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lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 19, 2017

We got chicks last Thursday! There are six of them and today they moved out of a big rubbermaid container into a bigger box so they can spread their wings.

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They are SO PRETTY

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lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 12, 2017

I presented my research to my research group today, and people seemed to follow along and had some good comments for me! (I'm particularly happy about the following along part because there's a lot of abstract math involved...)

Shine On You Crazy Diamond parts 6-9 feels kind of bittersweet to me. The album covers the arc of Pink Floyd's career; it starts with Shine On You Crazy Diamond parts 1-5. Parts 6-9 come at the end of the album, and while they are definitiely a contination of the same themes, they're also distinctly different from parts 1-5.

It feels bittersweet because change is unavoidable; you'll never be the same person you were last year, nor will your relationships with others remain constant. However, people and relationships can change without losing their defining essence, I think.

I'm not sure where I'm going with that, but thanks for listening to me ramble a bit.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Typing the Technical Interview

Well, yeah, you could write standard Haskell, with plain 'ol values...might as well be writing assembly! Everyone knows that types are THE BEST THING EVER, why use anything but types to program in?

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Typing the Technical Interview

In "defense" of Haskell, the stuff shown here is type-based metaprogramming, kinda like template metaprogramming in C.

I don't think Haskell is necessarily more difficult than other languages...it's just different than the "standard" ones so it's harder to learn because it feels like it was made by space aliens.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 5, 2017

For what it's worth, I definitely come back in the evening and read all the posts that happened during the day, so don't worry about your comments getting lost or ignored.

I'm curious: why would you consider feeling comfortable in front of strangers to be a flaw?

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 5, 2017

My wife's quitting (always fun when the C*O tells you "in your position I would leave"....), which is good for her sanity. I think right now the plan is for her to finish out her degree so she can qualify for more interesting jobs.

Meanwhile, it looks like every department on campus is getting an 8-12% budget cut next fiscal year which is going to make things very interesting, and not in a good way. However, my advisor says it's likely I'll have some research funding in the fall!

Figured out that the MR2's low oil pressure was in fact the sensor wire being loose; tightened that up and things seem OK again. Hopefully I'll be able to get it legally on the road soon.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

Yeah, space is a killer. I've done my fair share of fixes in borrowed garages, driveways, and quiet back roads, but it is so nice to have a place where you can put a car up for an extended period of time. On the other hand, it removes the pressure to finish things in a timely fashion and you end up with projects that sit for a year...

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

I wish this was an 'extra' car--right now I have three broken cars and one working truck, and I'd rather not be driving it every day. Hopefully this one will be our daily before summer.

(Our last daily is waiting on me to decide what I'm going to do with it...)

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

Or an RX-7, or an Audi Quattro, or a Miata, or a Celica/Supra...or some motorbikes.

I really ought to graduate first, though...

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

Fixed!

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

In my defense, one was supposed to become a parts car...that one also has a supercharger.

I've been thinking about grafting a double A-arm suspension onto an MR2 for a while, but I'd be doing that just "because I can" because there's no way in hell it'd be economical or rational to do that.

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