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Making is all about screwing up.

It's about having the confidence to screw up in increasingly creative ways.

It's the art of getting it wrong with such flair and panache that you can't help but be entertained by your own ineptitude.

It's the ability to foil so many of your own plans that you are left with no option but to stumble into a solution that works.

A solution, that when found, leaves you awestruck by what you have accomplished.

And it is in pursuit of that awe that the Maker makes.

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Programming, a story:

"I want to create X." *start creating X*

"Oh, no. I'll need to create Y to properly do X." *start creating Y*

"Oh, wait, Y really would make better sense with Z." *start developing Z*

"Meh, I'm sick of doing this work without Ω." *start putting together Ω*

"This would all work better if only I had ß." *start building ß*

Jack, ✓. House, ✓. Malt, ✓. Rat, ✓. Cat, ✓. Dog, ✓. Cow, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓...🐢↓ 🐢↧ 🐢↯

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Imposter syndrome is the belief that because you are capable of the virtue of doubt, you're somehow less prepared for the challenges of life than the many hubristic arseholes who lack the sense to recognize any consequences of their own poor judgment.

The world doesn't need more overconfidence. It needs more folk comfortable with doubt, of themselves, of their practices and institutions. Questioning our ability or preparedness to do a thing is not the same as being unable to do that thing.

Looking for a Black, preferably LGBT, sensitivity reader for a new project! This is a paid gig!

Interested? Email hthrflowers@gmail.com with your credentials!

Please boost!

In other news:

Insomnia when exhausted, plus work crews below one's window.

"This stress ball is leaky."
"That's... an orange!"

TFW the language interpreter you just apt installed is 7 minor versions behind and you're given to understand that that's the difference between it building dependencies or not and you're so tired that the prospect of unzipping a tarball is too daunting to think about, so you just toot a "TFW" post and call it a day.

Saw a toot recently about "National _____ Day", but failed to bookmark it.

Anyone got any information on this day to celebrate national days?

RT @julianpopov@twitter.com

The year is 2192. The British Prime Minister visits Brussels to ask for an extension of the Brexit deadline. No one remembers where this tradition originated, but every year it attracts many tourists from all over the world.

The problem with Google reCAPTCHA is that when I get it wrong, it doesn't tell me what I got wrong. How do I get better at being human?

We seem to never go more than a few months before the intersection below my window is yet again dug up. This happens three to four times a year, and has done for as many years as I can recall.

If there are any other intersections in a ten block radius that have been dug up even once in that time, I'm sure I don't know where they are.

Just successfully signed up as enby on a website with mandatory Male/Female gender field on the form, by changing the id of the selected radio button in dev tools.

I just want to download some recipes, why do they even need it?

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‘I often refuse to release even the most humble library without code comments, examples, tests, invariant definitions, a logo, and an “official website”.’ —Michael #Fogus in 2011, blog.fogus.me/2011/01/05/the-m

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“there isn’t one thing called documentation, there are four. They are:
1. tutorials,
2. how-to guides,
3. explanation and
4. technical reference.”
—Daniele Procida, 2017?, divio.com/blog/documentation/

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Fogus went on to recant his intensive approach blog.fogus.me/2015/11/04/the-1 but it stuck with me.

Tried last night to explain to a group of writers that we don't really know the Monster Mash.

We know a song written *about* the Monster Mash.

Forced to conclude that writers don't understand indirection or pointers.

@lukesci What we have is a question of analytical frame.

An end-user of Siri or Alexa can speak colloquially of that system understanding—more or less—spoken language. Presented with a black box, we resort to a theory of mind experimentation upon the stimulus response cycle of the UX.

A programmer of Python, on the other hand, does not have the problem of a black box, and thus cannot speak in the colloquial about Python as they would about, say, MS Word. They can observe the internals.

Hey since this is blowing up let me remind all of you that I literally wrote a book on this & related subjects.

amazon.com/dp/1718167423

When people use the term snowflake unironically, just remember they're quoting Fight Club, a satire written by a gay man about how male fragility causes men to destroy themselves, resent society and become radicalized. and that Tyler Durden isnt the hero but a personification of the main character's deep insecurities, and that his snowflake speech is a dig at how fascists use dehumanizing language to breed loyalty from insecure people.

Very little of what a programmer expresses in a program ever, upon compilation or interpretation, is performed by the computer.

Instead, the computer performs a series of operations conceptually unrelated to most everything the programmer has written, which happen—only through their formulaic arrangement by the compiler/interpreter—to kick off (via the mechanical contrivances of hardware) chains of side effects which the human programmer interprets as performance of the task they programmed.

@beadsland Fun part was back on the Atari 800, I used to write ASM for short routines (ones that wouldn't need macros) on paper, hand-assemble it into bytes written as ATASCII codes, type it into strings, and run that with USR(). I got to the point where I knew most of the opcode/address modes as specific letters instinctively, only had to look up numeric constants over 26 (for obvious reasons).

A reminder that assembly language is already a higher-level language as compared to machine opcodes, and thus incomprehensible to a computer without a translation step.

Even without macros, each assembly instruction is a mnemonic gloss for a classes one or more operations that are inflected by the compiler into distinct and non-interchangeable opcodes as a function of the mode of their operand. Where the mode, in turn, is typically expressed through sigil or other syntactic sugar.

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