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Java/JDK/OpenJDK developer, Oracle Corporation. The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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imminent and eminent are easy, but does anyone use immanent in everyday speech or writing? I feel like that one gets forgotten

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@regehr The other day I saw someone use and spell “unfazed” correctly.

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Jing Jing Palo Alto is closing after 38 years! It's the end of an era. I've had many good meals there. I remember when it opened, replacing a rather nondescript Chinese restaurant called the Four Seas, which looked like a repurposed diner with a counter and faded green vinyl booths. Looking forward to a takeout/delivery venture the owner mentions in the SFGate article.

(h/t @jddarcy)

https://www.jingjinggourmet.com/

https://www.sfgate.com/food/article/jing-jing-gourmet-palo-alto-closure-19459757.php

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@m501 @jddarcy The orange peel chicken (aka mouth peel chicken, because it was so hot), and Szechuan Dan Dan mein were my favorites. I haven’t been able to recreate the orange peel sauce, but I was able to recreate a passable substitute for the Dan Dan sauce using tahini, sesame oil, chili oil, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, and sugar. (Tahini instead of peanuts because my daughter is allergic.)

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Another Jing Jing memory… like many Chinese restaurants, the menu would have a way to indicate which dishes were spicy hot. Jing Jing did this by printing the item in red. The “Jing Jing Specialties” menu page was printed entirely in red! In addition, there was a note at the bottom that said something like, “Do not request ‘no spicy hot’ for these items. We make the dish the way it is supposed to be made!” (Their recent menu seems more flexible.)

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OMG I found an old Jing Jing takeout menu in my files. Note the 415 area code in the phone number; this establishes the date as prior to 1997 when this region switched to the 650 area code. Indeed, every item in the Specialties section is printed in red, it says “Please do not request ‘No spicy hot’…”), and the note at the bottom says (in all caps) “We cook the way it is supposed to be. No substitution of any ingredients.” So I was pretty close!

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@jawnsy Sorry, I don’t know much about SF restaurants. One place I went to maybe 15 years ago that was pretty good was Henry’s Hunan. This is the one on Natoma. We went there for lunch during JavaOne before the Oracle acquisition. There are several Henry’s in SF but they’re all independent? It’s confusing.

If you’re willing to travel farther afield I’d recommend some of the places in the Milpitas Square center near 237 and 880.

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@jawnsy Maybe different branches of the same family that drifted apart and operate independently? You’ll have to try them all!

I think something similar happened with the Joe’s restaurants. There are two “Original Joe’s” in SF, another in San Jose, a Marin Joe’s, and there used to be a Palo Alto Joe’s. All independent now except for the two SF locations.

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@soundclamp @jddarcy @lemay I wasn't familiar with House of Faith, but I remember what that area used to be like. I think the Hubbard & Johnson hardware store was there. Also that Mexican restaurant Casa Real, which I frequented. All long gone now.

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A foray into new mayonnaise territory, after my (mis)adventure some time ago with Miracle Whip. What say you to Duke’s Mayonnaise? Thumbs up or down?

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DevOps Borges: The Garden of Forking Bombs

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@regehr @igb “Santa Cruz Operation, the author of the UNIX Timesharing System”

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Fifty years ago one night in August Cheryl came to the flat that I shared with 3 other guys. She was accompanying a friend who was being fixed up with one of my flat mates. She didn’t leave. Forty-four years ago today we married. I love you Cheryl.

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@omniprof Congratulations to you both!

igb, to random
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Did you know the interior of the average oven door can hold up to as much as 2 ounces of fully cooked dal?

It’s true. The trick, as I’ve discovered, is to make sure the dal is evenly distributed throughout the interior of the oven door and between as many layers of oven door window glass as possible.

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@igb @norootcause But Ian, what was the root cause of this incident?

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@jenniferplusplus @igb @norootcause (it took me a little while)

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I’m humbled and grateful for the recognition from the Java community. Thank you @Sharat_Chander for the surprise at DevoxxUK It’s a pleasure to learn with the community and I’m thankful for all the support.

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@venkats @Sharat_Chander Congratulations!!

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stuartmarks,
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@igb Salt juice isn’t enough. Recommend Soylent chaser.

bondolo, to random
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Looks like he needs a coffee

stuartmarks,
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@bondolo Outside and active in the middle of the day? I thought they were nocturnal.

regehr, to random
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I've been seeing more posts recently about AIs getting poisoned by training on AI bullshit, but this reminds me of the time I assigned students to go find a red-black tree implementation on the web and then test it and fix the bugs they found. most of the available implementations were so wrong that the assignment was infeasible, and this was well before the current wave of AI-generated bullshit.

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@regehr Wow, this is one heck of an assignment. Even if some of the code wasn’t feasible to fix, it might be a useful exercise for writing tests. “Write a complete set of tests for this implementation and report on any bugs found.”

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I read the Foundation trilogy over the last month or two, turns out I really didn’t remember it well, has to have been well over 30 years since I first read these.

overall I felt kinda meh about it, like maybe the time period when people should read this has ended

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@regehr Yeah the Foundation series as a whole — especially including the 4th and 5th books — is kind of meh. The first book (which is actually five novellas) is my favorite though.

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@regehr Back when we had workstations and they needed hostnames, I had computers named trantor, terminus, anacreon, korell, askone, siwenna, and tazenda.

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What an absolutely fantastic month for fun, non-pretentious, beautiful typography books!

Here are four that caught my attention. (Hint: each one makes for a great gift for a design-minded person.)

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@mwichary Oh, nice! I didn’t know a new edition of Lupton’s book is out.

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“Of course I like to read nontechnical books, although I read very slowly. Here are some that I heartily recommend.”—Don Knuth

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https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/retd.html

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@mwichary Wow!!

bondolo, to random
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When you spend 30 minutes debugging something because someone else’s boolean method parameter naming is a double negative.

stuartmarks,
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@bondolo API dark patterns.

shriramk, to random
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I was yesterday years old when I first noticed that NIST (Nat'l Inst of Standards and Technology) uses the same "Worm" typeface in their logotype as NASA did (now retired, 14 CFR 1221).

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@shriramk See also the SF Muni logo, the red one halfway down this page:

https://www.sfmta.com/blog/introducing-sfmtas-new-look

Very 1970s.

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