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C# LINQ thoughts 

(Really was quite proud of that LINQ rules engine monstrosity at the time, despite its ethically problematic reasons for existence. Sometimes I’m curious to see the code again, but it is probably best it stays locked away in the proprietary dungeon of the company I built that for.)

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C# LINQ thoughts 

Though presumably my worst abuses of LINQ syntax are behind me*, it remains a tool that I love.

I was also proud that I proved I could do in LINQ what others could in hand tuned SQL.

*I don’t expect to have another job with quite the same insane amounts of cross-database queries and hopefully never have reason to build a “business rules” engine built on Expression<T> and an abuse of LINQ syntax as a way for Access users to write much more performant code in a “familiar way”.

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C# LINQ thoughts 

Feared: Colleagues at multiple jobs found out quickly that if I break out the LINQ syntax, something amazing and horrible is happening and its surface level readability defies the frightening nature of it.

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C# LINQ thoughts 

Tired: LINQ syntax is for baby devs that need SQL coddling syntax sugar, real devs use Fluent syntax

Wired: LINQ scope rules and let binding allow you to easily create monadic closures that are far harder to replicate in Fluent syntax. More than just sugar

Inspired: LINQ syntax is for queries with hair on their chest, Fluent syntax is for baby queries

Amazon (Dark Patterns/Rant) 

I finally remembered the one thing I was actually using the Prime Membership for in the last year: the Twitch Rewards.

I know they rebranded it Amazon Prime Gaming, but I still think of it as a Twitch thing more than an Amazon thing, lol. Wasn't even mentioned in their dark UX reminders of reasons to keep Prime. Wow.

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Godzilla vs Kong (Final Score) 

For anyone who wants the daily newspaper summary of the wrestling match rather than watch the whole silly event:

Godzilla vs. Kong: 2-1 (Titan Axe blow gets Kong’s lone round win)

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: 0-1

Kong vs. Mechagodzilla: 1-0 (Godzilla Recharged Titan Axe)

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Godzilla vs Kong (Spoilers) 

To be fair, there’s sort of reason: it’s an office in Hong Kong and yeah HK does look pretty Tron in exterior B-Roll and the CGI version they get to destroy. So I guess it helps you know that you are in HK if the interior matches?

Also, to be fair, (SPOILERS) they did build Mechagodzilla there, and Tron ALL The Things is prime Mechagodzilla Aesthetic

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Godzilla vs Kong 

So I decided to watch Godzilla: King of Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong back to back. Mostly just a lot of dumb fun

I did need to pause to celebrate all these colors!

G:KOM had a huge color grading problem and nearly every scene was predominantly blue with a couple scenes orange and one one red (wow!). Like just single color scenes throughout. “All we can afford is one color at a time, sorry!”

GvK: “We can use ALL the colors! Let’s go! More neons! Tron this set for no reason!”

Amazon (Dark Patterns/Rant) 

I’ve had Prime since college. I was one of the earliest Prime subscribers.

It’s an end of a more innocent era. Goodbye Amazon Prime, I probably won’t miss you. Good riddance horrible Amazon dark pattern UX. I definitely won’t miss you.

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Amazon (Dark Patterns/Rant) 

Not to mention the general ethical concerns of an “everything store” with bad labor relations and horrible job conditions.

So I went to cancel Prime again. Same dark patterns! This time I think I brought enough breadcrumbs to Theseus my way through that awful maze. I was left with an impression that it is canceled now and I should expect a refund for most of the year left!

We’ll see if the refund actually hits my CC, though.

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Amazon (Dark Patterns/Rant) 

Was I using anything else from Prime? I watched The Expanse and a couple okay-not-great movies. I hated The Boys and they burnt me canceling The Tick for it. Other than that, I can’t think of anything. They burnt me on Amazon Music. They burnt me on Amazon storage/photos. I have a hard time going through the books I buy at full price to consider renting books with Kindle Unlimited’s Weird Prime Selection. The Prime Free Reading rarely included genres I like.

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Amazon (Dark Patterns/Rant) 

I know I got that pre-renewal email but it got lost in the shuffle of my email pile and the general ton of spam from Amazon.

But I was looking at that annual renewal on my CC again and thinking “this is bullshit”. I didn’t get anything shipped in 2020. If I don’t need Amazon Prime shipping in a year when I never leave home, when do I ever need it anymore?

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Amazon (Dark Patterns/Rant) 

Right after I saw my Amazon Prime renewal on my CC last year about this time (late March), I was thinking I should quit it, but it was early in the pandemic and was worried I might need it. Also the Dark Patterns on the cancellation page made it sound like they didn’t do refunds and so push you to a “Remind Me to Cancel Before Next Renewal (in a Year)” button.

If I were on a committee planning an interstellar expedition I would simply not name the destination planet with some overly symbolic biblical name that is probably a warning for what colonists will encounter there.

Outriders First Impression 

Is this Gears of Destiny Effect?

Mass Dest2ny of War?

The Two Genders, Viking Game Edition 

Ah yes, the two genders: Warrior and Shieldmaiden

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The talented @Psynwav@twitter.com did a ton of god-tier remixing to mutate the musical "Hamilton" so it's now the story of "Space Jam." It's pretty freaking great.

psynwav.com/#slamilton

🏀 :flan_laugh:

Cyberpunk 2077 1.2 

Holy crap, there are ads on the sidewalks! That’s a weird detail that makes the city that much more Cyberpunk, and also now that I see it, it is surprising it wasn’t more noticeable that they were there but not working before.

Dad jokes 

We should all go to Pigeon Forge, TN and forcibly stop them from forging more pigeons. Pigeons are such a nuisance and North America always has plenty. No thanks, Tennessee

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?This is a cross-post from Twitter, its contents might suck? 

RT @jesslynnrose
If NFTs were really about better supporting digital artists the furries would have invented them years ago.

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