I also picked up
- Herb Simon’s “The Sciences of the Artificial”
- Marvin Minsky’s “Computation: Finite and Infinite Machines”
Via this list of our wizened demigod Alan Kay’s list of old computing books to read. https://www.quora.com/Experienced-programmers-and-computer-scientists-what-are-some-really-old-or-even-nearly-forgotten-books-you-think-every-new-programmer-should-read/answer/Alan-Kay-11?share=1
You know. Vegetables. Good for me. 😴
After hearing about the #Tolkien perspective flip "The Last Ringbearer" by Kirill Eskov and trawling through https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PerspectiveFlip,two perspective flips I'm excited to read are:
- #Voltaire's The White Bull http://www.gutenberg.org/files/35595/35595-h/35595-h.htm#CHAPTER_Ia
- Margaret Atwood's The #Penelopiad (yeah, Penelope!): audiobook available! This is gonna rock!
Co-workers are all #Java-heads (no Scala), they love Java8 streams, and don't understand why I'm meh Java while <3 TypeScript and I've been slowly explaining the various magicks TypeScript types can do that Java type system can't.
Wish there was an article "what you're missing in your featherweight Java type system".
#TypeScript thing that is bleh, if `arr` has type `T`, `arr` has type `T` when I wish it was `T|undefined` since, hello, empty array? Elm and Rust I think type indexing.
The TypeScript way is frustrating because:
var x: Foo|undefined = foos; // actually type Foo WTF?!
Even though I defined `x` to be `Foo|undefined`, the compiler simplifies `x`'s type to `Foo` whyyy (v3.5.1).
I have to force it with appending `... as Foo|undefined`.
Very bad feng shui.
@22 There are a lot of people who should know better who want history to be a chain stretching from Greece to Rome to early modern England and France to Their Glorious Selves, and where every step and stumble prefigures How Glorious They Are Now. And that makes it hard to understand any culture in any period, because people are doing their own things for their
own reasons, not trying to fit into a story that makes people happy 2000 years later.
Maybe people who know me will roll eyes. So maybe I'll leave it at this—
Time and again it's been amazing to see how productive it is when I 100% assume the other party's good faith and therefore strive to bend my brain into a shape that can make sense of their hesitation, their suggestions, their desires. (Very Dale Carnegie "How to win friends & …".)
And that gave me a taste I think of life without this 'performative erudition' that Wiener talks about, that epitomizes insufferable HN bros.
I'm incredibly grateful for being prodded to practice a tone that tries to telegraph that I'm totally open to new information, to being disproven, that I care about understanding the other party's inputs and perspectives, to having my perspective broadened even at the cost of short-term things like the bug at hand.
I think I used to do this performative erudition shtick. Then I got junior devs with brilliant ideas. Then non-dev domain experts with razorsharp insights. Had to open.
‘tone of performative erudition—hyperrational, dispassionate, contrarian, authoritative—often masks a deeper recklessness. Ill-advised citations… thought experiments… humane arguments are dismissed as emotional or irrational… the origins, veracity, and malleability of those data tend to be ancillary concerns… message-board intellectualism … Hacker News readers who visit the site to learn how engineers and entrepreneurs talk…’
Ya, New Yorker piece on the orange site is 🤣
The last chapter of Miki Yoshikawa's "Yamada-kun and the seven witches" #manga (chapter 243!, she published it weekly over five years!) was directly responsible for the flurry of job applications I sent to investment banks that eventually resulted in me accepting a job at one.
I wanted to make three times as much money as Yamada, just like Shiraishi, his girlfriend and the first eponymous witch 😝🤣.
(Not a recommendation, it's terrifically long, but example of manga changing lives)
‘Though deficits in #Japan have been substantially larger than in the U.S. or the Euro area, they also have fluctuated in sync with economic fluctuations. The main exception here occurred between 2010 and 2013, when Japanese government deficits remained far larger than one would have expected based on the accompanying level of economic slack… this was a period when the Japanese CPI moved from deflation to an inflation rate of 3.6% by 2013—the highest inflation rate observed in Japan in decades.”
‘deficits regularly expand during recessions, and tend to contract during economic expansions. The public is sufficiently familiar with this tendency that large deficits during economic downturns rarely cause inflation pressure. Rather, I would assert that revulsion generally kicks in when deficits become what I’d call “cyclically excessive” – that is, persistently larger than one would expect, given the current point in the economic cycle.‘ —Hussman, https://www.hussmanfunds.com/comment/mc190805/
“just like the stock market can entirely ignore extreme valuations until investor psychology shifts from a speculative mindset to a risk-averse one (which we infer from the behavior of market internals), the tolerance of the public to hold the paper liabilities issued by the government can persist for some time, until unusually high issuance of these liabilities causes revulsion to kick in.” —John #Hussman, https://www.hussmanfunds.com/comment/mc190805/
“there is a remarkably weak relationship between #inflation and variables like the money supply, or unemployment, government deficits, or the amount of slack in the economy. Somehow, we feel that these variables should be important … but there’s no clear, linear relationship in the data between inflation and any of them… The reason is that the value of a piece of currency, like the value of any other financial asset, depends heavily on the psychology of the holder.”
The terrible news from #Dayton, where we lived before megacity, has left me drained. I feel waves of crushing relief and gratitude that I'm not there during the last few weeks (through "send her back", "no racist bone in my body", last weekend), there and surrounded by worshipers of il duce who'd be happy to turn on me if their messiah told them to, despite being a friend, a neighbor, a coworker.
The glittering city is a warm bulletproof blanket. I give thanks for it's welcoming embrace.
The article continues, on point:
‘The fears of people of color receive no such deference. Years later, when Black Lives Matter activists dared to protest police shootings of innocent African Americans, many politicians and commentators portrayed that anti-racist movement as dangerous—as a war on cops in particular and white people in general.’
trump-lovers will just say “see even Clinton agrees with our messiah”, the inhumanity of this perspective lost on them.