Paris syndrome: a form of culture shock characterized by symptoms such as acute delusional states
Watched: Champions League final
The CL final is the only match I would pay to watch on TV, but as it turned out it was free on terrestrial. Fascinating match, fast paced. It was like watching a boa constrictor slowly suffocating the life out of a baboon. It was an atmosphere of mutual respect from the two most likeable managers around. Very few fouls and people rolling around in "pain". Sounds too good to be true. So the French police decide to turn the whole occasion into a complete shit show for the visiting fans then blame the Brits for it. It used to work (British fans have a reputation, and they did cause mayhem at the last Euros). But not so well anymore as people can post footage on social media of what is actually happening. In the end half the stands remained empty, the strongest team won, and Ancelotti became a legend.
Abandoning: Chia seeds
I used to add chia seeds to my breakfast cereals, but I haven't been able to find them in the shops for a while now. I wondered whether it had to do with the war, but a little bit of research revealed that no, they come from Latin America. While I was researching, I read a bit more about them. Turns out that the many of the benefits are not present unless you crush the seeds. Oops. And anyway, their benefits are the same as linseeds, which are plentiful in Europe and cheaper. They also need crushing though. Last but not least, farmers use pesticides banned in Europe to prepare the land for growing them. So adiós chia seeds, I won't be seeing you back on my shelves any time soon.
I am only just getting comfortable with Python, and the ML dept is beginning to adopt Rust. For efficiency reasons, you see. I used to love the idea of constantly learning new stuff, but now it's getting a bit overwhelming. I have been on an ongoing roller coaster ride of learning since 2018. I mean, I was always learning new stuff and experimenting, but the last 5 or so years have been crazy. So much new stuff going on in tech, from dev ops to back end to front end distributed systems and now data science. "Be careful what you wish for" I guess. Right now spending time with the family kind of takes the shine off that constant learning.
At least it's Rust and not Java or some other abomination. Everybody I know who learned it raves about it. Including social media personalities I follow who are MuchSmarterThanMe. But they all comment on how difficult it is to learn. If they struggle, what hope do I have... Still, it was already somewhere on my map. Rust is useful for node (same as python, to write extensions) and the front end (for WASM).
But if I had the choice I was keen to learn me some Clojure. It seems to be the only useful functional programming language around. People I respect described it to me as a game changer. After learning Clojure some have finally "got" typescript and stopped using it as if it was Java. Or so they say. Sounds good, I heard a lot of "using TS 'properly'" and "TS is actually brilliant for FP" but never seen any evidence of it. Would love to see it.
Another language I found intriguing was Elixir. Different modules interact with each other the same way whether they are in the some service or in separate ones. So you don't need to change your code if you split your service into two. Great, if true. But I barely know anyone who uses it. It just didn't happen for elixir, did it. Finally there was Lua. I toyed very briefly with it, trying to enhance an Nginx server for image manipulation. But the project was canceled so I never touched it again. It also seems to be losing popularity.
In my quest to show The Classics to The Kids, we watched Amelie. I remembered it as a sweet, quirky, life affirming movie from the 90s. Maybe it's because I was high. In 2022, it freaked The Kids out. They found it totally disturbing. We stopped half way through, and The Girl had nightmares about it. Blimey. Something something yoof of today something
Watched: The Mighty Boosh
Had better luck with The Mighty Boosh. Used to love that show. Netflix has bought the rights, but they pulled it off their catalog for blackfacing. An overreaction in this particular case, but understandably a touchy subject for USians. The Boy loved it, but had to stop at the start of the second series because it had much more sexual content that I remembered.
Watched: Monty Python
Strangely enough Monty Python hasn't been pulled by Netflix. Even though it has quite a fair amount of blackface of the 'cannibals with bone in their nose' type. And out and out racism (and a few other -isms). Mostly by the Brexiter John Cleese, surprise surprise. The sketch about the Japanese Bertolucci impersonator probably the worst. I was quite pleased that The Boy noticed it immediately and called me out on it. I had never seen it before, I am watching the complete series for the first time with him. But was happy to skip the offending sketches. Still, if you file the rare inappropriate content under "that's how it was back then", we liked it. Watching short snippets here and there, I never appreciated how cool the cuts from one sketch to the next were. By far my favourite part.
And that is all.