Print Story Paris syndrome: a form of culture shock characterized by symptoms such as acute delusional states
By xth again (Mon May 30, 2022 at 12:02:43 PM EST) (all tags)
 Champions 4Chan Chia Rust Amelie Mighty Monty 

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.

Reading: 4chan

Mildly interesting: Who owns 4chan

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.

Learning: Rust

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.

Watched: Amelie

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.
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Paris syndrome: a form of culture shock characterized by symptoms such as acute delusional states | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)
Paris Syndrome by theboz (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon May 30, 2022 at 01:28:30 PM EST
I thought Paris Syndrome was building up an idea in your mind of what Paris is like, then visiting the city and being faced with reality and being disappointed by it.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
Yep by xth again (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon May 30, 2022 at 02:18:38 PM EST
 But the according to the Wikipedia page it goes as far as hallucinations, psychosis and all sort of distress. Crazy huh

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Thanks for the "who owns 4chan" link by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon May 30, 2022 at 02:35:18 PM EST
Amelie is one of those movies that has been on my "to watch" list ever since I came out. Yet I've never bothered getting around to watch it.

I have loose plans to introduce my sweetie to Penolope Spheeris' Suburbia some night when she's not already depressed - a hard trick these days given the news. It'll be interesting to see how well it holds up. I can already remember at least one scene that won't hold up well, a line something like "back to fag city for me".

I didn't know Cleese was a Brexiter. I guess I haven't been paying enough attention to world politics since the US entered the Trump era.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Amelie was sweet in the 90s... by xth again (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon May 30, 2022 at 03:37:51 PM EST
 ...but something about it didn't age well IMHO. Or maybe it's still fine and it's the world who didn't age well who knows

I am not actually familiar with Penolope Spheeris' work. I mean I know of her but never quite got into it. Good shout, time to add to the list

Yeah turns out that Cleese is Basil Fawlty after all. "Political correctness gone mad" and all that

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Decline and Fall of Western Civilization by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Jun 07, 2022 at 06:03:17 PM EST
It's worth checking out, especially III. I was about the punk movement. II was metal. III was street punks fighting for survival. III is by far the best one, it's less about the music and more about the people.

Suburbia in a lot of ways was the story of formative years. It's fiction, but a nice story. Spheeris followed the same method as Rebel Without a Cause, get a bunch of angsty teenagers together, tell them the broad outlines of the story and let them work out the dialog.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Thanks, added to the list by xth again (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Jun 08, 2022 at 04:16:54 AM EST

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Rust and ML by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon May 30, 2022 at 04:00:22 PM EST
Rust is a language I am very interested in, though my half hearted attempts to learn it have mostly succumbed to the distractions of other things.   But I don't really understand the benefit it would bring to ML.  All the ML code in Python is really just a thin Python wrapper around C++ code, so I'd be surprised if Rust gave particularly improved performance.   (My understanding is that the point of Rust is to get C++ speed without getting C++ danger.)

To me, Python is perfect for ML and Data Science, because it makes for nice, clean glue-code around a high performance library like Tensorflow or Pandas.

Lua seems like an even higher level glue language.   All the people I know who use it are game developers who use it for game logic, with all the real work done in heavily optimized C.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

Yep, exactly that by xth again (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue May 31, 2022 at 01:48:36 AM EST
> My understanding is that the point of Rust is to get C++ speed without getting C++ danger

Yep, that's the deal. My team is not the one driving the Rust adoption, we create services that rely on overnight batch jobs for their models. Standard Python + pandas + Catboost is enough. But the teams dealing with logistics have to process petabytes of data and the nights are not long enough for that. Rust gives them a x200 speed improvement. Instead of using Python to glue together the ML libraries, data access, and pandas, they do it all from inside the one binary. They still use python to shift data around and polish the results though. The Ops team also use it for processing the mountains of logs we generate.

In my previous job we did computer vision and some of the ML scientists started demoing it as a replacement for C++ because of its safety. But the boss was a master of C++ and was afraid he would lose his status as smartest guy in the room if we changed. So he always stopped any efforts in that direction.

Yeah Lua is probably gone off my radar forever. In node it is customary to have nginx as a proxy to preprocess requests and serve static assets. There is some value in hacking nginx with Lua to avoid it hitting the node process altogether. That, and novely value, was the only reason why it piqued my interest. But I can't be bothered any more.

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Lua by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Jun 01, 2022 at 09:08:10 AM EST
I played with it a bit, but dropped it because it felt like a toy language.   There wasn't much interesting about the language itself, and it seemed clear that if I ever actually needed it, I could pick it up in a couple days.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Paris syndrome: a form of culture shock characterized by symptoms such as acute delusional states | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)