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Whooooo Whee! - YouTube
Zach M
1 year ago
That's really all you can say when the floor starts talking.

Times New Rowan
1 year ago
One has not lived until one has seen Laurence Fishburne, wearing a cowboy outfit, lift up a sheet, summoning a demon from under the floorboards, and then make that noise in response.
cowboycurtis  peewee  video  clip  forthecomments 
4 days ago by kme
SKYWAY [ Chillwave - Synthwave - Retrowave Mix ] - YouTube |
David Szczesniak
5 months ago
born too late to explore the oceans and map the world
born too early to explore the stars and map the galaxy
born just in time to witness the retrowave revolution and jam to the best synths since the 80s

CJ Meiko
2 months ago
1980's (teenager): Cool music, but whatever

2019 (50 year old): I forgot what good music sounded like

Bob Belcher
1 month ago
80's music was good. But this stuff is made from newer synthesizers that "sound like" 80's stuff. Its much more polished and compressed. While I respect the origins that date back then, this stuff really takes you somewhere new.

Chilly Willy
1 month ago
Cj, that's exactly How I feel. I was a teen in the late 80's and still remember the mid-late 70's vividly. Miami Vice sold Me on synth / electro forever.. Thanks Jan Hammer, Giorgio Moroder etc..
syntwave  retrowave  playlist  forthecomments 
8 weeks ago by kme
Skyrim - Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens - YouTube
I used to play the violin like you, then I took an arrow to the knee.

Peter : sees Lindsey
Peter: Finally a worthy opponent!
Our Fight will be legendary!
10 weeks ago by kme
I have the best users.... : sysadmin
We're 47 1/2 hours into a system wide network outage that took down all of our storage and by extension our VMWare infrastructure. We're finally on the downside and hope to have mission critical up by Sunday.But various departments have provided a steady stream of support in the form of food & drinks while we work 16 - 20 hours a day to get this back up. Literally they setup a buffet table in a conference room. Sometimes I love my users and my organization.

from the comments:
Someone didn't set SCE to Aux

Sounds like someone forgot to water the spanning tree again
sysadmin  users  forthecomments 
12 weeks ago by kme
🔎Julia Evans🔍 on Twitter: "awk… "
my current favorite is to remove duplicate lines
<code class="language-bash">awk '!seen[$0]++' filename</code>
unix  linux  shellscripting  awk  forthecomments  tipsandtricks 
october 2019 by kme
"The Mess We're In" by Joe Armstrong - YouTube
"...and now for the tricky bit."
I find that I do write really big comments - when I am thinking through the problem. Then they quickly become irrelevant, or even misleading, as you refine the approach, refactor, and generally do things differently. To keep the comments in alignment with the code doubles your effort.
erlang  fp  video  talk  joearmstrong  forthecomments 
october 2019 by kme
Siskel & Ebert - "The Terminator" - YouTube
Byron Easley
4 years ago
Everyone is missing the point of this review. Siskel sneaks outside food and beverages in.

For shame Siskel. For shame.
film  review  video  forthecomments 
october 2019 by kme
American Psycho -Business Card Scene - YouTube
3 years ago
What white folks have instead of rap battles.
film  forthecomments 
october 2019 by kme
Use Vim Inside a Unix Pipe Like Sed or AWK | Hacker News
Good point.This argument that domestication lowers intelligence (among other powerful abilities) and that we are unquestionably domesticating ourselves is pretty damn solid. The only argument against it seems to be "... but my ego!".

Obviously there is some interplay with the fact that we develop new mental models and thinking tools to augment intelligence.

Also immersion as children in highly abstract ways of thinking further augments/multiplies raw intelligence (most convincing explanation to the Flynn effect imo).

I've lost the link, but there was an excellent article I read related to the amazing Otzi discovery ( describing how adults of that era (modern humans, primitive societies) would likely have been terrifying to us now in just how much they outclassed us in raw strength, intelligence and stamina. We would be relying a lot on the benefits of childhood nutrition and education to feel superior. This isn't completely convincing, there are a lot of factors in play, but those levels of brutal competition and danger would have a profound effect, especially epigenetically.
vim  texteditors  anthropology  history  forthecomments 
october 2019 by kme
How Slack Harms Projects – Silas Reinagel
Because of the ability to quickly follow up messages with other messages, and the natural disposition towards short messages, the natural tendency of most information works is to message first, think later.

Got a half-formulated question? Send a group message.
Don’t want to Google something? Send a group message.
Unsure if the software is working correctly? Send a group message with a bunch of @ tags.
Want to ask someone specific about something? Say “Hello” and wait for a bit before stating the real purpose of a message.

Real-time messaging encourages little thinking, and brings many people to waste time while staring at the “XYZ is typing a message…” indicator in the bottom-corner.

Both Emails and Tickets are a much more professional business communication medium, since they encourage providing all the information BEFORE clicking send rather than after.

From the comments:
Are you familiar with Marshal McLuhan's idea that "The Medium is the Message"?

If you are, then you will understand that real-time chat systems are, by their very nature, communicating that what is recent is the most important thing, and what isn't recent is unimportant and hardly worth seeing.

While people can build effective strategies to minimize the impact of a given medium (like my father, a very successful electrical engineer, did with television, by having only a 5-inch black and white television, and keeping it under the sink, when I was growing up), that doesn't change the way a given medium generally impacts people.

The problem is the tool itself. The urgency is a partial by-product of the tool.

See also:
slack  chat  consideredharmful  workplace  productivity  collaboration  culture  immediacy  instantgratification  forthecomments 
october 2019 by kme
3 from Hell movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert
Biggest use of 'Tremendous' you've ever seen, tremendous, tremendous tremendousness. People are saying yuge, yuge use of tremendous, trust me, bigly.

Oh boy! So they kidnapped the warden's wife. does she get raped? If she gets raped, how many times does she get raped? She has to at least get stripped naked. Oh boy, stripped at least! If she doesn't get raped, who does? Someone has to get raped, this IS a Rob Zombie movie! Raped and then like, stabbed 50 times or maybe run over by a truck! Oh boy this is going to be awesome! HARDCOOOOREE!
film  review  horror  schlock  forthecomments 
september 2019 by kme
Let's Play Deus Ex: Lecture 01 - YouTube
Australia is probably just living out the events of Mad Max at the time. Nothing out of the ordinary.
letsplay  deusex  fps  classicgaming  forthecomments 
august 2019 by kme
Deus Ex - Soundtrack (UMX) - YouTube
So... Alexander Brandon of Tyrian fame?

Lamenting the challenging games of yesteryear in the comments:
No skill, no challenge, no nothing of that nature today. Just, easy games, pay to win, like you said, it's all about win win win with less effort as possible. It's sad.
soundtrack  classicgaming  playlist  forthecomments 
august 2019 by kme
knog Oi! bike bell - first look - YouTube |
dude its not explaining string theory, its a bell....bloody ring it.
cycling  gear  video  forthecomments 
july 2019 by kme
Portlandia bike clip - YouTube |
Whole foods is COR POR RATE

Ugh I hate how accurate this is haha. So many times I've caught myself thinking this stuff. Especially 'cars man, whyyyyy' haha
cycling  entitlement  video  humor  forthecomments 
july 2019 by kme
Twin Peaks: The Return (Johnny Jewel - Windswept) - YouTube
A great edit, but it reminded me a lot of how much of a void it left when it ended.

How sad and mesmerizing this is... Season 3 got me think that all your hopes are useless, and you could do anything, there's no way out of the world. More likely it's an infinite journey in which sometimes you can control your fate, sometimes you're just a snowflake in a blizzard, a click in the wheel of fortune, or an arc in the karma.
twinpeaks  fanedit  playlist  video  forthecomments 
july 2019 by kme
Preserve bash history in multiple terminal windows - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange
True dat:
@Oli wrote, "I can't think of an intelligent way to do it where existing terminals only see their own history but new ones see a chronologically accurate list of commands." How about (untried): export PROMPT_COMMAND="history -a; $PROMPT_COMMAND". Existing shells will add each command to the history file for new shells to see, but only show their own histories.

Many solutions proposed, all with caveats, but this is what I decided on:

<code class="language-bash">
HISTCONTROL=ignoredups:erasedups # no duplicate entries
HISTSIZE=100000 # big big history
HISTFILESIZE=100000 # big big history
shopt -s histappend # append to history, don't overwrite

# append current history list to the history file after each command finishes

This appends lines to the history file after each command, which makes them available in other sessions, but up arrow will still reverse through the history only for the current session, which is probably less confusing.

You can bring in commands from other sessions (which have been written to the history file) with 'history -n'. Depending on the setting of 'HISTCONTROL', these might end up getting written out to the history file again, though. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
bash  history  histfile  historyexpansion  frustration  configfile  forthecomments  solution 
july 2019 by kme
Blood Of The Past - YouTube
Matt of All Trades, Master of Most
This song makes me want to kick 30 ninjas in the face with a motorcycle

skiboot steeze boot
This is like Egyptian hip hop and doom metal vibes, but jazz

James Bradas
This sounds like what I'd imagine a Budos Band and Moon Hooch collaboration would sound like... goddamn that was intense

Gianluca Tarchi
Does anyone know italian 70s group Perigeo..?
The last 3 minutes of this trip made me think of that.
Simply Wonderful

Mathew Saenz
It's like The Mars Volta and Tame Impala shared the same needle. ❤

I feel like I need to take a shower after listening to this.

Gat dang, this is wavy.

D Lux
Death Grips but MC Ride is a saxophone. But in all seriousness this stuff is amazing.
playlist  jazz  video  recommendations  forthecomments 
june 2019 by kme
Us - Vern's Reviews on the Films of Cinema Vern's Reviews on the Films of Cinema
Great observations all around. Nyong’o is getting all the buzz, but props to Winston Duke, who excels at playing both lovable goof and menacing as hell. That twisted up scowl his tethered sports is like early Ice Cube walking into a poorly maintained truckstop restroom. That’s a compliment.
film  horror  review  forthecomments 
june 2019 by kme
1942 WW2 US Army Field Ration C B Unit MRE Taste Test Vintage Meal Ready to Eat Oldest Food Review - YouTube |
Bye, bye Mister MRE Guy, Liquid candy in the Can B, but the coffee was dry. Just a good ol' boy, eatin' biscuits with rye, Singin' this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die...

That can has seen shit none of us would have imagined

my grandpa's biscuits are 75 years old too.

Steve, I’m probably not breaking any new ground here, and I apologize if I’m repeating something, but I just watched your review of a ration that included a cubed off sleeve of Chesterfield cigarettes. They were all perfectly square, tucked into the cube they came in. I was so hoping you would try the cigarette but I felt like you wouldn’t. But then you DID! So awesome! Dude! You’re awesome! You even did the nose inhale like a true smoker. Anyway, and back to the point, I worked with a black dude on a hospital grounds keeping crew back in the early eighties who was a Navy guy and when he would run out of cigarettes he would say, “Can I bum a square?” Didn’t know what the hell he was talking about at first as I was only 17 at the time, but then finally, the vernacular around the hospital among us that would smoke when we were out of cigarettes was “Can I bum a square?” Surely the origin of that expression was from the cigarettes that came cubed and stacked one atop the other. You can’t miss an opportunity to define language like this to pass on to our children about its origins. I hope everyone quits smoking. But...surely I’m right on this one about the origins of “bum a square”.
crations  review  video  forthecomments 
february 2019 by kme
Stephen Colbert accuses Donald Trump of stealing his material |
Well, as Colbert noted, Trump was not only talking out of his, um, gut in the interview, he was also stealing Colbert’s “anti-intellectual property.” Or, rather, Trump’s gut told him to filch a pretty famous bit from “Stephen Colbert,” the defiantly ignorant right-wing foghorn Stephen Colbert character Stephen Colbert played on The Colbert Report. In fact, it was in the very first piece on the very first Colbert Report that “Colbert” coined the term “truthiness” to describe the way in which the foolhardy and willfully reality-averse ignore all inconvenient facts (like science, the free press, fancy book-learnin’) in favor of the reassuringly self-justifying rumble of their gut. With truly prescient Trump-ian unwarranted confidence, “Colbert” proudly claimed that there are more nerve endings in your gut than in your head, and steamrollered right over the pesky fact that that is in no way true by any standard of empirical reality by telling his 2005 viewers that his gut tells him it’s true, and who are you gonna believe.

And this zinger from the comments:
Trump is smarter than Colbert. Trump is the president and Colbert is a closeted, bitter, angry loser. Also, for the record, Trump has never been bankrupt, sweetie. Journalism “school” failed you.
america  news  forthecomments 
november 2018 by kme
Sarah Paulson Shows Off Her Hilarious Sandra Bullock Impression | GLAMOUR UK - YouTube |
When have you seen male cast members be so relaxed around each other and around the interviewers. It’s like a breath of fresh air seeing these ladies and their chemistry be so genuine and effortless.

I wouldn't mind at all if the whole cast of Oceans 8 just do press junkets together for the next 10 years. They can promote their individual movies but like together.
interview  video  chemistry  forthecomments 
october 2018 by kme
Sarah Paulson Has Twitchy Eye From 2017 - YouTube |
the wholesomeness of this comment section is a testament to how wonderful sarah paulson is
comedy  video  interview  forthecomments 
october 2018 by kme
The Midnight - Nocturnal (Full Album) - YouTube |
Late Night Guitar Adventures 10 months ago

Second track is KILLER. I stared aggressively up into the mirror during the sax breakdowns while gripping the sink in my bathroom.

Jonathan Lewis 10 months ago

Late Night Guitar Adventures Whoaaaa...youre at a year 2000 and we need you down at a 1985 bro. Chill.
retrowave  playlist  forthecomments 
september 2018 by kme
From the desk of #4: Kate Beaton | Pizza Island |
Seriously, you are my hero. I hope that noun is now officially gender neutral, because I think people might get me wrong if I said you were my heroine. You are something of a drug to me, however so
fromthedeskof  comics  art  forthecomments 
september 2018 by kme
What are your thoughts on sigils? : perl |
Larry Wall notes in an interview that «On a syntactic level, in the particular case of Perl, I placed variable names in a separate namespace from reserved words. That's one of the reasons there are funny characters on the front of variable names -- dollar signs and so forth. That allowed me to add new reserved words without breaking old programs.». Furthermore, first order lists allow for cleaner code sometimes. So I think sigils are great, but naturally inexperienced people often complain that they add clutter or make the code "unreadable" or "messy".

And I find that sigils give my code more visual rhythm and makes it easier to read

This, right here.

I don't need a fancy IDE or somehow encoding the type of the thing into the name of the thing to know what it is. Or, at least, the type of thing that the author wanted the interpreter to treat it as.

Having spent the last couple years in node/javascript land, too often it's a "oh, shit, it's a function?" is too common.
perl  language  design  perl5  syntax  thisvsthat  forthecomments  sigils 
september 2018 by kme
Heilung | LIFA - Full Show - YouTube
Heilung means healing, and it's the final message of this show. When you look through the set and the translations behind the lyrics, it's about a peaceful society being driven to war because their enemy only speaks the language of the sword. But during the conflict, their shaman/soothsayer guy reads the bones and discovers the only rune that has significance in the future is 'Ear' ... the 'Grave' or 'Death Incarnate'. Then, the final song's lyrics are taken from the Merseberg Incantations where Wodan heals a horse's broken leg with a chant of healing. So the entire show is about healing the world of man from the scars of war, lest we be overtaken by the grave.

When the music is so metal it doesn't even need guitar or bass.

My subwoofer and neighbors thank you for uploading this :)

Did I... did I just make a pact with... .. .something?

I just grew a nordic beard. And I’m asian!
neopagan  folkmusic  video  forthecomments 
september 2018 by kme
Heilung | LIFA - Krigsgaldr LIVE - YouTube
Only A.D. 490's kids will remember this.
The concept for this group absolutely fascinates me. I love primitive music, ethnic music, and I have long been a fan of modern takes on those such as Dead Can Dance and Deep Forest. As a Native American, I really like meeting Europeans and Euro-Americans that have an interest in their primitive history. As a person well adept in bushcrafting skills, I can't tell you how many white people interested in paleo skills that I've taught things to - more than even Indians. When I give demonstrations I tell people that these items and skill are not Native American heritage, but are pan-human heritage. We just held onto them longer and preserved them for everyone else.
For those who are confused on the time frame of what this is representing, it's not necessarily "Vikings," and more or less not Neolithic.

It's Proto-Germanic she's singing here, and in most of their music. It's Pre-Migration Period, 600 years before the Vikings, ~1st Century CE til ~550 when Elder Futhark broke into Younger Futhark. It's based on historical linguistic reconstruction and snippets of text found archeologically and through Tacitus & Saxo Grammaticus, some of which were carved in runes on bone fragments, or described pejoratively by Latin writers, who described the throat singing as like "howling dogs," when it would sound provisionally like in this video, inferred by the Sammi, Mongol, Indigenous Greenland, and Faroese traditions which survived the ages relatively unchanged.

Then they kinda do this English language "rap," which is based on descriptions of Galdralag and Seiðalag -- no surviving examples of which exist outside of very, very scant snippets in the Poetic and Prose Edda, and in descriptions by Saxo Grammaticus and possibly by Tacitus. The low growling and hissing, the forked fingers, is based on descriptions of Seiðr magic. That kind of image survived in the inspiration of "witches" which Christians were afraid of deeply, who were real people practicing a similar indigenous artform, and came to become an abstracted meme of its own that evolved & mutated into the 21st century in a vague smear of pop culture idioms.
bronzeagefolk  nordic  metal  liveshow  video  forthecomments 
september 2018 by kme
Massive Attack - The Spoils ft. Hope Sandoval - YouTube
She starts as a complete memory in his mind. it fades slowly and slowly as it is recalled seldom. he remembers her in different colored lights like different situations that change his memory of her. Her memory gets warped to the extent that it slowly loses its features and and disintegrates completely. She is lost in a dark corner of his mind, all withered. She is forgotten.From a face to a feeling to a form to a color. And then lost.
forthecomments  video 
september 2018 by kme
Fever Ray 'Keep The Streets Empty For Me' - YouTube
This is like Kate Bush, Bjork, & Massive Attack all gone Neo Acid Pagan Primal
forthecomments  video  dark 
september 2018 by kme
Opinion | Happy Children Do Chores - The New York Times |
I asked 1,050 parents an open-ended question: What do you least like about parenting? The most common answer by far was “discipline,” which included enforcing chores and other responsibilities. Other answers: “Enforcing the rules, especially about household chores”; the challenges of “chores and disciplining a child”; and having to nag kids to do simple chores. We may think our children should do chores, but we really don’t want to have to make them.

And yet, when researchers ask parents about what qualities they care most about fostering in their children, almost all respond by saying they are deeply invested in raising caring, ethical children, and most say they see these moral qualities like these as more important than academic or career achievements.

But many kids seem to be getting a different message. Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, and colleagues surveyed more than 10,000 students from 33 middle and high schools around the country and found that almost 80 percent said they valued their own happiness over caring for others. Most thought their parents would agree.

From the comments:
C.M. Lund
California Aug. 19
Times Pick

My dad, a gun-ho military man, and my mother, who before marriage had graduated first in her OCS class in the WAC, both expected my sister and I to participate in keeping our household clean, neat and functioning. We had “duty rosters” posted in the kitchen listing who was responsible for what that week, e.g., emptying the garbage, washing dishes, vacuuming, etc. Our rooms were clean and our beds were made each morning. We were expected to help prepare and then clean-up after the mandatory entertaining expected of an officer. Each time we moved, we helped make sure our housing quarters were as clean and unmarked as it was when we first moved in.

We were not unusual— other Army brats were raised the same way. I didn’t realize how many civilians grew up as slobs or were waited on by moms until I left for college. While I understand that my upbringing may sound harsh to some, it really was just part of being a family unit. I also learned some life skills that have helped me survive what has turned out to be an unordered and unpredictable life— like the calm beauty of a well-made bed.
Aug. 19
Times Pick

Adults who allow their children to train them out of requiring chores are idiots. Yes they will be done correctly with less effort if you do them yourself... but you have to keep your eye on the long game.

Six months or even a year of riding herd on a kid until they give up messing with you and just do their chores right the first time, means you have gained ten years of them actually contributing to the family. And bonus? The younger ones are even easier to train, since they have seen that there is no way to get out of properly doing chores.

My sister’s kids did nothing at her house, but when they came to live with me, they realized those tricks weren’t going to work in my home.
parenting  chores  kids  forthecomments 
august 2018 by kme
Twin Peaks - Making Sense of the Return - YouTube |
I think the underlying idea behind the whole show, made extremely literal in the final scene, was "you can't go home again."

I'm thinking the final episode was all about denial.
You got the denial sex scene where neither of them are into it.
You got Laura denying she is Laura.
You got The Palmer House denying its the Palmer House.
Then it calls out to Laura and she remembers, they both remember, denial is broken.

If we work in what you folks have pointed out, that the actual 'story' is irrelevant but that the 'irrelevant' scenes are what we are supposed to take from it - the degradation of Middle Class America, Bath-Salts and domestic violence, trailer parks, paranoid broadcasts and a myriad of unknown illnesses affecting everybody - all the 'background' scenes... then perhaps the breaking of denial is the ultimate pursuit?
I really liked this vid. : )
twinpeaks  retrospective  analysis  forthecomments 
august 2018 by kme
Castlevania Symphony of the Night on Piano - Wood Carving Partita - YouTube
-Two pianos? Die monster, you don't belong in this world.
-It was not by my hand i was once again given a piano, it was bought to me by huuuumans, who wished to pay me tribute.
- Tribute!? You steal viewers soul, and make them your slaves!
- Perhaps the same thing happens to all youtube pianists.
- Your words are as empty as your soul, mankind ill needs the bad youtube pianists.
- What is a viewer? glass shatter A miserable little pile of comments! But enough talk! Hear the piano!
castlevania  sotn  soundtrack  piano  classicgaming  forthecomments 
june 2018 by kme
How To Write A Song From The Mega Man 2 Soundtrack - YouTube
Mega Man 2 has never stopped being relevant. I don't want to live in a world where it's not.
megaman  soundtrack  classicgaming  8bit  forthecomments 
june 2018 by kme
"Bloody tears" CastleVania Cover - YouTube
Ultima Heartless (4 months ago)

I thought this was going to be another slow cover of Bloody Tears.

Boy howdy, was I ever wrong.
castlevania  sotn  awesomesauce  cover  soundtrack  classicgaming  forthecomments 
june 2018 by kme
Quantum Computing Site Launches with the Help of Strangeworks - Stack Overflow Blog |
This was interesting (from the comments):
This is the same reason I think Hashgraph technology is misguided. A great technology led poorly. The whole point of blockchain is decentralization, yet they centralize is with patents, and force you to pay to use the technology commercially.
quantumcomputing  qanda  stackexchange  businessmodel  forthecomments 
april 2018 by kme
MySQL :: MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual :: 23.2.1 Stored Routine Syntax |
An alternative summary of functions versus procedures:

Inputs: Takes a list of arguments, all are inputs.
Could also get input from running a query?

Outputs: Produces a single return value -- see RETURN clause. Can be any valid MySQL data type.

(Can that return value be a result set? Other docs say that "functions cannot return a result set", but this probably means "cannot return a result set direct to the client", which is something _procedures_ can do. So far as I can tell, functions cannot return a cursor, which would be a related concept.)

Calling method: Can be used where a built-in function like ABS() might be used, such as in an assignment, expression, or where a field value is expected.

Inputs: Takes a list of arguments. Procedure definition specifies whether these arguments are for input and/or output, via IN, OUT or INOUT.

Could also get input from running a query.

Outputs: Unlike a Function, does not produce a return value per se. However, can send values back to caller via OUT or INOUT arguments.

Also, procedures can contain a bare SELECT statement, which sends a result set to the client. A procedure can contain multiple such SELECT statements, if other details enable the client to receive multiple result sets.
mysql  dba  sql  syntax  explained  solution  forthecomments 
january 2018 by kme
sometimes i'm wrong: modus tollens bitches |
if my theory (T) is right, my hypothesis (H) is appropriately derived from my theory, and my methods (M) are sound, then i should observe these data (D)

if T.H.M ---> D

so now what happens when we observe ~D? well, we no longer have to conclude ~T, because we have two other options: ~H and ~M. that is, instead of concluding that our theory is wrong, we can throw the hypothesis or the methods under the bus.

~M is especially tempting, because all it requires is to say that there was something wrong with the methods. it's a very easy escape route. blame the subject pool. blame the weather. blame the research assistants.**

2. don't throw the methods under the bus. consider the possibility that the theory or hypothesis is wrong. make it your new year's resolution: i will not write off a null finding or a failed replication unless there is a glaring error -- one that my enemy's mother would agree is an error.

3. when publishing your original results, provide enough detail about all important aspects of the method so that if someone attempts a replication following the procedure you describe, you cannot blame their result on poor methods. the onus is on us as original researchers to specify the things that matter. of course some are too obvious to specify (e.g., make sure your experimenter is wearing clothes), but these are covered by the 'glaring error that your enemy's mother would agree with' clause in #2. if you don't think another researcher in your field could competently carry out a replication with the information you publish, that's on you. if your procedure requires special expertise to carry out, specify what expertise. if you can't, your theory is not falsifiable.

Dowsers are among the most sincere of believers in pseudoscience (compared to, say, cold readers), but when they fail to detect the effect they're looking for, they tend to blame it on perturbances caused by that car or this person's hat. So experimenters spend a very long time checking that every minor detail of their setup is to the dowser's satisfaction, and the latter agrees not to claim that any of the items they've checked was the cause of a fault in the vortex (etc). Then they run the experiment, and of course they get a null result. "Oh," says the dowser (always, always, without fail), "It must have been because the vortex (etc) was perturbed by the bird that flew past/the sun going behind a cloud/whatever".
experimentalmethods  science  research  forthecomments 
november 2017 by kme
Some final notes about LMDB review - Ayende @ Rahien |
Given what I've seen about the common wisdom of good code, I'd say most of it is garbage. Good code is code that yields the correct result using the fewest resources. In particular, your notion about gotos:

It's an interesting argument, but it all comes crashing down in the very last sentence:

"In [2] Guiseppe Jacopini seems to have proved the (logical) superfluousness of the go to statement. The exercise to translate an arbitrary flow diagram more or less mechanically into a jump-less one, however, is not to be recommended. Then the resulting flow diagram cannot be expected to be more transparent than the original one. "

Fundamentally all of those structured programming constructs are just fancy dressing for gotos. When using them gives a compact representation, use them. When using them just complicates the apparent flow, use a goto. It's that simple.
lmdb  codereview  goto  consideredharmful  programming  forthecomments 
november 2017 by kme
Google Tech Talk on common crypto flaws | rdist |
Have you read the book “The Cult of the Amateur”? Though it does not talk specifically about crypto, it does talk about some of the issues with Web 2.0, some of which probably led to things like the rainbow table fiasco.

Comment by Yuhong Bao — November 1, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

The one thing JS crypto gets you that server-side crypto does not is client-side auditability. That’s it. However, this benefit comes with tremendous caveats that I think far outweigh it.

* The user has to be a cryptographer and can detect subtle cryptographic flaws. Note: this ignores all the malicious crypto research by Yung et al and assumes this is actually doable in reasonable time.

* The user always does “View Source” each time she connects to be sure the code is identical. If it was changed for bugfixes or whatever, she has to re-review the entire thing.

* The user always loads everything over SSL to be sure she’s getting untampered code and there is no MITM.

* The JS code does not have cache problems where users keep running old code after you’ve fixed a flaw and tried to upgrade them.

* You periodically audit all your servers to be sure they aren’t serving up malicious or outdated JS code. Note: this audit cannot be done via a client because an attacker can return different code to you than your users, based on src IP.

Since no one does all this and the disadvantages are so significant, JS crypto is worse than server-side crypto.
javascript  webdevel  security  crypto  video  talk  forthecomments 
november 2017 by kme
The Rolling Stones & Eddie Vedder - Wild Horses - Live OFFICIAL - YouTube |
Does eddie vedder do a tune with every single band ever? Swear to god I was having my rice crispies the other day and that fucker pops up and helps me finish them
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october 2017 by kme
Why I Spell it Hawai‘i and not Hawaii, and Why You Should, Too | BlondVoyage |
From the comments:
You may know how to spell Hawai‘i in Hawaiian, but not ‘okina. The ‘okina is the left single quotation mark (U+2018), but everytime you write ‘okina you use the right single quotation mark (U2019). Also, according to the USBGN, the official spelling of the state is Hawaii. This can't be changed by simply spelling it with the ‘okina, which was developed in the 1980's. So actually, when you're referring to the state, it is still spelled Hawaii.
hawaii  hawaiian  okina  forthecomments 
september 2017 by kme
Windows 10 after two years: Microsoft's mixed report card | ZDNet
Agree, agree. Windows 10 is in my face WAY too much also. "Do you like this?" "Are you bored with that?" And that is just the beginning. It will get worse.

Fck off Microsoft. If you continue, I will go back to my trusted W7 image, and when that loses support, Linux, here I come.
windows10  windows  win10  forthecomments 
august 2017 by kme
Rugged, Refined, and Rakish

I think it's totally wrong to leave it out.

The intellectual man wants to make his mark on the world. And they end up making the biggest mark on the world.

The problem is that the area is filled with boys. They don't want to make a mark on the world. They treat things like a toy, solving meaningless puzzles, fucking around, and generally isolating themselves instead of changing the world. Big Bang Theory epitomizes this. That's why men don't want to be professors, and why women don't want to be with them.

The nearest "masculine intellectuals" I can think are philosophers like Plato and Nietzsche, or scientists like Richard Feynman, Einstein and Carl Sagan. And the traits are harder to nail (shirts and beards?)
masculinity  alphamale  forthecomments 
february 2017 by kme
The Decline of Wikipedia
In their paper on those findings, the researchers suggest updating Wikipedia’s motto, “The encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” Their version reads: “The encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms, socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit.”

A career journalist who headed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s online operations before taking her current position, Gardner reaches for an analogy from the newsroom to explain why the trend matters. “The Wikipedians remind me of the crusty old desk guy who knows the style guide backwards,” she says. “But where are the eager cub reporters? You don’t get the crusty old desk guy out at three in the morning to cover a fire. That’s for the new guy, who’s got a lot of energy and potential. At Wikipedia we don’t have a sufficient influx of cub reporters.”

But in the topsy-turvy world of the encyclopedia anyone can edit, it’s not a fringe opinion that making editing easier is a waste of time. The characteristics of a dedicated volunteer editor—Gardner lists “fussy,” “persnickety,” and “intellectually self-confident”—are not those that urge the acceptance of changes like Visual Editor.

Shirky was one of the biggest boosters of an idea, popular during the previous decade, that the Web encouraged strangers to come together and achieve things impossible for a conventional organization. Wikipedia is proof there was some truth to that notion. But today’s Web is dominated by sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where people maintain personal, egocentric feeds. Outside specific settings like massive multiplayer games, relatively few people mingle in shared virtual space. Instead, they use mobile devices that are unsuited to complex creative work and favor neatly self-­contained apps over messier, interconnected Web pages. Shirky, who is an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation, says people steeped in that model will struggle to understand how and why they should contribute to Wikipedia or any project like it. “Facebook is the largest participatory culture today, but their mode of participation is different,” he says. “It’s aggregating rather than collaborating.”

Gardner agrees that today’s Web is hostile to self-organized collective efforts, likening it to a city that has lost its public parks. “Our time is spent on an increasingly small number of increasingly large corporate sites,” she says. “We need more public space online.” In fact, Gardner is leaving the foundation at the end of the year in search of new projects to work on that very problem. She contends that even with all its troubles, Wikipedia is one of the Web’s few public parks that won’t disappear.

From the comments:
Is the angloamerican viewpoint a little overrepresented? Yes. So is everything else online, on account of angloamericans being early adopters en mass. It will level out with time and wider participation. Does wikipedia have an entrenched leftist bias with regards to certain trendy and politically correct social dogma? Yes, but again, that's the nature of the online population and not wikipedia per se. The meat world isn't perfect either, but we all have to deal with it anyway.

In any case, non-controversial things are fairly good on Wikipedia, contraversial things are always suspect, I hate editing math things. Every time I put down an intuitive explanation, some dude deletes it as not formally correct and so things remain obscure. Overall, invaluable.

How cool is it that people are still discussing this deep analysis more than two years later? Very!

Oceanflynn And here we have the stereotypical heavily indoctrinated Wikihack, acting out the reflexively authoritarian behaviors learned on university campuses - amongst them the classically authoritarian belief that the most correct thing anyone can do is preach the system - and the corollary and likewise authoritarian belief that "anyone who has a problem, is the problem."

Other elements of what you say corroborate such an impression:

1. advertising your gender (a female on the internet? should I be impressed?)
2. focus on various trendy, politically correct, opinion-based political topics but not in anything of a highly technical, knowledge-based nature
3. catty dismissal of those who know more than you ("A number of our quality articles in the past were written by editors who seemed to really know their subjects")
4. ultraliberal belief that your personal happiness validates your personal choices
5. classically Orwellian behavior of neurotic self-conscious groupthink
6. reference for "news items" and "the most current and solid research" over the development of established and testable hypotheses
7. passive-aggressive, style-over-substance argumentation (accusing others of being "aggressive or rude" rather than dishonest or incorrect)

The reality is that Wikipedia is a Byzantine organization with a hypertechnical format and an outrageously persnickety userbase that gets ever more arrogant and arbitrary the higher up one goes. The simple fact is that the only people who actually enjoy operating in that kind of environment subscribe to that mentality. Clearly you are such a person.

What can be taken from the uncreative nonsense this Wikihack writes is that she is one of those poorly educated "professional amateurs" produced by our increasingly discredited and ideologically extreme university system, who edits Wikipedia because she is incapable of doing original research or making tangible contributions to society.

I await your stereotypical response along one or more of the following lines:
1. "you're disagreeing with me, therefore you hate me and are evil,"
2. "anyone with a problem, is the problem,"
3. "you obviously had a bad experience in the past and only good experiences are valid,"
4. "you're unhappy and therefore a bad person"
wikipedia  knowledge  community  internet  forthecomments 
february 2017 by kme
Studenten nachts in Halle an der Saale: Vorschusslorbeeren ernten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
3. Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache
Die Wohnung kann "billig" sein, aber niemals die Miete. Die ist "hoch" oder "niedrig". Ebenso kann die Temperatur nicht "heiß" oder "kalt" sein, sondern nur das Wetter. Die Temperatur ist auch "hoch" oder "niedrig".
deutschland  halle  forthecomments 
january 2017 by kme
teaching - How to deal with a very weak student? - Academia Stack Exchange
@Malvolio Unfortunately, in theoretical courses, cheating tends to be fairly rampant among all students. The university administration tends to turn a blind eye towards it too, because 1. it would affect most students, and 2. unless there are concrete evidence, it is very hard to prove that the student was cheating. So instead, many people make the homework worth very little of your grade, 10-15%, and the rest are tests. – Sana Oct 1 '16 at 14:30

I haven't seen this point mentioned yet:

She is a transfer student from a community college, and no one else has any data on her as this is her first semester

When she does not understand a concept, she bring her notes and says that the class was unclear and that I should explain it again to her

her idea of academic improvement is to consistently show up to my office hour and listen to me talk

She is doing things that work well in secondary school (a.k.a. high school) - she's working hard on her homework and making maximum use of your office hour, and so on. She probably thinks she's working hard and doing well. In school, the exam questions tend to test whether you've learned exactly what was told, not more.

But at some point a student has to learn that university isn't secondary school. It's much more about working on your own than about absorbing from a teacher. Not everybody knows that when they start. She doesn't realize she needs to change her way of studying.

So I think you could also have a conversation on that, she's there in your office anyway.
teaching  learning  studying  education  academia  cheating  insightful  forthecomments 
january 2017 by kme
The questions no one is asking about Eritrea | African Arguments []
Ms. Frank, as most people well know Eritrea has been targeted and continues to be targeted simply for one reason: it will not kneel down to the West. From the very beginning, Eritrea made it clear that she was determined to gain her independence and did so after a 30 year struggle. After independence, Eritrea again made it clear that she was going to build herself up and has and continues to do so. Thus lies in the problem…an African nation that dared to stand on her own two feet and say no to modern colonization and financial aid that has proven to only enslave other African nations. Fabricated lies have been written and spread about Eritrea and I’m sure they will continue to be written and spread by those who wish to see Eritrea fail but this is nothing compared to all the atrocities that have been committed again Eritrea and her people by colonial powers and other governments (such as Ethiopia) that are puppets of the West. However, no matter what comes her way what the West fails to realize is that Eritrea has never and will never kneel down to anybody but God! We have overcome much and we will continue to overcome. So in sum, I say if anyone isn’t willing to support Eritrea in her nation-building efforts a
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november 2016 by kme
Adult Swim Talent Want The Network To Cancel Its Alt-Right Comedy Show - BuzzFeed News
Halley McPolin
Can well please stop calling them "alt-right" and call them what they are: white supremacists. This "alt-right" bullshit is just normalizing racist and bigoted behaviour by giving it a friendlier label.

They're a collection of white supremacists, racists and homophobes. That's it. Period.

Ryan Phelan · University of Texas San Antonio
No they're a collection of Patriots who run the country now... you can call them boss.

Sean Twist · Professional Shitposter at The Internet
I think it's more accurate to say a lot of them are white nationalists. Which is a very different thing. White nationalism is about demographics. White supremacy, as the name suggests, is about one demographic's supposed inherent superiority over the others.

"I want to be in a country full of people who look like me" is not the same as "people who don't look like me are inherently inferior to me".
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november 2016 by kme
The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play! - The New York Times
“Everyone complains about kids not having enough free time, and being addicted to technology,” Mike says. “There are a million studies documenting the negative effects of lack of free play in children. Well, we know the harms. I asked myself: What am I going to do about it for my kids?”

He believes “the poor quality of children’s lives around here” stems from their lack of autonomy. Basic developmental psychology posits that if children develop a fundamental sense that they (not their parents) are masters of their own destiny, they will be successful adults, and that without that belief they will flounder: It’s easy to want to rid yourself of a life that doesn’t feel truly your own.

From the comments:
I'm a huge proponent of dangerous play, and in theory I love this idea. But, this whole article just oozed misogyny. The casual dismissal of mothers and the harsh declaration that the female sex and their worrying is ruining today's young men is, in a word, offensive. Worrying about boys growing up to be sissies---who even says that anymore outside the men's rights movement ? It sounds to me that this guy wants to create a world for his boys where girls are not allowed or, at best, are merely tolerated. Which sort of reminds me of Silicon Valley, actually.

I'd like to popularize the term "submarine parent." Here's the idea: stay out of sight, but in touch. Surface when you are needed.
parenting  freeplay  play  kids  forthecomments 
october 2016 by kme
The Fear of Having a Son - The New York Times
An informal Facebook survey she took yielded these results: “I wanted a girl mainly because I felt it was harder to be a boy in today’s society. If I have a boy I will embrace the challenge of raising a boy…who can learn the power of vulnerability even as male culture tries to make him see it as weakness. But, frankly, I hope that when I have a second child, it’ll be another girl.’” This was emblematic of a lot of the responses, which revealed that men felt more confident, or “better equipped,” co-parenting “a strong, confident daughter.”

Recently, I sent Macallah, now 5, to his room after he ignored my repeated requests to stop yelling and throwing his toys. More than even his dismissal, what bothered me was what many people refer to as “boy energy.” It’s a reactive, sometimes destructive, force that unnerved me even as a child. Then I heard the voice of my wife, Liz, in my head: “He only wants your attention. Boys don’t always know how to ask for what they want.”

I found Macallah in his room, repeating the same behavior. I took a deep breath.

“Were you upset because I wasn’t paying attention to you?” I asked. Head and eyes downcast, he nodded. I bent down and hugged him, then looked at him. “It’s important that you learn to tell Mama and me what you need — sometimes that means telling us what you’re feeling inside, understand?” He nodded. “You do it,” I said. “Tell me what you really wanted.”

He shrugged, still looking down. “You to pay attention to me,” he said.

He threw his arms around my waist, leaning his head into me. I didn’t need words to know what filled my young son: He felt wanted.

From the comments:
If my next child is a girl, to raise a strong daughter, no matter how amazing of a job I do and however tough she is, she will be paid less, sexualized at a young age, have to learn a life of playing defense, be held accountable for other people's behavior, have to work twice as hard to get half as far, and when she's a mom herself, will have two full time jobs (at home and work). Chances are, my son will have it easier. And frankly, so will I during adolescence.
masculinity  parenthood  gender  forthecomments 
october 2016 by kme
How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016
This is what happens when you’re influenced by developers who believe that knowing about all of these cool, new frameworks is an acceptable substitute for having a deep knowledge of JavaScript and software engineering best practices. I’m not dissing the technologies mentioning in this article; they’re great. My point is that it’s way more important to be pragmatic when starting a new project rather than shoehorn the new hotness into there.

I use Node.js, Sass, Browserify, and vanilla JS for most of my web projects, although I also use (and love) React and Redux commercial. They’re the perfect fit for my various use cases. If this current stack introduces challenges when working on a new project, then I’d reassess my choices and look at the alternatives.
annoyance  javascript  webdevel  humor  ridiculousness  forthecomments 
october 2016 by kme
Sex on Campus - She Can Play That Game, Too -
In interviews, “Some of them actually said things like, ‘A relationship is like taking a four-credit class,’ or ‘I could get in a relationship, or I could finish my film,’ ” Dr. Armstrong said.

Increasingly, she said, many privileged young people see college as a unique life stage in which they don’t — and shouldn’t — have obligations other than their own self-development.

In November of Haley’s freshman year, a couple of months after her first tentative “Difmos,” or dance-floor makeouts, she went to a party with a boy from her floor. She had too much to drink, and she remembered telling him that she wanted to go home.

Instead, she said, he took her to his room and had sex with her while she drifted in and out of consciousness. She woke up with her head spinning. The next day, not sure what to think about what had happened, she described the night to her friends as though it were a funny story: I was so drunk, I fell asleep while I was having sex! She played up the moment in the middle of the night when the guy’s roommate poked his head in the room and asked, “Yo, did you score?”

Only later did Haley begin to think of what had happened as rape — a disturbingly common part of many women’s college experience. In a 2007 survey funded by the Justice Department of 6,800 undergraduates at two big public universities, nearly 14 percent of women said they had been victims of at least one completed sexual assault at college; more than half of the victims said they were incapacitated from drugs or alcohol at the time.

The close relationship between hooking up and drinking leads to confusion and disagreement about the line between a “bad hookup” and assault. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, 10 to 16 forcible sex offenses were reported annually to campus security as taking place on Penn’s campus or in the immediate neighborhood.

When she went to Penn, she was surprised to see her elite classmates drinking, but even more surprised by the casual making out. She would go along with her friends to fraternity parties, but she refused to dance with strangers or to kiss anyone.

“Sharing that side of myself with a stranger just seems very strange to me,” she said in September. “I mean, if you break it down, it’s a very strange thing to do.”

Her unease was common among students from relatively modest backgrounds, said Dr. Armstrong, the University of Michigan sociologist. In one study, conducted with Laura Hamilton, now a professor at the University of California, Merced, Dr. Armstrong followed roughly 50 women from their freshman year at Indiana University in 2004 until the end of their college careers. They found that the women from wealthier backgrounds were much more likely to hook up, more interested in postponing adult responsibilities and warier of serious romantic commitment than their less-affluent classmates.

The women from less-privileged backgrounds looked at their classmates who got drunk and hooked up as immature.

At Penn, Mercedes said: “Everyone else seemed to live life, not really care about what they were doing. Like, ‘You’re only young once,’ they had that sort of mentality. And I didn’t understand why I couldn’t be, like, free-spirited, and not really care about the consequences of my actions.”

She added, “Nothing is stopping me from rebelling. I just didn’t rebel.”

Catherine, a Penn senior, had found hooking up in college to be a continual source of heartbreak. She had repeatedly made the mistake of thinking that because she was sleeping with someone, they were in a relationship, only to be disabused when the guy broke things off abruptly. The only glimmer of light had been a friendship with a guy she had met while studying abroad in Ireland, which blossomed into a romance just before she had to leave. Although, because of the distance, they ended up not pursuing a relationship, the experience had given her hope for the future.

In Catherine’s view, her classmates tried very hard to separate sex from emotion, because they believed that getting too attached to someone would interfere with their work. They saw a woman’s marrying young as either proof of a lack of ambition or a tragic mistake that would stunt her career.

But Catherine noted that a handful of young women are starting to question that idea. In an article on Slate titled “Marry Young,” the writer Julia Shaw, who married at 23, said her generation was missing out on the support that young couples could provide each other as they faced the challenges of early adulthood.

“Marriage wasn’t something we did after we’d grown up, it was how we have grown up and grown together,” she wrote of herself and her husband.

From the comments:
Susan Patton - “They have gotten such strong, vitriolic messages from the extreme feminists saying, ‘Go it alone — you don’t need a man,’

I'm not sure it's the feminists. I think the 'go it alone' message comes from Mom and Dad. It allows the parents to retain control over the child. Throw in a little spending money from Pops along with the paid-for college tuition and the control is complete. No need to upset the apple cart with a son-in-law in waiting. The hook-ups simply aren't discussed on the paid-for visits home. Good luck, girls.

What I hear in this piece that is not addressed is the use of alcohol to facilitate sex. It is my experience in life that we use substances when the better alternative-- close relationships that are actually intimate, meaning involve talking, sharing of self and emotion, are not reliable and to me this is not feminism at all but loneliness. Let's not return to the repression of my day, but on the other hand, using others as toys does not create happiness either. There is a middle ground and alcohol has nothing to do with that.
hookupculture  dating  drinking  partying  thedeathofmen  feminism  rapeculture  forthecomments 
october 2016 by kme
gender - Should I write that a student is a feminist in my recommendation letter? - Academia Stack Exchange
Is this advancement one of the activities that students in the program will be participating in? Or, beyond interest, does the candidate have a record of activities and/or accomplishments in advancing women and other minorities in the STEM field? If the answer to either question is yes, I would suggest that you fill in further details accordingly: this is part of your argument that she is great fit for the program. If not, then: are students selected for the honors program because of their progressive views -- or, much more cynically put, because of the alignment of their political and social views with those of the administrators of the program? Probably not, right? In particular, because "She is fantastic and I assume that she will get admitted," then I don't think you need to help her out in this particular way. There is some risk that even a feminist could read "she is very interested in advancing women and other minorities in the STEM field" as a bit of a consolation prize. Again, write the strongest letter you can.

Answer to the question in the title:

"yes" if and only if feminism is a matter of the person's research activity.

("No" if it's not.)

Reason: you wish to say that this person is an excellent scientist. Period. The person reading your letter doesn't even need to be informed of the candidate's gender, let alone whether they hold feminist viewpoints.

You can know someone is a feminist without knowing whether they are a woman. – Patricia Shanahan
lettersofrecommendation  academics  feminism  triggerwords  forthecomments 
september 2016 by kme : JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank : Motor Vehicles : Everything Else
Can it bulls-eye a 2-meter womprat? I used to do that all the time in my T-16 back home.

Unfortunately, laser turrets are not included in the retail price, are considered aftermarket additions, and vary widely in accuracy modules (imperial buyers typically opt-out altogether). Furthermore, should you decide to purchase the turret add-on, we strongly recommend adding the keyed safety lockout (#KSL-1) to prevent unauthorized personnel from operating it.
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september 2016 by kme
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