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Hugely relevant:

"one driving factor you often see associated with bubbles is new financial instruments that give the retail buying public better access … to the object of speculation"

"Hertz is granted permission, by their own bankruptcy judge, to sell stock in their company which has already declared bankruptcy, because due to weird mojo in the universe, there’s a small army of reddit trolls playing chicken with each other and it just might save the company"

alexdanco.com/2020/06/14/never 👏🎃

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Regarding last boost: crucial to note the difference between

- the bonds floated by the companies acquired by private equity firms, which carry junk rating and need a lot of sophisticated hedging to own, versus
- the private equity funds themselves (the owners of the former companies), which yield fantastic returns for their investors.

But thinking about 401ks buying PE funds 😱.

Instead, I'm enjoying revisiting the sordid details of the Guitar Center case nakedcapitalism.com/2015/02/en delicious.

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Did you look at Chucky Cheese and Toys R Us bankruptcy and said "God I wish I could have invested my 401k into those companies but they are owned by private equity who are closer to junk rating than the legal standard" I've got some awesome news for you!!! And since finical advisor have no actual legal duty to put you before their fees so I'm sure you will be very happy indeed

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"Geek culture isn’t suddenly left wing... it always was. You just grew up to be intolerant. You became the villain in the stories you used to love ..."

Analysis of a #TypeScript thing I did 

github.com/fasiha/deep-path-ty I learned a lot going down a bunch of blind alleys, and after writing it up, it seems like it's too pedestrian to have spent so many words on it, but I'm still glad.

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“A final important characteristic of Lisps is that they omit a baked-in higher-level programming model, be that object-orientation, category theory, a logic system etc, and any static checking system built thereupon… I was and remain skeptical of the suitability to task of these models …. The tradeoffs of this flexibility are an increased reliance on documentation and testing, and fewer opportunities for optimization.” —, "A History of " (POPL IV, download.clojure.org/papers/cl)

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For 48 hours I've been submerged in extremely complicated, hugely interesting, very challenging, and somewhat useful magic.

It's to construct a path into a big, deeply-nested object in a type-safe and error-minimizing way with all the editor tooltips and compile-time guards we need (despite 's doubts clojure.org/about/history, p. 7)

And while it's not as ergonomic as I'd like it to be, it's good enough & worth it, and it might pass code review.

Will blog publicly soon.

Taught a junior at work the word “bikeshedding”.

Mentoring, am I doing it right?

(en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bikeshe)

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I can only speak for and as a white cishet presenting man born and raised in the UK here but if you're in a room of other white people with their guard down letting all that whiteness out and you overhear something racist you absolutely need to challenge it. If you're like me you absolutely have been in this situation. You know the one.
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"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” "

MLK, Letter From a Birmingham Jail

Partial read-aloud reading list for white and Asian (south, east, & Middle East) parents to teach their kids about the oppression their black friends and relatives have to live with for their whole lives, and to inoculate them against utopian delusions that nationalist racists propagate about our country—

twitter.com/EugeneDaniels2/sta 🧵

mobile.twitter.com/ClintSmithI

mobile.twitter.com/BerniceKing

ecosteader.com/@emsenn/1042569

washingtonpost.com/opinions/im

“Containing the excesses of malignant narcissists is a team effort.” —, “Sand Talk”.

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‘Emu is a troublemaker who brings into being the most destructive idea in existence: I am greater than you; you are less than me. This is the source of all human misery. Aboriginal society was designed over thousands of years to deal with this problem. Some people are just idiots—and everybody has a bit of idiot in them from time to time, coming from some deep place inside that whispers, “You are special…” This behavior needs massive checks and balances to contain the damage it can do.’
(ibid.)

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We put on because they were designing a solar powered personal helicopter device, and we couldn’t stop thinking of Asakusa’s design of something similar in episode two.

When they self-deprecatingly said that others have probably discarded their design, I invoked :

“a lot of useful work comes from plugging boring technologies together and doing the obvious thing.” danluu.com/metrics-analytics

Lots of times the obvious thing is overlooked. Tho not necessarily in the field you want!

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Really quite surprised that kids love watching “Keep Your Hands Off ” because of the physical humor and funny faces—stuff that’s practically invisible to me. They also love (that is, K-On!), for the same reason, which I find really fascinating and bizarre—watching a show and they crack up laughing at something that I didn’t realize could be funny at all. We do live and learn.

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