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Noah
09 November 2016 @ 12:09 pm
I'm off to RubyConf in Cincinnati. So expect slow responses from me until Sunday at the earliest!

I'll miss the family. The current job should, theoretically, involve doing this kind of thing more often. But I haven't traveled much for work for the first six months. It'll be around once a month for awhile here, though.

(The corresponding benefit is that I work from my garage. So I'll still see my family a *lot*, even when doing some traveling. I've still gotten wonderfully spoiled getting to be around them nearly all day every day ;-)
 
 
Noah
01 November 2016 @ 02:19 pm
Have you seen the Basic Instructions comic on the Beegees? Do.

I'm just gonna leave that link there.
 
 
Noah
I feel like I should mention this loudly and publicly: Doctor Paul Turek, operating out of SF and LA, is absolutely phenomenal. I don't have anything else for him to do right now, but I have only very good things to say about everything he's done for me so far.

He's phenomenally responsive, I've had great recoveries from my surgeries, he'll talk about everything in great detail, he does huge amounts of his own research...

Better yet, this is very clearly his *thing*. You know that endearing geeky thing where a programmer can talk about his topic for as many hours as you'll listen and is just *thrilled*? That's Dr Turek on male reproductive medicine. Which can be a little weird, but is absolutely what you want if you're going under the knife. Just saying.
 
 
Noah
05 October 2016 @ 03:45 pm
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Depression is an older friend than I let on. We still pretend not to recognize each other on the street.
 
 
Noah
05 October 2016 @ 11:55 am
Was thinking about language today. Learning Japanese does that, sometimes.

I was thinking about the unspecified things around a sentence -- in Japanese you can just say "samui" (cold) and it's a perfectly good little sentence by itself. It means something's cold. You, me, some other guy, the outside world, take your pick. If the antecedent isn't clear from context then, well, you could ask.

You can do the same thing in English, naturally. "Cold!" you could say, which could also mean "I'm cold" or "you're cold" or "it's cold" or whatever. We tend not to think about it that way because it's grammatically incorrect. But, again, whatever.

And then I realized that *every* sentence is like that. There are always unspecified parts, as reading too much Noam Chomsky will tell you in detail. "He's standing on a table" leaves a *lot* out. It has to, because reality is complicated and doesn't actually divide up nicely into parts. You just naturally filter down from the unlimited number of possible things that could match that sentence ("Matthias is standing on a blue table", "The Lord God is standing on a stone table in Israel", "Bob has decided not to get another card from the dealer at the table", etc.)

It's like a prism. The sentence adds some restrictions on meaning, and then the listener's perception of reality filters in one side, and comes up with some other meaning on the other side.

As a speaker, you don't get to make a specific pattern of light. Not really. You can guess what the other person's light (reality) looks like, and set up a bunch of prisms hoping to make a picture on the other side... Good luck with that.
 
 
Noah
02 October 2016 @ 08:49 am
A random note: I give my kids a lot of sugar. Just sayin'.



From SMBC comics.
 
 
Noah
30 September 2016 @ 03:02 pm
Krissy and I have been talking about having another kid. No, we're not pregnant yet. We won't be for awhile yet, even if everything lines up perfectly.

But... I have been doing Krissy a disservice in how I've talked about this. So I'll talk about that disservice, and why we're having another kid, and a bit of the logistics. No, not that part of the logistics -- I assume your mother covered that one, with more accuracy and less speculation than the kids on the playground did.

After our second kid was clearly healthy and thriving, I went and got a vasectomy. Like, right after. More about all this...Collapse )
 
 
Noah
24 September 2016 @ 10:59 am
I found myself writing this to a relative and thought, "this can be a LiveJournal post." Here you are.

The cruise was wonderful. I feel guilty that I haven't gotten all the wedding photos (actually a tenth anniversary vow renewal, but "wedding" is shorter) organized and sent out a link. There are no non-wedding photos -- I lost my phone in the airport on the way to Florida, and that was the plan for non-wedding photography on the cruise. I think we paid more attention for lack of photographing everything, honestly.

The ship's landing at Tortola happened right after the ceremony. I feel guilty about this, but we didn't even get off the ship, just rested.

St Thomas was beautiful. More about the cruise...Collapse )
 
 
Noah
16 September 2016 @ 07:00 pm
Did you know that if you show up for surgery involving general anaesthesia, that they're really worried about the whole "general anaesthesia can kill you" thing? It's a point of pride for medical staff to pay attention to that kind of thing.
Cut for mild medical squickCollapse )
(I'm basically fine. I'm sad that the surgery we were planning did not occur as scheduled. The medical staff seemed to be responding well and immediately to a genuinely unusual reaction on my part. Propofol doesn't generally cause that sort of thing, though it's not 100% unknown. The surgery will be rescheduled, my throat should be okay in a few days and all will be well. But a week or two later than originally scheduled.)
 
 
Noah
12 September 2016 @ 08:22 pm
Randomly: back from the 10th anniversary vacation with the family. I need to post pictures -- we have them, at least of the ceremony. No other pictures from me since I lost my phone in the airport on the way toward Florida. The TSA is still not my favorite.

Loved Zootopia and The BFG, and Finding Dory was also quite good.

Re-read Stephenson's "The Diamond Age" -- it was time. Enjoyed "The End of Mister Y" very much overall. But reading it right after Stephenson, it's hard not to think, "yeah, she had no idea how to end *that* book, either."