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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

Kind of annoyed , the computer science professor whose superb reflections on tech privilege I have in a pinned toot, can’t maintain a blog site and broke my link. Wayback Machine to the rescue—

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@22 grep tip:

grep -rni --exclude-dir=node_modules --include='*.ts' drain

to do same.

It's not but rather a tip: to look for TypeScript files containing text "drain" that are in any subdirectories except node_modules (which litter my home directory…):

find . -type d \( -name node_modules \) -prune -false -o -name '*.ts' -exec grep -Hni drain {} \; (withOUT my user id in the link!)

Yes, I use Mastodon as my external memory.

No, I didn't use the phrase "use X as external memory" until last year, when someone cool introduced it to me.

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's "The Hiring Post" racked up almost ¡600 points! on the orange site when it dropped in 2015:

I take its points as axiomatic—resume-blind interviews, work-samples, take-home exams, etc.—but I just talked to someone who really believes in the standard tech interview and… it was interesting to realize that the ideas I take as established are considered heterodox by other (powerful) people… Sorta makes me want to startup.

(HN discussion:

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@danielscardoso @bgcarlisle No OED or Kokugo Daijiten via scihub or libgen.

I can't imagine going through life without being able to look up random detailed etymologies (and in the case of jp, medieval/dialectal accent) for any random word on a whim.

I have one old vpn login for a certain college that never was deactivated, but they don't provide dictionary access ;-;

Cool thing about the study that was totally omitted in the linked press release: they monitored gaze fixation and pupil dilation as proxies for cognitive load. They found that both indicated higher stress and cognitive load in the public case, both in the mean and in variability, than the private case.

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All six women in the public proctored case (of 26) failed to produce working code.

All four women in the private room & no observer (of 22) passed.

In the private case, the men swept the bottom of the chart. In the public case, the men swept the top.

Definitely needs a bigger sample size. If this duplicates, it’s huge.

I’m afraid a *lot* of people will scoff, “we don’t do whiteboard interviews”, but they do something equally trashy and uncritically accepted.

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“Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Software Skills“

‘in our study, all of the women who took the public interview failed, while all of the women who took the private interview passed. Our study was limited, and a larger sample size would be needed to draw firm conclusions, but the idea that the very design of the interview process may effectively exclude an entire class of job candidates is troubling.”’

The paper has a diagram of performance/gender, omg 😱.

From Don Basilio's aria:

"This volcano of corruption
overflows in an eruption
causing damage and corrosion!
With the mightiest explosion,
it’s as if the world is ending,
or the wrath of God descending,
storming, raging, never ending
til the world is upside down."

I'm sure bass Peter Rose's booming delivery is a big part of it, but surely the translators Amanda and Anthony Holden must be congratulated on these lovely verses! I tell my kids that opera, musical theater, Poe, Hughes, etc.—all rap.

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"I can be so demure,
I can be charming,
and quite respectful,
sweet and disarming.

Treat me with due respect,
the least that I expect,
and I’ll play fair.
But if you cross my way
then I will make you pay"

Della Jones' Rosina throwing down in this *English* recording of "The Barber of Seville"! I am a fan of in translation even though I'm familiar with the Italian libretto.


🎤 (liner notes, including subtitles)

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You know how in games you get environmental storytelling? Like a "Happy new year 1958" sign in a Bioshock game, so you deduce something bad happened that day?

Today in Spain I saw several shops still decorated with Easter bunnies. In July.

is quite remarkable! I watched it on the strength of Caitlin Moore’s strong endorsement on but it might be even better to just watch cold!

Streaming on Funi in North America:

(I don't really buy the above finding, it seems very problematic and not at all clear-cut, and furthermore unclear what it adds.)

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the rise of Japan’s cultural industry received international recognition only after its soft power status was debated in the United States, though Japanese cultural goods have been most extensively exported and linked to the cultural markets of Asia. To be accepted in the United States, Japan’s animation entrepreneurs have been willing to cut or change some scenes and even story lines. The success of Japanimation owes much to considerable ‘de-Japanization’ and partial ‘Americanization’.

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"The proportion of women who feel that marriage is not necessary if they can support themselves invariably outnumbers that of men." —Yoshio Sugimoto, *An Introduction to Japanese Society* (4th edition, page 13)

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“entry into many universities is non-competitive, with a considerable number accepting applicants without formal entrance examinations and, overall, 91 percent of university applicants gaining admission. Thus, most Japanese students have little to do with the widely publicized ‘examination hell’.” —Yoshio Sugimoto, *An Introduction to Japanese Society* (3rd edition, page 11)

Herakles to his father: “What do I do that makes your tears run down?”

Amphityron: “Even a god would groan if he knew.”

’ Herakles in Anne Carson’s translation.

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“Fallen petals of red plum —
They seem to be burning
On the clods of horse shit.”

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“Evil does not naturally dwell the world, in events, or in people. Evil is a byproduct of forgetfulness, laziness, or distraction.” Sharon Lebell rendering .

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