Unilateral Binding Declaration on the Content and Character of 2011

Preamble:

Following is a unilateral binding declaration on the content and character of 2011, hereafter referred to as the “New Year”.

Whereas 2010 was a pretty good year, marked by personal and professional growth,

Whereas moving to two blocks away from work has yielded a large amount of time and mental energy,

Whereas the conference SIGGRAPH was attended by self for the first time,

Whereas hobbies in 2010 were particularly fruitful, with photography becoming part of my job,

Whereas several ambitious and productive professional projects were undertaken, including learning Houdini, teaching the Linear Workflow, and learning and teaching Arnold,

Be it acknowledged that 2010 is a tough act to follow.

Notwithstanding, the content and character of the New Year will adhere to the following.

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Naught a ‘naut

I thought Astronaut was the term for American spacemen…

In the car early this morning I heard a news report that said a russian space capsule had landed bringing back “two Astronauts, a Canadian and a Belgian, and one Russian Cosmonaut” back to earth.

I thought Astronaut was the term for American spacemen. We have Cosmonaut for the Russians and Taikonaut for the Chinese. Why share our term for space travellers with other NATO countries?

And so, I submit that the Canadians should be known as Maplenauts, while the Belgians shall be known as Wafflenauts.

And when they join forces?

That’s just plain delicious.

Turducken For Real Men Is Made Of Death

I feel like you live in “MANmerica” and I live in some pansy ass settlement within it

<Hyptosis> Nice, there was a copper head asleep ontop of the turnoff to our 
           main water vein.
<Hyptosis> And, ontop of the snake
<Hyptosis> I shit you not
<Hyptosis> A fucking Brown Recluse
<Hyptosis> It was like a poison cocktail
<gru> Did you kill them both?
<gru> Or did you decide "Nah, no need to turn off the water."
<Hyptosis> I flick the spider out of the way and tossed the snake into the grass
<Hyptosis> Then turned the water off
<chrisa> I feel like you live in "MANmerica" and I live in some pansy ass 
         settlement within it

From #sancho on irc.lunarnet.org.

Hyptosis’s homepage
chrisa’s homepage

speaking of bitches


Speaking of Bitches…

James:
speaking of bitches

James:
I just found out in the sequel to that talk you sent me that women find different things attractive when ovulating.

Ben:
yeah

James:
not ovulating: nice guys
ovulating: muscly aggressive guy

James:
those whoresome whoring whores

Ben:
whoremones.

James:
fuck you evolution!

of course we carry that genetic code too, in hopes that our daughters will act in such a terrible way as well!

…those hypowhorical whores

it’s like, that’s it!

I’m a creationist now

this kind of thing cannot be tolerated

…hey Anna is online, sweet.

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Nude

A nude person is nuder than a non-nude person. if he is the only nude person, he is also the nudest.

nude
adj. nud·er, nud·est
1. Having no clothing; naked.

HOW CAN SOMEONE BE NUDER OR NUDEST? Isn’t “No clothing” a goddamn boolean state?

A nude person is nuder than a non-nude person. If he is the only nude person, he is also the nudest.

The Fish, as they say, Rots From The Head…

I do not give a shit if you’re a republican, nor a democrat. If you think the system as it is is shitty, and you’re not in a battleground state, and you didn’t vote third party, then you’re a non-sentient hypocrite nimrod whom I have no respect, intellectual or otherwise, for.

(or: Misinterpret Cast!)

Back in 2004 I wrote

I do not give a shit if you’re a republican, nor a democrat. If you think the system as it is is shitty, and you’re not in a battleground state, and you didn’t vote third party, then you’re a non-sentient hypocrite nimrod whom I have no respect, intellectual or otherwise, for.

Nobody understood this properly when I wrote it originally, so then in my comments I wrote some psuedocode to explain the logic flow of that sentence and it cleared it up.

(Aside: Comparison of the previous two sentences shows that in five years I’ve not stopped ending my sentence in prepositions. I, like most of you, run english in quirks mode.)

The conclusion

Code is far less ambiguous than english because people are not used to strictly interpreting english. (The previous sentence implies that math majors are not people; I’m willing to defend that.)

So I revisited the psuedocode in the post and found it amazingly brittle and unreusable! And there was a bug in the final clause. Oh, the perils of not test-driving your emotionally charged statements. So, in the interests of avoiding arrogance-rot, I refactored and generalized it a bit!

An Exemption

I’m not sure if I believe this anymore at all. It’s been a while since I re-evaluated my political stances. I think I’ve gone from a hardline libertarian to a broken, beaten, shattered shell of a libertarian.

So, the contentious arguments here aren’t so applicable anymore. I just wanted to point illustrate that the opening statement is hyper-charged and people fail to interpret it correctly, whereas the code is much easier to interpret to those who have been trained in the Way of the Computer.

/// Takes a Person object, and sets it's member variables accordingly for
/// it's 1::1 relation with Grue in respect to Grue's respect for that
/// Person.
/// 
/// @param you The person to judge.
/// @see Person::ProcessReaction()
/// @see _BattlegroundStateCalculator()
/// @todo implement all of the various non-election-related ways a person
///       can be a total douche in my eyes.
/// @todo exemption clauses for 'lesser of two evils'?
/// @todo set dead_to_me flag if '3rd party'/'wasted vote' argument comes
///       up.
void Grue::CalculateRespect( Person you )
{

    PoliticalOffice* p_office;
    p_office = PoliticalService.getCurrentOfficeUpForGrabs();
    
    if( 
        // if you think the current system is Shitty...
        you.opinion_on_US_govt == E_FUNDAMENTALLY_FLAWED &&

        // ...and if you *dont* live in a battleground state...
        // (calls a helper function)
        !_BattlegroundStateCalculator(you.state_of_residence) &&
        
        ( 
          you.vote[TimeService.getCurYear()][p_office] == 
              PoliticalService.getCandidateForOffice(p_office,'GOP') 
          || 
          you.vote[TimeService.getCurYear()][p_office] == 
              PoliticalService.getCandidateForOffice(p_office,'DNC') 
        )    
    ) {
        you.hypocrite = true;
        you.sentient = false;

        // set all possible forms of respect as false.
        for( int i=0; i<MAX_RESPECT; i++ )
            you.grue_respect[i] = false;    
    }
    else // only do this if they were not deemed Horrible.
    {
    
        // Now see if the person was offended by the process we just judged 
        // them against...
        you.ProcessReaction();

        // if somehow you're offended during this evaluation for any 
        // reason, mainly for not understanding the hierarchy of judgement, 
        // then you're dumbstuffs for being offended, but I cannot judge
        // you otherwise.
        if( you.offended_flag ) 
        {
            you.grue_respect[i] = REPECT_INTELLECTUALLY;
        }
    }
} //Grue::CalculateRespect()