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I cannot wait for whatever the White House does to divert the media's attention this time.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 3, 2017

Spring thunderstorms all last weekend and most of this week have made for a lot of flooding in my area; fortunately I'm on the side of a hill and don't have any low water crossings between me and town. A lightning strike did take out my internet antenna--this seems to be a yearly thing; there's not much you can do to protect electronics that have to live at the top of a 50' lightning rod. Fortunately this time around I had a surge protector in front of my router so I don't have to re-discover how to switch the upstream port on it.

I'm starting on a paper that's due in just under 3 weeks so hopefully the mathematical stars align and I can manage to do something interesting between now and then!

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: FYI Search is available again

Regular exercise at the gym (3 days a week)! Getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries! At ease! Eating well (no more microwave dinners and saturated fats)!

Cool. Due to the uncertainty principle, a spike in the momentum space ought to correspond to a wave in the position space, right?

This annoyed me as well. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not even that there's really a dual nature at all here; photons behave like particles when their wavefunction is a single spike, and like waves when it's not, right?

I'm surprised they did their own power supply and gearbox, since those are pretty much jellybean parts. Drill motor (or a motor for tin shears or something with a bigger gera reduction), solid state relay to control the AC power to it, and a worm gear drive box to turn the leadscrew.

If the juice pouches were round instead of rectangular, you could have the front door screw on (maybe a quarter-turn multi-start thread), although that's not very futuristic! It also might be just as much machining to make that as it is for all the parts in the Juicero.

Regardless of whether or not this design is silly, it's always interesting to take stuff apart and see how it was made, and it's unusual to see things that weren't particularly engineered towards a price point. But damn, I'll bet you their injection molding tooling bill was 7 or 8 figures all said and done.

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.


They are SO PRETTY


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?

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