I get really irritated when I hear the word "organic" thrown out as a synonym for good, healthy food. It's not. "Organic" is a particular way of growing food which hasn't been proved to even correlate with the properties of the final product. A fresh apple is still a fresh apple. And if non-organic chemicals were used properly to grow it, there's none of it in the fruit itself.
WFH today (I'm a software developer), and my son, who has taken an interest in "functions and variables" comes to ask what I'm currently doing. This is the exchange:
Son: "Hey dad... whatcha doin now?"
Me: "Well, the last thing I did... see how that has a period?"
Me: "See how that doesn't?"
Me: "Well, it shouldn't have one, so I removed it"
Son: *pauses for a moment*...Then, thoughtfully: "And you get paid for this?"
loading message card = omfg
I think it's a good sign that Spanish-speaking contractors at my house spelled my Russian last name as "Sagalez". They must have taken me for one of their own :-)
It also probably means I have to work more on getting rid of my accent :-)
"Whenever serious and competent people need to get things done in the real world, all considerations of tradition and protocol fly out the window." — Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver.
The code I'm working on right now is very readable. Because it literally contains a function named `readable()`!
> as setting up a Twitter bot to argue with alt-righters and anti-feminists
That's not activism, that's simply feeding the trolls. It won't effect any positive change, I mean.
"The Shallowness of Google Translate" https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/the-shallowness-of-google-translate/551570/
As someone with a linguistics degree, I can sympathize with the perspective that machine translation, i.e. the brute-force statistical approach, misses a lot of the subtleties of language.
OTOH most people using Google Translate aren't trying to translate poetry; they just want quick translations of news articles and product websites. It's kind of like criticizing an airplane for not flying as gracefully as a bird.
Email is still the best social network for me. Once in a while we exchange long emails with a few close friends, sometimes over the course of months. With no pressure and no hurry. Suits me very, very well :-)
Re: recent NYT revelations on Twitter bots.
What amazes me is that people seriously use the word "influencer" as if it was a legitimate occupation for respectable people and not just another flavor of scum. Same as with "SEO" a few years ago… "I'm a SEO expert" — do you understand that you just proudly said "I swindle ignorant people for money"?