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By lm (Sat Jan 12, 2019 at 12:27:19 AM EST) (all tags)

That Husite sure knew how to write a diary entry.

Nothing related follows. Well, mostly nothing related.

In BO's honor, my days without.

Days without booze: 11
Days without ice cream: 9
Days without reading a book: 12
Days without having visited the moon: 17,342

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I started watching Ozark on Netflix. I've always been something of a Jason Bateman fan. He does some stellar acting in this.

The thing that gets me the most, though, is just how southern gothic it is. If it were just a little bit more absurd, it would be like if Flannery O'Connor rose from her grave to be a screenwriter.

Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised and some kind in a gorilla suit will come to town and start torching houses.

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I'm getting this book for all of my god children and then some.

It's pretty awesome.

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Having need of a new pair of running shoes, I ordered a pair of Xero shoes Prio model.  I was a bit surprised by how heavy they were. Coming from a company that sells what is probably close to the most minimalist shoe on the market, this one felt heavy and stiff.

Unsurprisingly, it's a whole lot warmer than my usual goto, Merrell's Vapor Glove 2. And that is certainly kind of nice this time of year.

I think it will also last longer than the vapor gloves. One of the reasons that the prio is heavier is that it is reinforced at all of the places that the vapor gloves tend to fall apart at.

For context, my last pair of vapor gloves lasted 8 months and about 400 miles. The prios have a 5k warranty on the sole.

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Over Christmas vacation I finished Paul Feyerabend's The Tyranny of Science. It's quite readable for philosophical text and does a very nice job of putting a capstone on Feyerabend's philosophical travels.

Among other things, Feyerabend points out that sometimes his interlocutors have taken him too seriously in the past. For example his "anything goes" motto for science and push towards an "anarchic" scientific method in Against Method were clearly meant to be jokes. Pointed jokes, intended to get people to think, sure. But still jokes.

It's a work that I wish more scientists would read before they get involved in philosophizing and commenting on epistemology.

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One of the things I do at work is annotate the "official" upgrade scripts and collect all the scripts into a package to make it easier for other analysts to roll them out.

With a new release last week, I brought up that this had been done and it was ready but it hadn't been tested so let me know about any errors.

So one of my cow-orkers ran an upgrade and one of the scripts erred out. He sent me the error message along with a snipped of the SQL that he thought was written wrong.

I put the scripts through some tests and couldn't replicate his issue.

And then I opened the full script in a text editor. It started off with a lengthy comment that I'd written for the script months before.

  1. This is what this script does and how it does it.
  2. If it errs, it means there's something funky with the client's data and here are three ways you can fix the data.
  3. You'll need to consult with the client you're working with to determine the best way to fix the data.
It this cow-orker were new, I'd forgive him. But when a script literally tells you how to fix an error, I get miffed if you come to me and tell me that it's the logic I wrote.

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My daughter is getting married tomorrow. There is much merriment in the hotel. It's good to see faces I haven't seen in a while.


The first week of Operation Get Small, Grow Weak, And Die was a fail. After four days I'd lost five pounds. By that Friday night I was dizzy in addition to being hungry all the time. The next day after swimming laps, I came home, sat down on the couch for a bit, stood up to get something to eat and face planted on the carpet.

Lesson learned, I need more than 2400 to 2800 calories per day. I upped my target to 3200 to 3400. After being on the high end of that for a week, I lost two pounds.

Probably the largest factor here is forgoing booze. By the time I eat enough that I don't feel like I need to pull a Thanos and obliterate half the people in the universe, I don't have enough calories left over for booze.

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You know who I miss seeing around these here parts? | 3 comments (3 topical, 0 hidden)
BlueOregon by ana (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Jan 12, 2019 at 05:54:36 AM EST
Last thing I saw, I think, a couple years back, was a birth announcement for their second kid. He also dropped out of the writing group we were in together.

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

Setting the record straight: by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Mar 10, 2019 at 11:26:44 PM EST
  1. couple years ago was announcement of first child
  2. several months ago was announcement of second child
  3. ... writing ... yeah, I stopped being awake at the chat time :(
(perhaps that will be remedied ...)

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One recurring... by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 11, 2019 at 11:53:31 AM EST
"feature" of my fiction is trying to describe life without being able to remember when, or even in what order, things happened.

It's... tricky.

Thanks for the corrections, and it's good to see you around.

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

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