Juno Reactor's _Beyond the Infinite_ is still pretty awesome. His style changes from album to album, and while I like all of them, BtI is the sweet spot for me.

But there's another thing about Harry Potter... the story can be frustrating because of how unfair Harry's world is. Why does the school employ a janitor who hates kids and is out to get them? And it struck me on this read-through that this is the world through a tween's eyes... teachers are out to get you, they have favorites who can do no wrong, the rules are applied unfairly. It's a world of being powerless to defend yourself against those in power.

Rereading Harry Potter and one thing that strikes me... they're essentially mysteries, but the clues just aren't there. There's lots of misdirection, but there isn't enough information for the reader to figure out what's really going on. Is that intentional? Wanting the big reveal to be a surprise the reader didn't see coming, so the lack of clues is on purpose? I suspect so.

Don't obsess over performance of your code, obsess over making it readable and clear.

(in reference to my previous post)

Tell me, "fun-size" candy bars... what's "fun" about getting less than a full-size candy bar? More like "disappointment-size".

@CarlCravens Clearly when people buy a wing-brake the algo has noticed they subsequently need repair parts for vehicles they don't even own.

It's Amazon's daily recommendations that convinces me machine learning combined with detailed info about me isn't _too_ dangerous yet. Today's recommendation was a 100 pack of automobile fuses. They regularly offer me parts specific to vehicles I have never owned (and I've told them what models I own). I bought one thing related to a car (but not a repair part) six months ago.

"Police and wildlife officials suggest you slowly back away and seek shelter then call 911 if you spot a bear, or any other wild animal."

Like... *any* other wild animal?

Baffled at the number of "DKIM wizards" on the web... like I'm going to let a third-party generate my private key for me?

I regret that I grew up in a small town without PBS and Sesame Street... I only saw it when I visited grandma and grandpa maybe three times a year. Yet Sesame Street is still large in my mind as a part of my childhood. I can only wonder what it was like for kids who saw it every day.

i bought one of the dice advent calendars from @silverseams and i am *pumped* for it

here's day 1!

That feeling when a web cartoonist I've followed for many years has refused to start a Patreon because he wants readers to get something physical for their money instead of just the webcomic that is already free (and I don't want physical books), and I discover he started a Patreon some time ago and hasn't really promoted it. :|

Whoops... carrier is 11 miles away. Difference between "Belmar" and "Bellmawr" NJ.

Amazon Logistics has taken all of the fun and anticipation out of delivery tracking.
> Package departed Amazon facility 38 miles away
> Package arrived at carrier facility 70 miles away.
> Package is out for delivery.

Seriously, who thinks, "no, next-day delivery of a book of comic strips is NOT FAST ENOUGH, I need it by 8am."

Who thinks, "You know what, Amazon delivery trucks are not killing enough people after school and work, we need them to be racing around on the roads during the morning rush hour as well. We need those desperate gig workers struggling to meet a morning deadline as well as the unrealistic evening one."

(The second thought: Jeff Bezos, apparently. The first thought: I dunno but not me.)

I wonder if it's college that trains some people to continue their work at home instead of being done when they leave the office. (Yes, my kid is complaining about college homework right now.)

In my tech job, I think the think that ticks me off the most is removing a bunch of hand-maintained config because it is both unnecessary and prone to cause errors, only to have something fail and discover someone has put all that config back and it triggered the "errors" part.

Don't sell yourself short on your resume, but how many subjects can you be an expert in at once?

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