If you don't want me reverse engineering your API, give me a damn RSS feed.

Out all day dealing with dayjobbe. Came home to a cold house and didn't find my logger shirt right away, so I put on an alpaca sweater I bought at a market stall in Ecuador years ago – and which I haven't worn much since.

And OMG is this thing soft and comfy! I should wear it more often.

Also related: I like software design elegance as much as the next programmer. And I'd love to make the claim that well-designed code is more sustainable over the long run.

But I can't, because it isn't true. There are just so many examples of horrible codebases persisting for years because they fill a need and no one wants 'fix something that isn't broke'. Even when it manifestly IS broken in easily explicable ways.

This is a human problem, not an engineering one. And you can't fix people.

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Related: Programmers are the only ones who actually CARE about software elegance. Everyone else just wants it to do a job without getting in the way of doing other jobs.

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Scenario: you are a software developer working with a customer. The customer has a requirement you do not like and you are pushing back against. In your pushback you rely on technical arguments the customer is having difficulty understanding.

Is the problem:

1. The customer's lack of understanding?

2. Your inability to explain?

3. Your own lack of understanding of the customer's requirement?

I submit (3) is often the case and it's your job to deal with the technical problems.

> The Fight’s No Longer to Prevent . But to make sure society survives it. slate.com/technology/2021/12/c

Realistically? This has been true since the 1990s. Prior to that we could have actually done something about the problem. Now the best we can do is mitigation efforts.

And, with mass migrations already underway? My guess is the richer countries will waste their time and energy trying to keep out brown people.

Not to mention the fools who will waste billions trying to save Miami…

When you don't want to move because the dog is sleeping on your feet and it's just too cute.

Politics, Jan 6 Insurrection 

A picture is emerging of DELIBERATE foot dragging and then lying about it. And, just to make it more fun? One of the foot draggers is Michael Flynn's brother…

Yea, that Mike Flynn.

No one is saying it yet, and it may not even be the case, but the insinuation is certainly there: The D.C. Guard was kept from responding until it was too late for political – not operational – reasons by Trumpista leadership who wanted the insurrection to succeed.

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Politics, Jan 6 Insurrection 

There are now two detailed reports about the D.C. National Guard deployment that day – and the second one calls the first an outright lie…

> 'Absolute liars': Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6. In a 36-page memo to the Capitol riot committee, Col. Earl Matthews also slams the Pentagon's inspector general for what he calls an error-ridden report. politico.com/news/2021/12/06/j


I was working my way through a thought-experiment on a different way of implementing web apps when I got to wondering if JSON or Protobuf was faster. Certainly JSON uses more bandwidth, but is the generating/parsing performance materially faster?

So I googled it. The answer is: Protobuf is faster, but not enough faster to choose a non-human-readable format over JSON. github.com/adrianbrad/go_node_

Update: After all that Brew informs me my old version of OSX is no longer supported and anything that goes wrong because of that is on me.

Uh… OK. I still ain't upgrading boyz. This is the last version of OSX I use before I give up on it entirely and just use Linux. (Or get hardcore and use BSD.)

OSX and I had a good run. Too bad Apple had to go and ruin the relationship.

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> A man wearing a pink bunny suit was arrested in Kirkland after attempting to steal handbags on Thursday, according to Kirkland police. The man was arrested as he attempted to flee the area. kiro7.com/news/local/man-bunny

Moral of the story? If you are going to , don't wear clothing that makes you stand out like a sore thumb when you attempt to flee.

Update: still snowing! I thought it would have changed to rain by now. OTOH, it is melting almost as fast as it is coming down, so accumulation on the ground is only around two inches.

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Woke up to an inch of snow on the ground and more coming down.

I expect it won't last long. But I always find snow rather pretty.

If you think about it, at the very base of it all, every living thing is just a substrate viruses inhabit and use to breed…

> Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus. reuters.com/business/healthcar

OK, that's your nightmare scenario right there – unless it also picked up the plain-old-coronavirus bits adapted to infecting human beings without killing the host. (Most of the time.)

Oh, and BTW? This kind of genetic exchange is NORMAL for viruses. Some are just better at it than others.

Looking at you, flu virus. Looking at you…

Back from getting my Moderna booster shot. Not feeling as bad as I did after my second Moderna jab, but not feeling great either. Of course, it could be I'm still feeling the effects of yesterday's flu shot as well.

Now waiting to see if we'll need yet another booster only for the Omicron variant…

Another followup on the live-action 'Cowboy Bebop'…

Michael Basile at AnimeNewsNetwork says the problem is they were making the wrong TV show and didn't know it.

> "… did Netflix Bebop even understand its source material in the first place? The answer, unsurprisingly, is an emphatic NO in all caps …" animenewsnetwork.com/watch/202

I would tend to agree. Moreover, I believe this simple statement is also true for every other to live-action adaption I've ever seen. Including GitS and Alita.

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