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  1. Comment on What are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? in ~talk

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    I am bilingual French and English, and most of the time I speak either one or the other, but I also code-switch to a hyper-regional dialect known as Chiac when I'm with family on my father's side....

    I am bilingual French and English, and most of the time I speak either one or the other, but I also code-switch to a hyper-regional dialect known as Chiac when I'm with family on my father's side. It's a mix of mostly French and English and is extremely informal.

    I would say is characterized by a few things, but the big thing is that it slips in and out of English and French, usually more of a "French" structure with a few English things hanging off of it. The example that gets used/made fun of the most is "j'vais parker mon car dans le driveway", which is so Englishy I don't have to translate it and is absolutely a real thing someone would say. Here is a video I saw yesterday from a Chiac musician, I think the bit at the end is pretty good.

    So... this is to say that when I am speaking English, I sometimes find myself adding a little French in there too. Usually just tiny exclamations or asides, like "c'est bon", "oui/non", stuff most people would get. It's funny to me that French has this reputation as a "fancy" language when around here it's... well, this kind of intensely informal thing, so I wonder sometimes if I come off as being high falutin' in text to some Anglophones when locally, my adding French in comes off as the exact opposite of high class. Haha.

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've been reading through I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I only just started reading again recently after years of neglect, and I feel like that's why I'm struggling a bit to...

    I've been reading through I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

    I only just started reading again recently after years of neglect, and I feel like that's why I'm struggling a bit to articulate my feelings on it. I might have to finish it, consume more books, and then come back to it with more of the cobwebs shook off. I can at least say there have been a couple passages that have stunned me into putting the book down and going for a walk.

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  3. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I got sick, of course! Timing was absolutely awful. My partner and I went out for my birthday on the 7th, then on the 8th (my actual birthday, plus mother's day), she got so sick that we called...

    I got sick, of course! Timing was absolutely awful. My partner and I went out for my birthday on the 7th, then on the 8th (my actual birthday, plus mother's day), she got so sick that we called off attending further celebrations for her mom's birthday, mother's day, my grandma's 80th birthday... the last one stings a bit, since we had some family members who had flown in for the occasion that I would have liked to see more. Then I got sick with something completely different on Wednesday and missed my brother's birthday dinner!

    If I had to guess she had norovirus, which is going around. I've never had norovirus - don't know if I'm lucky, but there have been a few times I shared a household with people who were quite sick with it and I was completely fine. In one case, of seven people sharing a vacation house I was the only one who didn't get it. My mother also reports never having caught it too, so I wonder if it could be a genetic quirk!

    My thing was more of a chest/head cold with a cough, sore throat, et cetera (tested daily for covid, always negative). I'm mostly better now aside from the sneezing: I suppose I should count my blessings* that I didn't shit myself on my birthday, or that nobody caught covid, but still kind of a lame week overall. With the two of us out sick a lot of stuff got put off, and I feel like next week is also going to be kind of miserable with everything rescheduled on top of the stuff we had to do anyway. Oh well.

    * pun not intended

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  4. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I've been pleasantly busy this week. I'm back to work, and honestly, what a huge difference it has made to me to be in an environment where I have opportunities to learn and try new things without...
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    I've been pleasantly busy this week. I'm back to work, and honestly, what a huge difference it has made to me to be in an environment where I have opportunities to learn and try new things without rushing between fires constantly - it's made work as enjoyable as it's ever been. I mean, I'd still rather be playing FFXIV or whatever, but you know. I think I'm impressing my manager by taking on so many leadership roles, volunteering to be a temp scrum master, and jumping into trying to revitalize our quality assurance flows.

    I've been slowly untangling the stuff I fell behind on due to depression and burnout and it's starting to come together. I've caught up enough on bill payments that I can get my car fixed. My health insurance has kicked in so I can get my teeth and eyes taken care of (nothing's wrong, just overdue for a regular checkup).

    I've also been shopping a lot because the dreaded Birthday Cluster is coming up. Every year it's an absolute mess of social events, 'cause:

    • The 7th is my cousin's foster child's birthday (my cousin and I are very close!).
    • On the 8th, it's my birthday, mother's day, and my MIL's birthday all at once.
    • The 9th is my grandmother's birthday.
    • The 10th is my best friend's birthday.
    • The 12th is my brother's birthday.

    So, that's a lot of presents, and my grandma and MIL are double-dipping. It's nice to be able to afford to buy gifts again, so I'm looking forward to it and dreading it in equal measure.

    I also commissioned a lovely memorial pet portrait for my friends, a husband and wife who recently lost their cat (and who are just over COVID... rough time). A local artist does them in watercolour with rainbow colours and they're very nice. Today it was finished and I was able to frame it and deliver it; the husband cried when he received it which just about got me going too. It was a very nice moment and I'm so glad I went to the effort.

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  5. Comment on Stardew Valley OST - Spring (It's a Big World Outside) (2016) in ~music

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    A while ago for my fiancée's birthday I redid our spare room into an office/music/hobby space for her. Part of this was setting up her vinyl record player and putting up some frames that she could...

    A while ago for my fiancée's birthday I redid our spare room into an office/music/hobby space for her. Part of this was setting up her vinyl record player and putting up some frames that she could put some album covers into for decoration. They're neat, you just pop them open and put in a record cover.

    A couple years after that, I ended up buying her the vinyl set of the SDV soundtrack for her birthday too. The art on the covers is so cute she's left them up all year, and she often listens to them while cross-stitching. I'm into SDV as much as she is, but still this music makes me think of her and it makes me happy. :)

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  6. Comment on Are you a baby? A litmus test. in ~life

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    I think it's quite a wide avenue for discussion, though. Self-determination involves learning to do these superficial things, and I've definitely seen people get "avoidant" about dealing with...

    I think it's quite a wide avenue for discussion, though. Self-determination involves learning to do these superficial things, and I've definitely seen people get "avoidant" about dealing with mundane responsibilities in a way that goes beyond just lacking in experience. Although again there's an intersection with mental illness and trauma and it's really, really tricky to navigate that.

    Regardless of confounding factors, I think the process of growth always important, and I think it is also almost always at least a little unpleasant. Lucky people get this in a guided way, over time, with mentors and support to manage the discomfort; I think you and I share the experience of being tossed into the deep end and left to either figure it out or drown. So I get it too, when people complain about "adulting" at age 25, complain about the discomfort of it, and get the kind of sympathy and support you would have killed for when you started "adulting" as a child, it's... a complicated feeling. It's isolating and it's hard not to be a little frustrated.

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  7. Comment on Are you a baby? A litmus test. in ~life

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    I would like to ask you respectfully to reconsider this attribution, if it is an assumption you are making of people whose situations you do not know. I struggled a lot with these basic things in...

    I’ve always hated it because it represents a lot of privilege that I never had. It meant their parents were so supportive of them that they were able to hold on to their adolescent immaturity well into their 20s

    I would like to ask you respectfully to reconsider this attribution, if it is an assumption you are making of people whose situations you do not know.

    I struggled a lot with these basic things in my early adulthood precisely because of home and family difficulties. I was responsible for taking care of young children when I myself was only a child, which very much affected how much "real world" experience I could get outside of basic domestic duties and diaper-changing - especially navigating otherwise benign social situations as described in the article.

    I wasn't exposed to many things not because they were done for me, but because they simply went undone and there was really no reasonable way for me to know to do them. The the first time I was able to live completely on my own, I found it extremely stressful to untangle the mess of my finances, health, civic presence, (ETA:) and social skills after it had festered ignored for years.

    It is fine to be annoyed by the term, of course, I'm not a fan of it either. But to assume that people who struggle in these situations struggle because they're soft or privileged - rather than because they are suffering from mental illness or other issues - is pretty uncharitable.

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  8. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2022 on the internet in ~misc

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    WestJet does space flight now. The video is really good and packed full of little jokes, and they also have a full landing page with more information on their space-flight service. My favourite...

    WestJet does space flight now. The video is really good and packed full of little jokes, and they also have a full landing page with more information on their space-flight service.

    My favourite part is that you can book a one-way ticket...

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  9. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2022 on the internet in ~misc

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    StackOverflow has introduced filters. Finally, I can browse StackOverflow in style. I... unironically love the Frisa Lank one...

    StackOverflow has introduced filters. Finally, I can browse StackOverflow in style.

    I... unironically love the Lisa Frank Frisa Lank one...

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  10. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I'm learning Vue.js for work via a course recommended to me on Scrimba. I believe the course may be a bit out of date, but it's still going OK. Despite being a lifelong numbers-cruncher, I have at...

    I'm learning Vue.js for work via a course recommended to me on Scrimba. I believe the course may be a bit out of date, but it's still going OK.

    Despite being a lifelong numbers-cruncher, I have at least a passing familiarity with major concepts like the DOM and experience with JavaScript in the context of Node (as well as getting it to run on the JVM), so it hasn't been too rocky. The thing I'm most worried about is that I just... don't feel like I have an inclination towards design in general, like I don't tend to notice the visual details of sites I interact with. But hey, trying to have a growth mindset about it!

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  11. Comment on Vega Strike (an open source space trading and combat game) releases 0.8.0 in ~games

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    This instantly got my interest, I've been waiting for another Freelancer forever.

    This instantly got my interest, I've been waiting for another Freelancer forever.

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  12. Comment on Let’s please not make “the slap” more than what it is in ~life

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    Eh, "celebrities are human" is not... particularly novel from my perspective, and actually informs a lot of my lifelong disinterest in celebrity. Generally I only care about whatever entertainment...

    Eh, "celebrities are human" is not... particularly novel from my perspective, and actually informs a lot of my lifelong disinterest in celebrity. Generally I only care about whatever entertainment value their work has for me and or whether they're using their influence to directly promote toxic ideology. (Plus the base respect and care I try to have for any human in the abstract.)

    The individual social phenomena which can be tied into this interaction, sure, I can get it's interesting in that way. But the 'gossip' aspect of it heavily poisons that aspect of the discussion for me - the personal incident between them will always in some way be at the core of it. To analyze it with the personal decisions and relationships of those involved integrated into the discussion feels kind of invasive and creepy to me; to try and excise all the individuals from it or use them as props in an ideology play feels dehumanizing. I'm uncomfortable doing both of those things, so I'm happy to leave it at "two rich men I don't know were shitty to each other at their fancy gold statue party".

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  13. Comment on Let’s please not make “the slap” more than what it is in ~life

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    I didn't get involved in the other thread because talking about how much you don't care about something is of course not a good addition to a thread in progress about it. In this more meta thread...

    I didn't get involved in the other thread because talking about how much you don't care about something is of course not a good addition to a thread in progress about it. In this more meta thread I feel a little more comfortable expressing that I hope this whole thing goes away soon because absolutely everything about it is tedious.

    I don't want to give it more thought than I would if I first read about it on a gossip rag while stuck in line at the grocery store. Instead, it's everywhere. For some reason this has captured the imagination of even the people who I know who claim disinterest in celebrity culture.

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  14. Comment on Why coding interviews aren't all that bad in ~comp

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    I recently received an email like this and even though the timing does not work out, that email got saved for when the timing might be better. I will certainly remember that company and give them...

    I recently received an email like this and even though the timing does not work out, that email got saved for when the timing might be better. I will certainly remember that company and give them strong consideration in the future.

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  15. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've been trying for the last year or so to lose pandemic weight (60lbs to go, my God!). I had been doing OK, but things slowed for a few reasons not worth getting into. Then one day in the last...

    I've been trying for the last year or so to lose pandemic weight (60lbs to go, my God!). I had been doing OK, but things slowed for a few reasons not worth getting into.

    Then one day in the last few weeks, it's like a switch flipped and my knees just started to hurt. I have an old injury which made them already kind of bad, but it had only affected them during certain activities... now it's 80-90% of the time. It's awful.

    So... when I get the desire to eat emotionally I can think to myself, "this behaviour is why my knees hurt literally right now" and the consequences become extremely tangible. I've lost like ten pounds since the Day of the Bad Knees. Not sure how I feel about that one...

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  16. Comment on I need life/career advice in ~life

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    Sounds like you'd be a good fit for a DevOps type position. Or what do they call them now - "reliability engineers"? Haha. Something like that. Breaking in would be the hardest part, though, so I...

    Sounds like you'd be a good fit for a DevOps type position. Or what do they call them now - "reliability engineers"? Haha. Something like that.

    Breaking in would be the hardest part, though, so I am also on team "really consider that small company, at least for a little while". And a lot of the important part of the experience is just working professionally in software development in general - getting used to the pace, the tools, the organization - regardless of the end product or the language. Just the confidence to get your hands on something and learn it. If you can get any kind of mentoring or do any shadowing, that's very valuable.

    In software it's also very very common to change jobs every couple years, leveraging your previous experience to get new experience in a new thing. Don't feel like one job will lock you in to one thing. I went from writing virtual machines in Assembly (don't recommend) to writing automation in JavaScript to writing phone services in Lisp and now I'm trying to get a job doing data analysis in Python. You just take bits and pieces from each previous thing and fill out what you're missing at the new place on the job, and it gets easier to do that every time.

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  17. Comment on What everyday foods are 10/10? in ~food

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    One easy great food I come back to a lot is baked potato. It's literally Step One: potato, Step Two: bake. Then you have a great base to put other stuff on, or to just enjoy with butter and salt...

    One easy great food I come back to a lot is baked potato. It's literally Step One: potato, Step Two: bake. Then you have a great base to put other stuff on, or to just enjoy with butter and salt (and lots of pepper, if you're me)! I like it with sauerkraut lately, which I discovered when I bought way too much cabbage.

    As for processed stuff, microwaved popcorn is probably my biggest vice there. I like those seasoning powders and often make my own little seasoning mixes too, it's just such a satisfying food to eat and it takes well to so many flavours. I straight up buy sour cream and onion powder seasoning from a local bulk goods store, that one's my favourite, but I also like cinnamon/sugar mix, nutritional yeast, or spicy seasonings.

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  18. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    As an update, the interview went great and I'll be moving on to phase two! It's the position I'm most excited about as it's a senior-level position and the culture seems very good. My main...

    As an update, the interview went great and I'll be moving on to phase two! It's the position I'm most excited about as it's a senior-level position and the culture seems very good. My main interviewer was a woman, an engineering team leader... and AS a woman engineer who aspires to move into technical leadership, that was pretty heartening, especially coming from my previous environment. Also, opportunity for skill development in sub-fields I am interested in, specifically data science.

    The next part of the interview will be a technical assessment based on Flask - they'll give me a week to make something according to as-of-yet unknown specifications. I'm actually really glad it's not a live-coding assessment or some weird DSA quiz that's too clever by half, although I know these take-home things aren't super popular either. I plan on starting it on Monday.

    EDIT: Oh, I think Monday might be a holiday. Tuesday then.

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  19. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've made a small website using Flask just as practice for an upcoming interview, and I've been doing leetcode problems in Python. Honestly I'm not doing super great in terms of speed or...

    I've made a small website using Flask just as practice for an upcoming interview, and I've been doing leetcode problems in Python. Honestly I'm not doing super great in terms of speed or "pythonic" python, but after writing almost exclusively in Lisp for like five years I'm going to give myself a break. That's what practice is for, I guess!

    I'd like to do something more with the Flask site, but honestly not sure what. I don't really have a lot of ideas right now.

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