speakers in the city, I'm sure weekly conversation practice sessions are in our future.

Getting used to Japanese's nouning and verbing, this recent podcast by the inestimable , "Verbs on the Move", was on point:

"We’re living this life … this thing we call reality. And there’s so many ways that a language can cut it up. And so what to us seems so obviously an adjective like hot or big is very often going to be a verb in some other language. What to us seems so obviously an action in some other language will be handled by a noun" (transcript!)

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点火: read "tenka", meaning "ignition" (the kanji 点火 can be "point"+"fire").

"Engine 点火", via this track "Dream Boy".

Learning 点火 above.

Risk 点火, frequently talks about risk ignition.

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There's people who use because they don't want to forget things they've invested time in learning. I'm not one of those people—I'm ok with forgetting formulas, APIs, and vocabulary as they fall away from my mind's orbit.

I use SRS for that transitional period, before I have a mental model that can accommodate old and new facts, and before I can rely on the real world providing all my contact with those facts. As soon as that learning ignition happens, and as it spreads, SRS lessens in use.

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Probably this line of complaining is moot—you can say is intended to prevent forgetting of a fact in the *absence* of contact with that fact in the real world, and that of course there are many facts that you encounter in the real world more frequently than the SRS schedule.

You can probably also say that realistically fixing a fact in long-term memory happens through any number of mechanisms (remembering an example of its use, etc.), whereas an SRS quiz usually exercises one.

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Spaced repetition system (, &c.) people cite psych studies that show how struggling to recall a fact (before finally remembering) really strengthens the memory—the more effort it took to remember, the longer you can go before forgetting it again. Corollary: over-reviewing doesn't strengthen the memory.

This is all nice, & it economizes time, but thing is, recalling a fact in the wild usually has a deadline—you need to read or produce a word right now. Tortuous recall is academic then…

If I were supa-cool, I'd twitch-stream live-coding the whole thing—analyzing the data and making the 2D array, and (the hard part) a website where you can draw a curve of your buys and sells, and see how different contours yield different lifetime returns.

I think there's a lot of conventional ignorance revolving around how much or how little it hurts to buy at a top, specifically as people try to justify buying and selling now. Something like this would help sharpen woolly thinking.

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I like analyzing the Shiller dataset of historic US returns—it contains monthly S&P 500 level, dividends paid that month, and the CPI, and other things that I haven't analyzed, going back to 1875:

In the past I've made a 2D heatmap, where one axis is buy date and the other axis is sell date, so the plot is a colorful right-angle triangle, color ∝ annualized rate of return.

Your lifetime investment return then is a weighted integral over a curve thereupon.

I get cold hands in the office, so I started drinking jasmine tea.

Proximate result: warm hands.

Ultimate result: I get to make Uncle Iroh references every day.

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apparently has a mantra:

‘Whenever anyone would over-complicate a discussion needlessly, senior executives would say, “let me remind you that we sell shoes, we are a shoe store.”’ (

Meanwhile, in a job listing:

is a technology company.’


Seizō is homophone with 聖像, "sacred image/icon" (and 西藏, Tibet), I could read a lot of mystic into this.

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- jōnetsu (passion, zeal)
- seizō (manufacture, production)

"Passion production" 🤩 as I grew older I think I came to take for granted that the fuel that I burn is free, but this turn of phrase (via T-Pablow's verse in Turn Up) makes me remember—when I was younger, I did use to frequently marvel at how easy it was to obtain or synthesize the passion that fueled everything I did, and how unusual that seemed.

Wherever it comes from, it's not slaked in near-twenty years, so I'm not worrying.

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御託「ごたく」:① tedious talk/impertinent talk/repetitious talk/saucy speech/pretentious statement


御託宣「ごたくせん」:① oracle

I mean… 🤔

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