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looking for a job, trying to escape an abusive situation, boosts appreciated 

hey there! my name's kez, and i'm trying to escape an abusive household

i've been putting this post off for a while because i didn't think my situation was that bad, but i've recently been forced to ackowledge the fact that the people i live with are extremely abusive, and that living here is extremely dangerous for me. i'm trying to move in with my girlfriend, but getting an apartment with her is going to require me to make around $800 a month

i'm looking for a remote job. i'm a programmer, with experience in fullstack and systems development. i've got 7 years experience with python, and a few years experience with c, sql, front-end languages, django, flask, and linux. i'm a (small-scale) linux sysadmin. i've got experience with a wide array of languages and paradigms (crystal, php, c#, glsl es, nodejs, haskell, functional, oop). i learn extremely quickly, and i can teach myself a working knowledge of a language in about a week for simple languages like php, or a few months for complex languages like haskell

i've built some extremely complex systems, i've written a code generator for an oop research language that emitted llvm-ir, i've implemented web application sessions and session-based auth completely from scratch. i've contributed extensively to type stubs for django and even wrote a package to monkey-patch django to work around edge-case bugs in mypy

if you or someone you know is looking to hire a remote developer or freelancer, please let me know! this is slightly time-sensitve but not *super* urgent. i'm trans and disabled, so they'd have to be chill about that kind of thing

boosts are super appreciated, thank you for taking the time to read <3

"Tastes like medicine. And not the good kind. Butt medicine."

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”TikTok is introducing Americans to a question that Europeans have struggled with for 20 years: a lot of your citizens might use an Internet platform created somewhere that doesn’t know or care about your laws or cultural attitudes and won’t turn up to a committee hearing.”

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Terrifyingly accurate

The iceberg of "how programmers think memory works" versus... how it actually works.

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rhetorical tactics of blathering pseudointellectuals 

Anyway, I found this essay which breaks down, line by line, some of the rhetorical tactics Alexander uses to make his bullshit arguments feel like you're reading deep intellectual thoughts. Super helpful, a prime example of extremely useful thinking tools that they never teach you in STEM class.

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"Stand on Zanzibar" is only $2.99 today!

A defining SF novel, one of Brunner's very best. (Along with Shockwave Rider, The Sheep Look Up, and Jagged Orbit, aka The Black Tetralogy, all about different sorts of pollution.)

Turns out Shockwave Rider, on information pollution, was astonishingly prescient. 50 years ago, he called it. But SoZ is well worth reading.

The firings will continue until diversity improves.

Apparently Sruthi Pinnamaneni is the Priti Patel of McElroys?

We're home. We have electricity and heat again. Water, even, for now at least, though we have to boil it before drinking it.

Clawprints of hungry outdoor birbs in the snow under the birb feeder:

Remember how Facebook lied about how many people were watching videos, encouraged a bunch of publishers to pivot to video production, and hence bankrupted them?

Turns out Facebook also lied about many people you could reach with their advertising platform.

QotD: "If only we could heat Austin using Republican gaslighting."

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Cool, apparently this short piece of Python code:


compiles to over 32TB of bytecode in cpython (per this post)

Arrrrgh, waking up back into nightmare anxiety world…

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Pandemic special: all of my recent eBooks are available for free - Common Lisp, Haskell, Hy lang, Java. topics: NLP, AI, Knowledge Graphs, deep learning, etc.

Really looking forward to a time when I can get through one crisis before the next one hits.

We've managed to evacuate to somewhere with power and heat, but we have quite a few friends who aren't so lucky. -14C is no joke when you've got no heat and you're not equipped for it because you live in Texas.

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