Using different tones to describe a room in my house.
The office is not simply an extra room. It is the place to
organize the disorganized. From ideas on a handkerchief to
paperclips, from unopened electronics to crafting designs,
the office is the place where we work on our ideas in every
spare moment we have that we are not dedicating to our
The mess in the office is starting to overflow. Thank God my
wife fixed the shredder, because the amount of papers was
literally coming out from under the door. It is like every
new piece of furniture we acquire to add organization gets
filled with stuff that was not properly organized. It is like
every time something is just left in a bag a silent debt is
incurred with your future self: eventually you will come
The office is about 8' by 12' with a small closet. I claimed
one corner and my wife the one on the opposite side. My desk
is slightly over-designed, having pockets and hedges that
don't necessarily need to be there. My wife on the other hand
stayed content with a small desk. It is completely covered
with crafts and she basically has to clear it every time she
needs to work.
|2020-03-20 21:22:32||good grammar||
The importance of grammar
There is not much to be said. Reading bad grammar is like being
invited into a house and led on a tour only to trip on missing
floorboards and to hit your head on unfinished wall corners. I
have to put up extra time and effort to evade mistakes done by
my host. It is like if he or she does not care about my time.
|2020-03-20 21:09:21||tone homework||
Business Tone Writing:
Base email: regular message to coworker asking to use an office.
Good morning Mrs. Seville,
As you know, Mr. Rogers from Cocacola is coming in next week.
I have had some experience managing big accounts but nothing
comes close to this level. I was wondering if you could lend
me your office for an hour so that Bob gets a good look at the
view. It definitely beats staring at my fake painting on the
other side of the building.
Please let me know if you think this is a good idea.
Socially relaxed email
Harry is allowing me to make the proposal to Bob from Cocacola
next week, can you believe it? It might be my big break! I
could definitely use some pointers if you are available, but
I will absolutely need your office for one hour on Thursday
next week, please don't say no.
Socially stressed email
As you know the account in question is this firm's third
biggest client, I would not be asking you to use your office
if it were not absolutely necessary.
I await your reply.
Improving My Vocabulary
I have had relatively good reading habits throughout my life. I
do enjoy reading a new book every few weeks. It has only been
pretty recently that I have been slowed down to about a book
every month on the count of my daughter being born since last
The key exercise that helped improve my vocabulary above any
other activity was to stop my reading whenever I stumbled opon
a word I did no recognize. I would get up, look for a
dictionary or an encyclopedia, define it. Then I would keep
the dictionary close by for the next words that I would need
to look up.
In the beginning it was a pretty slow process, but as I made it
a habit I saw my vocabulary grow beyond that of my peers.
|2020-03-15 19:13:02||The Greatest Impact||
What company/business is having the greatest impact in the world today, either
positive or negative? Explain your response.
I am a staunch advocate for reading and writing. You can practice on a
computer, but real reading and writing is done only on paper. Sure, there are
multiple industries that have been created and will be created thanks to
'writing' with a keyboard and 'reading' through a screen, but these are mere
With this in mind, I would argue the company that is singlehandedly having the
greatest impact on our reality is Google. Some of that impact is through the
success and ubiquity of it's products: search and Android are two of many that
dominate the field. Still, Google's 'on the ground' products are not how they
exert their power. Instead it is the Google backend and the analytics it
produces. To continue drilling down, the monolith that is known as the backend
is composed of what all modern systems are composed of: hardware, software and
the workforce that builds and maintains them.
All I will say about the hardware is that it is easily the most impressive
system that any group of humans have built. I know less about the workforce,
but from what I have heard about the interviews and the types of challenges
they aspire to solve, the best word to describe them is 'indomitable'.
To examine the software, on the other hand, we need to understand that there is
probably no physical structure (say a building, for example) that can serve as
a good comparison. If you could build a building, and then reduce it to the
size of a coin, then build another building made of those coins, then repeat
the same process each year for at least 20 years, then you might have an idea
of the scale of certain projects at Google. One of those projects is the Google
artificial intelligence (AI) system; the public version of which is DeepMind.
If you are not convinced that AI threatens our current way of life, I probably
will not able to convince you. But I will mention a good example of an impact
that is already old news: AlphaGo Master and AlphaGo Zero. These are the
chinese chess-like game version for DeepMind. For a glimpse of the power of
the system, take a look at it's progress. AlphaGo Master, the final version
of the first iteration, beat the number 1 Go player in the world in 2017.
To do this, AlphaGo Master spent many hours, possibly on the scale of weeks, to
learn how to play well.
AlphaGo Zero, on the other hand, was designed to learn from AlphaGo Master. It
did so in three days. To put that into perspective: a self-learning system
was able to condense all human knowledge on a specific subject to be able to
outperform the *best* performing opponent in less than 72 hours.
"Harmony. That is the truth of what you must seek" - Street Fighter V's Gill
beginning of battle quote.
I have been struggling with the concept of balance throughout my life. It
implies paying attention to multiple things, in varying amounts depending on
the importance or the priority of each thing. Instead of just concentrating on
one thing, to achieve balance you must essentially do the right thing at the
right time in the right place constantly. Even thinking about it is taxing.
Isn't it better to just concentrate on one thing? It is my experience that the
concept of multitasking is simply not achievable. Even in a computer there is
mostly the illusion of executing multiple actions at the same time. Multi-
core technology has certainly permitted different instructions to be executed
simultaneously, but then again, we are only talking about sand.
For a person, having multiple focuses makes no sense. I think no one will
dispute that we are only able to focus on one thing, and change to another
thing once we are satisfied with that thing's current state. Then again maybe
there are superhumans who can perform the feat. I am just not one of them.
If there is anything that I am truly learning about after becoming a father is
the inordinate amount of time that I used to have and waste. It is possible
that no time is truly wasted, but I cannot believe that. Now I spend most of
my time taking care of things that I need to take care of and dream of the
days when I spent most of my time doing things that were not really necessary.
I suppose it is true that you do not ever really know of the value of something
until it is lost.
"to understand is to see how 'yes' is 'no'" - i.
"to understand is to see the line that connects 'yes' and 'no'- i.
Someone said there is a price to pay for using metaphors. I go on further to echo: If you use metaphors in politics, the price to pay is truth.
Which is where we are at. They are so powerful, concise and effective that we initially would not even bother trying to understand the consequences of misusing them.
Some word-keeping before I go on: metaphors and similes are both figures of speech used when comparing two "things" (stuff (stuffs?)). Analogies are usually longer, as a good analogy will underline how two things are similar and in what context. I just read that a simile is an explicit metaphor, in that it uses a specific word to underline __likeness__ instead of what a metaphor does which is to posit the possibility of __equalness__.
Did anyone ever get hurt by using or hearing a metaphor? I am now understanding that the answer to this question is: probably yes.
A metaphor is the literary parallel of a physical model. Like any proper model, it needs to come with clear reading labels: "You should know this model is a reduction of the known and unknown complexity inherent in the set of circumstances it is attempting to explain".
Take the example that I just used: "A metaphor is the literary parallel of a physical model". After hearing someone say it we may end up thinking that the metaphor and the physical model are somehow equal. The fact that the metaphor is used as a figure of speech and the physical model is used to understand physical phenomena doesn't really pose a barrier to this notion of contextualized equality. Just as long as we are not hurting anyone, we can probably get away with exchanging the two terms in any given scenario, so we will attempt to avoid engineering proposals.
A disguised thing is not disguised until or unless it is revealed. If the reveal does not happen, there is no notion of disguise or deceit. If the reveal does happen, the disguised thing stops being a disguised thing and is just a thing with the answer to the question: why the disguise?
But a metaphor's disguise is cunning: it is so light it is practically transparent. "A thing is another thing in another context". Well then I am an astronaut and I have twenty space ships, yes?
So on to monitoring metaphors in politics...
(In all fairness we may argue it is actually a __simile__ because it uses the explicit word 'parallel' which highlights *likeness* not *equalness* (*sameness*?); but for argument's sake we will keep with the most simple and literal definition of simile: when you use the words 'like'.)
(I just found the wikipedia term conceptual model. FML.)
(although we notionally do this so that when we find a scenario that doesn't "smell" appropriate is a scenario that may highlight how the two terms are not contextually equal)
|2019-03-20 16:21:54||this is a great post title||this is a great post body that highlights what i think or whatever|
|2019-03-20 16:08:54||remote testing (6th take...)||(actually 8th take, but some posts were euthanized by the sync system)|
|2019-03-20 12:17:23||fixed 2019-03-20 12:15:46|
|2019-03-20 12:16:21||last try local||previous post is in doubt|
|2019-03-20 12:15:46||refer to post 2019-03-20 12:10:47||it needs a refresh... which means sync occurs before entry into DB|
|2019-03-20 12:14:37||interesting||server seems to be located in GST time so UK?|
|2019-03-20 12:10:47||local testing (9th take)||checking to see if a post is automatically replicated to remote, or if it needs a refresh|
|2019-03-20 12:00:54||testing local (3rd Take)|
|2019-03-19 23:19:11||second attempt to sync|
|2019-02-27 22:52:21||so i removed all sync for now...|
|2019-02-22 04:21:55||the net||
is a vast space
|2019-02-21 02:17:41||the new and improved tangerinelaboratories.com/blog||it syncs with my local testing server, which is great, but deleting one post (on either server) may lead to the whole thing crashing...|
|2019-02-21 00:40:21||remote to local||trying out remote-to-local-blog-synchronization|
|2019-02-20 19:34:51||local to remote||trying out local-to-remote-blog-synchronization|
|2019-02-03 15:23:49||_testing_ **out** [markdown](http://help.micro.blog/2017/markdow||adding support on my own blog should not be too hard should it?|
|2019-02-03 05:13:02||finally tangerinelaboratories.com/blog/rss is up to spec||
so this will be my first official micro.blog post
@manton @Rosemary thank you for your help
|2019-01-23 17:25:32||listogether.com is feature complete||
adequate on mobile
adequate on desktop
list create, rename, claim, access
item add, delete
todo: refactor code
|2018-12-20 13:31:17||always disable js||
js is wrong.
if a site needs it to show you it's content, the site is wrong.
you do not need wrong.
|2018-09-17 22:39:51||nothing like having a computer engineering degree||and not having had a job as a web developer and finding a 16 y/o who built his own computer vision engine|
|2018-08-30 02:12:47||tmux!||i finally feel i found the reason why the command line is absolutely worth my time|
so this browser has given me a fresh of fresh air
it just means i have to step up my semantic html game
|2018-05-08 13:07:46||apache! php! mysql! on a chromebook!||Hello! It is frustrating that sometimes you have to revisit a problem with a good load of patience. If you don't understand something (linux) you must surrender yourself to bash snippets you find on stackoverflow. It's not bad, but it in the real world, if you have trouble with a specific skill, you are usually able to self-correct through observation, criticism and practice. This does not seem to be the case for some types of systems at all.|
|2018-04-20 13:24:36||back to reality||
So I'm trying to program some "thing" everyday.
It is definitely better if I have a concrete purpose. But I do not feel in a hurry to do that just yet. It is fine just to program for a bit.
I forget how much fun I have by playing with JS. It can get so meta it has sometimes made my brain hurt. In any case, writing an html helper library is good enough. Why would I write a web site in JS? No idea. But I already have a php_toolbox, might as well build a js_toolbox.
|2018-01-21 23:02:21||Dear mpb||Im sorry i killez you|
|2017-12-16 14:42:00||Post from mobile.||This is almost inadequate.|
|2017-12-01 19:10:38||Hello Micro.blog!||This should be my first post that is "syndicated"(?) on micro.blog. Honestly, this is a test. I apologize for mixing a test with real content. But, i mean, if a program is data and data is data, why cant a test be content? well because it's boring content, which is why I'm just filling in the rest of this textarea with some minutes of philotec. I hope you have enjoyed.|
|2017-11-21 23:23:35||daily blog post||
So I have been trying to use this chromebook for my regular web development (this means for my regular web-toy tinkering, because I do not have a job as a developer, which completely changes the importance of all of these things in my life, but i digress...). What I have found up to now is a payed subscription to the ShiftEdit online editor/ftp service. It has more features like github integration and I can add an unlimited amount of servers it seems, but this comes at the hefty cost of $6/month.Honestly it's not bad at all, but there has to be a better way, so I got the sFTP client chrome app. It looks like a regular ftp client aka filezilla but it seems to be very lacking in features. The license cost 5 bucks but for some reason I could not get my client activated.I also tried using sftp on the shell but even that was not working ... I need to keep exploring.
|2017-11-20 20:59:46||RSS enabled!||Wow rss is pretty simple. I finally have a stream of content that can be streamlined! Now for everyone to adopt an RSS reader...|
|2017-11-18 04:24:35||daily blog post||sometimes it's important to write for a long while. other times it's just important to jot down quick notes. what is truly important is to express oneself. to forget the standard and the structure and the algorithm and just key away for a bit.|
I bought a $120 chromebook. I am afraid of this thing and it's ability to send information to it's master.
But also, "hacking" it was interesting. Interesting because it was easy, and it made me feel like I want to start tackling linux. By tackling i mean staring at it. But staring at it is better than not staring at it when your desire is to understand it. Playing with it is definitely better, but staring at it is a start.I have also been working on listogether.com, which was definitely not my priority. My priority is to get a website producing some money. At least enough to make it self-sustainable. I'm already paying about 1 buck a year to domain-squat on some almost-funny properties. So I should at least try to make some of them. I just keep getting distracted. Also, trump makes people distracting. I hope this is a good thing in the end. I choose to believe that this is for the good of me, my family and the people who think like me, who will be dragged through the mud to put humanity in the stars. I must do my part and this is the current form.
|2017-11-17 03:56:32||Hello blog!||Mysql making strides!|