I keep recommending this James Mickens talk to people because it is a lot funnier than me trying to explain to people why the software industry right now is scarily broken: https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity18/presentation/mickens
A Christmas Story Musical snark
I find it almost impressive that adding song and dance only seems to double down on the toxic patriarchy of this #MakeAmericaDepressionEraAgain "classic".
YouTube keeps adding more interrupts for ads to try to get me annoyed enough to pay for YouTube premium. Paid ads marked as such don't bug me that much. I'd upgrade tomorrow if Premium promised to disable Autoplay, remove all the automated recommendation crap, and gave me *back* a sensible to watch my subscribed channels, intermingled, in chronologic order, with none of this whoops haterade video, oops nazi propaganda video bullshit of their "algorithms" and "machine learning".
Another capitalism dystopia
Random lyft driver just showed up at work, after hours demanding to be let in, in broken English, to deliver what appeared to be an Amazon package to one of the businesses in the building.
B) Amazon hiring random lyft drivers sounds like Amazon would do
C) The gig economy is stupid
D) I don't feel safe in this situation, because "come back tomorrow during business hours" doesn't make sense to gig employee
E) I should not leave work so late
Different Capitalism dystopia
GM dropping most of their US car models and car plants to make shareholders briefly happy is ludicrous on so many levels.
I say that as a small minority shareholder and a Volt owner with new increased uncertainty what my next vehicle would even be.
But also particularly as someone that deeply worries the American obsession with trucks & SUVs *has* to stop. Partly because I expect to be run over by one or the other any day now. Stupid American suburbs.
Some article loan scammer thinks an artificial 72-hour deadline might motivate me? They should how many "Black Friday", "Cyber Monday", "Cyber Week", "Black Friday Weekend", "Black Friday Week", and "Black Friday Month" (it's called November you scoundrels!!) emails I've deleted without reading this month. Your sales deadlines are stupid, meaningless, and motivating me only to want to punch marketers in the face for trying to manipulate human time sensitivity so carelessly.
Fan Fan Theories wrt Ralph Breaks the Internet
First of all, I feel like this movie confirms I was right that Vanellope's superpower is by design (a character refers to it as the "best superpower", making it more explicit the other racers had superpowers). Turbo/"King Candy" clearly gaslighted what he could not understand.
Second, I feel like Vanellope's code must be game generation old enough to be Shank's mom or grandma, depending on if you think Sugar Rush looks like N64-era hw or Saturn-era.
I feel like this fantastic rendition of the Avengers theme by Mariachi Entertainment System is refutation enough that the films have more soundtrack power than people credit them for. How do you not get chills that you've just hit that "Hero Teamup Moment" at even the opening few bars of Mr. Silvestri's theme here?
Software dev problems
It was not a dependency issue of that sort, it was use copy and pastes and I retype, so copy & pasted numbers in some parts of the app were getting saved as strings, so some equations worked (because implicit JS type coercion, boo) and the others didn't because the dependency just ignore strings because WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT STRINGS TO BE NUMBERS?! 😿
Overheard in Dream
"The President of the University found it easier to ram initiatives through the student legislature than the faculty/board or state legislature, and students are just as good at passive-aggressive protests as the next body, so that's why I was briefly the Vice President of the Department of Dave Matthews Studies."
Is it weird that I think I think this special finally explained to me why I think Ryan Gosling's acting is so uncanny valley weird? Listen to this native Ottawa accent and of course he struggles so much with that goofy American accent he uses in movies 🤣: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fa0sR-I3e8
Professional software developer. Unsuccessful nonfailure writer and game designer.
Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.