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recursive

@recursive@hachyderm.io

Queer hacker girl/muscle girl.

Cursed systems appreciator who has spent a lot of time thinking about CI/dev tools/platform eng.

Frequently interested in things people think are "too difficult" or "witchcraft": analog electronics design, music, chemistry/materials science, qualia, etc.

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recursive, to random
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Yeah, so it took me under 5 days to discover nail polish isn't much my thing anymore. I guess I've just relaxed into myself so much that nail polish feels like it might be a fun dress up thing, but not everyday.

I think that a really good leather jacket is in my future though. It's probably going to require custom work to really get what I want https://hachyderm.io/@recursive/112465441375303753

recursive,
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Amazingly I'm starting to converge on a desired aesthetic, even though it's going to take a while to make it all happen

recursive, (edited ) to random
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Also this book is wonderful at talking about some of the gendered dynamics of burnout in our society. I think it will still be useful to you if you are a cishet man, however it will also give you some appreciation for the unfair impacts of gendered expectations and power structures in our society https://infosec.exchange/@saraislet/112491692117017571
(cc: @saraislet )

tess, to random
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Amused at how Altman helped himself to a woman who denied him multiple times, because he was fond of her*, and despite the fact that she was literally the only person in recent history to sue Disney and win - and that no one else in his circle tried to dissuade him (or had enough pull or made enough effort to be successful).

Says a lot about the people at the helm of the "AI revolution".

  • or perhaps I should say, "Her"
recursive,
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@tess looking forward to seeing him be taught some boundaries

recursive, to random
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Out of curiosity, does anyone know why Slack is hiring remote, but only in a handful of states, none of which are California?

I thought they were part of Salesforce now, which definitely has offices in California

recursive,
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@rose_alibi @capraobscura Interestingly Colorado and Illinois are on their list, two states with reasonable labor protections https://salesforce.wd12.myworkdayjobs.com/Slack/job/Colorado---Remote/Senior-Engineer--Database-Infrastructure---Slack_JR250869

recursive, to random
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I guess when I was younger I did a lot of the things that were inherently easy for me, so now I'm left with the things that are not inherently easy. Its some kind of exercise in stubbornness

recursive,
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I'm having a normal one (making myself prove basic number theory theorems)

foone, to random
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The fact that Sholes teamed up with Remington to sell his keyboards makes total sense.
Not only because duh, Remington was exactly the kind of company that knew how to make reliable machinery with small accurately milled parts, but because the keyboard is a weapon.

recursive,
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@foone Disappointed to realize that it's not the same person as the insoles

recursive, to random
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I think it's cute that some abstract algebra texts start with a review of set theory (Herstein), some start with a review of matrix math (Artin), and just one decides to review a little set theory and then introduce categories (Aluffi).

(I'm vaguely reading all three)

recursive,
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Not sure if it's ADHD or what but at my present level of intellectual maturity I really like to compare different approaches to a subject, analogously I like to learn different things that share some common conceptual space

recursive, to random
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Reminded at random of one of the books that got me really interested in theoretical computer science, Kearns and Vazirani's An Introduction to Computational Learning Theory, mostly because it talked about machine learning in terms of computational complexity.

Not sure if I still have a copy, curious if I'd like to reread it

recursive, to random
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So, do I only get Microsoft Recall if I upgrade to Windows 11, or will I soon be like Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Total Recall", pulling a tracking device out of my head in a most uncomfortable manner?

recursive, to random
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Did something very normal to celebrate a combined birthday/coming-out anniversary and am spending the rest of the day floating in a sea of endorphins. ✨

recursive, to random
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Learning about modern image denoising algorithms because I hate them.

mhoye, to random
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We lost Gordon Bell on May 17th. He was the architect of the PDP-4 and PDP-6, and a major contributor to the PDP-11 that all computers are now required to pretend to be.

This 1975 article - "What have we learned from the PDP-11" - is an interesting read, both for the history and in the present.

http://gordonbell.azurewebsites.net/Digital/Bell_Strecker_What_we%20_learned_fm_PDP-11c%207511.pdf

recursive,
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@mhoye "More registers [...] and also perhaps the programming time by posing the allocation dilemma for a compiler or a programmer."

It's amazing how much changed in compilers within the next decade or so (Chaitin's Algorithm, static single assignment, are the ones I can think of, I'm sure there's much more)

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Back when "bring your whole self to work" was a sentence people said with a straight face, I vividly remember thinking "these people use the internet, but they do not know the internet. They haven't really seen it. They haven't been seen by it."

recursive,
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@mhoye Honestly as a queer person, it feels like the implication is "make your whole personality conform to what society currently considers 'safe for work'"

recursive, to random
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Becoming the slightly intimidating queer that walks around your suburban neighborhood with a 25 pound backpack, leopard-print running shorts, and combat boots (because my feet/ankles need some support)

recursive,
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I really miss running, but this causes me a lot less pain and feels good mostly

recursive, to random
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Oh, good that's a thing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_graph

For how little formal education I got in graph theory (I feel like they mostly mentioned it in order to talk about NP-completeness), it's familiar enough that I tend to see it in other problems.

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Wow, modems got TURBO JANKY for a while, didn't they... Supposedly this is just a PCTel reference design, with pretty much everything not absolutely needed stripped off.

generic FCC disclaimer and HSP56 MicroModem label text

recursive,
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@vxo That's kind of brilliant cost reduction, though I do have questions about the signal integrity :)

I guess they're just holding the line off-hook with those SOT-23 transistors? I don't see anything like a relay

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It's interesting, how some (mostly pretty late transitioning) trans women hold on to a masculine pre-transition self. There is nothing wrong with that, it just made me think of my own journey of self-perception. I started from a similar point. Different maybe only in that I absolutely knew I never had a "male identity". So this schism between "the man I was" and "the woman I am now" never existed in this clear cut way.

This lead to a slowly fading concept of separation. Nowadays I think and talk about myself in my pre-transition time mostly in female form.

And every "not Sasha" idea has this stale scent of mothballs. Like a costume that has been hanging in a closet in the attic for too long.

As a chemist weirdo I actually like the smell of naphthalene (the stuff in mothballs), but not each and every day around me.

recursive,
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@sashag Conversely, I find it difficult sometimes that it's hard to legibly approach post-transition masculinity because people will parse it incorrectly as insecurity with femininity, which it could be, but if they knew how much discomfort I had with masculinity, pre-transition, they'd understand 😂

recursive, to random
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I watched a couple intro-level category theory videos lying in bed last night and I slept the best I had in a couple weeks.

recursive,
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@artcollisions correlation does not imply causation and all that stuff :)

recursive,
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@quantensalat this youtuber made a couple nice videos https://www.youtube.com/@Eyesomorphic
(not sure if it made sense to me easily because I've had my head in a lot of set theory and abstract algebra lately)

MLE_online, to random
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Made myself a nice dinner of penne with marinara sauce, shrimp, kalimata olives, and capers

recursive,
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@North @MLE_online looks like it's full of Guinness

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