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That was disappointing, somehow. I’m not certain how to explain it.
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I had a job interview today that went well. Very well. They’ve already contacted my references, and they seem like pretty good folk to work with.
But the job posting doesn’t actually close until Wednesday.
Him: I don’t date black women. It’s just a preference.
Me: Based on what?
Him: Nothing, it’s just how I feel.
Me: Impossible, deliberate aversions come from somewhere.
Him: Its just a preference, that’s all.
Me: No, a preference is preferring broccoli to asparagus. You can say that because asparagus will always taste the same, even when prepared differently.
Me: And we’re not always the same at all. There are hundreds of millions of us and we’re each completely different from the next. If an employer said not hiring Black people was a preference would you agree?
Him: No, but that’s based on stereotypes.
Me: … And what is yours based on, facts?
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masc4cruller asked: Do you have a favourite programming language?
I love programming in Perl. It wasn’t my first language, but it’s always my first choice. It’s just so damn expressive, and easy to read at the same time. And now that Perl has the Moose libraries things are even easier.
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Start with cow licks.
I have an intense cowlick at the front of my hairline. Like an entire heard of cows licked me when I was a baby. My hair can only do one hairstyle. It’s worse if I shave my head: an inch of the hair grows opposite to the rest and it just looks silly.
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chrishasaflavor asked: Was there ever a point in your life where you thought you'd end up a spinster? Do you ever do recreational mathematics? What's the most complicated thing you've ever programmed?
I was single and bitter and lonely for about five years after my first boyfriend. It was a bad scene all around: he was manipulative and pretty much a bad person. He left me for someone else and I was pretty dejected after that. Throw in a crap-tonne of family problems and I thought I’d be alone for ever.
Then a guy hit on me in a straight bar. He was fascinated that I would be reading a book (The Art of the Infinite) in a place like that. We dated for about nine months. He treated me right, and I overcame a lot of the bitterness and anger I had in me, without even realizing it. Eventually he left me for a girl, someone he could take home to his parents in the small town. But, I’ll always be that dude’s first!
A few months later, I met some weirdo and ten years later we’re still together.
edited to add:The most complicated thing I ever programmed was some Perl to connect to an Oracle database and fetch table metadata (name, columns, types, foreign keys, etc), and then write out all the necessary PHP code to build a website based on the table. It used Perl and Template Toolkit to create a PHP and Smarty website. It was pretty crazy, really.
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goldfarts asked: What is an area of mathematics that you don't know anything about but would be interested in learning? Do you have a sort of hobby area in mathematics? Any personal projects you are working on re: programming?
Tensor mathematics (and the technical side of general relativity) completely baffle me. I did very well in linear algebra, and I understand that tensor mathematics is the natural progression. But I haven’t found a good, approachable description of tensors that doesn’t start of with “this is how they transform” before talking about what they are. I also want to know more about differential geometry, but it isn’t very approachable yet. My multivariate calculus was never that great.
I love reading the wikipedia math articles. They’re consistently well written or complete crack-pottery, and the people who actively maintain them are pretty good. My favourites are in group theory, dynamical systems, fractals and chaos. I’m working through Indra’s Pearls right now and really enjoying it.
I haven’t had a good, challenging programming contract in a while, so I built a little thing to manage bookmarks. Mostly it was to learn new programming tools like composer for dependency management, capistrano for deployment, and phinx for database migrations. They’ve all made things a bunch easier in my little toy project, so I think I’ll start using them in other, paid stuff as well.
And I’ve been volunteering with the Internet Shakespeare Editions for a long while. They have a bunch of heavily marked-up transcriptions in a data format that isn’t quite SGML or XML. I wrote and maintain a custom parser and validator for them. I’d never built a parser before, and it was a lot of fun. And it gave me a chance to learn test-driven development and object oriented programming all over again. The test suite is over 7,800 tests (and it looks like some are failing! GAH!). It’s about 20,000 lines of code in total (including documentation).
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