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Devac  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 28, 2017

The exams are finally over! Got 5.5 from the CFT exam, so there's no way I could do any better. At least as far as the grade is concerned. Now I only need to finish my internship and wait for at least one place to get interested with my resume.

It would also seem that no matter where I live, someone, just a wall or two away, is going to pick-up some instrument. Back at the dorm, I was just next door from people who only recently started playing the guitar or flute. Just as I have settled back at home, I learned about my neighbour buying a drum kit for his son. I went to them to suggest using training pads. I was then promptly told to "fuck off." Charming as per usual. Because of that, I had to move all of my stuff into the basement, just so I could isolate myself from the incessant drumming. Please keep the neckbeard jokes to the minimum. I'm not happy about this turn of events.

On the brighter side, I finally started to grok Go-lang. Until I got my hands on this book it just felt like someone vomited Erlang on Java and screamed "CONCURRENCY!" apropos of nothing. It starts to grow on me. Wouldn't recommend it as a first programming language, but it's a good fit as a second or third (or whatever, just don't start with it).

am_Unition  ·  2 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

Do you know what they need to do with people like us? Segregate us from everyone. I can't even afford to listen to music when I'm working. It even pisses me off when my poor girlfriend begins doing chores, because it breaks my train of thought.

There's no way I can blame anybody else (especially my perfect AF gf) for how miserably quiet things aren't. I'm living at the center of one of the biggest cities in the world, for cryin' out loud (...shhh!!). So now, I work at night, because I can sleep through the noise of the day, but I can't think through it.

And so, Mr. A++ Devac, what I'm trying to say is that I'd feel even more like a jerk if you came along and implied "Nope, it's fine! I can study and code in between listening to my neighbor's demonstration that they have no future as a metronome!". You're not alone! ...but you wish you were, most of the time, amirite?? ;)

ThatFanficGuy  ·  6 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

    Please keep the neckbeard jokes to the minimum.

Plenty could be said about your disposition withour resorting to neckbeard jokes. >:)

    I was then promptly told to "fuck off."

Aren't they lovely.

Shame you had to move. Remember our discussing using the phrase "I AM THE LAW!"? Now's a good time to use it. In the middle of the night. BAM! "We've had noise complaints".

    Got 5.5 from the CFT exam

Fucking congratulations! You told me 5.5 is reserved for extraordinary achievements, so - fucking hell, nice work!

    to grok

This is becoming a thing, isn't it? ref's gonna skin you alive.

    Wouldn't recommend it as a first programming language

They say JavaScript should be your first programming language: it may not be up to the standards of stuffy uppity neckbeards, but it does the thing it set out to do with some passion behind it. In this regard, it's like Esperanto: studies show that learning Esperanto cuts the time you need to learn a real language by a lot (just Wikipedia "Esperanto" for sources).

keifermiller  ·  6 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

    This is becoming a thing, isn't it? ref's gonna skin you alive.

I'll be honest, I had no clue that GROK was a scifi reference.

It entered my lexicon thanks to P.J. and SCO.

bfv  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·  
Devac  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ribosomes have preferential gene translation

As long as it compiles, it wasn't a lethal mutation. :P

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

    e-quine subject to random mutations

    ^^---------------------------------------------------

fatal error detected, '^'

Devac  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ribosomes have preferential gene translation

It's probably just some variation of a quine.

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

A quine subject to random mutations. Hope you getcha some good ones, Devac.

Devac  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

As long as it compiles, it wasn't a lethal mutation. :P

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

    e-quine subject to random mutations

    ^^---------------------------------------------------

fatal error detected, '^'

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trimage (now with spoilers)

    Is there any particular reason you like drawing more than painting?

Not really. Perhaps I feel more confident about my drawings? I'll have to think about it.

    Is everything you do abstract or do you try to shoot for realism sometimes?

Actually, almost all of my drawings are realistic. I have a few binders filled with my drawings of plants, insects and one dedicated solely to practice human anatomy. You could say that I'm experimenting with abstract style but, as I mentioned in the OP, I already have plans for a realistic painting.

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trimage (now with spoilers)

    What made you decide to pick up painting?

I have been painting since I was about eight until I went to high school. Stopped for about five years because I had no time for it. I just liked it but I to this day prefer drawing in pencil or charcoal. Furthermore, I'm pretty bad with words even in my native tongue. Being able to draw seemed like a way to circumvent this problem. But that's not all.

I was baffled when I was told that the people 'hear their own voice' while thinking. I don't have that. Even if I am recalling an in-person chat with someone, I am literally seeing a mental transcript instead of hearing the discussion. I can't recognise voices of most people despite having almost a perfect pitch. Basically, my mental processes are almost exclusively visual. But I was also able to recognise that painting was just a crutch for me and I had to at least try and get better at talking to people.

    What do you enjoy about it and what about it frustrates you?

Relatedly to the previous answer, I enjoy the fact that I can show things that I will not be able to describe even in a million years. It's great to see things I can conjure in my mind being projected onto something. If I can imagine it, there's likely some clever trick to draw or paint it. All of that and to have an opportunity to test my dexterity? Sign me up! It also tends to calm me.

That said, both painting and drawing are frustrating to me at some level. I am deeply aware that I can't show things perfectly. Details are wrong, my finger slipped slightly, the paint lost a bit too much of its solvent and because I got distracted by the previous mistake I'll have to go once again through my process of determining what colour of paint is this. I can't get almost anything right. It's bothersome. It's hard for me to 'settle' for things that don't match my standards. Which means that I usually feel a level of certain contempt toward myself when I hear the music I play or look at my drawings. It's a lot of fun until my internal critic kicks in and I don't know if I'm too hard on myself or is this thing actually that bad. It's hard to balance those two.

    Is there anything you think you've learned along the way?

Apart from the stuff above? Painting better. :P

Right now I'm trying to actually understand art and aesthetics. How to appreciate things for what they are instead of what they could be.

rd95  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can definitely relate with the "what I create doesn't match my own expectations" aspect. Chances are a lot of people who create, from visual artists to writers to musicians to craftsmen feel that and probably feel that quite often.

Is there any particular reason you like drawing more than painting? Is everything you do abstract or do you try to shoot for realism sometimes?

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Is there any particular reason you like drawing more than painting?

Not really. Perhaps I feel more confident about my drawings? I'll have to think about it.

    Is everything you do abstract or do you try to shoot for realism sometimes?

Actually, almost all of my drawings are realistic. I have a few binders filled with my drawings of plants, insects and one dedicated solely to practice human anatomy. You could say that I'm experimenting with abstract style but, as I mentioned in the OP, I already have plans for a realistic painting.

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trimage (now with spoilers)

Absolutely! How can I help?

rd95  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well, I'm just kind of curious about your experience overall and I know making things is sometimes a thinking process, so I'm just curious about what you think. What made you decide to pick up painting? What do you enjoy about it and what about it frustrates you? Is there anything you think you've learned along the way?

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    What made you decide to pick up painting?

I have been painting since I was about eight until I went to high school. Stopped for about five years because I had no time for it. I just liked it but I to this day prefer drawing in pencil or charcoal. Furthermore, I'm pretty bad with words even in my native tongue. Being able to draw seemed like a way to circumvent this problem. But that's not all.

I was baffled when I was told that the people 'hear their own voice' while thinking. I don't have that. Even if I am recalling an in-person chat with someone, I am literally seeing a mental transcript instead of hearing the discussion. I can't recognise voices of most people despite having almost a perfect pitch. Basically, my mental processes are almost exclusively visual. But I was also able to recognise that painting was just a crutch for me and I had to at least try and get better at talking to people.

    What do you enjoy about it and what about it frustrates you?

Relatedly to the previous answer, I enjoy the fact that I can show things that I will not be able to describe even in a million years. It's great to see things I can conjure in my mind being projected onto something. If I can imagine it, there's likely some clever trick to draw or paint it. All of that and to have an opportunity to test my dexterity? Sign me up! It also tends to calm me.

That said, both painting and drawing are frustrating to me at some level. I am deeply aware that I can't show things perfectly. Details are wrong, my finger slipped slightly, the paint lost a bit too much of its solvent and because I got distracted by the previous mistake I'll have to go once again through my process of determining what colour of paint is this. I can't get almost anything right. It's bothersome. It's hard for me to 'settle' for things that don't match my standards. Which means that I usually feel a level of certain contempt toward myself when I hear the music I play or look at my drawings. It's a lot of fun until my internal critic kicks in and I don't know if I'm too hard on myself or is this thing actually that bad. It's hard to balance those two.

    Is there anything you think you've learned along the way?

Apart from the stuff above? Painting better. :P

Right now I'm trying to actually understand art and aesthetics. How to appreciate things for what they are instead of what they could be.

rd95  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can definitely relate with the "what I create doesn't match my own expectations" aspect. Chances are a lot of people who create, from visual artists to writers to musicians to craftsmen feel that and probably feel that quite often.

Is there any particular reason you like drawing more than painting? Is everything you do abstract or do you try to shoot for realism sometimes?

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Is there any particular reason you like drawing more than painting?

Not really. Perhaps I feel more confident about my drawings? I'll have to think about it.

    Is everything you do abstract or do you try to shoot for realism sometimes?

Actually, almost all of my drawings are realistic. I have a few binders filled with my drawings of plants, insects and one dedicated solely to practice human anatomy. You could say that I'm experimenting with abstract style but, as I mentioned in the OP, I already have plans for a realistic painting.

    you'd get a better human analogue from comparing a group that exercises and eats a lot to a group that does neither.

Or just cover every option by testing all four possible configurations. High caloric intake + exercise, high caloric intake + no exercise, low caloric intake + exercise, low caloric intake + no exercise. Are there reasons other than shoestring budget to restrict most of these experiment to just ½ of the measured spectrum?

My mother once told me that the life expectancy was flipped for clergy. Ones who were on various high ranks tended to die sooner than the monks from lower ranks. The rich ones on top could afford much fancier tableware and cutlery than just wood or clay. They got the good stuff made from silver. Or tin. Or lead. Or gilded with gold-mercury amalgam.

Devac  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I have a friend that just joined Hubski. What should they know?

No problem! Just to clarify some slightly ambiguous wording that I used:

    Counter goes up to eight small dots, then resets and you get your first badge to give for people's contributions.

It resets back to 1 and then starts counting up again. The badges are cumulative and you can have more than one to give away at any time. A badge that you might receive from someone else is not added to the number of badges that you can give to people. These are in separate pools. Also, you are not required to give this badge away in order to get all the benefits.

Sorry about the possible confusion that I might have caused. I'm not a native English speaker. Sometimes even I get confused when reading my own posts. ;/

Here are some posts that might give you more background on the system if you are interested:

It's a good idea to follow #hubski tag to be up to date with updates. These aren't frequent but since it's a small place there's usually some discussion. We are big on vox populi. ;)

Devac  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inbreeding & the downfall of the Spanish Hapsburgs

    In other words, Charles II was moderately more inbred than the average among the offspring from brother-sister matings!

Ye gods. I understand the maths behind it and I'm no less baffled. It's like they were competing against haplodiploids.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  
Devac  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 233rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

I actually like it better than the original. It's been on a loop along with the other crap I'm listening to while working. Anyone knows about similar parodies aside from 'Fishmaster' or the whole Al Yankovic's shtick?

Devac  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 3rd Weekly Bakers' Thread

After eating them for a week, I can report that hard tacks with butter are almost indistinguishable from the ones I made with olive oil. If you would want to try them yourself, then you might want to up the heat for the last hour to about 140 °C (normally you want to make them at 110 - 120 °C). Mine came out slightly moist even after seven hours of baking. I don't know why there's this problem, though. There shouldn't be that much more moisture added with butter to make this difference. I'll make a few more batches to see if the effect is repeatable.

Alternatively, leave them to dry in cold air for a day or two. I know that you have some pun about 'hot air', stop that. Cold air holds less moisture and is much more efficient. :P

Recipe for hard tacks since I forgot about it the last time:

- 1.5 kilogramme of flour.

- 30 grammes of butter (or three tablespoons of olive oil).

- 2 - 3 tablespoons of salt.

You have to mix together with water. Add as little as you need, the moment the dough will absorb all of the other ingredients without sticking too much to the bowl or fingers, it's ready. Make a slab out of it that's roughly 1 centimetre thick, cut it into squares. Now we have a tedious/fun part! Take a toothpick, break it in half and with the help of those two sticks use their wider ends to make a bunch of holes in each of the squares. You want about 1 hole per cm². That's to allow for a quicker escape of moisture.

Drop it into the pre-heated to about 110 °C oven and go do something else. For the next six or seven hours, you will only have to flip them every hour or so and perhaps rotate the 'shelves' in the oven (is there a term for them?) if you needed more than one. Get a book or something. For the last hour, you might like to apply the above advice about bringing the heat to about 140 °C, though.

Oh, and feel free to convert the proper units to the wizard ones at your own leisure. :P

Devac  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I have a friend that just joined Hubski. What should they know?

You can't until you will either:

- get promoted by someone;

- gather your first badge by commenting;

- receive a badge from someone.

You see that thing next to your nickname at the top bar (one where's all the navigation)? Counter goes up to eight small dots, then resets and you get your first badge to give for people's contributions. It's a slow process but you'll get there. Afterwards, you will also be able to promote others and generally have all of the privileges. Until then, you are left with commenting on the existing topics.

Why is that? Hubski was plagued by spammers of various kinds and it's a solution to curb the problem. Nothing personal, but it's something that was direly required.

If you have any other questions, then please don't hesitate and ask. However, I would advise you to read both the FAQ and the Hubski Primer. These should cover almost all of the common questions.

stenivan  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ahh thank you, this makes sense now!

Devac  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No problem! Just to clarify some slightly ambiguous wording that I used:

    Counter goes up to eight small dots, then resets and you get your first badge to give for people's contributions.

It resets back to 1 and then starts counting up again. The badges are cumulative and you can have more than one to give away at any time. A badge that you might receive from someone else is not added to the number of badges that you can give to people. These are in separate pools. Also, you are not required to give this badge away in order to get all the benefits.

Sorry about the possible confusion that I might have caused. I'm not a native English speaker. Sometimes even I get confused when reading my own posts. ;/

Here are some posts that might give you more background on the system if you are interested:

It's a good idea to follow #hubski tag to be up to date with updates. These aren't frequent but since it's a small place there's usually some discussion. We are big on vox populi. ;)

Devac  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: what does it mean to work hard?

But you don't need Emacs to use org-mode. Here's a version for Sublime Text and there's also organized for Atom editor.

Devac  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More longevity blogging.

I know that this is at the stage of clinical trials and you most likely want as pristine specimens as possible, but treating is a pure hypothetical: do you think that young MSCs harvested from a patient who survived a disease like leukaemia in their childhood would work?

    We just started our own experiment where we are testing the hypothesis that young-to-old bone marrow stem cell transplantation in mice leads to increased lifespan and better health outcomes such as cognitive deficits.

Serious question and no intent to nit-pick: is it the case of some subtle English thing about contexts, or did you mean to write 'cognitive deficits alleviation/reversal' but missed it?

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't know enough about leukemia to say with certainty. I suspect that if they are in remission or 'cured', then the cells would be useful. I also imagine that certain gene-editing or even cell-selection technologies could be applied to the cells ex vivo, so if there is a genetic component that can be corrected for, they might be useful in that way.

I've wondered if there are any studies that are harvesting the stem cells of patients with blood cancers, selecting out the non-cancerous ones, and expanding those cells for an autologous transplant after chemo-ablation of their cancerous ones. I'll have to look into it.

    Serious question and no intent to nit-pick: is it the case of some subtle English thing about contexts, or did you mean to write 'cognitive deficits alleviation/reversal' but missed it?

Thanks, I did. Fixed.