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gdinwiddie

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Software development coach and consultant ● I try to learn from everywhere. ● I follow those who enter into interesting conversations with me. ● He/him/they

Interests: #softwareDevelopment #VirginiaSatir #SatirModel #systemsThinking #humanity

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gdinwiddie, to random
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Make a Wish

APBBlue, to random
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Safeway randomly had Mr. Blue's absolute favorite candy bars (Rocky Road.) He's going to be so excited -- he normally only gets them in California. I bought 12. 😄

gdinwiddie,
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@APBBlue
But what will he eat tomorrow?

davenicolette, to random
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We got a canine mental challenge toy for our puppies. A cube consisting of tubes and balls, the toy can be filled with dog treats. The challenge for the dog is to roll the toy around so the treats fall out of holes. Our puppies discovered an alternative approach. The toy lasted less than one hour.

gdinwiddie,
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@davenicolette
I hope there were no pieces yet to emerge.

gdinwiddie,
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@davenicolette I hope everything comes out all right.

testobsessed, to random
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Received a cold reach out email from an AI related company rep who said "I've made multiple attempts to contact you." I was pretty sure I would have remembered the name. So I searched. (I keep everything.)

Nope. No priors. This was the first message. AI hallucination?

Anywhoosle...I wouldn't be responding no matter what (because I do not need the thing). But the attempted guilt trip makes it an extra nope. As in nope, not now and nope, not ever.

Do people fall for this? Does it work? Ugh. 🤢

gdinwiddie,
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@testobsessed
The phrase "I've made multiple attempts to contact you" is an immediate tell that I don't need to read any further. Either they're lying, or I previously made a decision to ignore them.

estherschindler, to random
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Sophia d’Antoine, founder of cybersecurity startup Margin Research, died last week after she was hit by a car in New York City. https://nypost.com/2024/04/11/us-news/nyc-start-up-founder-sophia-dantoine-dies-after-being-mowed-down-crossing-ues-street/

gdinwiddie,
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@estherschindler How sad!

nixCraft, to random
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HTML is 31 years old.

JavaScript is 28 years old.

CSS is 27 years old.

gdinwiddie,
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@RavenLuni @nixCraft You’re not the only one.

abbotofunreason, to random
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I wonder if professional sports are part of what have led people to think they’re smarter than experts.

gdinwiddie,
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@abbotofunreason
Getting hit in the head too many times?

gdinwiddie,
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@abbotofunreason
To use a different metaphor, there’s no consequences for being wrong as a Monday morning quarterback.

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gdinwiddie,
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@nocoursewalks @estherschindler

They offer very limited choices. I, too, wanted Goaty McGoatface.

grimalkina, to random
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If being chronically ill has taught me anything it's that dynamic "in the background" measurement with a high sampling rate is pretty vital for getting insight into a very unpredictable crisis event

All the teeth bared attitudes about measurement in software kind of obscured that for me and I am coming back to the things I KNOW are true about this

What gets represented in our models of the world as the base rate of key events in our world, that matters

gdinwiddie,
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@grimalkina My wife still has a small, embedded heart monitor, though she no longer has the phone app that sent the telemetry to her doctor. When she was still using that, the doctor called early one morning. It turned out her heart arrhythmia was caused by dehydration.

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gdinwiddie,
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@VeroniqueB99
Is that bathrooms for preying mantis?

GottaLaff, to Arizona
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👀

Via Dave Ryder: 🧵 1/...

Here's William Jones who authored the 1864 #Arizona #abortion bill.

Some fun facts:

He abandoned his first wife and their children in Missouri.

His second wife was a 12 year old Mexican girl. He abducted her and after a complaint submitted his resignation to President Buchanan before he was fired.

gdinwiddie,
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@GottaLaff
Hmmm... I haven't found that name in an internet search, but I found a couple articles blaming this law on William Thompson Howell.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2024/04/10/howell-code-arizona-1864-abortion-law/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/william-howell-wrote-arizonas-1864-223628011.html

gdinwiddie, to random
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The future is uncertain. Live today, but also prepare for contingencies.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2024/03/28/americans-forced-retire-early-layoffs-health/72897910007/

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estherschindler, to random
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German railway seeks IT admin to manage MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 systems https://www.techspot.com/news/101683-german-railway-seeks-admin-manage-ms-dos-windows.html

gdinwiddie,
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@estherschindler
Are you trying to give @sjvn the bejebers?

grimalkina, to random
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Realizing how many software engineering conversations pull probability estimates out of thin air is gonna radicalize me, a person who assumes that every probability estimate is OF COURSE based on empirical data and real statistics

gdinwiddie,
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@grimalkina I took statistics as a psychology course. Unfortunately the professor didn’t understand statistics and couldn’t answer any of my questions. He only knew how to look up a p-value in a table.

SteveBellovin, to random
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Read this thread! The older I get, the less I value a narrow education. You don't know where your career or interests are going to lead you. Learn to think, and learn what others before have thought and thought/taught about thinking.
https://hachyderm.io/@inthehands/110390739226017146

gdinwiddie,
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@SteveBellovin @inthehands
YES!

One of the best decisions I ever made was deciding that going to college was, for me, to get an education rather than to get a job in the future.

gdinwiddie,
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@SteveBellovin @inthehands
Training is for animals.

steve, to random
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Running the gauntlet of tests to figure out what’s up my heart.

So far…

✅ Blood tests
✅ Electrocardiogram
✅ Cardiac CT Scan

coming up…

⏳Exercise ECG
⏳Echocardiogram
⏳Week long heart monitor fitting

All this after some chest pains and an AFib warning from my Apple Watch.

gdinwiddie,
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@steve
Good luck!

gdinwiddie, (edited ) to random
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My April newsletter is in the queue for Friday morning. This one is about ways your sensory perception can fool you. If you're not subscribed, you can sign up at http://idiacomputing.com/newsletter/ and I’ll send you a copy.

Please boost for reach.

rayckeith, to random
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"But! Just to offer a couple of explanations: All three of the fastest languages have only five vowels. The three slowest have upwards of 20 [vowel sounds], and all are tonal, meaning that there is a gigantic number of possible syllables in those languages.

"What Pellegrino found is that, essentially, all languages convey information at roughly the same speed when all the factors are taken into account: around 39 bits per second. The higher the syllable-per-second rate, the lower the information density, which creates a trade-off that makes all languages around the same in terms of information rate."

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/worlds-fastest-language

gdinwiddie,
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@rayckeith
The Shannon capacity of natural language?

VeroniqueB99, to random
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gdinwiddie,
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@VeroniqueB99 I've still got the vinyl.

gdinwiddie,
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@VeroniqueB99
Yeah, I've got a little over 9 linear feet of record albums. It's been a long time since I played any, though.

gdinwiddie,
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@VeroniqueB99
Years ago I made wooden boxes that double as shelves.
6 boxes at 18" each, plus a few more records shoved in horizontally on top the others.

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